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Life Awareness 2017

Life Awareness 2017

The biggest discernment retreat of the year! Young adult men and women are welcome for this 3-day free retreat in which to discern their calling with spiritual guidance from religious women and men, priests, seminarians, vocation workers, culminating in a Mass with Archbishop Gustavo.

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Events Calendar 2016-2017

Events Calendar 2016-2017

Get the calendar of events for this year's vocation activities. Post it anywhere it would be helpful and keep a copy for yourself.

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Blessings at the High Men's School Discernment Day

Salazar, Adrian.JPGBy Adrian Salazar, Seminarian

On June 18th 2016, eighteen young men from all over the Archdiocese joined SA seminarians, religious brothers, and priests for the second annual High School Day of Discernment hosted at Assumption Seminary. The retreat was an opportunity for these young men to learn more about the diocesan priesthood and religious life as well as hear from young seminarians and religious brothers who have courageously answered the call. Archbishop celebrated mass for the teens, encouraging them to discern their vocation well and telling them, ‘Our vocation is like a star in the night sky that we hadn’t noticed before but that has always been there.’ The teens later enjoyed a game of ultimate Frisbee led by Br. Mikael of the Missionaries of the Divine Mercy and Br. Brandon, a Capuchin Franciscan. In the evening, the parents attended a special meeting about fostering vocations in the family and then joined their sons for praise and worship and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Whether the young men had just begun discerning or had been thinking about it for quite a while, they all left the retreat with something new.

There is a misconception that God isn’t calling young men to the priesthood and religious life; after this retreat, it evident that that is not true. God continues to call but in this era it has become more difficult for young people to hear God’s voice. As Elijah experienced on his journey, the voice of God can be like “a tiny whispering sound.” Priestly and religious vocations are present but they need to be cultivated. And who is responsible for this work? We are, the people of God. It is the responsibility of everyone, especially the parents to provide young people with resources and the environment they need to hear God’s voice and truly discern their vocation.

Young people need to remember that God knows what will ultimately make them happy. They need to learn to trust in His will and make it their own. As Pope Francis says: “Ask Jesus what He wants from you and be brave.” A vocation is a gift from God and everyone has one. It is a journey to embark on and a treasure meant to be shared with others. Our vocation is our ultimate fulfillment in life and enables us to love like Christ in a particular way whether that is as a priest or religious, married, or single. St. Catherine of Sienna once said: “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.” Our Church needs young people to first answer the call to holiness and then to their God-given vocation.

Young men who feel the calling to the priesthood or religious life are encouraged to ask questions about a potential vocation, speak to their parish priest, or a religious congregation and reach out to the vocation office where they can acquire more information and attend events and retreats such the High School Day of Discernment.

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