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Life Awareness Retreat
The next retreat will be:
January 14-16, 2022
For Single Catholics Ages 18-45
Download and fill in the registration form. When you are ready, click here to email the form to the Vocations Office.
A Time for Discernment
The retreat is based on the conviction that God has made each one of us for a purpose in this life. In our Church tradition we call this purpose our Vocation. This Vocation, this reason for being, is a gift from God in our lives. Think about getting a jacket that was tailored just for you. The tailor first measures your frame and makes a jacket that is uniquely designed to fit you and only you. Your Vocation is similarly tailored for you by God. However, God did not have to measure us, because He created us, and formed us from our conception. You and your Vocation were quite literally made for each other.
The Life Awareness Retreat is designed to help you become aware of the reason for your life. This process of growing in understanding of our Vocation is called discernment. The retreat is for those who have never discerned seriously, those who are just starting out, and for those who are already on their discernment journey.
Discerning from Experience
One of the most important things to remember is that one cannot discern alone. We are with priests, religious brothers and sisters, lay vocation promoters, and people discerning from all walks of life in order to discern together. Very often, it is the experience of others that helps us to see clearly the signs God has given us to show us the way to our Vocation.
What does it involve?
There is no registration fee. There are activities for the whole group.
What will you get out of it?
While everyone comes away with something different (see the testimonials), there are some things to expect. You will will have the time to devote to the deepest, most important decision of your life. You will also have people who are trained and ready to help you explore that decision.
What is expected of you?
You are only expected to be yourself; that is exactly the point. If you are honest with yourself, and can be honest with the people on retreat, you will find out things about yourself that you never knew. Think about what you can discover when guided in the right direction.
Is there too much/too little praying?
We know that people have different spiritualities, so we try and find a nice balance between prayer and interaction.
What do I do after I go?
The Vocation Office and the Vocation Committee are committed to supporting you after the retreat as you continue your journey of discernment. If you need more organized activities, we can find those for you. If you need one-on-one guidance, one of us can help you. Or, if you discern your way into a community or the diocese, we can walk with you every step of that process. Our life-goal is to make your process of life awareness easy.
Here is what previous retreatants have said about Life Awareness:
- "The talks were excellent."
- "The talks and panel testimonies about religious life were very helpful to get a glimpse of this lifestyle."
- "Please continue to do what you all are doing. If anything can be improved, I would be very impressed!"
- "This really helped!"
- "Very good organization, well structured. Table groups were outstanding."
- "This was absolutely an amazing retreat! Thank you, thank you!"
- "I loved it. This retreat opened a lot of doors for me and my heart."
- "Excellent Retreat. Very informative and rewarding."
- "Great job! Thanks be to God for this!!"