MEN’S DISCERNMENT WEEKEND HYBRID RETREAT FOR AGES 18-35

Open to discerning a vocation to the priesthood? Give God a weekend!

February 4-6, 2022

St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish Santa Clara, CA

What: Find out if God is calling you to the priesthood. Meet the priests and seminarians of San Jose. Experience their life and get your questions, doubts, concerns answered.  Meet other men like you who are discerning.

You will have the chance to explore the priesthood and learn about the steps for discernment, values of priestly life, and the structure of seminary formation. It will be a weekend of prayer, discussions, fraternity, recr​eation, and fellowship. Our prayer for you is that by fully engaging in the opportunities provided on this retreat, you will find more clarity on where God is leading you; to help you better understand God’s movement in your heart.

Priests of the Diocese of San Jose make a radical choice to follow Jesus’ call to be His servant-leaders. Their lives of joyful sacrifice bring to the people of Silicon Valley the message of Jesus Christ that: I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live! (John 11:25). A priest is empowered by Christ to overcome death, sin, and despair with the message of life, forgiveness, and hope that is the core of the Gospel.

Cost:  Retreat is free.

Requirements: Single Catholic male, 18 years and older, recommended by any of the priest in the Diocese of San José.

This retreat is also normally required for those who are looking to apply to the Diocese of San José.
Sign up: Fill out the interest form here and we will contact you. If you do not hear back from us within a few days, please email vocations@dsj.org.

 

AGENDA

FRIDAY
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Welcome, Social/Icebreakers – Instructions
7:30 PM Conference #1 – The Call of the Holy Spirit (Fr. Francis Nguyen, S.J.)
8:00 PM Discussion #1
8:30 PM Rosary
9:00 PM Games/Bonfire

SATURDAY
7:15 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Morning Prayer
8:15 AM Mass at Convent
9:00 AM Conference #2 – Sharing of Priestly Ministry Experience (Fr. Francis Kalaw)
9:30 AM Discussion #2
10:00 AM Panel Discussion
11:30 PM Parish Visit (Lunch while shadowing priest)
4:00 PM Reflection with optional confession
5:45 PM Break
6:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Conference #3 – Happiness and Fulfillment (Fr. Johannes Busch)
7:30 PM. Q+A Session
8:00 PM Break & Social with Seminarians
9:00 PM Adoration with optional confession
9:30 PM End of Night

SUNDAY
8:00 AM Morning Prayer & Breakfast
9:00 AM Conference #4 – Priestly/Spiritual Plan/Next Step (Fr. Brian Dinkel)
9:30 AM Discussion #4
10:00 AM Closing Activity
11:00 AM. Mass at St. Lawrence Church
12:00 PM Closing Lunch
1:30 PM Departure

Priests find meaning and profound personal fulfillment in bringing the living presence of Jesus to God’s people through the sacraments. In turn, people experience the power of Jesus through their priest’s ministry. As “father” of his parish family, the priest is called to be a visible witness of holiness in his commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He offers his life for his people through prayer and ministry.