Wondering if God could be calling you to be a priest or religious? The Men's Discernment Group offers activities and resources to help you grow in your relationship with Him and hear His voice more clearly. To join the group contact Fr. Jaffe, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 703-841-2514.
Day of Recollection for Discerners -- Saturday December 17, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.The day includes meditations, Mass,
confession, and prayer time to prepare for the Birth of Our Lord. It’s a good
opportunity for some silence in these hectic days. Breakfast and lunch will be
included in the day. There is no charge, but you must register with the Office of Vocations by December 7.
Life is VERY Good Mass and March for Life -- Friday January 28 The day starts with Mass at the GMU Patriot Center, then join the seminarians for the March for Life in Washington, DC. Reserve your spot with the Office of Vocations by January 14.
Diocesan Men's Conference -- Saturday March 4. Registration opens in January, through the Office of Family Life.
Weekend Retreat for Discerners -- Friday April 7 - Sunday April 9Give God a weekend! It's a great
opportunity for prayer and discernment, confession, talking with priests and
seminarians, and preparing for Holy Week. Cost is $60 and includes overnights and all meals (financial assistance is available if needed). Register with the Office of Vocations by March 17.
Seminary VisitsThe Men's Discernment Group also visits several seminaries during the year. These trips are by invitation of the Vocations Director, Fr. Jaffe. Contact him at email@example.com. if you would like to attend.
OTHER VOCATIONS EVENTS:
Oct. 29 -- Vigil Mass for Race for Seminarians
Our Lady of Lourdes, Arlington, VA - 5 p.m.
Oct. 30 -- Race for Seminarians at
the Marine Corps Marathon/10K
Feb. 4 -- St. Therese Vocation Society Morning of
Reflection, 9 a.m.—Noon, Location TBA
Apr. 30 -- Annual Diocesan Hispanic Vocations Mass w/
Bishop Loverde, Location and Time TBA
June 3 -- Diaconate Ordination at
the Cathedral of St. Thomas More - 11 a.m.
June 9 -- Holy Hour on the Vigil of Ordination to the
Priesthood, 7:30 p.m. Location
June 10 -- Priesthood
Ordination at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More - 11 a.m
MEN'S DISCERNMENT GROUP RESOURCES
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A MESSSAGE FROM BISHOP PAUL S. LOVERDE
As I travel throughout the diocese, I no doubt see in some of the faces of our youth and young adults the faces of future parents, future priests and future religious sisters and brothers. During these decisive years in your life, as you personally discover and develop the gifts God has given you, you must also strive to discover the vocation He has laid out for you to travel.
This should be done so that you may accomplish the "master plan" or "life project" He entrusted to you when He created you. I want to express my gratitude for your prayerfully considering the possibility that God may be calling you to the priesthood or the consecrated life. As you know, our diocese is growing very quickly.
We need good priests who will lead us in holiness, we need good religious men and women to minister to those in need and to pray for our diocese. God is indeed calling you to a particular vocation. It's an exciting time as you discover and respond to His invitation. If your response is a generous and open one you will not only be uniting yourself more closely to the Lord, but you will also be fulfilling the deepest longing of your heart!
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