“The call to the priesthood and consecrated life is not about you, it’s about God and others,” Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde told the students of Christendom College during the college’s annual Discernment Weekend held February 24-26. “Stop and consider to what you are being called. How can one not say ‘yes’ humbly, gratefully, confidently, and generously?” he asked.
Bishop Loverde delivered the homily during vespers on Friday, which launched the weekend. He urged students to pray for generosity, courage, and “a bit of daring” as they discerned their vocations.
“The call reveals how much God loves you–to choose you to be His instrument of grace and salvation to the people He so loves,” Bishop Loverde said. “ The response that gives honor and glory to God can be made only with a generous heart.”
The bishop joined the students and the 38 visiting priests and religious for dinner following vespers. Students then participated in Stations of the Cross followed by “Discernment Nights” for men and women. The men enjoyed pizza and playing dodgeball with the visiting priests and brothers, while the women sang karaoke and played trivia with the sisters.
On Saturday, after opportunities for Mass and Confession, students took advantage of a number of “breakout sessions” on various topics by religious, priests, and married couples. Among the topics were “Dating and Discerning Marriage,” “Life in a Monastery,” “The Day in the Life of a Diocesan Priest,” and “The Life as a Woman Religious.”
Saturday evening, students and religious participated in vespers, Exposition, and Adoration. The religious and students then gathered in St. Kilian’s Café for a showcase of Christendom talent as students performed music and juggling acts. The weekend came to a close with Mass on Sunday.
“I really loved seeing all the different religious orders visiting,” Senior Christine Nussio said. “It’s great seeing how the different orders’ charisms make present the richness of the Faith and witnessing the joy that comes from dedicating one’s life to God.”
Since its founding in 1977, Christendom College has helped 69 men and 43 women discern their vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and has had 318 alumnus-to-alumna marriages.
A collection of the talks given during the weekend can be downloaded at Christendom on iTunes.