discernmentChristendom College is preparing to host its annual discernment weekend on campus from February 27 through March 1. Discernment weekend gives students the opportunity to meet with various members of religious orders, and hear from married couples to help them discover their vocations. Representatives from various religious communities come from all over the United States to share their experiences as well as assist the students in learning how to discern their vocation.

Students will have the opportunity to attend talks and breakout sessions on Saturday, February 28. These sessions allow the visiting priests, religious, and laity to have open discussions with students, focusing on topics such as the diocesan priesthood, life in the seminary, being a woman religious, dating and marriage, and serving the poor as lay missionaries.

Besides the formal talks, the students have the opportunity to relax socially with the guests at a number of events, including a fireside chat on Friday night and a musical event on Saturday evening.

Among the many religious orders invited to attend and speak about vocations are the Congregation of St. John, the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, the Daughters of St. Paul, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, the Order of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, representatives from the Arlington Diocese, the Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the Little Friars and Little Nuns of Jesus and Mary, Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, the Order of the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem, the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, representatives from the Archdiocese of Military Services, and the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.

Several alumni are returning to campus to talk to the students as well. Seminarians Peter McShurley (’14), Nicholas Blank (’13), Christopher Tipton (’13), Philip O’Neill (’12), and Dominican Brother John Mark Solitario (‘11) are being hosted by the college, as well as lay missionaries Katie Shannon (’14), Faith Leopold (’14), and Veronica Halbur (’14).

Since its founding in 1977, Christendom College has helped 153 alumni discern their vocation to the religious life, with 72 priests, 49 sisters, 3 deacons, 3 brothers, and 26 men currently in seminary, and has been the launching point of 385 alumna-to-alumnus marriages.

Christendom’s discernment weekend is one of the biggest events of the year. For more information please contact director of student activities Caitlin Bowers.

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