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discernment-16Christendom College will host its annual discernment weekend from Friday through Sunday, February 26-28. Representatives from various religious orders across the United States and Ireland, along with married couples, will share their experiences with Christendom’s student body, and aid them in their vocational journeys.

On Saturday, February 27, students will be able to attend talks and breakout sessions with the special guests on a variety of topics, including diocesan priesthood, dating and marriage, being a missionary during the Year of Mercy, and how to become a street evangelizer. Besides these talks, students will have the opportunity to socialize with the guests at a talk and pub night on Friday in St. Kilian’s Café, and enjoy a musical event on Saturday evening.

This year, the college will welcome fifty religious guests from twenty-five different orders, hailing from New York, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Ireland, and more. Among the many religious orders invited to attend and speak about vocations this year are the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara, the Little Friars and Little Nuns of Jesus and Mary, representatives from the Arlington Diocese, and many more.

Several alumni are returning to campus to speak to students and share their experiences as well. On Saturday, alumni Peter McShurley (’14) and Philip Gilbert (’15), both currently seminarians, will talk about discerning a call to seminary.

Since its founding in 1977, Christendom College has helped 158 alumni discern their vocation to the religious life, with 75 priests, 50 sisters, 3 deacons, 4 brothers, and 26 men currently in seminary, and has been the launching point of 406 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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