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Christendom will welcome religious orders and missionary groups from across the United States for its annual Discernment Weekend, to be held Friday through Sunday, February 22-24. The weekend will feature numerous opportunities for prayer and confession along with talks from religious, missionaries, and married couples, as students discern their vocational calling.

Discernment Weekend is a long-running tradition at Christendom, bringing focus to students’ vocational callings in the midst of their busy academic life. Every year features breakout talks and more, but this year’s Discernment Weekend offers spiritual direction for the first time as well, along with more opportunities for prayer with the visiting religious orders.

The weekend will begin on Friday, February 22, with a Holy Hour in the chapel, followed by a social in the St. Kilian’s Café, where students can meet the visiting religious and missionaries.

On Saturday, February 23, the day will be packed with a wide array of spiritual offerings, including recitation of all four decades of the rosary, the Divine Office, opportunities for confession, Mass in the Extraordinary and the Ordinary Form, and vocational spiritual direction.

Students will be able to learn more from religious orders and missionaries at special vocation tables, located in the St. Lawrence Commons, where they can converse one-on-one with various representatives. There will be breakout sessions in the afternoon, where students will be able to hear talks on discerning a call to the seminary, being an active religious, dating and marriage, and what a day is like in various religious communities, including the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, the Institute of Christ the King, and the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. In the evening, the college will host its annual A Cappella Choir Competition, with representatives from the religious orders judging the competition.

On Sunday, Mass will be offered in the Extraordinary Form (abbr. Missa Cantata) and the Ordinary Form, with confessions offered once again, concluding Discernment Weekend.

This year, the college will welcome guests from eighteen different orders and one missionary group, hailing from Michigan, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Kentucky, and more. Among the many religious orders invited to attend are the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, the Little Friars and Little Nuns of Jesus and Mary, the Society of Afriacan Missions, and the Daughters of St. Paul. Various alumni will be returning to campus to speak as well, including Rev. Canon Luke Zignego, Rev. Canon Jonathan Fehrenbacher, Fr. Zachary Akers, seminarians David McWhirter and Joe Duffy, and missionaries Angela Townsend and Theresa Francis.

See the full schedule from Discernment Weekend here.

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