A Year of Discernment
Spend a year learning about Catholic culture, spirituality and the vocation of priesthood.
This first retreat is a silent, individually directed retreat, and will allow participants the opportunity to process and consolidate the growth they have experienced so far.
This retreat is offered at the shrine of St. Theodora Guerin in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.
This optional December retreat takes place in Jerusalem and offers participants an opportunity to pray in the places where our Lord lived, died and rose from the dead.
The retreat focuses on the Incarnation of our Lord, and invites participants to link their lived experiences with the broader narrative of salvation history. The retreat culminates in Bethlehem on Christmas Day. This is a preached retreat.
Exploring both the historical Spanish legacy and the Hispanic cultural dimensions of the American Church, the Easter retreat will be a weeklong pilgrimage north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The trip takes students through an ancient land of rivers, trees and the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the beautiful adobe church El Santuario de Chimayo.
Built in 1813, El Santuario de Chimayo is one of the principal pilgrimage sites in North America. During Holy Week, as many as 40,000 people journey to Chimayo from across the region.
The final element of the El Camino year is a preached retreat in Spain. The retreat serves as a debriefing and synthesizing moment for the participants. As they reflect on their experience, students again engage with the spirituality of pilgrimage.
This spirit of pilgrimage will serve to strengthen the participants as they continue their formation for the priesthood, and will remain vibrant as they seek God while transitioning between assignments after ordination in their home diocese. The retreat ends with a six-day walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.