Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate - 5/14/2016
Archdiocesan third-year theologians at The Saint Paul Seminary will be ordained to the transitional diaconate on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to the ordinations of these men for ministry and service.

As deacons, they will assist the bishops and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity.

The transitional diaconate is comprised of deacons who seek to advance to the priesthood. In this archdiocese, they are usually ordained priests a year later.

Men in the permanent diaconate intend to serve the Church as deacons until they retire from this ministry.

Ordination to Priesthood - 5/28/2016
Archdiocesan Fourth Year Seminarians will be ordained as priests on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul at 10 a.m.

On this joyful occasion, the public is invited to participate in the ordination rite of these men for priestly ministry and receive a blessing from the new priests.

Behold This Heart Retreat with the Carmelite Sisters - 6/2/2016

Join the Carmelite Sisters for "Behold this Heart" Retreat on June 2-5, 2016:

"Each year a number of retreats are held at our Provincial House in St. Louis (Kirkwood), Missouri, for single, Catholic women 17-29 years of age. All retreats include an experience of our way of life through participation in our communal prayers, the chanting of the Divine Office, Holy Mass, and recreation with the Sisters. Retreats further include talks given on the theme by a Sister or priest, time for silence with the Lord, and an opportunity to meet other young women discerning God’s call."

A retreat donation of $25 is gratefully accepted. To register for the retreat, complete the Vocation Inquiry Form, which can be found on their website: www.carmelitedcj.org

Perpetual Profession of Vows - Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus - 6/3/2016

Join the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus, on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, in celebrating the Perpetual Profession of Vows.

Date: Friday, June 3, 2016
When: 10:30 am
Where: The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm

Experience Monastic Life with the Sisters of St. Paul's Monastary - 7/9/2016

Are you called to be a Benedictine Sister? Come for a short time and experience the rhythm of a monastic life as a Benedictine Sister. You will pray, work, eat, and recreate with the Sisters. Share your questions with other seekers and Sisters who live the Benedictine life.

Date: Saturday - Monday, July 9-11, 2016
Who: Catholic single women over 21 years of age
Contact: Linda Anderson
Email: landerson@stpaulsmonastery.org
Phone: (651) 209-9024

For more information or to register online, visit the website: www.stpaulsmonastery.org

Retreat for Men Interested in Priesthood - 12/16/2016

Are you looking for a time to set aside and really look into whether Jesus is calling you to be a Catholic Priest?

You are invited to spend time at the beautiful Kings House in Buffalo for a weekend retreat hosted by the Archdiocesan Bishops and Vocations Offices.

To register, email Fr. Blume, Office of Vocations Director, by clicking the following link:


''Come and See'' Retreats with the Carmelite Sisters - 2/19/2016

"Consumed by His Love...Impelled to Serve"

The Carmelite Sisters will offer several "Come and See" retreats for single women between the ages of 18-35 who would like to take some time to seriously discern if God may be calling them to the religious life. The retreats will be offered at several different times and locations throughout the United States offering young women an opportunity to pray, work and recreate with the Sisters.

February 19-21, 2016 -- Miami, Florida
April 10-14, 2016 -- Alhambra, California

For more information, please contact Sister Faustina, O.C.D. at (626) 300-8938 or visit the website: www.carmelitesistersocd.com

You can also contact each site by email:

(In Florida) miamicomeandsee@outlook.com
(In California) joyofcarmel@outlook.com

Individual visits can also be arranged at any time of the year.

Discernment Retreats with the Dominican Sisters - 2/27/2016

You are invited to join the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a Discernment Retreat. Retreats are offered on various dates throughout the year.

Discernment Retreat Dates:

February 27 - 28, 2016
April 9 -10, 2016
October 29 - 30, 2016
February 11 - 12, 2017

Email: sjab@sistersofmary.org
Email: vocations@sistersofmary.org
Website: www.sistersofmary.org

Seminary Applications Available - 3/1/2016

If you have been discerning the priesthood and would like help with your next step, please contact Father David Blume. He is currently meeting with men ready to apply to be considered for acceptance as a seminarian.

To make an appointment to talk about your options, Father Blume can be reached at stpaulpriest@10000vocations.org or 651.962.6890.

Permanent Diaconate Inquiry Sessions - 4/5/2016

"The Living Icon of Christ the Servant in the Ministry of the Word, of Sacrament, of Charity"

Are you called to a vocation of permanent Deacon? Married or single men, ages 30-59, are welcome to attend the Diaconate inquiry sessions to learn about and discern this vocation. The event will be held at The Saint Paul Seminary. The series will be held in four parts addressing the following questions:

- What is the Permanent Diaconate?
- Who can become a deacon?
- What does a deacon do?
- What roles do the wife and family have?
- How does on discern the Lord's call to Holy Orders?
- What is the application, discernment, and formation process?

Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19 from 6:30-9:00pm
Saturday, April 30 from 8:00am - 3:00pm

Contact Shellee Leif to register at 651-962-6891 or sjleif@stthomas.edu.

Wives are also encouraged to attend! If you have any questions, contact one of the following:

Deacon Russ Kocemba: Vocation Supervisor -
952-933-3660 or kocemba@msn.com

Deacon Joseph Michalak: Director, Institute for Diaconate Formation - jtmichalak@stthomas.edu

Discernment Retreat with the Religious Sisters of Mercy - 5/6/2016

Join the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan for a weekend of discernment, May 6-8, 2016. Any women between the ages of 18-35 are invited to explore where the Lord is calling them.

To learn more about the RSMs or the retreat, visit their website or find them on Facebook:

Facebook: RSM of Alma Vocations
Website: www.rsmofalma.org

Come and See Retreat with the Dominican Sisters - 5/14/2016

Join the Dominican Sisters Immaculate Conception Province for a Come and See Retreat on May 14, 2016 in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

The Retreat includes Eucharistic Adoration, daily Mass with the Community of Sisters, talks, opportunities for Sacramental Confession, and fellowship with the Sisters.

Cost: free will donation.

For more information, visit www.sistersop.com or contact Sr. Joachima, OP at vocations@sistersop.com

Come and See Weekend with Sisters of Mary, Morning Star - 5/20/2016

Do you have questions about your vocation? Would like a strong human and spiritual formation? To deepen your experience of prayer? Are you wondering if God is calling you?

Join the Sisters of Mary Morning Star for a discernment retreat on May 20-22.

For more information, contact Sister Aude at sraude33@gmail.com.

Sisters of Mary, Morning Star
318 W McQuestion Street
Ghent, MN 56239

Vocation Retreat with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia - 5/25/2016

Single, Catholic women ages 17-30 are welcome to join the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia of Nashville for a retreat on May 25-29, 2016.

For more information, contact Sister Peter Marie, O.P.

Phone: 651.256.0147
Email: vocation@op-tn.org
Website: www.nashvilledominican.org
Facebook: facebook.com/dominicansistersofsaintcecilia

Franciscan Sisters Discernment of Spirits Retreat - 5/27/2016

Are you a 20 something young woman discerning if God is calling you to religious life or to married life? Franciscan Sister Jacqueline Spaniola is offering a silent retreat May 27-29, 2016 based on St. Ignatian’s discernment process hoping to better guide you in seeking God’s will for your life.

Expect to learn rules that others have applied in important decision making. Most free time will be in silence in order to pray and apply what you hear to your own life.

The retreat begins May 27, Friday at 6 p.m. and ends after a noon meal on Sunday, March 29. The retreat is being held at the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse, Manitowoc, WI.

For more information call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632. Register for retreat: http://fscc-calledtobe.org/we-invite-you/retreat-registration/. If this date does not work for you, please let us know dates that do and we will invite other young women to join you.


The world needs you. God calls you. We invite you.

Retreats with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity - 5/27/2016

Young women in their 20s are welcome to join the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in Manitowoc, WI to further discern if God is calling you to religious life or to married life.

May 27-29, 2016: Silent Discernment of Spirits Retreat

June 22-24, 2016: Silent Retreat with Franciscan Sisters and Father Maury Smith, OFM

July 6-8, 2016: Franciscan Sisters "Mini-Camino" Pilgrimage

August 20-22 or 22-24, 2016: Silent Retreat with Franciscan Sisters and Father niles Kaufman, OFM

For more information call or text (920) 323-9632. Register for retreats at www.fscc-calledtobe.org.

If the given dates do not work, let the Sisters know and they will help set up individual visits.

Office of Vocations - Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis - 2260 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105 - (651)962-6890
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