Is God Calling Me?Discerning Your Vocation
Maybe you’ve asked yourself this question before, or maybe not. Either way, the Catholic Corps men and women invite you to spend a weekend learning and praying about the call to a celibate vocation. A celibate vocation includes: priesthood, consecrated life, religious life, and consecration of life.
Hear the CallTo a Consecrated Vocation
Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, Rosary & Liturgy of the Hours
Discover the many forms of celibate vocations within the Catholic Church.
Return home with your next steps in mind.
Who It’s ForCatholic Discernment Weekend
Any practicing Catholic (ages 18-35) who is open to or discerning the call to a celibate vocation. Both men and women are welcome. During the weekend, Mass and talks will be in common. Prayer times, meals, and recreation will be separate.
Last Retreat's SpeakerJanuary 6-8, 2023 Discernment Weekend
Francisco “Paco” Gavrilides
Since the time of his conversion to Catholicism in 1968, Paco Gavrilides has dedicated his life to serving Christ in the Church with a passion to share the Gospel. As a teacher, speaker, and evangelist, Paco has worked with many dioceses, movements, and individuals both nationally and internationally. He has been especially active in leadership formation, men’s ministry, family ministry, and evangelization among Hispanics and African Americans.
Paco has served as homiletics instructor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, since 2011. He received the equivalent of the STB at the Archdiocesan Seminary in Monterrey, Mexico, and completed his Licentiate Degree in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart.
TestimoniesFrom the Discernment Weekend
CFL is a sanctuary from the world.
Familyland is just a spot to steer you right back on the path to reconnect with Jesus.
More DetailsDiscernment Weekend
What to Pack
As you prepare for the Discernment Weekend, here are a few items that we suggest you bring:
- Prayer journal
- Alarm clock
- Travel mug for coffee/tea
- Portable toiletries
- Shower shoes
- Casual clothing
- Sweater or sweatshirt
Don’t worry about packing towels, sheets, pillows, or blankets because all of your linens will be provided!
2024 Schedule (Subject to Change)
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Check-in
6:30 p.m. Dinner (official start, no Mass)
7 - 8:00 p.m. Welcome & Intros
8:15 - 9:15 p.m Holy Hour
11:30 p.m. Curfew
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. First Saturday Rosary (Confession Available)
9:00 a.m. Mass
10:15 a.m. Talk 1 by Paco: The Spiritual Understanding to Discern One’s Vocation
11:15-11:30 a.m. Small group discussion
11:30-12:30 p.m. Quiet and Spiritual Direction
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Talk 2 by Paco: The Role of Prayer in Decision Making
2:30-2:45 p.m. Small group discussion
3:00 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3:10-4:30 p.m. Quiet time
4:30–5:45 p.m. Adoration
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00-9:15 p.m. Community gathering after dinner in separate residences; the topic of “Urgency of Our Mission in the World and the Solution of Family Consecration”
12:00 a.m. Curfew
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Confession available
9:00 a.m. Vocal Prayers
10:00 a.m. Mass
11:15 a.m. Brunch
11:45 a.m Closing comments
1:00 p.m. Airport Shuttle