Spiritual Formation -- Both Certificates
Church ministry assumes and demands a growing relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. To foster this relationship, the Office of Ministry Formation offers not only the two required retreats but will alert students to other opportunities for Days of Prayer and Reflection offered by other Archdiocesan departments.
Spiritual direction and Liturgy of the Hours (prayer of the church) are two of the main topics that will be covered in the first retreat, ‘Growth in the Spirit’. During this first retreat, students will work to define their personal identity and spirituality, and will have the opportunity to meet with a spiritual director. This retreat is required for those seeking a basic certificate.
The second retreat, 'Called to Serve', focuses on the participants on going spiritural journey and learning how Lectio Divine can fit into your prayer life . The purpose of our weekend together, Called to Serve, is your personal spiritual enrichment. We will focus on prayer and service. Prayer grounds us in the will of God, hearing our call, and service unites us as one Body with Christ our Head.
Saint Gregory Nazianzen teaches, “First be purified and then purify others, first allow yourself to be instructed by wisdom and then instruct others, first become light and then enlighten others, first draw close to God and then guide others to him, first be holy yourself and then make others holy.” This is our purpose and focus: to root ourselves in prayer in order to be a light to others through service. This is precisely what is meant by being called to serve. The call to holiness expresses itself and comes to its fulfillment in service to others.
Called to Serve: May 19-21, 2017 - CANCELED
Growth in the Spirit: May 18-20, 2018 (Pentecost)