The Largest Encounter with God's Call Yet
From April 17-19, Conception Seminary College hosted its second Encounter with God's Call weekend of the school year. The weekend is designed for men who are discerning God's call to the priesthood or religious life. This Encounter saw the highest attendance of any Conception has ever seen. 142 men from the dioceses that send seminarians to Conception arrived. The weekend consisted of communal prayer both with the student body and the monks, talks by students followed by small group discussions, and mixers/recreation time.
The talks included the vocation stories different current CSC seminarians, the challenges one might encounter when answering the call, as well as a vocation question panel which the discerning men could submit questions to. There was a Holy Hour on Sunday with Reconciliation as well. This Encounter saw the introduction of free t-shirts for the attendees as well as a change of venue for the recreation time. Normally held in the Alumni Union, it was moved on the first night to St. Michael's Hall/gym to accommodate the larger crowd. The weekend ran very smoothly thanks to help of numerous seminarians who all stepped up to help out the group which was larger than the seminary population itself. The next Encounter will be in the Fall of 2010.