Encounter With God’s Call

Upcoming Encounter Dates

Fall 2021 Encounter
November 13-15, 2021

What is Encounter?

Encounter With God’s Call is a seminary discernment experience for high school juniors through recent college graduates (ages 16-25). During Encounter, the participants further discern the call to priesthood and learn about college seminary life. Throughout the weekend, participants pray, meet, and relax with seminarians. Together we all seek to listen for God’s voice and our call.

What happens at Encounter?

On Saturday afternoon, you’ll meet seminarians who act as ambassadors, welcoming and guiding you through the weekend.  As you attend the talks and activities, you’ll get to know them and the other participants who are discerning their vocation.  You also have the option to stay until Monday to attend seminary classes and meet faculty and staff.  Other features of Encounter include:

  • Campus and residence hall tours
  • Talks and small group discussions
  • Social activities and sports
  • Q&A panel with seminarians
  • Adoration and Reconciliation available
  • Sunday evening Holy Hour
  • Time for personal prayer


See a Proposed Schedule

What should I bring to Encounter?

We recommend participants bring:

  • A Bible for spiritual reading
  • A notebook for journaling
  • “Business Casual” clothes for Mass
  • Athletic wear for sports
  • An alarm clock
  • Overnight toiletries
  • Money if you would like to visit the Gift Shop
  • An open heart to hear our Lord speak to you
How do I sign up for Encounter?

Individual Participants: If you would like to attend Encounter With God’s Call, click below to learn more about registering.

Individual Registration


Group Registration: Group registration is organized by a diocesan vocations office, a college ministry center, a Catholic high school or a parish. 

Group Registration


Encounter is free of charge, and all meals are provided.

Have questions?  We would love to hear from you!  Contact us at (660) 944-2987 or

NOTE: If you are interested in religious life or want to experience monastic life at Conception Abbey, contact our Abbey vocation director or visit the monastic vocations website.

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