Discernment Groups and Retreats
Saint John's is happy to welcome vocation discerners at nearly any time of the year, for a one to two day visit. In this time, you may experience the monastic life, learn and practice lectio divina, and spend time in prayer. In addition to these visits, we offer the following:
The Saint John's University Discernment Groups
Discernment groups invite men and women from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University to gather to discuss their vocation opportunities and experiences, and to offer support, assistance and conversation to one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. In group discussion, the vocation options of the religious life, priesthood, marriage and single life are examined and reflected upon as a response to God’s call to discipleship. Reflection questions often set the theme of each discussion, addressing topics such as "favorite or most difficult parts of being Catholic,” “what do you anticipate from the Church of the future,” and “what is your role in the Church, and how does you vocation play a part of that role?"
Discernment groups meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month throughout the school year. Guest speakers are often invited, according to the interests and needs of the group, with discussion following. Additionally, prayer traditions and techniques are taught and practiced, with particular emphasis on lectio divina.
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