Come and See Weekends and Other Vocation Retreats

Been wondering what it's like to serve God as a Franciscan?

Friar Mario Serrano writes: I remember vividly the questions: "Have you thought of being a Franciscan?" My internal response: "No! Why would I ?!? I have plans already!" Now I praise God for that question and my willingness to entertain it and become a Franciscan. Are you up for the challenge? If so.. the challenge is never taken alone...because

"the Lord gave me brothers..." - St. Francis of Assisi

Perhaps you're longing for something more in your life. Perhaps God is calling you to to a religious vocation. Perhaps you are uncertain, but would like to learn more.

A vocation retreat is a great opportunity to meet Franciscan priests and brothers, talk to some of our students in formation (seminary) and see first hand what our life is like.

Come and See Weekends are offered for single men, ages 18 to 40. These retreats typically begin on a Friday at 8:00PM and end by noon on the following Sunday.

The following retreats are on the schedule to date:

Touring the Oblate School of Theology

February 15-17, 2019 in Chicago, IL
(St. Bonaventure Province)

March 8-10, 2019 in Ellicott City, MD
(Our Lady of the Angels Province)

March 29-31, 2019 in Arroyo Grande, CA
(St. Joseph Cupertino Province)

May 3-5, 2019 in Mount St. Francis, IN
(Province of Our Lady of Consolation)

June 21-23 in Angola, IN

September 27-29 in Carey, OH

October 18-20 in Mesilla Park, NM

Click here for a PDF of this year's vocation brochure

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At the grotto of Our Lady of the Lake University