Phil’s Notes & Tidbits
Where can you find 4 religious sisters, 3 religious communities, 4 priests-including our diocesan vocation director, Irish ceili dancing, snow football, presentations on Saint Francis and Saint Claire, the Rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, Stations of the Cross, skits, all-night adoration, confessions being heard till 1:15AM in the morning, Mass, and a host of amazing young adult Catholics? All were part of last weekend’s John Paul II Young Adult Discernment Retreat. 44 people were part of this retreat, now in its 9th year.
To give you a sense of the faithfulness of these young people, confessions began about 9PM on Saturday evening and didn’t end till 1:15AM. (Don’t worry, the priests truly enjoyed working with the young adults, even for such a long duration!) Similarly, we had no difficulty filling all the time slots for all-night Eucharistic adoration. It is always such an inspiration to be around so many amazing young people!
The retreatants came from St. Peter’s of course, but others came from as far away as Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and La Crosse. As far as I know, this is the only retreat of its kind in Wisconsin. It is a beautiful gift to get this large a group of faith-filled young adults (ages 18-39) together to strengthen each other, inspire each other, and ultimately ask the most important questions, i.e. “what does God want me to do with my life?”
This retreat was first initiated as an opportunity for the St. Peter’s college-DTS group to go deeper in their faith and concretely as God to what vocation He is calling them.
Some of the evaluation sheet comments:
“I was reunited and convicted of my Catholic faith again. I believe I have the strength and courage to say yes to God’s will and say no to my own.”
“…it was BEAUTIFUL being around people my age asking God about vocations.”
“I am encouraged by how many young folks are discerning their call.”
“Please keep having these retreats!”
Please keep these young adults in your prayers—from retreats like this will come our future priests, future religious, and the future adult pillars of our parishes.
God bless you!
Director of Catechesis & Evangelization