"LifeWork" Retreat

Each of us was created for a reason, and we need to discover it. Where do we begin? Using a step-by-step approach through eight daily emails sent to you, the LifeWork Retreat will lead you through a spiritual journey to discover your vocation and mission in life. Beginning with the universal call in Baptism to be holy, you will examine the particular states of life, and then look at the topic of mission and purpose in fulfilling God's individual plan for you. The LifeWork Retreat is a good first step if you are not sure where Christ may be directing you.

In this retreat, a special emphasis is placed on the unique, personal vocation and mission to which we are called. Written in a user-friendly style, the retreat is particularly relevant for high school and college-age youth, yet has application for all believers wanting to know God's will.

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Author, rehabilitation counselor and inspirational speaker Dr. Rick Sarkisian has woven together these important themes in this online retreat that will help you begin your journey to discover your life purpose.

 

 

"Responding to God's Call" Retreat

This online eight-day retreat takes you beyond the LifeWork Retreat into a deeper understanding of the theology of vocation — particularly a vocation to the consecrated life. It presents an overview of the evangelical counsels as lived out by religious: poverty, chastity and obedience. The retreat examines the right reasons for choosing a religious vocation, as well as pitfalls. It also covers the practical challenges of living in community, and such topics as the differences between apostolic work and a career as a lay person.

All of this is designed to help you find your vocation, not in the “earthquakes and firestorms” of life, but in the quiet “whispers of the heart.” This retreat is for you if you have taken the LifeWork Retreat, or have a fundamental understanding of the Catholic faith and the idea of a vocation. It is great if you are serious about discerning a call to the consecrated life and are looking for the next step.

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Fr. Brian Mullady, O.P., a nationally-known Dominican priest, retreat master and spiritual director, is the theological consultant to the Institute on Religious Life. He has drawn from his wealth of experience and knowledge as a religious priest and scholar to put together this retreat.

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