Vocation discernment retreat open to all young women

In response to a wellspring of interest, the vocation discernment retreat hosted by the National Catholic Sisters Project next March has been opened up to all interested women.

“Deep Encounter: Listening with an Open Heart” will be held March 7-10, 2019, in San Antonio at the Hilton Airport Hotel. It is intended for women ages 21-40 who are discerning a call to religious life.

The retreat was initially designed for Hispanic women as part of NCSP’s Vocaciones Hispanas. It will maintain its Hispanic character and be offered in Spanish and English. All women will be warmly welcomed and accommodated.

The retreat is not limited to women who feel certain of their vocation. Rather, it is a gentle invitation to explore the possibility of religious life with the wisdom of Catholic sisters and the support of your peers and – above all – to learn how to listen with an open heart.

The retreat will provide an artful blend of social time, small-group gatherings, individual reflection and Eucharistic adoration. Attendees will learn about the culture of encounter, illustrated by the women in the Gospels and their encounters with Jesus.

Young Catholic sisters will share their experience of religious life on a panel, and the following workshops will be offered:

  • “The Spirit Moves” – Sister Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI
  • “Praying with Art” – Sister Chela Gonzalez, OP
  • “Reflection with Music” – Sister Ana Cecilia, FSPS
  • “Praying with Nature” – Sister Dorothy Batto, CCVI

Sister Teresa Maya, CCVI, past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, will give an address titled “Consecrated Life: A Profound Encounter with Christ.” The retreat will close with a liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, head of the San Antonio Archdiocese.

Registration is now open. The $30 registration fee includes the retreat, lodging and meals.

For more information, contact Sister Marichui Bringas, CCVI, director of Vocaciones Hispanas, at escribe@nationalcatholicsistersproject.org or visit this link. Learn more by viewing the retreat’s full schedule here or by reading this helpful article about vocational retreats.

About Christina Capecchi

Christina Capecchi is an award-winning journalist from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is the author of the nationally syndicated column “Twenty Something,” which appears in more than 50 Catholic newspapers across the country. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, America, The Chicago Tribune, The Star Tribune and The Pioneer Press. She also provides contracted editing and writing services. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Mount Mercy University.