Nuns and friars will descend on the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia later this week as Christendom College hosts its annual vocations fair from February 22-24. This year's "Discernment Weekend" looks to be the largest ever for Christendom.
Each year, students at Christendom (a Newman Guide recommended Catholic college) have the opportunity to hear from a variety of guests on topics ranging from the priesthood and religious life, to discerning marriage and life as a missionary. Twenty-six religious orders will be represented on campus this year.
From the Christendom press release:
Friday evening Vespers in Christ the King Chapel will launch the weekend. After Vespers, all will gather for dinner in the St. Lawrence Commons before Stations of the Cross. Then the men and women separate to attend evenings of reflection and fellowship.
On Saturday, participants will be given opportunities for Mass and confession before lunch. From 1–4 p.m., a series of one-hour break-out-session talks will take place in the classrooms of St. Lawrence Commons and the Chapel Crypt. At the conclusion of the day, special a cappella performances by the students will be held in St. Kilian's Café providing a casual venue for the students to socialize with the visiting religious.
"It is a great blessing to be able to host so many wonderful guests," Director of Student Activities Caitlin Bowers says. "The religious are here not only to discuss the blessings of the religious life, but to help students to further understand discernment and how to pray for what God wants for their ultimate happiness."
More information is available on the Christendom College website here.
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