Before calling them to leave all things behind and follow Him, Jesus invited His disciples to “come and see.” He knew that if His disciples were going to be able to make this leap of faith, they needed to separate themselves from their daily routines. Only then could they come to know Him more and experience the life and mission to which He was calling them.

To help you discern if Jesus is calling you to follow Him as a priest or brother in the Congregation of Holy Cross, we invite you to “come and see.” We offer weekend retreats for high school juniors and seniors, college students, and college graduates discerning a call to religious life and priesthood.

These retreats offer you the opportunity to step out of your daily routines in order to spend focused time in prayer and reflection with Our Lord. Over the weekend you will have the chance to experience our communal life and prayer in Holy Cross. You will also learn more about our seminary programs and the unique mission and charism Christ has entrusted to us. We invite you to read more about the retreat tailored to you. It very well might be the next step Jesus is asking of you is to “come and see."

High School

Come and See Weekends offer high school seniors (in the fall) and juniors (in the spring) the opportunity to spend a weekend at Old College Undergraduate Seminary at the University of Notre Dame and learn what life in the seminary with Holy Cross is like.


The College Discernment Retreat is offered in the fall and in the spring to college sophomores, juniors, or seniors. It teaches the basics of how to hear God’s call and provides opportunities to deepen discernment through prayer (including personal reflection time, Eucharistic Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours, and daily Mass) as well as to interact with Holy Cross priests and seminarians.

College Grads

The Graduate Discernment Retreat in the winter is for all college graduates. Held at Moreau Seminary, it covers the basic principles of discernment and offers diverse opportunities to pray and reflect on God’s call.  The retreat also includes an introduction to the mission and charism of Holy Cross.

Summer Seminary Immersion Program

The Summer Seminary Immersion Program is a two-week academic course offered by the Congregation of Holy Cross and the Notre Dame Office of Pre-College Programs. In this course participants will earn one credit of College Theology, and have a change to experience life at Old College, the undergraduate seminary on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Visit the Office of Pre-College Programs to learn more about this exciting opportunity for male high school rising juniors and seniors.

To learn more about how to register for a retreat, or to ask a question about our retreats, Contact Us.

To see more of Old College, or Moreau Seminary, check out our Virtual Tours.