High School Discernment Opportunities

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Still in high school, but sensing God’s call?

Our high school programs and retreats offer juniors and seniors a chance to visit Old College, Holy Cross’ undergraduate seminary at the University of Notre Dame.

University of Notre Dame

Summer Seminary Immersion Program

June 15-29, 2024

The Summer Seminary Immersion Program is a two-week academic course offered in conjunction with the Office of Pre-College Programs at Notre Dame. This program will help young men deepen their own consideration of God’s call through the study of Sacred Scripture and the Catholic Tradition. Participants will live in Old College, and their course work will focus on developing a deeper understanding of the priesthood.

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“I came to [SSIP] expecting my vocation to remain the same … Leaving SSIP, I’ve discovered a new vocation God may be calling me to, one where I could better serve his people and be happy. ”

2022 SSIP Participant

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Old College Undergraduate Seminary

Come & See Weekend

October 5-7, 2023

Come and See Weekends offer high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to spend a weekend at Old College Undergraduate Seminary at the University of Notre Dame, so they might get to know the men in formation, their daily routines, and their experiences of formation. Participants will join the seminary community for daily Mass and prayer, learn about the Congregation of Holy Cross and its mission, and tour both the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College campuses. All meals are provided.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. In addition to campus tours and a formal presentation, parents will also have the opportunity to ask any questions they have so that they can better assist their sons in hearing God’s call. With advance notice, simple accommodations can be arranged for parents at Moreau Seminary.

Come and See Weekends run from Thursday afternoon to Saturday afternoon. Students and parents should plan to arrive at Moreau Seminary on the campus of Notre Dame between 2 and 4 p.m. on Thursday. Directions are available upon request. Students and parents are free to depart between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday following Mass, Holy Hour, and brunch at Old College. Most occasions during the weekend will be casual, although an informal outfit (khaki pants, collared shirt, and dress shoes) would be appropriate for Mass on Thursday and Friday evenings.

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Old College Undergraduate Seminary

Informal Visit

Sometimes, scheduling conflicts make it hard to attend a retreat. Call the Vocations Office to schedule an individual informal visit. Come and stay at Old College for a few days, and speak with a vocations director and the Old College rector while you are here.  Attend a class with a current collegian, and see firsthand what life at the seminary has to offer.  If you are planning a campus visit, call our office to schedule a meeting with one of our vocations directors while you are here.

Schedule an Informal Visit

seminarian praying at Log Chapel Mass at Notre Dame