Undergraduate Discernment Opportunities

Delve deep into God’s call

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Undergraduates are invited to come to Moreau Seminary to learn more about what life is like for Holy Cross priests and brothers and to learn more about discernment.

Moreau Seminary

Undergraduate Discernment Retreat

November 10-12, 2023

The Undergraduate Discernment Retreat offers college undergraduates the opportunity to step away from the busyness of campus life to begin to find the answer to the critical, life-defining question: What is God calling me to do? Held at Moreau Seminary, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, the Undergraduate Discernment Retreat begins Friday afternoon and concludes Sunday afternoon.

The retreat teaches the basics of how to listen for and to recognize God’s call. It not only provides many opportunities for prayer (including personal reflection time, Eucharistic Adoration, Liturgy of the Hours, and daily Mass), but also teaches some forms of prayer particularly helpful in hearing the voice of the Lord. It also covers the history, charism, and mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Holy Cross priests and seminarians from the local area attend parts of the weekend, including several of the meals, to share their personal experiences of seminary, community, and ministry in the Congregation. The schedule includes ample time for individual conversations with members of Holy Cross and fellow discerners.


Man in Formation at Lucernarium
2023 Rome pilgrims meeting Pope Francis

Rome, Italy

Rome Discernment Pilgrimage

March 9-16, 2024

This pilgrimage is an opportunity to pray at holy sites and to consider your vocation discernment in the perspective of the universal Church. We will visit historic churches throughout the Eternal City, take an extensive tour of the Vatican, attend a papal audience, and take a day trip to Assisi. Pilgrimage includes daily Mass, and time for reflection and conversation with Holy Cross priests and men in formation. Trip cost is highly subsidized and includes transportation, lodging, meals, and entry fees. The deadline to apply for the 2024 Rome Pilgrimage is December 7, 2023.

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University of Notre Dame

Her Loyal Sons Discernment Group

Her Loyal Sons is a group of men on the campus of the University of Notre Dame who are committed to listening to God’s call. No matter where you are in your discernment, Her Loyal Sons is a space in which to embrace fraternity, walking never alone but always together as brothers, hearing and responding to what God wants for each and every one of us.

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Her Loyal Sons Discernment Group
men on Undergraduate backpacking pilgrimage

University of Notre Dame

Backpacking Pilgrimage

October 19-25, 2024

Sponsored by the Office of Vocations, this backpacking pilgrimage for undergraduate men is an opportunity for those open to God’s call in their lives to adventure at Pictured Rocks in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, learn the fundamentals of wilderness backpacking, participate in daily Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours in the outdoors, pray with wonder and awe at creation, experience a community of young Catholic men, ask big questions about God’s call in their lives, and be led by men in formation and a priest of Holy Cross.

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Moreau 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 Moreau Seminary for a few days, and speak with a vocations director while you are here. See first hand 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.

Schedule an Informal Visit

seminarians at Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Notre Dame in the snow