Ten men took a “step closer” to discerning whether God is calling them to be Catholic priests in the United States military. They gathered for a period of prayer and reflection in the June 19-22 “Step Closer Retreat” at the Bethany Center in Lutz, Florida.
The Step Closer Retreat is sponsored annually by the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) for the most serious of prospective Catholic military chaplains—those showing the strongest inclination toward a priestly vocation as well as the “vocation within a vocation” to serve in the armed forces.
As in recent years, most of those attending this year’s Step Closer Retreat are already in the service. Five are in the Air Force; three are in the Army; two are civilians. All have completed the first steps of discernment—applying to the AMS with detailed personal background information; and attending the “Discernment Retreat,” which the AMS sponsors twice a year for young men taking the first steps in exploring whether or not the priesthood and military chaplaincy are for them.
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