Attending an AMS Vocation Discernment Retreat will help you understand better a calling to the priesthood and Military chaplaincy. Military chaplains, seminarians and faculty will conduct an all-inclusive 4-day retreat beginning on a Thursday and concluding after Sunday morning Mass. The Discernment Retreat will help you to explore and learn about a priest’s life dedicated to the service of God and Country.
2014 Step Closer Retreat at Bethany Center in Lutz, Florida. Along with the Archbishop and Father Aidan are the priest recruiters as follows: Chaplain Lasarian Nwoga, USAF; Chaplain Joel Panzer, USA; and Chaplain Benton Garrett, USN. There were 10 men on the retreat: 3 USA, 5 USAF, 2 civilians.
What Can I Expect at an AMS Vocation Discernment Retreat?
This is your opportunity to learn more about the Catholic priesthood and the military chaplaincy, to ask questions, and to discern your vocation while participating in an AMS retreat. You will also meet priest-chaplains, chaplain candidates and other men like yourself discerning God’s call to the priesthood.
Upcoming AMS Vocation Discernment Retreats
|Fall Retreat||Spring Retreat (moved to Summer)|
|Mount St. Mary’s of the West Seminary||Theological College Seminary|
|Cincinnati, Ohio||Washington, D.C.|
|21-24 October 2021||24-28 June 2021|
Who Can Attend:
|1. Single Catholic men|
|2. 18-30 years of age|
|3. Active Duty Military and Civilians|
|4. Sponsored by a Catholic Chaplain or a Parish Priest|
Sample AMS Vocation Discernment Retreat Schedule:
|Day 1 – Thursday||Day 2 – Friday||Day 3 – Saturday||Day 4 – Sunday|
|Arrival throughout the day||0700 Morning Prayer on your own||0800 Morning Prayer||0630 Morning Prayer on your own|
|1700 Evening Prayer||0730 Mass||0830 Breakfast||0700 Mass|
|1730 Wecome & Staff Introductions||0830 Breakfast||0930 Discernment Talk: Vocations Director||0800 Breakfast|
|1800 Dinner||0930 Archbishop Timothy Broglio||1000 Break||Departures throughout the day|
|1900 Retreat Overview, Focus, & Retreatant Introductions||1030 Break||1015 Individaul Meetings with Vocations Director|
|2000 Welcome Social||1045 "My Story" Presented by Priests/Chaplains||1200 Lunch|
|1145 Small Group Discussions||1300 Personal Time|
|1230 Lunch||1500 Seminarian Panel Discussion|
|1315 Personal Time||1600 Break|
|1530 Vocation Director's Talk||1615 Chaplain's Panel - Q&A|
|1630 Break||1700 Mass|
|1645 "Fishers of Men" Vocation DVD Presentation||1800 Dinner|
|1730 Evening Prayer||2015 Evening Prayer|
|1800 Dinner||2030 Farewell Socia|
|1930 Exposition, Reconciliation, & Benidiction|
|2030 Personal Time|
“We are distracted by many things, by other more superficial voices … We are afraid to listen to the voice of the Lord because we believe it can detract from our freedom. The truth is that each of us is the fruit of love … the love of God. When we become aware of this our lives change; they become a response to that love which is greater than any other, and thus our freedom is fully realized.”