Spring Discernment Retreat

Prospective Catholic U.S. Military chaplains pray during discernment retreat at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA, on April 1, 2022.

Nineteen men gathered in Menlo Park, CA, March 31-April 3 for a retreat aimed at helping them discern if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and U.S. Military chaplains. The AMS Vocations Office held the retreat at St. Patrick’s Seminary in hopes of relieving a chronic shortage of Catholic priests on active duty.

The prospective chaplain candidates included three civilians with no military background including one already in seminary, nine from the Air Force including five cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy, three from the Navy including a midshipman from the U.S. Naval Academy, two from the Army, one from the Marine Corps, and one from the Coast Guard.

Nine of the candidates hope to become chaplains in the Air Force, six in the Navy, and three in the Army. Another remains undecided about which branch to serve.