This weekend, 15 men took a “step closer” to discerning whether God is calling them to be Catholic priests in the United States Military. The 15 gathered for a period of prayer and reflection in the June 25-28 “Step Closer Retreat” at the Bethany Retreat Center in Lutz, Florida.
The Step Closer Retreat is sponsored annually by the Vocations Office of the 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. Seven are in the Navy; four are in the Army; two are in the Air Force; and 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 toward exploring whether or not the priesthood and military chaplaincy are for them.
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