Come & See Events

Interested in learning more about discernment, finding your vocation, and the priesthood? Then join us for a Come & See event. These are fun, low key gatherings that begin with mass with our Bishop followed by dinner and an opportunity to hear a few vocation stories and an opportunity to meet and interact with other young men considering the priesthood.

Any young man thinking about the priesthood is welcome to attend. Please contact the vocation office to register for the next Come & See event! These events typically take place in December and June every year at the Co-Cathedral of Saint Robert Bellarmine, Freehold.

Priesthood Discernment Groups

These small group gatherings occur monthly from October through May. For those living in Monmouth and Ocean Counties we have our monthly gathering on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Villa Saint Dominic in Point Pleasant, NJ. For those living in either Mercer or Burlington Counties we have our monthly gathering on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Frassati House in Lawrence Township, NJ. These gatherings are for men between the ages of 16-35 who believe that God may be calling them to the priesthood.

Does coming to this group automatically sign you up for the seminary and the priesthood? Absolutely NOT! What this group does is allow us to come together as men thinking about this great vocation. It allows us to pray together and to share with each other our own journeys and how we feel God is calling us to a life of service and love of God’s people. Each meeting will be an opportunity for us to grow as disciples and brothers in Christ. We begin our gatherings with Evening Prayer at 5:00 PM followed by dinner and a conversation based upon a chapter from Cardinal Dolan's book "Priests for the Third Millennium." Each gathering will have a different topic focus, which will be presented by different guest priests from around the diocese.

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To attend an upcoming small group gathering contact the vocations office to register!

Duc In Altum | Priestly Discernment Retreat

After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Cast out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”

Luke 5:4
Luke 5:4
  • Is the Lord challenging you to grow in holiness and to follow him more closely? Are you trying to discover God’s plan for your life?
  • Do you seek to hear the Lord call and to serve him in the Church?
  • Have you thought about priesthood but don't really know what to do next?
  • Are you in need of some time away from your regular rutine to better hear the vocie of God?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above then this discernment retreat may be for you. This retreat typically takes place in early August and is open to those men seriously discerning the vocation of priesthood between the ages of 18 and 35. To register and for more information please contact the vocation office.

QUO VADIS DISCERNMENT RETREAT

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A high school men’s discernment retreat for young Catholic men to deepen their faith and seek God’s call in their lives. Open to young men in 8th through 12th grade who are open to following Jesus Christ and interested in what that might mean in their own life.

“Quo Vadis” is the Latin phrase for “Where are you going?”  Legend tells us that St. Peter asked Jesus this question on the outskirts of Rome. The Quo Vadis Retreats offer guidance and time in prayer, as well as classic camp activities like sports, hiking and great food. You will have the chance to meet and hang out with diocesan seminarians, who serve as group leaders and help run the retreat. Retreat includes: Mass & Prayer, Sports & Games, Talks & Small group discussions, Food & Friendship, Q&A with seminarians and priests.

To register and form more information please contact the vocation office.