Forged by the Fire is a new movement sponsored by the Vocation Office for men’s evangelization, discipleship and fellowship for men in their 20s and 30s. Consisting of a series of three weekend retreats, the annual retreat series culminates with an evangelization project.
The weekend retreats are held at St. Charles Borromeo on September 8-10, October 13-15, and November 17-19. The cost per retreat is $50 for room, board, and supplies,
If you know of a faith-filled, young adult man who would like to grow in holiness and be a part of this new movement, please call Fr. Stephen DeLacy, Vocation Director at (610) 667-5778 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parishes are welcome to gather for a one-day Confirmation retreat!
The event includes
- Dynamic talks centered around our relationship with Christ
- Hands-on activities which illustrate how we can live out the gifts of the Spirit
- Interaction with Seminarians
All participants will be provided with lunch.
Parish DREs and/or Youth Ministers are responsible for setting up transportation to and from the event and for providing chaperones (who have completed all Archdiocesan Safe Environment Requirements) for their group.
Registration is currently closed for the October 14, 2017 Retreat. For more information, contact Sue Matour at 610-667-5778.
Parents/guardians of students attending the October 14, 2017 Saints A.L.I.V.E. Confirmation Retreat are invited to attend a one-hour Parent Session with Dr. Mariette Danilo. This session will be held from 2:45 to 3:45 PM and then parents are invited to attend the Vigil Mass for Sunday with their children.
There is no cost for this session, but for planning purposes, all parents /guardians are asked to register:
A Come And See Weekend is a perfect opportunity for men who are considering a vocation to come to St Charles Borromeo Seminary to see what seminary life is like and explore the possibility of their own call to the priesthood.
This is an ideal retreat for someone who is actively pursuing a call to the priesthood.
It would also be a good opportunity for a man who has been evangelized to explore the possibility of a call to the priesthood!
Unique to this Come and See Weekend, is the opportunity to join the seminary community for the Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Washington DC. Participants will leave from the Seminary on Saturday morning, returning on Saturday evening. Transportation will be provided.
In addition, the weekend includes reflections on the priesthood, vocation stories from seminarians. Attendees will join the seminary for the Liturgy of the Hours, Mass and Eucharistic Adoration.
For more information, contact Fr. DeLacy, Vocations Director, at 610-667-5778, or Sue Matour, Associate Director at email@example.com.
Download the Come & See Permission Form
Download the Come and See Flyer
Set the World Ablaze! Help impact the future of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia! Spend the evening with other Parish and Deanery Vocation Coordinators (PVCs and DVCs), seminarians, priests, and lay leaders to learn how to create and foster a culture of vocations in our families, parishes, schools, and communities. This event will be held at 7:00pm in Vianney Auditorium at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on Monday, October 30, 2017.
For more information, contact Sue Matour in the Vocation Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 667-5778.
Join the Vocation Office in creating a culture of vocations in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Check out our events surrounding Vocation Awareness Week and get involved, but not just you—your parish, youth group, PREP program, and other parish organizations.
Call our office (610) 667-5778 to register for any of our events and for more information and resources including downloadable vocation lesson plans.
A complete list of events, and links to their respective event pages, is provided below:
Saturday, November 4, 2017 – Heed Your Call Fundraiser
Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Youth Ministry Nite
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – Meet the Seminarians Webinars – PREP Programs
Thursday, November 9, 2017 – Meet the Seminarians Webinars – Grade Schools
Thursday, November 9, 2017 – Home School and Regina School Visit
Friday, November 10, 2017 – Young Adult Movie Night
All are invited to join the Seminary Community for the Close of Forty Hours which includes Evening Prayer, Eucharistic Procession and a Reception.
This event will be held at 7:00PM on Friday, November 3, 2017.
For more information, or to register, contact the Vocation Office at (610) 667-5778 or Fr. DeLacy at email@example.com.
In order to provide the number and type of vocational and discernment opportunities that are profiled in the Playbook, the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood relies on the generosity of our friends and supporters. No donation is too small and all monies are directly applied to the programs and events aimed at helping men become better disciples of Jesus Christ and to answer His vocational call, whatever that may be, but we hope for many that it is to the Diocesan Priesthood.
This annual benefit will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017, the Feast of our Patron, St. Charles Borromeo. This event is held at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and the evening begins with Mass at 4:30PM during which we thank Almighty God for the gift of His son, Jesus Christ, and receive Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist. Following Mass, all are invited to gather in the historic Eakins Room for wine, hors d’oeuvres and a brief program of music and vocation stories by some of our Philadelphia seminarians and newly ordained clergy.
If you, or someone you know, would like to be invited to this event, please contact Sue Matour in the Vocation Office at 610-667-5778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Youth Ministry Programs are invited to celebrate Vocation Awareness Week at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Join the Seminarians and Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood for an engaging visit as we continue to build a Culture of Vocations!
All chaperones must comply with Archdiocesan Safe Environment Requirements (please see: https://childyouthprotection.org/)
This event includes a Tour of the Seminary, Evening Prayer and Dinner with the Seminarians and a Vocation Scavenger Hunt.
So that we can plan accordingly, please register your group by October 25th by clicking HERE.
A flyer is provided below to share with your groups!
Traditionally High School young men have come out to see the seminary for what A Night at Overbrook, but we are hopeful that, in addition to these young men, many of our priests, deacons, youth ministers and parish vocation coordinators (PVCs) will take advantage of this opportunity.
A Night at Overbrook includes:
- Tour of St Charles Borromeo Seminary
- Evening Prayer with the Seminarian Community
- Dinner in the Refectory
- Vocation Talks and Discussions Led by Current Seminarians
If the scheduled dates do not work for your group, please call the vocation office at (610)667-5778 or email Sue Matour (email@example.com) and we can arrange a date for your group.