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Vocation Discernment Events

“We will be the most happy, our lives will be the most meaningful, and we will experience the most fulfillment if we follow God’s will – if we be who God calls us to be and do what God calls us to do.”- Bishop Zinkula

Project Andrew Dinner

The Project Andrew dinner is an evening that provides an opportunity for discerners high school aged and older to meet with Bishop Zinkula and Fr. Joseph Sia in a casual setting and get to know some of the local clergy and other men discerning a possible calling to the priesthood or religious life.  In addition to a wonderful meal, there will be a short presentation and sharing of vocation stories with plenty of time for questions and conversation.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Campus Mass: 4:30 p.m. Christ the King Chapel
Dinner and Conversation: 5:00– 7:00 p.m.
St. Ambrose University
Rogalski Center
518 Locust Street
Davenport, Iowa

Colleen Darland, Vocations Assistant, 563-888-4378
or vocations@davenportdiocese.org 



Statewide Thinking of Priesthood Day

This day is dedicated to young men, aged 16-35, who may be discerning the priesthood. The day allows time for discussion and prayer. The guest speaker is Fr. Brian Welter of the Archdiocese of Chicago, who has many years’ experience of guiding men in their discernment of God’s calling.  We can make arrangements for carpooling from Davenport if necessary, just let us know at registration.

Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Cecilia Catholic Church
2900 Hoover Avenue
Ames, IA 50010

to Colleen Darland, Vocations Assistant, 563-888-4378
or vocations@davenportdiocese.org



Little Sisters of the Poor: “This is my story”
Vocation Discernment Retreat

Grateful to God who has authored the story of our 150 years of service in the USA, we Little Sisters of the Poor invite single women 18-35 to come and discern the story that Our Lord desires to write in their hearts and in their lives… Holy Mass, Talks & Discussion, Eucharistic Adoration, Meals with the Little Sisters, Vocation Stories, Service to the Poor, and an option for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Emmaus Walks, and/or 1:1 vocation accompaniment. There is no charge for the retreat.

Friday, Nov. 2nd 6:30 p.m. to Sunday, Nov. 4th, 1:00 p.m. 

Little Sisters of the Poor/St. Mary’s Home
2325 N. Lakewood Ave.
Chicago IL 60614

For more information or to register:
E-mail vcchicago@littlesistersofthepoor.org
or call (773) 484-8444

Registration deadline is October 30th~ Early registration is appreciated!


Encounter with God’s Call, Conception Seminary

November 10-12, 2018
April 6-8, 2019

Encounter With God’s Call is a seminary discernment experience for high school juniors through recent college graduates (ages 16-25). During Encounter, the participants further discern the call to priesthood and learn about college seminary life. Throughout the weekend, participants pray, meet, and relax with seminarians. Together we all seek to listen for God’s voice and our call. 

On Saturday afternoon, you’ll meet seminarians who act as ambassadors, welcoming and guiding you through the weekend.  As you attend the talks and activities, you’ll get to know them and the other participants who are discerning their vocation.  You also have the option to stay until Monday to attend seminary classes and meet faculty and staff. 

Contact the Vocations Office if you are interested in attending: vocations@davenportdiocese.org or 563-888-4255. For more information about the weekend: https://www.conception.edu/seminary/encounter-gods-call/


Exploring Priesthood, Mundelein Seminary

January 18-20, 2019
March 15-17, 2019

These retreats are designed to help you further discern God’s call to the diocesan priesthood, potentially through formation here at Mundelein. Throughout the weekend of prayer, discussions, fraternity, recreation, and presentations from current faculty and seminarians, you will better understand God’s movement in your heart as you experience life on campus.

During Exploring Priesthood Weekend, you will have the chance to learn about the steps for discernment, values of priestly life, and the structure of seminary formation.  Current seminarians will share  their vocation stories, and you will join them at Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and the Liturgy of the Hours. Our historic campus with its many chapels will also be open to you for your personal prayer and exploration. 

Contact the Vocations Office if you are interested in attending: vocations@davenportdiocese.org or 563-888-4255. For more information about the weekend: https://usml.edu/epw/

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Vocation Promotion Events


Saturday, December 1st, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Iowa City

~ Hear national speakers Rhonda Gruenewald and Leticia Ramirez on creating a culture of vocations, both English and Spanish tracks! 
~ Learn how to effectively promote vocations in your parish
~ Attendees include priests, deacons, religious men and women, Catholic teachers and catechists, youth ministers, campus ministers, and lay people who wish to foster vocations in their parishes.
~ Lunch provided. No cost to attend.




Leticia Ramirez, Fr. Joseph Sia, Rhonda Gruenewald Photo taken at NCDVD 2018, Scottsdale, AZ.



To equip Catholic laity to form vibrant Vocation Ministries that promote vocations to marriage, priesthood, and consecrated life in their parishes.




Learn How to Promote Vocations in Your Parish:

  • What is a Vocation Ministry and why do we need one?
  • What is the recipe for a vocation-producing parish?
  • What is the message young people need to hear?
  • How do we start and sustain our ministry?

Make a Concrete Plan for Your Parish Ministry:

  • Choose realistic activities in the areas of Prayer, Education, Youth, and Affirmation
  • Discuss how to celebrate various dates such as National Vocation Awareness Week
  • Set goals and leave with a plan to get started!

There is NO cost to attend this important day.  Lunch will be provided. 

Registrations are requested. 

For more information and to register, visit: www.davenportdiocese.org/hundredfold-workshop

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 Serra Club Events

Annual Thanksgiving Gala,  November 16th, 5:00- 8:00 pm.
The Outing Club, Davenport, IA. $50/person.
RSVP to vocations@davenportdiocese.org or (563) 888-4378 by November 1st.  


Regular meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month
at St. Vincent Center, 780 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport, Iowa. 

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Diocesan Events

Diaconate Ordination for Scott Foley

Scott Foley of Williamsburg, IA will be ordained to the transitional diaconate on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. The ordination will take place at the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican at the Altar of the Chair. For information on the events leading up to the ordination, please visit: www.pnac.org/diaconate-ordination/welcome/ . Fr. Joseph Sia will be in Rome for the ordination to represent the people, clergy, and religious of the Diocese of Davenport. 

Please remember to keep Scott and all the other ordinands in your prayers! 

Candidacy Mass at St. Paul Seminary

Dale Mallory, Knoxville and Ben Snyder, Washington will be accepted into the order of Candidacy for the Priesthood on October 19th, 2018. The Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Chapel on the campus of St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, St. Paul, MN. For more information, please visit: St. Paul Seminary Events Calendar 

Please remember to keep Dale, Ben and all the other candidates in your prayers! 

Priestly Ordination Liturgy

June 1st, 2019, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 10 AM

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