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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.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Mass: 4:00 p.m.
St. Ann’s Church, Long Grove, IA
Dinner and Conversation: 4:30– 6:30 p.m.
St. Ann’s Church
16550 290th St,
Long Grove, IA 52756

RSVP  BY FRIDAY, July 19th 
Colleen Darland, Vocations Assistant, 563-888-4378
or to vocations@davenportdiocese.org 

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Mass: 5:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport, IA
Dinner and Conversation: 6:00- 8:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Cathedral
422-E. 10th Street
Davenport IA  52803

RSVP  BY FRIDAY, October 11th 
Colleen Darland, Vocations Assistant, 563-888-4378
or to vocations@davenportdiocese.org 

Encounter with God’s Call, Conception Seminary

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/


School Sisters of Christ the King: Come & See 2019

April 12-14 or May 10-14

Experience our prayer, community life and apostolate. Open to single women, ages 19-35. 

Visit www.cksisters.org for more information. To register for the Come & See weekends, email ck-vocations@cdolinc.net or call 402-477-5232

A Discernment Retreat is also schedule for March 29-31, 2019. Space is limited. Please call the number above to inquire.


Exploring Priesthood, Mundelein Seminary

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

Bringing Vocations Home Workshop

Date: Saturday, December 7th 
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Registration begins at 8:15 am
Place: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
          4330 St. Patrick Drive
          Iowa City, IA 52240

Please register by November 20th. 

Keynote Speaker: Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan

Mrs. Rosemary Sullivan is the Executive Director of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors and has over 13 years of experience in the ministry of vocations for diocesan priesthood.  Rosemary’s work in this ministry began in 2002 as the Vocation Program Coordinator for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, including overseeing of seminary candidate admissions. This led to her being hired as the Events Coordinator for the NCDVD in 2006, and subsequently their Executive Director in 2009. For the past 6 years Rosemary has also been serving as a consultant to the USCCB committee for Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations.

In addition to her work in vocations, in 2012 Rose was appointed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan to serve as Program Director for the newly established Sacred Heart Institute for the ongoing formation of Clergy, part of the St. Charles Borromeo Tri-Diocesan Partnership.  This institute covers such programs as Recently Ordained, New Pastors, Mentor Training, Retreats and Study Days. Rose is often invited to speak on Diocesan Priesthood at conferences throughout the country.

A graduate of St. John’s University with degrees in Business and Communications, Rose has been married to her husband Gary for over 29 years; they have two college aged daughters and two sons.  One son is married and teaches Theology at a Catholic HS; their other son was recently ordained a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Register Online

“Conversion and vocation are two sides of the same coin.” ~Pope Francis


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 Serra Club Events

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. 

First Friday Masses are held at 11:30 a.m. with the recitation of the Rosary for Vocations at 11:10 a.m. at St. Vincent Center, 780 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport, Iowa. 

St. Serra Club’s Annual Summer Picnic, Sunday August 4th at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Cost to attend is $30/person. Priests, Deacons & Wives, Religious and Seminarians may attend for free. Please stay tuned for more details! 

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Diocesan Events

Priestly Ordination Liturgy

Deacons Terry Ball and Scott Foley will be ordained to the priesthood. 
James Flattery will be ordained to the transitional diaconate. 
Please join us and their families as we celebrate this next step in their vocations!

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

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