Discernment on the Mountain Ski Retreat Will Help Men Discern God’s Call

By Colleen Rowan

WEST VIRGINIA—High school- and college-age men who feel a calling to the priesthood are invited to discern that call at the Discernment on the Mountain Ski Retreat Dec. 28-31 at the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center in Huttonsville.

Sponsored by the Vocations Office, the three-day retreat is set in the mountains of southern West Virginia for participants to deepen their faith and discern God’s call. The retreat includes Mass, prayer and discussions on discernment as well as a day of skiing at nearby Snowshoe Resort. The retreat will also give participants the opportunity for fellowship with seminarians and priests of the diocese of various ages who will be present to answer questions and talk.

Richard Teachout, assistant director of the diocesan Office of Vocations, said that the ski retreat had a great impact on a number of the diocese’s seminarians and that it provides a great opportunity to get away and discern God’s call.

“Several of our current seminarians have said that this particular retreat finally helped them realize God calling them to discern a life of priesthood,” Teachout said. “It’s good to step away from our routines, responsibilities and pressures of daily life allowing God into our hearts to speak to us about how we are individually being called to serve him.”

To register, contact Teachout at rteachout@dwc.org or (304) 233-0880, ext. 442, or visit www.wvpriests.org.