Retreats to follow Vocation Awareness Week

BRIGHTON --  The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Boston will hold two discernment retreats as a follow-up to Vocation Awareness Week Jan. 8-13.

A vocation discernment day for men over 40 years old will be held on Feb. 1 at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, and a discernment weekend for men ages 18-40 will be held at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton from Feb. 2-3.

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley will speak and celebrate Mass at both events, titled “I will make you fishers of men.”

The purpose of the retreats is to help men discover God’s call with an emphasis on the priesthood, said Father Michael Harrington, assistant director of vocations.

“The heart of it is to help men discover what God is calling them to in this life,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for men to step away from their hectic daily schedules.”

Sometimes the environment of silence, prayer and talks about discernment motivates men to take the next step toward a vocation and enter the seminary, he added.

In order to register, contact the Vocation Office by calling 617-746-5949 or sending an e-mail to For more information, visit