Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Duc in altum" Discernment Program

Last Saturday, I met with a dozen young people--some teenagers, most twenty-somethings--who are taking part in a discernment program about God's will for their lives, called "Duc in altum". We celebrated the Eucharist, shared lunch and some dialogue on heeding Jesus' teaching on the evangelical counsels (poverty, chastity, obedience).

Here are some features of the process as described in the original website:

DUC IN ALTUM: Ottawa! “Put out into the deep.” (Luke 5:4)

Dear Young Friends in Christ, Remember our beloved JP II who encouraged us to: DUC IN ALTUM: Ottawa! «Put out into the deep.» Luke 5:4

Have you ever asked yourself ...
•What am I doing with my life?
•How do I find out what God wants me to be and do?
•How do I discern? How do I decide and follow through?

Well, discovering our purpose in life requires that we «put out into the deep»!

Take time to read about the following amazing opportunity to dedicate
«A year for your future»!Why DUC IN ALTUM can be “A year for your future”?
•Gives you space for discernment in a group environment!
•Gives you the gift of personalized accompaniment!
•Identifies avenues for personal growth and service of life!

What is this project DUC IN ALTUM “A year for your future”?
•It is an innovative journey requiring a faithful and faith-filled commitment.
•It is a journey of discovery of God's dream for you!
•It is an invitation to a commitment of participation on a journey that includes:
•a personal accompaniment process;
•a group journey with prayer and reflection over a yearly period of eight encounters - ◦2009-2010

Topics of the various encounters include: discernment, personal accompaniment, Lectio Divina, Prayer, Identity, Marriage, Theology of the Body, Reconciliation, Evangelical counsels, Vocation and Mission, Experience of various Worship and prayer experiences: Eucharist, Penance, Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration, meditation, etc.

For whom? •For young adults, (ages 20-35) who are journeying in their faith formation and relationship with Christ;
•For young adults who are asking themselves «How can I respond to God's call to happiness?»

Speakers: Various guests speakers & witness talk given by Bishops, priests, deacons, religious and married couples.

Need to clarify some of your thoughts about this: Learn more about the benefits, process, guest speakers, topics, cost, and team from Ted.

Who will lead us? •A team of passionate and dedicated people who want to give their time and energy to people wanting to know who Christ is in their lives! In collaboration with the Archdiocesan Youth Office and the Office for English Pastoral Services.

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