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Fearless Discernment Forum

  • Our Lady of Fatima Shrine 101 Summer Street Holliston, MA (map)
"Listen in silence because if your heart is full of other things you cannot hear the voice of God." - Mother Teresa

"Listen in silence because if your heart is full of other things you cannot hear the voice of God." - Mother Teresa

Before you read any further, take a moment to pause and ask yourself this question... do you know how to listen?

Yes, we know that you know how to pop in your earbuds and LISTEN to your favorite Spotify playlist.

Yes, we know that you know how to take notes as you LISTEN to your boss rattling off upcoming project deadlines.

And yes, we know that you know how to be present and LISTEN as your best friend shares about his/ her recent breakup.

But all of these examples do not exactly get at the kind of "listening" we are asking about. We want you to ask yourself, do you know how to listen to the only voice that truly matters-- the voice of God.

As we come together to explore and practice various forms of prayer and reflection as well as hear from young speakers from all walks of life, we will discover that we must attune our hearts to God in order to truly listen to His divine voice. Further, as we grow in our ability to listen, we are then able to discern, or recognize, God's will for our lives.

Ultimately, the purpose of this forum is to provide an opportunity for young people to deepen their understanding of what it means to fearlessly discern God's will.

The following is the event's tentative schedule.

  • OPTIONAL 10:00 - 10:45 AM Mass

  • 10:45 - 11:00 AM Check In

  • 11:00 - 11:30 AM Introduction

    • Synod Review

    • Event Focus Word: Listen

  • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Making the Culture of Vocation REAL

  • 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Group Lunch

  • 1:15 - 2:15 PM Called to Holiness and Freedom

    • Breaking down the lie that we must choose between holiness or freedom

    • Redefining freedom

    • Overcoming the fear of the unknown with trust in God

  • 2:15 - 2:20 PM Break

  • 2:20 - 3:20 PM The Vocation Conversation

    • Panel with individuals from all vocations: married men and women, nuns, priests, and single persons (scroll down for info on speakers!)

    • Live Q&A

  • 3:20 - 3:50 PM Debrief/ Reflection

    • Personal Silent Reflection

    • Large Group Share

  • 3:50 - 4:00 PM Closing Prayer/ Parting Words

  • OPTIONAL 4:00 - 5:00 PM

    • Confession

    • Walk around Shrine grounds

    • Gift Shop

    • Socialize with other event attendees

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“Vocation Conversation” Speakers/ Panelists:

  • Darcie and Christian Nielsen are parents to three beautiful daughters, all under the age of five. Beyond their responsibilities as husband & wife and father & mother, they are owners and principals of Spero, a consulting firm that works with Catholic ministries, parishes, dioceses, and schools.

  • Ryan and Sarah Cannici met at Northeastern University in 2013 through their involvement with the Catholic Center. Through their years of dating and going to school together, Ryan and Sarah grew stronger and deeper in their love of Jesus, as well as one another. They have been married for just over three months and are very excited to see where the Lord leads them in their journey as husband and wife.

  • Patrick O'Connor is a 3rd-year seminarian from Dedham, MA. He first felt God calling him to the priesthood while in 8th Grade, and started seminary formation after graduating from college.

  • Peter Schirripa is in his second year of seminary. He grew up in Lexington, MA. Before attending the seminary, he went to Saint Anselm College and he also taught 6th grade English and Social Social Studies at Clarke Middle School in Lexington, MA.

  • Marcelo Ferrari is a seminarian at St. John’s Seminary, studying for the Archdiocese of Boston. He attended Bentley University he enjoys writing, running, photography, soccer, poetry, hiking, reading, and a whole lot of coffee.

  • Sister Guadalupe Karol Quinn is a sister of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth. She studied Aerospace Engineering and worked as an Engineer for about four years before becoming a missionary with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) at Boston University.




Quotes for inspiration...

"Do not be afraid to listen to the Spirit who proposes bold choices; do not delay when your conscience asks you to take risks in following the Master." (Letter of Pope Francis to Young People January 2017)

"Discernment leads us to recognize - and become attuned with - the action of the Spirit, in true spiritual obedience." (2018 Instrumentum Laboris: XV Ordinary General Assembly YOUNG PEOPLE, THE FAITH, AND VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT)

"Programs, plans and projects have their place; but the discernment of a vocation is above all the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the Lord and his disciples. Young people, if they know how to pray, can be trusted to know what to do with God’s call." (Pope Benedct XVI, Response to Questions Posed by the USA Bishops, April 2008)

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