By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

Young men who might be interested in entering the seminary are invited to an upcoming vocations weekend retreat at St. Joseph Abbey in St. Benedict.

A Come and See weekend is scheduled at the abbey April 12-14 and is open for all young men ages 16 and over.

There is no cost. Meals  beds are provided but linens, pillow, towels and personal items must be brought.

Activities traditionally include conferences on seminary life and discernment, as well as Mass, eucharastic adoration and confession. Retreat officials said the weekend is a great opportunity for anyone discerning a potential journey to the priesthood.

Along with the  activities listed, those attending will also have the opportunity to meet with priests and current seminarians in ongoing formation. Retreatants will be able to ask questions, discuss concerns and take the time to pray for God’s will.

“The Come and See weekend allows men who are discerning a call to the priesthood or who simply desire to see what seminary life is like to come and spend time at the seminary with men who have answered God’s call,” said Albert Blount, a seminarian for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. “Those who come will be able to spend time with the seminarians in a number of settings, from meals and sports to classes and one-on-one time to ask any questions they may have.

“There are no expectations or pressure placed on the men who show up; it is only a time for them to come and see what this life is really like.”

For more information or to register, call Father Andrew Merrick, vocations for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, at 225-336-8778 or email him at amerrick@diobr.org. Or contact Christie Francis of the Office of Vocations at 225-336-8778 or cfrancis@diobr.org.