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Discernment houses: Living in community and going deeper into one’s spiritual life

March 1, 2021

Campus Ministry News Residence Life Student Affairs Undergrad Student Information

The Offices of Mission & Ministry and Student Affairs are offering discernment houses next academic year, one for men and one for women.

The program is open to all returning students who want to grow spiritually with their peers who have similar aspirations. The program provides students a unique residential experience that nurtures their faith and is conducive to community life with opportunities for service, prayer, and accompaniment.

Interested students may or may not be considering religious life or priesthood, but must be open to living a shared communal life, have a desire to go deeper in their spirituality, and want to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Communal life will include common meals, common prayers, shared household responsibilities, and recreational activities. 

The discernment houses will be located in Saint Yon’s in two, four-person apartments — one for men and one for women. Students remain part of the residence life community, subject to the same expectations, policies, and costs.  

Interested students are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@smumn.edu for an application, which will be due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 12. Interviews will be conducted the week of March 15.

Please contact Marisa Naryka, Ed.D., assistant vice president for Student Affairs, at studentaffairs@smumn.edu or Brother Stephen Markham, vice president for Mission & Ministry, at smarkham@smumn.edu with any questions.