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Lay Community | Discernment Program

Vocational Discernment Program

The CJC discernment program is open to any man or woman 18 years and older who is serious about discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. The discernment resident lives with the Priests and Brothers or Sister Servants of Jesus Crucified and follows their way of life while receiving formation in the spiritual life. The program runs from September 1 - December 15 (fall semester), February 1 - May 15 (spring semester), and June 1 - August 15 (summer semester). The discernment resident can be a full-time student or hold full-time employment. He or she may also stay full-time with the community for the program, in such case the discernent resident would participate in manual labor and apostolate during the day. The resident remains at CJC when not in studies or at work and follows the horarium and rule of life. A person can remain in the discernment program for a single semester, for two, or for up to one year. At that point or before he or she should have some clarity on what God desires and should be prepared to pursue his or her specific vocation in the Church.

How to Apply
In order to apply for the CJC Discernment Program or for inquiries, contact Fr. Michael Champagne, CJC for a personal interview ( or 337-394-6550). An application and curriculum vitae form can be obtained at that time or downloaded at

See the Vocational Discernment Program flyer for more information

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