USF hosting inaugural “Living Your Call” lecture

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News release from the University of Saint Francis:

USF hosting inaugural “Living Your Call” lecture

(March 14, 2013) – The University of Saint Francis (USF) is hosting the lecture, “(Un)bound: God’s Call and the Freedom to Be Yourself,” for high school and college students on April 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the North Campus auditorium as the inaugural event in an overarching initiative, “Living Your Call.”

Leonard DeLorenzo, director of the Notre Dame Vocation Initiative in the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the lecture. The lecture will point to the art of Christian vocation as learning to intentionally live a paradox: allowing faithfulness to God to empower the deepest freedom imaginable. “There are few times more precious to practicing this art of living than the college years, when many habits, commitments and intentions are set in place,” DeLorenzo said.

As the launching event of the “Living Your Call” program at USF, the presentation will mingle stories with theological insights to better explain the mystery of Christian vocation and offer practical suggestions about how to live more faithfully in response to God’s call.

The university’s “Living Your Call,” funded by a grant from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), is a project to help students begin a vocation discernment process in the first year of college. The lecture series is one of several offerings aimed at nurturing that discernment process in high school and college students. It is a joint project of the School of Arts and Sciences, Campus Ministry and Student Life.

A series of “Living Your Call” activities begins with this lecture and will continue through 2014. It will include speakers who address vocation as it relates to college students in the decision-making process; two summer workshops to train faculty and staff members to assist students in the discernment process; student discussion groups and retreats including small group discussions on discernment; and the use of videos, print resources, digital and print subscriptions, group activities and other materials to stimulate understanding of the subject.

DeLorenzo is involved in the faith formation and theological education of Notre Dame undergraduates in a variety of settings, and spearheads the university’s faith outreach to high school students and their leaders. He is a doctoral student in the Department of Theology, where he has earned a master degree in systematic theology and a bachelor degrees in theology and philosophy.

The presentation is free to high school and college students.

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