Thank you for your interest in attending Catholics on Call this summer in Chicago, IL.

Some Logistics

Spots are limited for this trip.

Thanks to a grant from the Lily Foundation, we, the Diocese of Charlotte, is able to bring along a group of students who attend schools in the Diocese. As for travel, the current plan is to drive a van from NC to IL, but if plane tickets are within the budget, we will go that route. The event is July 25-28th. Traveling by van, we would depart NC on July 24th and overnight on the way to Chicago, returning on July 29th. As mentioned, if we fly instead, that would mean a departure of July 25th and return on July 28th. We look forward to working this out since logistics are part of the fun of planning a trip!

$100 is the cost per student (the event is underwritten by other organizations already to keep the cost this low to participate). This can be covered, thanks to the grant from the Lily Foundation.

What is the Catholics on Call Young Adult Conference?


Is your calendar overflowing with appointments and events this summer? Work, weddings, family vacations, ballgames, business trips…it seems to never stop.

Maybe you need some time and space away from the pace of your everyday life, an alternative vacation. Time to learn how to discern and how to listen — to yourself, and to God.

Every summer, Catholics on Call hosts a four-day program at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago. This experience is designed for women and men (ages 18 to 35) who may be thinking about a life of service in the Church as a lay minister, religious sister or brother, or priest, and those who are undecided and want guidance in determining how God is calling them.

  • Pray together, share your stories, dreams, and concerns, and enjoy the company of like-minded young adults.
  • Hear nationally-known speakers offer insights about how to listen to God’s call in our lives.
  • Meet outstanding church ministers who share the stories of their service and how they came to hear God’s call.
  • Learn discernment skills and different styles of prayer.

The summer program provides a relaxed, comfortable environment for your personal discernment. It won’t be an experience of recruitment to any church group or community. Rather, it is a chance to listen to the voice of God, as God speaks within you and through others.


Who is this for?

Who: Young adults (ages 18-35) who are thinking about pursuing a life of service in the Church.  Priority consideration is given to individuals involved with one of the Catholics on Call Partners, although connection with a partner is not required.

When: Wednesday, July 25 – Saturday, July 28, 2018

Where: Catholic Theological Union, 5401 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL  60615

Be sure to check out our video highlighting the conferences!


What is my next step?

To be part of our group from the Diocese of Charlotte who will be attending this,

1. Tell your campus minister you are interested.

Contact info here: http://catholiconcampus.com/contact/

2. Tell Julie McElmurry , the person planning this trip for the Diocese who will be coordinating   logistics for the trip.

Contact information here: https://franciscanpassages.com/contact/  (Calling or texting is fine.)

3.After talking with your campus minister and Julie McElmurry, you will apply directly to Catholics on Call.