Spiritus: Vocation Discernment and Cultivation
Thursday, February 13, 2014

There is a new initiative in Edmonton called Spiritus, which seeks to assist young people with discerning and cultivating their vocations (i.e. married, single, religious life and priesthood). Allow us to explain first why this program is needed and then how the program will operate.

In Edmonton, the Basilica is a common meeting point for young people seeking to discern and cultivate their vocations, because of two monthly programs offered there: Credo teaches about the beauty of the faith, Adoremus offers adoration with music and the opportunity for reconciliation. These two programs create a system of formation that helps to open hearts to the whisper of the Holy Spirit. (Kudos to Father Miguel for spearheading these programs.)

Once the hearts of young people are open, they need assistance in discerning the call of the Holy Spirit. Spiritus focuses on addressing this pastoral need.

Spiritus will be hosted at St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta, and will follow the following basic format:
6:00 pm Evening prayer in the chapel
6:20 pm Spaghetti dinner in the cafeteria
7:00 pm A personal reflection about discernment and vocation
7:30 pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 8 pm

Spiritus is scheduled to take place on the following dates:
Talk #1: Thursday, February 13th
Talk #2: Thursday, April 24th
Talk #3: Thursday, June 26th

Please encourage anyone interested in discerning his or her vocation (single life, married life, religious life or priesthood) to attend. Religious and priests interested in vocation formation are invited to attend and participate.
If you would like to be contacted in the future about Spiritus, please click here for the following google form link and submit your name and email address:

Click here to submit contact information

The overarching goal of Spiritus is to create an on-going formation program that supplements the preexisting programs at the Basilica and in the Archdiocese. Your prayers for this new initiative would be greatly appreciated.


Ms. Brittney White, Fr. Mark Blom, O.M.I.; Fr. David Purcell C.Ss.R.; Fr. Glenn McDonald, C.S.B.