Empowered by the Spirit is the University Catholic Center's newest programming initiative focusing on aiding students in vocation discernment and providing them with opportunities to develop as confident Christian leaders. Over the course of the next four years, students will be invited to participate in small vocation discernment groups, retreats, and spiritual direction focused on identifying, cultivating, and employing their gifts in service to their communities of faith. In addition, students will be provided with Christian leadership formation through professional networking and mentoring with Catholic faculty and staff at UT Austin, the greater-Austin Catholic community, and Catholic alumni of the university.
Called to Holiness
Through programs focused on vocation discernment we will accompanying students as they discern their vocation to a particular state of life.
Called to Mission
Through programs focused on discipleship formation we will teach students to listen for how God is calling them each individually to serve His Church by offering increased opportunities for spiritual direction and faith formation.
Called to Service
Through programs focused on leadership development we will encourage students to use what they learn from vocation discernment and discipleship formation to practice Christian leadership at the UCC and to expose students to a variety of models for professional Christian ministry and secular professional Christian leadership.
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As our ministry continues to grow, our two greatest needs are to expand our capacity to offer spiritual direction to students and to more intentionally integrate vocation discernment into our programming. Our Longhorn Catholic students are the future leaders of the Church, and their faith-formation and preparation for lay Christian ministry, religious and consecrated life, or the priesthood is crucial especially during college.