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 Workshops

The Pre-Convention Full-Day Workshop

Rules of Discernment in the Service of Vocations
Rev. James Rafferty
Monday, September 14, 2015 | 9:15 AM – 4:30 PM

Who: Everyone

Why: “I’m familiar with discerning in my own spiritual life, but I’m not sure how to best discern with others or how to use discernment to build a culture of vocations.”

What: Recognize the consolations & desolations in your own experience, and learn to work with the consolations & desolations in others’ lives of discernment. Learn practical ways to become a discerning Vocation Director, tending well to the needs of your vineyard, enlivening your spiritual fatherhood.

Rev. James Rafferty

Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1994, Fr. Jim Rafferty currently serves as Director of Programs and Mission for the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Nebraska.  Fr. Rafferty completed seminary studies at the Pontifical North American College and earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with specialization in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University.  Subsequently he obtained a Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome.

Fr. Rafferty has served as a high school and university chaplain.  He has also worked in seminary formation at the college program in the Diocese of Scranton, Saint Pius X Seminary and at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.  Prior to serving in Omaha with IPF, Fr. Rafferty was Vocation Director in Scranton.