Fiat Days is a retreat for young Catholic women, ages 15-25, who want to learn more about consecrated life, to deepen their faith, and to better discern God’s call in their lives. Held annually at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., the retreat drew nearly 40 young women to participate in many activities to assist them in their discernment.

Activities during the week included the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, night prayer, talks from religious sisters about vocation discernment and their communities, recreation and sports, great food and discussions. Visit the Diocesan YouTube channel,, for a video highlighting Fiat Days.

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I want to learn the general view of sisters and kind of be open, to figure my options out. I also heard there is glow in the dark Frisbee and I’m supper excited about that, but also to meet the sisters and to get to know them.”

~ Ruth Konkolics, St. Columba Parish, Bloomsburg

I really love being able to learn more about the sisters and the peace that you get with retreats, having the quiet and prayerful times. I really love the peaceful aspect of it. I’m not sure [if I have a calling], but I’m open and it’s always interested me, especially in the past few years. I’m more so exploring and trying to rule things out to determine what God has planned for me. I really love getting to sit down and talk with the sisters and also Adoration, and getting to sit down and have that one-on-one time with Christ.”

~ Gianna Gibson, St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, Greencastle

I really enjoyed the opportunity last year to meet a bunch of religious sisters and the opportunity to discern what my vocation is. It’s good to have a retreat that is about growing in a relationship with God and really focusing on what is your vocation, what are you called to do, and what will lead you to God and bring you happiness. [At first] I was really scared about potentially being a religious sister and not being able to have a family, but I was like, whatever my vocation is, that’s what will make me happy because that’s what God’s calling me to. I’m looking forward to catching up with some people I met last year, meeting some new sisters and growing in my relationship [with God] even more. I think events like this are important for young women because in our culture, it’s not religious. Life is not supported in our culture. A retreat like this helps people to see that this is normal and this is ok. A religious life is giving your life to God.”

~ Maggie McKinnon, St. Joseph Parish, York