Called & Gifted Workshop
Who Am I?
Why Am I Here?
Join members of St. Dominic's parish and people from around the Bay Area as we discover answers to these questions together. The Called & Gifted workshop is a special program that teaches Catholics how to discover their unique spiritual gifts - gifts God gives us all to share with our family, our friends, our workplace, and our community. Through the workshop we learn about our Catholic understanding of these gifts, and how to start the process of discerning the specific gifts God has given us.
Frequently Asked Questions About The Called & Gifted Workshop:
What will I really learn through this workshop?
You'll learn about how to differentiate between the gifts God has given you and the talents you've developed over your lifetime. You'll discover that, through your gifts, you experience joy and satisfaction while making a profound impact on the world. You'll take an inventory designed to help you to reflect on your life experiences in light of these gifts. You'll learn the tools of discernment that will help you move forward in confirming the specific gifts you have. After the workshop you'll have the opportunity to sign up for an extended discernment program that will help you move forward with your discernment with the help of others.
Where did this workshop come from?
Sherry Weddell and Fr. Michael Sweeney, O.P., developed the workshop eight years ago. They began by teaching it at Blessed Sacrament, the Dominican parish in Seattle. As the workshop started taking off, they created the Catherine of Siena Institute to help it spread throughout the world, and in fact, it has. You can visit the Catherine of Siena Institute's website for more information.
Who's the primary audience for this workshop?
The workshop is primarily designed for adults, but more spiritually mature teenagers may also be able to benefit from it. Adults in their 20's and 30's will find that this workshop provides great tools for making important life decisions. Older adults will be able to see their life experiences in a new light, clarifying how God is working through them. People of all ages have found it a powerful way to understand God at work in their lives.
Is this mainly about finding ways to volunteer at the parish?
Not at all! In fact, as lay people, the primary place we use our gifts is out in the world. You'll probably discover that you're already using your gifts each day. Through this workshop you'll learn a new language for describing how God is working through you, and new ideas for how you can become an even more effective channel of God's love. We hope you'll come to see your parish as a place that builds you up and supports you as you bring your gifts to others.
What if I can't attend the full workshop?
It's definitely best if you can attend the full workshop. Our past workshops have filled up, forcing us to turn people away, so please only sign up if you can make most of the workshop. If you need to miss the first couple of hours of the workshop, contact us ahead of time so you can receive the materials and do the initial questionnaire before arriving.
Can I attend again if I've been before?
Yes! In fact, there's so much great information that many people express that they learn even more the second time around. If you attended a year or two ago this is a great time to go again. The passage of time will have given you a chance to process what you learned in light of your life experiences. By attending again you'll discover important insights that you missed the first time around, allowing you to take the lessons further.
"Come, and you will see."
Will you respond to Jesus’ invitation? Are you open to what the Lord has in store for you? How can you best make a difference in building God’s Kingdom? With the help of the Called & Gifted Workshop, I’ve learned a lot more about how I can do my part in Christ’s mission, and how to recognize the gifts of others. I encourage you to "come and see."
~Michael O’Smith, Director of Adult Faith Formation @ St. Dominic’s
DISCERNMENT IN DEPTH:
CALLED & GIFTED PART 2
~This seminar and group process is for those who have already taken the Called & Gifted Workshop (Part 1).
~3 Mondays, from 7pm-9pm, in St. Dominic's Modular Building
~Jan. 14, 21, and 28
~We'll explore the connection between the charisms and vocational discernment, our family history, and collaboration with clergy. $10 for materials.
Next CALLED & GIFTED Workshop
Fri. 7pm-9:30pm; Sat., 9am-4pm, lunch included.
It opened my mind to possibilities – and confirmed thoughts I already had in terms of my particular abilities (such as Administration). It also reinforced that these gifts are to be shared – that they are our individual ways we can be channels of God. Identifying my gifts and going through the discernment process has led me to an even deeper trust in the Lord.”
-- Jan Farren,
St. Dominic’s Parishioner, Torchleader,
Attendee at the 2016 workshop