Dear One Call Family,
Like you, we have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. After much discernment, we have decided that it will not be possible for us to gather together this summer for our week-long program in Collegeville, Minnesota. Therefore, our 2020 summer program for youth and advocates has been cancelled. All deposits and payments already submitted for the 2020 summer program will be refunded in full.
However, while we cannot physically gather this July, our work will still continue. As faith communities across the country explore the best ways to engage all people, the mission of One Call is more important than ever. We are pleased to announce the following:
We will be offering a variety of sessions digitally. These will include liturgical, spiritual, and musical formation as well as topical formation sessions for both youth and advocates.
We will be coming to a city near you! We are planning short one- and two-day intensive sessions to be offered later this year in parishes and dioceses across the United States.
As you can imagine, there are many details to be figured out. We will keep you posted as soon as we can with topics and dates for our digital formation sessions and dates and locations for our local intensives. You’ll be the first to know our plans if you both follow us on Facebook and Instagram and if you are on our email list.
We are excited about these new possibilities but we very much grieve the loss of our time together. From prayer in the Abbey Church to learning sessions in the Quad, Table Prayer in the Great Hall to ice cream in the Refectory, swimming at the beach to peer groups to private lessons to dancing in the Pub, our time at Saint John’s has been unforgettable and life-giving. Yet, we know that what’s most important about One Call is the mission of engaging and empowering young people and their advocates. So, though we can’t be together, we hope we can continue this important work together.
Know that we are holding all of you, your families, and your communities in our prayers. We pray you stay safe, and may God continue to bless us all.
The One Call Leadership Team: Jes, Matt, Fr. Ray, and Zack