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How can you make a good decision?

As Christians, we know that God has a specific plan for each of our lives—a plan that leads to true freedom in this life and our ultimate happiness with Him in heaven. With sin, temptations, past hurts, and all the noise of the world, it can be difficult to hear God’s voice and learn where He wants to lead us.

Whether you’re considering a job change, thinking about discerning religious life, or wondering whether or not you should date and get married, Samuel Group will give you the tools you need to grow in your relationship with God and make decisions with Him. 

What is Samuel Group?

Samuel Group is a community of like-minded young adults who are striving for holiness and seeking a deeper relationship with God. Over seven months, you’ll learn how to deepen your prayer life, discover the rules of discernment by St. Ignatius of Loyola, and receive guidance from a spiritual director.

Samuel Group is more than a “discernment group.” It is a program designed to help young adults know themselves and how to live in the freedom of a relationship with Jesus Christ and trust in His plan for their lives. Understanding one’s vocation first comes from understanding how God is calling each person to live each day in the present moment, free from past wounds and the lies of the world. 

Who is Samuel Group for?

Samuel Group is designed for single or dating young adults between the ages of 20-35 years old. The community is composed of college students and young professionals who are committed to a regular spiritual life and who are open to God and His prompting.

After the application process and brief interview, participants agree to attend all seven sessions and commit to a routine of daily prayer and meeting once a month with a spiritual director. Participants who do not already have a spiritual director will be connected with one. 

What happens at Samuel Group?

At each of the monthly Samuel Group sessions, participants will have prayer, meditation, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, small group sharing, spiritual talks and opportunities for confession. 

Each monthly session focuses on a specific topic like mental prayer, forgiveness, how God is working in our story, and how to confront the lies we believe about ourselves that keep us from recognizing our true identity as sons and daughters of God. 

Once participants learn how to engage with their story and how to recognize where God is working in their lives, the last few months of Samuel Group focus on the Ignatian rules of discernment and learning about the vocation to marriage and the vocation to celibacy for the Kingdom. At the end of Samuel Group, participants reflect on what they have learned and how they can put their unique gifts and talents at the service of Christ and His church. 

St Margaret Mary Catholic Church
1450 Green Trails Dr
Napverille, IL 60540

11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Starts with Mass

September 25
October 16
November 13
January 15
February 12
March 12
April 16


Cost for the program is $50.
Scholarships are available.

Download the 2022-2023 Samuel Group brochure.

(The above video is from 2019, but please note the 2022-23 Samuel Group starts on September 25, 2022.)

Fr. Steven Borello, director of vocations, is joined by a great team of spiritual directors, mentors and coordinators who are excited to bring such a great opportunity to the young people in our diocese!