VOCARÉ Retreat


A retreat for Sophomore and Transfer students

What is your calling?

The word “vocaré” is derived from Latin, meaning “to call.”

Save the dates for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020:

Fall: October 11-12, 2019 at Camp Alonim in Simi Valley, CA
Registration will open via Handshake in September 

Spring: February 28-29, 2020 at American Jewish University in Bel Air, CA
Registration will open via Handshake in January

  • What is the VOCARÉ Retreat?

    VOCARÉ is a unique opportunity for LMU sophomores and transfer students to step away from campus to reflect on where they have been, who they are, and where they are going within a supportive community of fellow students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The retreat is centered around career discernment. The retreat is a spiritual and reflective experience and environment for participants to share, learn and connect. It’s fun, completely free, and includes the following components:

    • Short talks from student leaders, staff, and faculty
    • Small group conversation facilitated by student leaders
    • Young alumni panel and lunch conversation
    • Time to strengthen connections with other students and reflect on your own life

    Retreat Details

    • Lodging will be provided in cabins at Camp Alonim and in residence halls at American Jewish University. Transportation will be provided in charter buses.
    • Register via Handshake. Registration for fall 2019 will open in September and for spring 2020, registration will open in January.
    • Cost: Free – Funded by Career and Professional Development, in partnership with Campus Ministry

    What if I Cannot Attend the Retreat?

    The VOCARÉ Retreat is not the only opportunity for sophomores and transfer students to explore these topics. CPD staff are eager to help all students reflect on their values, interests and skills; discern their vocations and explore career options. If you would like to meet with a staff member, please log in to Handshake, click on the "Appointments" tab then “Schedule a New Appointment.”

  • Why Should I Attend?

    A chance for you to explore…

    • your reflections on the first two years of college
    • the values, relationships, issues, and interests that are important to you
    • your sense of purpose or vocation and where you are going with your life

    A chance for you to meaningfully connect with…

    • fellow sophomores and transfer students
    • juniors and seniors serving as group leaders
    • faculty and staff members
    • young alumni

    A chance for you to learn about…

    • how to become a more reflective student
    • how to make decisions that align with your values and interests
    • how to make the most of your last two years at LMU and beyond

    A chance to take away…

    • insights into your values, interests, and goals
    • a stronger sense of purpose
    • a foundation of knowledge and resources for future vocational and career exploration

What Students are Saying

Cynthia Orduna, '19 | Participant and Leader

“As a transfer student, VOCARÉ was one of the first events that made me feel part of the LMU community. I found it to be an amazing learning experience both as a participant and as a leader."

~ Cynthia Orduna, '19
Major: Studio Arts with an emphasis in Multimedia


Jermaine Johnson, '19 | Participant and Leader

“Initially I wanted to be a leader to ensure that VOCARÉ participants had an amazing experience like I did. I was not expecting to be so positively impacted by the retreat for a second time! Being a senior, I received beneficial and timely career advice and insights.” 

~ Jermaine Johnson, '19
Major: Marketing with Journalism & African-American Studies minors



Contact Marcy Newman at marcy.newman@lmu.edu.