House of Discernment summer update

By Father Tyler Tenbarge

Special to The Message

On Aug. 19, the Diocese of Evansville’s Father Deydier House of Discernment welcomed four residents who are new to the House: Jacob Greulich of Corpus Christi Parish in Evansville; Kienan Corcoran of Little Flower Parish in Indianapolis; Nick Folz of Good Shepherd Parish in Evansville; and Jacob Schneider of Corpus Christi Parish. Each is either a student at one of the universities in Evansville or is working in the area.

Former House resident Chase Riecker from St. Isidore the Farmer Parish in Celestine was accepted for seminary for the Diocese of Evansville and begins his freshman year at Bishop Bruté in Indianapolis this fall.

Our “Savio” gatherings have evolved with the pandemic precautions, and a Holy Hour followed by a drive-in-style movie was held in June for the teenage boys and their dads. Nearly 60 young men showed up to watch “Remember the Titans,” a feel-good sports movie that tackles the issue of racism.

A second Savio event was held at 7 a.m. on Aug. 8. About 50 young men and their dads showed up for early Mass followed by a 2-mile run around Reitz Hill. An outdoor breakfast followed for the many who attended. It was called “Sacrifice Saturday” because for teenage boys, 7 a.m. Mass on a Saturday is a sacrifice – not to mention the run!

Our weekly Monday Night “Holy Hour & Mass for Vocations” at Sacred Heart Church reopened this summer, and attendance is steadily increasing. All are welcome for this time of prayer.

The Good Shepherd Parish Knights of Columbus sponsored a promotional video showcasing the House of Discernment, and it was released this summer on YouTube. Search for the “Evansville Vocations” channel, and you’ll find it amidst other videos from the Vocations Office.

Though the year has begun, the House still has a little space left. Applications for 2020-21 are currently being accepted. If you know of a young man age 18-30 who might benefit from a Catholic community of prayer and fraternity while continuing his career or college, please have him contact House Director Father Tyler Tenbarge ([email protected]). 

Men who are discerning benefit from this place. The House of Discernment allows men to find where the Lord is calling them and the freedom to go when the time is right, without the commitments of housing contracts or semester tuition.

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