Duc In Altum

Registration is now open!

The Diocese of Charlotte’s Duc In Altum discernment camp and retreat for young women aged 16-19 will be held June 26-30, 2023. Online registration is open until June 14, 2023.

The five-day Duc In Altum event – part summer camp, part retreat – focuses on forming young women in authentic femininity after the role model of Mary. Through talks and time spent in prayer and worship, the hope is that young women will open their hearts to responding to vocations as wives and mothers, consecrated religious or consecrated lay faithful.

BEFORE REGISTERING, PLEASE NOTE: We have been informed by Belmont Abbey College that the dormitories normally used to house our Duc In Altum campers will be undergoing renovations this summer. This will result in a slight reduction in the number of spaces available for DIA campers this summer, and only applicants between the ages of 16 and 19 will be considered. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause.

After submitting your registration, you will receive an email receipt. This email receipt does not mean that your camper’s attendance is confirmed. You will then receive a second email stating one of the following:

  • Your camper’s attendance is confirmed and she may plan on attending DIA 2023; or
  • Your camper has been placed on a temporary “wait-list” and will need to await a third email stating whether she can attend; or
  • Space is not available this year.

If your camper is placed on the temporary “wait-list,” an email will be sent to you by June 14 at the latest to inform you if space becomes available for your camper.

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Please contact Sr. Mary Jacinta: mjacinta@stjcs.org or 704-370-3402.

What is Duc In Altum?

At the Annunciation, was she not presented with an invitation for the rest of her life that she could either refuse or accept? Saying yes would have incredible consequences, would literally turn the world upside down and inside out. Her youthful heart was ready for the adventure, and in authentic femininity, her active receptivity was the catapult toward the greatest Romance and the most amazing adventure. She spent more time than any other with our Lord. What did she see and how did she move and respond to the God-man in a perfect and womanly response?

These are the questions we want to ponder on our retreat.

By forming our young women in authentic femininity after the role model of Mary Immaculate, we desire to assist them and open their hearts to responding to good and holy vocations within the Church as wives/mothers, Consecrated Religious, and Consecrated lay faithful. Additionally, we wish to help them cultivate and maintain a firmly rooted spiritual life of prayer and receptivity to the grace of God.

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One day, after speaking to the crowds from Simon’s boat, our Lord invited the Apostle to “put out into the deep” for a catch: “Duc In altum” (Lk 5:4).

“Peter and his first companions trusted Christ’s words, and cast the nets. “When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish” (Lk 5:6). Duc In Altum! These words ring out for us today, and they invite us to remember the past with gratitude, to live the present with enthusiasm and to look forward to the future with confidence: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb 13:8). (Pope John Paul II, “At the Beginning of the New Millennium”)

As women, we naturally tend to plumb the depths – whether of our relationships, our emotions, or even reading into facial expressions, voice inflections, or written words. We are not satisfied with the surface. For better or for worse, we want to go deeper.

Do we have the courage, though, to plumb the depths of our interior lives and the fantastic journey of love initiated by our Lord?

Launching the first annual “Duc In Altum” Retreat for young women in our diocese, our desire is to bring these young women into the School of our Lady and a fervent prayer life by leading them deeper into an understanding of their present vocation as Daughter – Daughter of God, Daughter of Mary, and Daughter of the Church.

As we lead our young ladies into this School of Mary, we will be entering into the mysteries of her life, genuinely praying to her and asking her to share her thoughts, her actions, and her words – everything that prompted her authentic response to the movements of grace.