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God's Aventure Awaits!

Tune into a FREE virtual conference featuring a variety of speakers who will unpack topics related to vocations and discernment.  The conference will be available from July 31-August 2 to be viewed at your convenience.  To access talks after the conference, you can purchase a "Navigation Pass" that will allow you to view the presentations long after August 2!  You can also purchase a package that includes a "Navigation Pass" AND a subscription to the "True North Course" that walks you through five online modules aimed at helping you gain skills to make any life decision, not just vocationally speaking.  

Use the code ALTONFRANCISCAN to receive a discount should you decide to purchase the additional access.

Also, for those who are discerning religious life, don't forget to stop by our virtual booth to learn more about our community.  In addition, join us for a "Meet and Greet" via Zoom at the following times:
Friday, July 31 at 8:00 pm (central)
Saturday, August 1 at 3:00 pm (central)
Be sure to check out Sr. M. Karolyn's talk:
Given to Love: Spousal Living and Spiritual Motherhood in Consecrated Religious Life
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