The Borromeo House

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An often forgotten truth about vocations is that every vocation is lived in community. With that in mind, the St. Charles Borromeo House was established to give men the opportunity and environment to discern and be formed in authentic Christian holiness in community. The men who live in the house are those who are in preparation to possibly enter into a seminary program for the Diocese of Austin.

Residents of the Borromeo House seek to form an intentional community with a lifestyle similar to what is experienced in seminary and at the rectories of larger parishes. That lifestyle is centered on the prayer life of the Catholic Church and includes intentional celibacy, fellowship, household duties, participation in local parish ministries, simplicity of life and shared meals. The men in the house seek to grow in holiness, personal maturity and to support one another in the discernment of their vocation.

If you are interested in living at the Borromeo House, you should be aware of and pray with the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must be willing to fast from dating while a resident of the house.
  • You must be willing to commit to a regular prayer life that includes morning prayer with the household community, Mass, and personal prayer.
  • You must be able to commit to a weekly community night.
  • You must maintain an active school or work schedule.

If a man is not directly considering the priesthood in the Diocese of Austin (i.e., is discerning priesthood in another diocese or religious life), he may be allowed to live at the Borromeo House after conversation with the Vocation Director.

All bedrooms are single rooms and each bathroom is shared by two bedrooms.

Items provided by the house include: furniture, linens, food, laundry room, cable television, and high speed wireless internet access.  A resident may wish to provide some of his own furniture, linens, personal computer, decorations, etc.