Father Zack Swantek, chaplain at the Aquinas Institute, Princeton, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Young Adult Retreat scheduled for March 12.
Father Zack Swantek, chaplain at the Aquinas Institute, Princeton, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Young Adult Retreat scheduled for March 12.
Catholic young adults ages 18-39 will have an opportunity to be spiritually renewed during an annual retreat scheduled for March 12 in St. Paul Parish, Princeton.

Using the theme, “Called to Be,” the day will begin at 10 a.m. and will be led by Father Zack Swantek, Catholic chaplain of the Aquinas Institute, Princeton. Participants will reflect on the question, “Who does God calls us to be?” as they focus on their relationships with others and with God, their day-to-day lives and the circumstances they face that keeps them away from what God wants for them.

The retreat schedule includes gathering and welcome at 10 with presentations from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Lunch, which will be provided, will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Participants are invited to attend the 4 p.m. Mass and then are welcome to join other young adults for an optional dinner in the downtown area of Princeton.

A native of New Jersey, Father Swantek majored in literature and religious studies at Drew University, Madison, and worked in the business world for several years. He attended seminary at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark in 2014. After ordination he returned to Rome to pursue a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. He is also pursuing doctoral studies at the Pontifical University of St. John Paul II in Krakow, Poland.

Since his ordination, Father Swantek has served as a parish priest; college chaplain at Stevens Institute of Technology and Seton Hall University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences campus; as a professor at Seton Hall University’s Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, and as a high school teacher and chaplain at Seton Hall Preparatory School.  

Registration fee is $20 per participant and includes lunch. St. Paul Parish is located at 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. To register, visit www.dotyouth.org/yaretreat.