Sometimes a vocation comes as a quiet nudge that needs a boost.
Now there’s online help coming in Lent for women between the ages of 20-40 interested in exploring this nudge, according to Sr. Marilyn Kerber, SNDdeN, Archdiocesan Director of the Office of Religious.
She welcomes these women to consider making the Online Discernment Retreat sponsored by Communities of Women Religious in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Covington. Those exploring a vocation can meet with a director via Skype, email or phone during Lent 2015.
Sr. Marilyn said she read about the online retreat developed by the
Federation of Charity Vocation Directors in E-Voc, an online newsletter by the Cincinnati Charities for 20-something and 30-something women.
Taken with the idea, Sr. Marilyn investigated the site. With the help of Sr. Ruth Lubber, SND, she was able to develop a more generic online retreat.
The Greater Cincinnati Area Vocation Ministers were very supportive of the idea and reviewed the work that Sr. Marilyn and Sr. Ruth had undertaken. To complete the package, the Vocation Ministers have supplied names of their spiritual directors who would be willing to facilitate a woman wishing to make this Online Retreat.
Sr. Marilyn said she hopes younger women, more comfortable with online activities and interactive media, would find this helpful in their efforts to discern a vocation.
To register or get more information contact Sr. Cathy Bauer, OSB email@example.com; via text message 859-468-6040 or phone 859-331-6324.
I would like to invite any college man or older to the Ministry Night at Mt. S. Mary’s Seminary of the West. The event takes place on Wednesday, January 28th and begins with registration at 4:30pm. Mass is at 5:15pm followed by dinner, talks and a tour. If you are interested in attending, please give me a call at 513-421-3131 ext. 2890 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 8: Holy Hour for Vocations
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Norwood, OH 45212
Join the Children of Mary at a Holy Hour on Tuesday, January 8, from 8-9PM, in the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood, OH where Our Lord is enthroned on the altar and wrapped with a stole around the monstrance that extends beneath the altar so that adorers can take hold of the stole and feel the grace that comes from Our Eucharistic Lord. All are welcome and encouraged to come.
Come join our seminarians in a Holy Hour for vocations to the priesthood in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great Chapel at the Athenaeum/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. For more information call: 513-231-2223 or visit: www.athenaeum.edu.
January 18: Coffee and Conversation Sunday
Following 10:00 am Mass
St. Clare Chapel, 60 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45215
The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor welcome you for Coffee and Conversation Sunday, January 18 after the 10 am Mass at St. Clare Chapel. This is also a great opportunity for those discerning a religious vocation. Sr. Jo-Ann at 513-761-9040 x 156. www.sfp-vocations.org. Save the date- – Sunday, February 8th for an Open House and Tour of St. Clare Convent and campus.
January 28: Ministry Evening
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, 6616 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230
The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West is hosting a Ministry Evening on Wednesday, January 28th for all men college age and older who are interested in learning more about seminary life and the formal discernment process that leads to ordination to the Priesthood. Men will join in prayer and dinner with seminarians and hear informative talks by seminarian faculty. There is no charge for the evening. All interested are asked to contact the Vocation Office at 513-421-3131 x.2891.
The numbers are in and the prayers are sent! Last Wednesday and Thursday, during National Vocation Awareness Week, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati participated in its first ever Archdiocesan Holy Hour for Vocations during which more than 25 locations participated in an hour of Eucharistic Adoration during which they prayed for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life and a revitalization of the need for all of us to seek and follow the will of God in our lives. The night was a huge success!
One parish in Cincinnati, Christ the King, had 8th grade students lead a living rosary during which they lit one another’s candles as they said one “Hail Mary” after another. Other parishes offered prayers written by Pope Benedict XVI, more prayed a litany of vocations and still others added prayers written by St. John Vianney, Patron of Priests. All parishes offered individuals the opportunity to pray silently before our Eucharistic Lord and undoubtedly the Spirit was alive and moving across the Archdiocese! More than 400 people in all prayed before the Altar of God and many more were encouraged to join the invisible monastery of their homes.
In addition to these, the other 5 dioceses in Ohio participated in their own Diocesan Holy Hour so that throughout much of the day, the Lord heard the pleading of thousands across this state for more courageous young men and women who are willing to generously answer the call to the consecrated life as priests or religious.
It is expected that this newly created event will become a regular occurrence each year during Vocation Awareness Week. The second annual happening will likely be on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Mark your calendars now and in the meantime, continue to pray for an increase in religious vocations and for God to reveal to you the purpose for which He created you.
ARCHDIOCESE MARKS YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in union with the Catholic Church around the world, will celebrate members of religious orders and others in consecrated life during the Year of Consecrated Life called by Pope Francis from Nov. 30, 2014 to Feb. 2, 2016.
The theme for the celebration in the Archdiocese, reflecting the Pope’s goals for the Year, is “Celebrating the Past, Serving in the Present, Embracing the Future.”
“Each of us has a call from God, and discovering God’s call for us will bring joy to our life,” said the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati. “Religious life / consecrated life is a viable option.”
The objectives he has approved for the Archdiocesan observance of the Year are to:
- increase the visibility of religious life / consecrated life;
- express appreciation;
- highlight the joy experienced in this vocational choice;
- educate about religious life / consecrated life.
“The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has a long and rich history of welcoming religious communities,” Archbishop Schnurr said, noting as examples that the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are celebrating 175 years and the Poor Clare Sisters 25 years in the Archdiocese in 2015.
“Today 34 different Congregations of women and 12 different Congregations of brothers and priests minister in the Archdiocese – approximately 226 priests, 114 brothers, and 781 sisters. We are also blessed with the presence of Secular Institutes, public (Regnum Christi) and private associations (Children of Mary) of the faithful, and a Consecrated Virgin Living in the World. All of those are examples of the consecrated life.”
In addition to parish-wide observances, there will be two Archdiocesan events to mark the Year of Consecrated Life. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer will preside at the opening Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. Archbishop Schnurr will preside at the closing Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 38th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment. The 19-county territory includes 213 parishes and 113 Catholic primary and secondary schools.
More and more men are discerning the call to the priesthood, and it is evident in the large number of seminarians at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. This year there are 66 seminarians at Mt. St. Mary’s and 8 more rooms are being added, so even more men can study here. We ask the Master of the harvest for more laborers for His harvest, and we thank God for His greatness and goodness. You can see the news report from channel 12 here:<http://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/more-men-becoming-priests-large-seminary-enrollment-mt-washington-16765.shtml>
To kick off the new academic year, the seminarians for the Archdiocese gathered at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati for the annual hog roast. It was a great opportunity to meet the new men coming into formation and for the men in college and major seminary to gather together. We were also joined by Archbishop Schnurr, Bishop Binzer, and faculty from Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary. A special thanks to Nick Frolich for roasting the pig for us.