Here’s what else is going on through the vocation office.
March 4: Holy Rosary, St. Mary’s
March 24: Guardian Angels, Cincinnati
April 3: St. Christopher, Vandalia
These are opportunities for young men (high school age and older) to join their pastors for a dinner with Archbishop Schnurr and a presentation on life in college seminary. The evening begins at 5:30 and is finished by 8:00 pm. Any young man who is interested in attending one of these dinners is asked to contact his pastor. Anybody who has a name of a young man the pastor could invite to one of these dinners is also asked to contact the pastor.
Welcome Weekend at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West
On Friday, March 28 at 7:00 pm through Saturday, March 29 at 7:00 pm, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West is opening its doors to young men, college age and older, who are considering their call to the priesthood. During this welcome weekend, men will have the opportunity to eat and socialize with the seminarians, spend the night in the seminary, pray with the seminarians and hear great talks on discernment and life in the seminary by talented priests and seminarians. Those interested are asked to contact Fr. Kyle Schnippel at 513-421-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live in Weekend at Pontifical College Josephinum
The only Pontifical seminary outside of Europe, the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus is once again hosting a college live-in weekend on April 3-5, 2014 for all young men high school age and older who are considering their call to the priesthood. During this weekend you will have a chance to fully experience seminary life as you pray, eat and socialize with current seminarians and hear great talks by priest faculty members and spiritual directors. Those interested in this opportunity should contact Fr. Kyle Schnippel at 513-421-3131 or email@example.com.
Here is what is coming up from other religious communities:
Tristate Area Martha Dinner
On Thursday, March 13, 2014, several religious communities will host a Martha Dinner, at St. Margaret of York Parish, 9499 Columbia Rd. in Loveland, OH. The event is free and open to high school girls and young women who are interested in religious life. This is an opportunity to visit with sisters from more than a half dozen women religious communities pray together and spend time exploring a call to religious life. To register: call 513-761-9040 ext. 101, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com
Vocation Discernment Retreat
The Sisters of the Precious Blood are hosting a vocation discernment retreat for women 18-40 who are interested in learning more about life as a consecrated woman. The retreat is March 21-23 at Maria Stein Spiritual Center. Reservations are due by March 19 and can be made by emailing Sister Mary Yarger at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (937) 837-3302 or (937) 999-8456.. There is no cost.
This coming Sunday, March 9, Msgr. Frank Lane, Spiritual Director at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, is presenting the first of three lectures on the Nature of Secularism and its impact on faith and culture.
Msgr. Lane holds a Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University and is a popular speaker, not only in the Cincinnati area, but nationally; appearing at each of The Coming Home Network’s Deep in History Conferences. The lectures are scheduled from 7-9 pm on March 9, April 6 and May 4; and will be held in the Bartlett Pastoral Center on the grounds of the seminary: 6616 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230.
Occasionally in the Vocation Office, we receive emails from congregations we did not know prior. This week, we received an email from the Alexian Brothers to introduce themselves, which is always welcome!
From their website:
The Congregation of Alexian Brothers is a lay, apostolic Catholic Order whose Brothers, bound together by religious vows, dedicate themselves primarily to live in community and to participate in the ministry of healing in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. For almost 800 years, the Alexian Brothers have cared for the sick, the aged, the poor and the dying.
The basic Judeo-Christian beliefs that inspired the founders of this Catholic religious congregation continue to sustain its ministry today. This heritage is espoused by the governance, management and entire health care team throughout the Alexian Brothers Health System in their mutual commitment to promote the physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being of all individuals served through the health care ministry.
As the there has been a dearth in priestly vocations (which is finally, albeit slowly abating), there has been a greater dearth in vocations to the brotherhood. Please offer a prayer for this community and all those called to the unique role of Brother within the Catholic Church.
The Spring Andrew Dinners will be held at the following locations:
- March 4: Holy Rosary, St. Mary’s
- March 24: Guardian Angels, Cincinnati
- April 3: St. Christopher, Vandalia
As a reminder, these are an opportunity for pastors to invite young men, whom they consider to have the possibilities for the priesthood, to join Archbishop Schnurr for dinner and a presentation on life in the college seminary. Often, youth ministers can help solicit names of whom to invite. The schedule runs as follows:
- 5:30 Doors Open
- 6:00 Dinner
- 6:45 Presentation on College Seminary Life
- 7:30 Evening Prayer and Closing
These dinners have been a key component in increasing our numbers of college seminarians from four to twenty over the last five years. Please take this opportunity to continue this success.
Run for the Call
Run for the Call is now a partner charity of the Flying Pig Marathon. All runners and walkers who want to run in the weekend events of the Marathon on May 3-4th are invited to join our team and help us to raise money for seminarians while promoting a culture of vocations throughout the Archdiocese. To help prepare for the big weekend, Run for the Call is also establishing running clubs throughout the Archdiocese. For more information and to sign up, visit http://runforthecall.wordpress.com.
Cast Your Nets
On Sunday, February 23, 2014, Cast Your Nets will return to Holy Redeemer featuring guest speaker, Ryan Lopez of NET Ministries and music led by St. Henry Youth Minister, Kevin Schulze. This year’s Cast Your Nets will once again include practical workshops, dinner, opportunity to engage with members of religious communities and Eucharistic Adoration. Cost for the event is just $10 which includes an event t-shirt. Please encourage your youth minister to attend, as this is the only Cast Your Nets event happening this year. Registration will open in late January.
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 2014.
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.
In just one week, on January 29th, Cincinnati’s own and rapidly growing seminary, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West is hosting a Vocation Night for all men, college age and older who may be feeling the call to the Catholic priesthood.
Doors open for the evening at 5:00 and at 5:15 the program begins with Mass followed by social time and dinner with the current seminarians. The evening will end with a presentation by one of the seminarians on what it is like to live and learn in the seminary.
If you have considered it in the past, if your heart is burning but aren’t sure what it is, or if you are seriously considering your vocation to the priesthood right now, I encourage you to give the Lord one evening at the seminary and see what He does with it.
For more details or to register for the evening, call 513-421-3131 x.2890 or see the Facebook event.
This dinner is open to high school young women and young adults who are interested in more information about the religious life and what it takes to become a religious sister.
The dinner runs from 6-8 pm but the doors open at 5:30 pm. There is no cost, but registrations are expected so that enough food can be prepared. In addition to hearing from Archbishop Schnurr, young women can expect to meet religious women from both monastatic and apostolic communities as well as the opportunity to join them in prayer.
Anybody interested in joining this dinner should contact Sr. Mary Yarger, C.PP.S at 937-999-8456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.