Today, The Catholic Telegraph shares the great news that for the first time in 35 years, the Athenaeum/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati is home to 75 seminarians and another 25 men who are studying for the Permanent Diaconate bringing the total number of men who are preparing for ordination at this institution to 100 men!
A seminary nearly bursting at the seams means more than just a full building. “We are looking forward to a busy year,” [the seminary rector,] Fr. O’Cinnsealaigh, said. “With so many new faces and lots of energy, the seminary is a very active and vibrant place. As well as study and prayer, seminarians are involved in apostolic works around the city such as prison ministry, hospital ministry, soup kitchens, and pregnancy centers. They help in school programs, and get involved in activities with schools. They also participate in mission trips, and in a seminary exchange program with the seminary in Honduras, and volunteer around the region and around the world during the summer.
On Friday, September 23, 2016 all are invited to an evening of Eucharistic adoration and fellowship at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West located at 6616 Beechmont Ave. in Cincinnati. The evening will be lead by Fr. Chris Geiger who was ordained this past May as a priest for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and praise and worship music will be provided by the Encounter Cincinnati band along with the seminarians of the Mount. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The evening begins with adoration at 7:00 and will conclude with a social in the Marian courtyard beginning at 8:00.
If you are a young man in high school who has even fleetingly thought about being called to the Diocesan Priesthood, another opportunity to discover more about that call and to meet and have dinner with Archbishop Schnurr, Fr. Schmitmeyer and seminarians of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is fast approaching. At the end of September, the Archbishop will be attending three Andrew Dinners (one in each region of the Archdiocese) and would like to see you there. Please go here to get the dates and times and to register for the nearest dinner to your home parish.
Today we are excited to bring you another video from our newly created YouTube channel, Buckeye Vocations. Along with the other five dioceses of Ohio, we will be sharing videos regularly that aid men who are discerning a vocation to the diocesan priesthood. While the videos will be geared toward these men, we hope to make the content good for any Catholic to view and be edified in their own spiritual journey. Subscribe and receive all the latest videos as they are created!
Today’s video features an interview with one of the newly ordained men from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Fr. Alex McCullough. Fr. McCullough tells us what it is like to experience the ordination Mass as one who is being ordained. The reflections and the information he is able to offer makes this video well worth your time! You don’t want to miss the moment that most impacted him throughout the ceremony. The answer may surprise you and give you goosebumps! Enjoy!
I just read an article on medium.com from the Heritage Foundation on young adults’ attitudes toward marriage today. While it is true that findings of some research quoted in the article may not necessarily expand to the general population it pointed to a secular realization of a spiritual reality regarding marriage.
As we learned in our interviews with over 100 young adults in a mostly white working-class town in Ohio, most young people are neither adamantly opposed to marriage nor completely supportive: They are conflicted about marriage. They hope to get and stay married, providing for their own children the family stability that many of them did not have growing up.
Young adults today are conflicted about marriage. As the article goes on to explain, they are not opposed to marriage. To the contrary, it seems that they believe marriage is the ideal and it is unreachable. They desire for themselves what they believe marriage should be: long lasting, totally committed (perhaps sacrificial?) love for one person for the rest of their lives. They just don’t think they can attain that given all they have heard and experienced in their personal lives.
So much of that resonates with the state of all vocational discernment today. There are many men and women today who look at the priesthood and religious life and see so many unhappy, unfulfilled men and women. They might also recognize that there are even more who are joyful and satisfied, but they don’t trust that they can become one of the vast majority that is happy.
I believe this mindset is a symptom of not having a personal relationship with our Living God. The truth is, that the more one commits to his relationship with Jesus Christ and dedicates his life to giving it to the Lord, the more likely it is that he will be able to give himself entirely to his spouse (whether that is the Church herself or his wife). He will understand and will have already experienced what it is to think of himself second and want only what the one he loves wants of him. He will have understood that even when much is expected of him or when it seems like he is being put to the test by the one he loves so dearly, it is not for lack of love that he is being tested, but because it is another opportunity to choose to love and to recognize just how much more he can love. In this relationship with God, we learn what it is to trust, to have faith, and to truly love!
Marriage is not something one should have as a goal in life, but it is something into which one is called by God. “Who do you want me to be and how do you want me to serve you?” These are the first questions we should all ask God as we begin thinking about our future. If the answers to those questions lead us to marriage, then it is only through the relationship we have already built with Christ in exploring the depth of those questions that we can take the leap into marriage with confidence.
On Saturday, July 30th, Life’s 5th Quarter will be hosting its next Youth Mass to pray for life. The mass will be celebrated by Fr. Andre-Joseph LaCasse, OP at Holy Name Catholic Church on Auburn Ave. Mass will begin at 8:00 AM and will be followed by a procession and the praying of the rosary in front of Planned Parenthood on Auburn. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
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Two days ago, Mr. Tim Glemkowski wrote a fantastic article entitled “The 7 Most Common Mistakes You Can Make While Discerning Your Vocation.” It is full of great advice for all of us and I encourage you to take about 5 minutes and read the article. As an introduction though, here are the 7 mistakes upon which he expounds:
- Religious life is the only path to holiness and marriage is an easy way out
- Not having a spiritual director OR having too many
- Thinking about your discernment too much
- “If I don’t pick the right vocation, I’ll never be really happy.”
- Suffering is a sign that something is wrong
- Chasing your feelings around
- Being unwilling or afraid to commit
Again, these are all common mistakes in discernment and Mr. Glemkowski does a fantastic job of explaining how and why each of these is a mistake that can keep you stuck in your spiritual journey of discipleship. Read it and save the link. You’ll want to read it again.
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