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Spring Vigil Praise Next Weekend
March 17th, 2017 by Wayne
 

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 3.09.56 PMOn Friday, March 24, 2017, the seminarians of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West will once again be hosting Vigil Praise, an evening of Eucharistic adoration for people of all ages, including families young and old! 

Jason WilliamsThis evening will be led by Fr. Jason Williams who, in addition to presiding over the Rite of Exposition and Benediction, will also be preaching on Mary’s fiat on the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation. 

The evening will begin at 7pm and will conclude with an evening social following benediction at 8:00pm. There is no charge for this event! 

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UPCOMING: Ministry Evening and Welcome Weekend at the Seminary
December 27th, 2016 by Wayne
 

In the coming months, the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West will be hosting two free discernment events for Catholic single men who are discerning a call to the priesthood.

The first event is a Ministry Evening on Wednesday, January 25th. This evening is open to men aged 18-35 and begins at 4:30pm with registration, followed by Mass, dinner, and talks about discernment. If you want to discover who God wants you to be, this is a great opportunity to discern your vocation.

The second event is a Welcome Weekend on March 17th and 18th. This weekend is open to men college aged and older. This overnight experience allows you to meet the faculty, staff and seminarians, pray and attend Mass and learn more about discerning your vocation.

Both of these events provide excellent opportunities to take the next step in your discernment and truly experience the place to where God may be leading you. To register for either event, you can call Fr. Schmitmeyer at 513-421-3131 ext 2890 or use the registration forms linked above.

To see a list of all the discernment/vocation-related events happening over the next several months, please visit the Upcoming Events page.

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Two Opportunities to Praise!
November 14th, 2016 by Wayne
 

This weekend offers two fantastic opportunities for people of all ages to praise our Lord in the Eucharist!

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-3-37-14-pm On Friday, November 18th, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West is hosting another Vigil Praise event in the St. Gregory Chapel from 7-8 pm with a social following the holy hour. This event is led by the seminarians at Mount St. Mary’s and features a keynote talk by Fr. Eric Wood, a 2015 graduate of the seminary and parochial vicar of St. Francis de Sales, Lebanon and St. Philip, Morrow. He will be speaking on the Year of Mercy and the responsibilities of all Christians found in Matthew 25. This event is open to people of all ages including families!

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-3-42-37-pmThe very next day, Saturday, November 19th, offers another great opportunity for high school teens to come worship our Eucharistic Lord and to join in a great discussion about most of the permanent vocations of the Church (i.e., priesthood, religious life, consecrated single life and married life) during a Vocation Panel at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson Township from 6-7 pm. The panel discussion, which will take place in Heritage Hall on the IHM campus includes FREE pizza for all participants and chaperones. Directly following the panel is Encounter, the quarterly Eucharistic worship event for high school teens that leads them in an encounter with Jesus Christ and also allows them the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.  Encounter will take place in the IHM church. For more information and to complete the necessary permission slip, contact your local youth minister or Encounter Cincinnati.

Don’t miss these wonderful opportunities to be close to our Eucharistic Lord and to be challenged by his presence to become the person he has created you to be!

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Vigil Praise to Feature Newly Ordained Priest
September 16th, 2016 by Wayne
 

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-9-53-28-amOn 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.

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VIDEO: Interview with Fr. Alex McCullough
July 29th, 2016 by Wayne
 

BV Logo blackToday 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!

Thanks to The Catholic Telegraph for supplying video and photos from the ordination ceremony and to Sacred Heart Church in Cincinnati for providing us the location for the interview.

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The Perception of Marriage Today
July 21st, 2016 by Wayne
 

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.[2] 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.

 

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MUST READ: 7 Common Mistakes in Discernment
July 13th, 2016 by Wayne
 

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:

  1. Religious life is the only path to holiness and marriage is an easy way out
  2. Not having a spiritual director OR having too many
  3. Thinking about your discernment too much
  4. “If I don’t pick the right vocation, I’ll never be really happy.”
  5. Suffering is a sign that something is wrong
  6. Chasing your feelings around
  7. 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.

For more practical suggestions on discernment,click here.

 

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