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.
This weekend offers two fantastic opportunities for people of all ages to praise our Lord in the Eucharist!
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!
The 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!
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.
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.
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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It is incredible to think that over the next month, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will see the ordination of 28 men to holy orders!! Thanks be to God!!
On Saturday, April 30th, 18 men will be ordained as permanent deacons and another three will be ordained as transitional deacons (to be ordained to the Holy Priesthood next year). The 18 permanent deacons will return to their parishes where now they will be able to minister to their parish and be an agent for God’s grace in the celebration of baptisms, weddings and funerals. They are now able to celebrate the rite of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and are able to confer the blessing of Almighty God on those who ask for the first time and for the rest of their lives! Those who have been ordained as transitional deacons will return to their studies in the seminary as they have now made their last step before being ordained a priest next Spring. It is during this ceremony when the men will freely give their promise of celibacy and faithfulness to the Church alone.
On Saturday, May 21st, in one of the most beautiful liturgies the Catholic Church has to offer, the Archdiocese will celebrate the ordination of seven men to the Holy Priesthood! These men will freely give their promise of obedience to the Archbishop, will receive the chalice and the book of the Gospels, will receive the laying of hands and will lay prostrate before the assembly of the people.Upon rising these men will be presented as the new priests of the Archdiocese, ready to join the Archbishop in consecrating the bread and wine on the altar into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ for the first time! They will remain priests forever and will give the rest of their lives in service to this, our local Church!
It is a time of great joy in this Archdiocese! Please come celebrate with these men if you are able. If you are not, please join with them through your prayers.
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