Ascension Press has recently created a fantastic new video on discerning the call to the priesthood. The video is about 10 minutes long and is well worth the time to check out and for those who work with young people, it is a great tool to use in a classroom or youth ministry setting.
The video follows two young priests as they go about their morning routine and tell their vocation stories. They each tell about how they struggled with the teachings of the church or how they had no time for God in their lives until they each have a moment of conversion that causes them to truly consider the work of God in their lives. The great patience of God is on display and the life of those who are willing to open themselves up to God’s plans are well portrayed. These men chose to follow Jesus. Will you?
Last night, the men of Mount St. Mary’s hosted five men who are discerning their vocation. The men gathered together for Mass, a social, dinner, talks, a tour, and social time with the men. It was a great time as you can see in the picture.
Our seminarians at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West have started a youtube page, menofthemount1. If you have some free time and you want to be entertained, I suggest you check their videos out here: . They are funny, inspirational, prayerful, faithful and joyful.
A fantastic opportunity for Catholic young adults is once again coming to the University of Cincinnati! On February 23, 2015 the Frassati Speakers Series presented by the UC Society of St. Paul will continue with an engaging presentation by renowned speaker Matthew Leonard. Author of two books, Louder than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic and Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality, Leonard will be presenting on the topic Love Hurts: The Truth Behind Redemptive Suffering. The talk will take place in the Tangeman University Center Great Hall and will go from 7-8:30 pm. You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to grow in love with your faith and be inspired to transform your lives into lives of prayer.
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.
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