This past weekend, we in the vocation office got sort of busy with events in three different locations all on the same two day stretch. We were invited to join in the Contagiously Catholic workshop put on by the Office of the New Evangelization where we were able to talk to men about building up men’s discipleship in their parishes and taking on big hairy audacious goals as a group of disciples that would be real game changers in their parishes and in their communities. The response to that conversation was very positive and I’m excited to see just where that goes as the men head back to their parishes.
On Friday and Saturday, we also participated in Welcome Weekend at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West here in Cincinnati where the largest group of men we’ve seen in years, 15 to be exact, came to explore further what it means to live as a seminarian. Please pray for the men who attended this weekend. The Lord is at work on their hearts, may they be filled with the grace to respond generously to His invitation.
Finally, on Saturday evening we also took part in the Run for the Call spaghetti dinner fundraiser in the Northern part of the Archdiocese where the Serra Club of Sidney/St. Mary’s prepared a delicious spaghetti dinner and raised nearly $1800 for the support of our seminarians! It was a beautiful witness by the people up in “God’s Country” of the desire they have to see more and more young men truly explore their call to the priesthood and more young women generously respond to the invitation to become a religious sister.
So, all in all, the weekend was one full of excitement and left us with a great sense of hope for the future of this Archdiocese. May our efforts continue to bear great fruit through the mercy and grace of the Holy Spirit.
On Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the most recent Encounter Cincinnati event, Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer was honored to be the keynote speaker and took the opportunity to remind the teens about the universal call to holiness that God has placed on every human heart.
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Over the past several days, we have received a number of good resources and opportunities we want to share with those women who are currently discerning their vocation to the religious life.
The first is a Lenten Retreat opportunity we have already advertised here but it bears repeating. Please contact Sister Cathy to register and get set up with a spiritual director who will help you to have one of your most fruitful Lenten seasons ever!
The next opportunity is a Listening Discerment Retreat with Sr. Cathy’s order, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery. This retreat runs from February 27- March 1 and is open to all women who are considering their call to the consecrated life. Please click on the image, fill out the form and send it to Sr. Cathy Bauer, OSB or call her at (859) 331-6324.
Shortly after that wonderful Lenten retreat opportunity, there is an opportunity for all young women in discernment to meet and share a meal with women of various religious orders at a Martha Dinner happening on Thursday, March 12 from 5:30-8:00pm at Salem Heights in Dayton, OH. Click on the flyer to learn more. If you are interested, please register with Sr. Mary Yarger, CPPS. at (937) 999-8456.
Finally, the Sisters of Notre Dame have a great opportunity for young women to volunteer with the Catholic Volunteer Network and to then follow that experience with a time of discernment and reflection in their vocation discernment retreats. To get more information about the Volunteer Network, go here. For more information on their available Vocation Discernment Retreats, visit this page or contact the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers at (410) 532-6864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Year for Consecrated Life and the many other opportunities to explore religious life and learn more about the life and calling of those called to the consecrated life, visit here.
Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati is hosting a welcome weekend for men who are college age or older who want to learn more about discernment and priesthood. The weekend takes place on Friday-Saturday, March 20th-21st. Attendees will spend the night at the seminary and participate in the community liturgies as well as additional prayer, social time, and talks about discernment and seminary life. If you want more information or to register please call 513-421-3131 ext 2890 or e-mail at email@example.com.
This Spring we are having three Andrew Dinners. Andrew Dinners are an opportunity for men who are sophomores in high school or older to learn more about discernment and the seminary.
In Cincinnati, the Andrew Dinner will be hosted at Elder High School, 3900 Vincent Ave., on Tuesday, April 14th. In Dayton, the Andrew Dinner will be hosted at St. Peter, 6161 Chambersburg Rd., on Tuesday, April 21st. In the North, the Andrew Dinner will be hosted by St. Boniface, 310 S. Downing St., in Piqua on Tuesday, April 28th.
The evening begins with registration at 5:30pm, and we will be finished at about 7:30pm. If you are interested in attending or for more informations, please call at 513-421-3131 ext 2890 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each month, the Vocation Office and the Children of Mary are sponsoring a holy hour for religious vocations at the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center. Each month, on the second Thursday of the month, (the next is on February 12th), our Eucharistic Lord will be present on the altar from 8-9 pm. Each holy hour is open to all. For more information click on the image below or email email@example.com.
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