The series of videos whose namesake has now received over 5500 views in its first month of publication is continuing on with a new short video featuring parochial vicar of Our Lady of Visitation parish, Fr. Marc Soellner.
Father Soellner was ordained in May 2012 and spent his first year as a priest at Holy Trinity in Coldwater, OH. Now back in his hometown, Cincinnati, he sits down to talk about his decision to enter the seminary and give God the chance to work through him.
“As our Lord told us,” Fr. Soellner says, “’there is no greater gift than to lay down one’s life for a friend,’ and that is what priests do.”
The entire series can be found HERE and please share these videos widely in your social network!
The best ‘sell’ for potential seminarians are current seminarians. For the young man who is thinking ‘Is this for me?’ there can be a sense that the seminary is too far beyond reach, all the men are too holy, too much would be expected, etc. There are all kinds of barriers that men put in the way of their entrance to seminary.
In my own discernment of the priesthood, actually visiting the seminary was such a key moment in recognizing that the men there were just like me: ordinary guys called to something extraordinary.
Our first ‘vignette‘ features three of our men, each discerning his own call to the priesthood, how he arrived at the seminary, what he found once he got there, and how he has changed since he has entered the seminary. For those men thinking about entering the seminary, hopefully you will find some resonance in your own journey.
To view the full ‘Gift of the Priesthood’ video, click here.
Today we are excited to announce our new vocation video geared specifically at the priesthood and featuring prominently our very own seminary, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, located right on Beechmont Avenue in Cincinnati!
“I’m continually amazed by the gift of the priesthood” says Fr. David Endres as the film begins, “meaning that it is never something that anyone takes on themselves or something that you necessarily even desire for yourself but something that really is God’s will for you, that is going to give you that ultimate joy and happiness.”
These words are just the beginning of a video full of fantastic imagery, and even more beautiful words spoken by many of the same priests who are currently helping to form the men in the seminary to become the great priests they may be called to be.
We invite you now, to please take this opportunity to learn about what makes the priesthood such a gift, not just to the Church as a whole, but to the man being called to this life.
“The life of the priesthood is just something beyond expression,” says Fr. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, Rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, as the video comes to a close, “[and] all God asks us to do is to say, ‘Yes,’…and He can bring about marvelous things.”
Come explore The Gift of the Priesthood.
Many thanks go to Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West faculty and seminarians, the priests interviewed for this video, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr for the okay to produce this video, and US Digital Partners for the production of this video!
Here is another installment in our Get to Know series comes from the Poor Clares of Cincinnati. They are a contemplative order of the Franciscan tradition. Below is a “fact sheet” of sorts provided by Sr. Mary Pia Malaborbor, Vocation Director of the order.
Poor Clares of Cincinnati
We are a community of sisters known as the Poor Clares, the contemplative branch of the Franciscan family, founded by St. Clare of Assisi in the 13 century. As Poor Clares, we take the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and enclosure. Our mission is to pray for the needs of the church, the world, and all people.
In 2009 we celebrated the 800th anniversary of the beginning of the Franciscan movement and the 150th anniversary of the Tyrolese friar missionaries becoming the Custody of St. John the Baptist in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2012, we celebrated 800 years of Poor Clares, and the 22th anniversary of the day the first Poor Clare took up residence in Cincinnati, at the invitation of the Minister Provincial of St. John the Baptist Province, for the purpose of forming a Poor Clare foundation and bringing the contemplative Franciscan tradition to the area.
1212 On Palm Sunday, March18, 1212, the young noble woman, Clare di Offreduccio, became the first of St. Francis of Assisi’s “Poor Ladies” at Our Lady of Angels, the Portiuncula. Thousands of pilgrims continue to visit the Portiuncula each year, where the Franciscan movement began.
1253 On August 9, 1253, Clare became the first woman to have the Rule she wrote receive Papal approval. Clare died two days later. Clare had spent 40 years with her sisters at San Damiano living the life of the gospel. Many women wanted to follow Clare’s example. During that 40 year period, 147 monasteries had been founded throughout Europe.
1255 Two years after her death, on August 15, 1255, Clare was canonized by Pope Alexander IV.
1875 Mother Mary Magdelene Bentivoglio was sent by Pope Pius IX to the United States to found a Poor Clare monastery. Although attempts were made in these early years, Cincinnati would not see a Poor Clare foundation for many years.
1956 The Poor Clares in Evansville, Indiana requested Archbishop Alter of Cincinnati to permit the sisters to establish a Poor Clare monastery, but Cincinnati would have to wait another 34 years for a Poor Clare foundation.
1990 On June 24, 1990, Sr. Doris Gerke, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, Sr. Anna Marie Covely, Langhorne, PA, and Sr. Dianne Short, Bronx, NY, moved into St. Vivian’s Parish Convent in Cincinnati. The Duncan, B.C. monastery became the sponsoring monastery for this Poor Clare foundation.
1991 On January 2, 1991, Rome approves the establishment of the foundation in Cincinnati.
1996 On September 1, 1996, after many prayers, and the generous donations from many benefactors, the sisters celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony and blessing by Archbishop Pilarczyk for the new monastery building project.
Visitors are Welcome (Please contact us for more information)
Meeting Room– Our Meeting Room provides space for up to 35 people to meet for workshops, day long group retreats, meetings or special occasions.
Guest Area– Our Guest Area provides a wonderful prayerful atmosphere for those who want to schedule a private retreat.
Chapel – We welcome anyone who wants to come and share in prayer with us for Mass, Morning, Noon and Evening prayer.
As followers of Clare and Francis, this is what we ardently seek and long for: To live as a loving community the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ in poverty, littleness, simplicity, and joy; open and sensitive to the Spirit working within us, among us, and beyond us; lovingly surrendering ourselves to the Lord; witnessing to the primacy of contemplative prayer and trusting in the care of the Lord each day of our lives.
- Spiritual Direction/Spiritual Companioning
- Directed Retreats
- Classes on Prayer and Franciscan/Clarian Spirituality
- Clerical Work
- Sewing Habits for OFM Friars
- Selling Individually Designed Cards and Craft Items
- Providing Meeting Room Space for Groups to Meet
- Providing Space for Retreatants in our Guest Area
For more information, please contact:
Monastery of St. Clare :::: Telephone: (513) 825 -7177
1505 Miles Road :::: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cincinnati, OH 45231 :::: Website:www.poorclarescincinnati.org
To view the rest of the Get to Know Series, click here.
One of the more striking commercials from the Super Bowl was ‘The Farmer’ by Dodge, featuring a speech given by Paul Harvey to the 1978 Future Farmers of America Convention. I riffed it this morning for the priesthood:
So Jesus Called the Priest
And as He Ascended, Jesus looked down at His nascent Church and said, “I need a caretaker.” So Jesus called the Priest.
Jesus said, “I need to still be present to guide the lost; to organize the community; to build my Kingdom; to comfort those who sorrow; to encourage others to greatness in My Name; to shepherd My people.” So Jesus called the Priest.
Jesus said, “I need to continue to teach and instruct, to form children in the ways of Truth; to guide academics in the mysteries of the universe I have shaped; to challenge governments to respect the order of creation; to preserve the integrity of my teaching; to pass along my teachings in the Scriptures; to respond to new questions with timeless answers.” So Jesus called the Priest.
Jesus said, “I need to baptize children into My Name; to strengthen my disciples as soldiers of My Name; to give My Precious Body and Blood to nourish my people; to forgive their sins; to anoint the weak; to witness my love shining in the love of a married couple, to call others to take up the mantle of the Cross.” So Jesus called the Priest.
It had to be someone who would be a sign of contradiction in this world. Somebody who dwells here, but has his face set towards heaven. Someone who would comfort the afflicted, but afflict those who are too comforted. Someone who would embrace a life of sacrifice so that others might live. Someone who can share a laugh with a friend and quick embrace with the stranger. Someone who would be a father to all but a dad to none. Someone who reject the pleasures of this world to show the glory of the life to come. Someone who recognizes that, “Jesus called the Priest.”
Sunday began a week to celebrate that each and every one of us has a vocation, a particular call from God to fulfill a specific purpose in this world. In particular during this week we remember and give special attention to the particular vocations of priesthood and consecrated religious life. Every day this week we will be posting to our Facebook page different articles, videos and quotes to help celebrate this week. As you celebrate with us, please pray daily the prayer for vocations written by Archbishop Schnurr.
Additionally, if you haven’t yet done so, please visit our Vocation Awareness Educational Materials page and print off the plans that will best help your family, school, parish or small faith sharing group celebrate this week.
On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, opens her doors to candidates interested in exploring the Diocesesan Priesthood. Men, college age and older, who are interested in exploring a vocation are invited to join the seminary community for Mass, social time and Dinner; and the evening concludes with a short presentation on seminary life. The evening events begin at 5:15 and should be completed by 8:00.
Those interested in attending should call the Vocation Office at 513.421.3131, x. 2890 or email Fr. Kyle Schnippel: vocations (at) catholiccincinnati (dot) org.
Please keep these men in your prayers.
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