February 2014 Updates from the Vocation Office
February 4th, 2014 by Father Schnippel

Andrew Dinners

The Spring Andrew Dinners will be held at the following locations:

  • March 4: Holy Rosary, St. Mary’s
  • March 24: Guardian Angels, Cincinnati
  • April 3: St. Christopher, Vandalia

As a reminder, these are an opportunity for pastors to invite young men, whom they consider to have the possibilities for the priesthood, to join Archbishop Schnurr for dinner and a presentation on life in the college seminary.  Often, youth ministers can help solicit names of whom to invite.   The schedule runs as follows:

  • 5:30 Doors Open
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 6:45 Presentation on College Seminary Life
  • 7:30 Evening Prayer and Closing

These dinners have been a key component in increasing our numbers of college seminarians from four to twenty over the last five years.  Please take this opportunity to continue this success.


Run for the Call

Run for the Call is now a partner charity of the Flying Pig Marathon. All runners and walkers who want to run in the weekend events of the Marathon on May 3-4th are invited to join our team and help us to raise money for seminarians while promoting a culture of vocations throughout the Archdiocese. To help prepare for the big weekend, Run for the Call is also establishing running clubs throughout the Archdiocese. For more information and to sign up, visit http://runforthecall.wordpress.com.


Cast Your Nets

On Sunday, February 23, 2014, Cast Your Nets will return to Holy Redeemer featuring guest speaker, Ryan Lopez of NET Ministries and music led by St. Henry Youth Minister, Kevin Schulze. This year’s Cast Your Nets will once again include practical workshops, dinner, opportunity to engage with members of religious communities and Eucharistic Adoration. Cost for the event is just $10 which includes an event t-shirt. Please encourage your youth minister to attend, as this is the only Cast Your Nets event happening this year. Registration will open in late January.

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Martha Dinner features Archbishop Schnurr
December 19th, 2013 by Wayne

On Tuesday, January 14th, Archbishop Schnurr will join representatives of several women religious orders at Ascension Church in Dayton, OH for a Martha Dinner.

This dinner is open to high school young women and young adults who are interested in more information about the religious life and what it takes to become a religious sister.

The dinner runs from 6-8 pm but the doors open at 5:30 pm. There is no cost, but registrations are expected so that enough food can be prepared. In addition to hearing from Archbishop Schnurr, young women can expect to meet religious women from both monastatic and apostolic communities as well as the opportunity to join them in prayer.

Anybody interested in joining this dinner should contact Sr. Mary Yarger, C.PP.S at 937-999-8456 or email vocations@cppsadmin.org.

Download the event flyer here!

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Vocation Views for use in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
November 21st, 2013 by Father Schnippel


There were some slight revisions to the previously posted Vocation Views, revised version is attached above.

Thank you!

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Run for Vocations!
October 22nd, 2013 by Wayne

Over the past two years, Run for the Call has become a larger and larger effort to raise cultural awareness of the need for vocational discernment and to raise money for seminarians in need of some extra financial assistance to make ends meet while they are in seminary formation. This year, we are continuing to expand our efforts and this year, we are getting some most welcome help from the Knights of Columbus.

On November 16th, the Knights of Columbus- Coldwater Council 1991 is hosting the first annual Run for Vocations at St. Charles Center (formerly St. Charles Seminary – house of formation for the Precious Blood Missionaries) in Carthegena, OH. This run will help the KofC council raise funds that they will use to support individual seminarians by way of scholarship funds. Additionally, it is the Knights hope that they will influence the conversation about the need for more seminarians and the need to support everyone who is discerning his or her particular religious vocation. It’s a win-win! You can register for the race by visiting their website and printing off the registration form. You can then send it in or bring it with you on the morning of November 16th at 8:30 am (when registration begins), and get ready to run at 10:00 when the race begins.

To prepare for that race, come join a Run for the Call running club, at the location nearest you, for the first annual Run for All Souls happening at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 2nd. We will begin our time together in prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory and then run (or walk) for about 30 minutes. We’ll then conclude with a prayer together and plan to meet again soon! These running clubs are open to people of every ability and training level, just let us know to expect you by contacting the leader of your group.

Finally, if you are already in shape, members of the Run for the Call team will be joining in the Trick or Trot 5K/10K this coming Sunday, October 27th to support the Fetal Hope Foundation in Mason, OH. Anybody who would like to register as a member of our team, check out this post on our Run for the Call site to get all the information!

Fall is the perfect time to get out and start running and what better way to stay motivated than to be running for a great cause! Come out and run and chase after your vocation today!

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Upcoming Vocation Events for Women
October 7th, 2013 by Wayne

The following events will be held during the month of October and are sponsored by religious communities who minister here in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati:

A Weekend of Reflection
The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor at St. Clare’s Convent are sponsoring a weekend of discernment for women 20-24 on Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 20. Enjoy quiet time, a tour of the beautiful chapel and grounds, an open discussion about religious life and prayerful reflection. The weekend will come to a close following the Sunday 10:00 am Mass. For more information and to RSVP contact Ruthy Trusler at 761-0940 ext. 132 or rtrusler@spf-vocations.org. www.sfp-vocations.org (for the mobile devices m.sfp-vocations.org).

Listen Retreat for Single Women
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery in Villa Hills, KY are hosting a Listen Retreat on Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27, for single women who may be discerning the religious life. This is a great opportunity to experience the Benedictine Way of Life and enjoy others who are seeking God. For more information or to RSVP contact Sr. Cathy Bauer, OSB at 859-331-6324 or bauerosb@yahoo.com.

For all other upcoming events click here.

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Gift of the Priesthood: Vocation Stories Video Series Continues!
September 5th, 2013 by Wayne

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!

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Vocation Stories: The Seminarians
July 30th, 2013 by Father Schnippel

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.

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