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.
ARCHDIOCESE MARKS YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in union with the Catholic Church around the world, will celebrate members of religious orders and others in consecrated life during the Year of Consecrated Life called by Pope Francis from Nov. 30, 2014 to Feb. 2, 2016.
The theme for the celebration in the Archdiocese, reflecting the Pope’s goals for the Year, is “Celebrating the Past, Serving in the Present, Embracing the Future.”
“Each of us has a call from God, and discovering God’s call for us will bring joy to our life,” said the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati. “Religious life / consecrated life is a viable option.”
The objectives he has approved for the Archdiocesan observance of the Year are to:
- increase the visibility of religious life / consecrated life;
- express appreciation;
- highlight the joy experienced in this vocational choice;
- educate about religious life / consecrated life.
“The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has a long and rich history of welcoming religious communities,” Archbishop Schnurr said, noting as examples that the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are celebrating 175 years and the Poor Clare Sisters 25 years in the Archdiocese in 2015.
“Today 34 different Congregations of women and 12 different Congregations of brothers and priests minister in the Archdiocese – approximately 226 priests, 114 brothers, and 781 sisters. We are also blessed with the presence of Secular Institutes, public (Regnum Christi) and private associations (Children of Mary) of the faithful, and a Consecrated Virgin Living in the World. All of those are examples of the consecrated life.”
In addition to parish-wide observances, there will be two Archdiocesan events to mark the Year of Consecrated Life. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer will preside at the opening Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. Archbishop Schnurr will preside at the closing Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 38th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment. The 19-county territory includes 213 parishes and 113 Catholic primary and secondary schools.
More and more men are discerning the call to the priesthood, and it is evident in the large number of seminarians at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. This year there are 66 seminarians at Mt. St. Mary’s and 8 more rooms are being added, so even more men can study here. We ask the Master of the harvest for more laborers for His harvest, and we thank God for His greatness and goodness. You can see the news report from channel 12 here:<http://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/more-men-becoming-priests-large-seminary-enrollment-mt-washington-16765.shtml>
Today we are excited to announce the launch of our latest installment in the Gift of the Priesthood video series. “Parents of the Called” hits an entirely new population and explores a different viewpoint than the previous videos. In fact, we feel it is a viewpoint that you may not be able to find anywhere else!
This latest video opens with Fr. Kyle Schnippel describing just why this particular video was important for us to make. “Before any man is a priest, he is a son, a son in a family, a family into which God places him for a distinct reason,” says Fr. Schnippel.
“[Experiences in this original family life begin] teaching him the lessons of sacrifice, of love, and of compassion long before seminary life and the priesthood form him in these things.” He goes on to say that some parents “can become nervous about what the future holds for [their son]” and so we offer the wisdom of parents who have seen the Gift of the Priesthood in their own lives.
We interviewed the parents of two priests and one of our seminarians asking them to discuss what it means to them to have a son being called to the priesthood. What was their reaction when their son told them that he was thinking about entering the seminary? What effect has it had on their son’s life? What advice can they give to parents of sons who are discerning this vocation? All of these questions and more are answered beautifully by these three couples in a 7 minute video that you will wish won’t end.
Many thanks to Tom and Sharon Schnippel, Tim and Teresa Geiger and Jim and Mary Beth Bedel (pictured above from left to right) for their willingness to share their wisdom and great love they have for their sons. Additionally, we would like to thank Archbishop Schnurr for his continued support of this project and US Digital Partners for producing yet another stunning video.
For the rest of the series, start here.
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