We are excited to release another look at this year’s priesthood ordination! Not only does this allow us to celebrate again the ordination of our 7 new priests, but also it gives a brief explanation of each of the elements of the ordination ceremony! Check it out and let us know what you thought.
Many thanks again the Catholic Telegraph for their great work in providing such a complete look at the priesthood ordination. If you haven’t seen the trailer or the full Mass, I highly recommend taking the time to view those as well!
The Catholic Telegraph today released a video of the complete ceremony from the Priesthood Ordination for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati that took place on May 21, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. Congratulations to the newly ordained: Father Tim Fahey, Father Matt Feist, Father Chris Geiger, Father Alex McCullough, Father Eric Roush, Father Jason Williams and Father Sean Wilson.
Posted here is the trailer of the ordination Mass. For the full length video go here.
Also, click here to view a gallery of photos taken by the Catholic Telegraph.
The May edition of The Catholic Telegraph is about to hit news stands and front steps and we are excited to read the interviews of the 10 men who will be ordained this year from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. Seven of these men will be ordained on May 21, 2016 for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati!!
Go here to read what else will be filling the pages of the next Telegraph!
It is incredible to think that over the next month, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will see the ordination of 28 men to holy orders!! Thanks be to God!!
On Saturday, April 30th, 18 men will be ordained as permanent deacons and another three will be ordained as transitional deacons (to be ordained to the Holy Priesthood next year). The 18 permanent deacons will return to their parishes where now they will be able to minister to their parish and be an agent for God’s grace in the celebration of baptisms, weddings and funerals. They are now able to celebrate the rite of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and are able to confer the blessing of Almighty God on those who ask for the first time and for the rest of their lives! Those who have been ordained as transitional deacons will return to their studies in the seminary as they have now made their last step before being ordained a priest next Spring. It is during this ceremony when the men will freely give their promise of celibacy and faithfulness to the Church alone.
On Saturday, May 21st, in one of the most beautiful liturgies the Catholic Church has to offer, the Archdiocese will celebrate the ordination of seven men to the Holy Priesthood! These men will freely give their promise of obedience to the Archbishop, will receive the chalice and the book of the Gospels, will receive the laying of hands and will lay prostrate before the assembly of the people.Upon rising these men will be presented as the new priests of the Archdiocese, ready to join the Archbishop in consecrating the bread and wine on the altar into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ for the first time! They will remain priests forever and will give the rest of their lives in service to this, our local Church!
It is a time of great joy in this Archdiocese! Please come celebrate with these men if you are able. If you are not, please join with them through your prayers.
Today is Spy Wednesday and one of the more spiritually difficult days of the year in my opinion. While today’s Gospel passage is from John 13, where we encounter Judas at the last supper with Jesus, the story from Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 26:14-25) giving us the account of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus where he plans to hand him over to the chief priests in exchange for 30 pieces of silver is our focus here. We all know the story and for me, it is really hard to hear.
Here is a man who has been with Jesus since the beginning. He heard the words Jesus spoke, he listened to his teaching, he shared meals with him and witnessed the many miracles Jesus worked, and yet in Matthew 26:16, it says, “and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.” He is willing to just hand Jesus over to the men who want Him dead! It is shocking and sobering. Yet, how well, at times has this story represented the way I have treated my relationship with Christ?! How often have I been willing to give up my faith for those who want Jesus’ name unspoken?
As I reflected more on this one line I was struck by the wording of “looked for an opportunity.” That is what we, who are engaging in the new evangelization, are constantly asked to do. We are asked to look for that opportunity to share the way that Jesus Christ has changed our lives. It is striking that we, who also call ourselves disciples of Christ, who also spend time with him, read his words and ask him to speak to us and perform miracles in our lives and the lives of those we love (and often are witnesses of those miracles!) are presented today with a choice: look for opportunities to hand him over or look for opportunities to hand him on. Today, let’s take on the challenge to do reparation for the sins of Judas and look for the next opportunity to hand on the Good News of Jesus Christ.
One of the many questions that a seminarian is asked is “how does one discern God’s call?”, especially to the priesthood. This is a question that for me is hard to answer. Many times people see seminarians as people who have discernment all figured out and mastered. While this would be great if true, seminarians have just as hard of a time figuring out how to discern. This is something that I have to think about and contemplate on a daily basis. It was not until last month that I finally think I can understand discernment better.
Last month, the seminary had their annual retreat down at St. Meinrad Seminary in southern Indiana. The retreat was lead by international writer and speaker, Fr. Larry Richards. This retreat has changed my life in many ways, but one in particular is that of discernment. At this retreat Fr. Larry talked to us about Holiness, and one of the resounding themes is having a relationship with God. Not only just having a relationship with God, but understanding how much He loves us and how we should love Him. This relationship is more that that of two friends, it is so much more than that. This relationship is of a Father and Son. For we were made in God’s image and likeness, and He loved us so much that he sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us.
This relationship is almost indescribable. We are able to cry out to our God saying Abba, daddy, to the very God that created the whole universe and all that is contains. This is where discernment starts. It starts with God our Father. We have to start with crying out to our Father and knowing how much He loves us and desires a relationship with us. Forming a relationship with God is one of the most important steps into having a healthy discernment. No matter what vocation you are called to, one thing will always remain constant within every calling: A loving relationship with God our Father. Through this relationship and love we are able to know Him, walk with Him, know what He is calling us to, and most importantly, are not afraid to do the things that scare us in a particular vocation.
Now, this may seem like an impossible task; we sin, do bad things, say things we shouldn’t, etc. and we make God angry. However, God is not calling us to only form a relationship with Him when we are perfect; quite the opposite actually. God wants us to come to Him in our broken state. God does not just leave us out to dry when we fall; hence why he sent His Son to redeem us and allows us access to the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist. He wants us to depend on Him and know that He can save us from our brokenness.
Many people do not think they can have a good relationship with God and His Son because of their sin. Many have a dictator-like persona of God. There is a very important lesson I learned this year on this very question. It is not that God is mad when we sin because He said not to do it. No, He is worried about us when we sin, and He hates to see us enslaved to sin. God is not someone who sits in heaven wagging His finger at you when you sin, but one who sits in Heaven who wants you not to sin because not sinning will make you happy and is good for you. Sin corrupts us and turns us into slaves of ourselves and evil. God is not out to get us; He is here to love us and help us one day spend eternity with Him. This is an important lesson in forming a relationship with God.
As stated before, this is a relationship with God, and with that means it is something we have to work on. I can tell you that many priests who have been ordained for years are still working on their relationship with God. This is not to scare us however; as a relationship takes time. It helps us to realize a very important point: Vocation is not about ourselves, but for He that calls us. Through this relationship with God we begin to realize what He is calling us to more and more.
To look at priesthood specifically, this call has as it’s root a call from God the Father to a loving relationship with Him and to be an instrument of His love to His Church. This can seem like a hefty job that God calls a young man to do, but to echo the words of Pope St. John Paul II “Be not afraid!” God knows that a young man has to give up certain worldly pleasures for this call, but it is important to note that God calls a young man to the priesthood because He has made Him for that purpose and He knows the young man can do it. This is true for any vocation that God calls people to. God doesn’t call us to something we cannot do; He calls us to what He knows we can do for His Greater Glory and Love.
Now, this may seem like a young man entering seminary must have it all worked out before entering, and that you must have this great relationship with Christ. This cannot be further from the truth. Seminary is a time of formation where you learn new and better ways of forming your relationship with God. These 9 years of seminary are not here because it takes 9 years to learn how to be a priest. These 9 years are here to help form men be rooted in a strong relationship with God and how that translates into priestly ministry. Seminarians work everyday to form their relationship with God, and that means there is no one easy way to do that. Each guy is different. A young men entering may have many doubts, fears, and uncertainty about what this life can lead to. That is normal and every guy goes through that. You are not alone. One may have many fears about God and His love, but through formation a young man is able to discover a healthy relationship with God, the root of any vocation. Let us pray daily that we may accept God’s love and grow closer to Him.
For the first time in a number of years, Catholic men of the Greater Cincinnati area once again have the opportunity to gather and be ignited in their faith at this year’s E6 Catholic Men’s Conference happening on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 8am-3:30pm at East Central High School in St. Leon, IN. Drawing from the scripture passage from Ephesians 6: 11-17 in which St. Paul tells believers to “put on the armor of God,” this year’s conference aims to strengthen men in their resolve to be men of faith and disciples of Jesus Christ.
There are many great reasons why you should attend this year’s conference, not the least of which is that we will be there! To learn more about E6, check out this short write up by The Catholic Beat and then go to www.e6catholicmensconference.com to register and watch a couple of fantastic videos that give you a glimpse into what you expect at the conference. Finally, if you are able, please help spread the word in your parish about the conference by making copies of the 2016 E6 Men’s Conference Flyer.
See you there!
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