In just over a week, on August 24th, the seminarians at Mount St. Mary’s of the West here in Cincinnati will begin another year of seminary formation and instruction as they discern God’s call to the Catholic priesthood. Along with nearly all of the men who were in formation at the end of last school year, 9 new men will be joining the major seminary as seminarians for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati! Additionally, four more men will be entering formation at either Bishop Simon Brute Seminary in Indianapolis or the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus. That means that for the first time in the many years the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will be seeing 13 new seminarians!
We thank all the faithful of this Archdiocese who have steadfastly prayed for more men to respond to God’s call to the priesthood and we praise God for hearing and answering those prayers in his time and according to His great plan. May we continue to beg the harvest master for more laborers for the harvest.
As the school year draws near, however, we encourage all to pray even harder for all the men in formation as the temptation to not return or to enter the doors for the first time is often a great spiritual struggle. May the Lord’s passion and commitment to those the Father place in his care be ever on the minds of these men and may the Holy Spirit rekindle in them the fire of His love.
The Vocation Office is proud to present a brand new video on life in college seminary! This video features many of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati seminarians who are discerning their call to the priesthood in college seminary at Bishop Simon Brute in Indianapolis and the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus. The men tell of the joys and struggles of college seminary life while the video artfully shows moments of everyday life. It is a beautiful testament to the formation a young man receives in the seminary while he is discerning God’s will for his life.
Featured in the video are the following seminarians. Please keep them and all our college seminarians in your prayers:
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Tomorrow, for the first time, the vocation office in conjunction with seminarians of the Archdiocese is offering a retreat opportunity for young men who have recently attended an Andrew Dinner and are still seeking more direction as they discern the vocation to which God is calling them. The afternoon retreat will be held at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and includes prayer and adoration with seminarians, a keynote talk by the vocation director and the opportunity for recreation and a Q & A session with the seminarians as well. Additionally, the parents of these young men are invited to join in the prayer and adoration and will have their own session with parents of current seminarians who will be there to help answer any questions parents of discerning young men may have.
Responding to this opportunity are 10 men and each of them will be bringing at least one of their parents! This is a fantastic response and we are excited about the enthusiasm for doing the will of God that is found in each of these families!
Please pray for them tomorrow and for the retreat team. May we all be inspired and directed by the movement of the Holy Spirit.
In the course of the next three weeks, there are two new opportunities for young people to discern God’s will for their lives away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. The first of these opportunities if for young women seeking direction in their discernment of the religious life.
The Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, whose motherhouse is located in St. Louis, Missouri, are hosting a three-day discernment retreat for young women ages 17-29 on June 4-7. The retreat is focused on the theme, “A Sacrifice of Thanksgiving” and there is small requested donation for participation in the retreat. Obviously, time is running out to sign up for such a retreat, but to do so, please contact Sr. Mary Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second opportunity is for young men who have recently attended an Andrew Dinner here in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. On Saturday, June 13th, for the first time ever, the vocation office is hosting an Andrew Dinner retreat day as a follow up to the Andrew Dinner experience. At the dinner, young men were first introduced to the seminary and were able share a meal with the Archbishop and pray evening prayer with him. At this retreat, men will be introduced to ways to help them in their discernment and their parents, who are also invited to attend, will have the opportunity to learn more about seminary life and how to support their sons as they discern this call. The retreat day runs from 1-4 pm with drinks and snacks provided. For more information, or to sign up for the Andrew Dinner retreat, contact Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer at email@example.com.
This Saturday, April 25th at 11:00am, Bishop Joseph Binzer will ordain to the diaconate seven men who will serve the Archdiocese as transitional deacons. It is with great pleasure and excitement I present them to you. Please keep these men in your prayers as they continue their studies and formation to become priests of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 2016.
Mr. Tim Fahey
Our Lady of Good Hope, Miamisburg
Tim is the son of Thomas and Helen Fahey and comes from a family of four boys. He and his twin brother are the oldest in the family. Tim came to the seminary after spending two years with the United States Air Force Academy. He loves the outdoors. He enjoys camping, hiking, rock climbing, fishing and photography.
It was his experience with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students at the Air Force Academy that ultimately helped him to discern his call to the seminary.
Mr. Matthew Feist
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Anderson Township/St. Thomas More, Withamsville
Matt is the son of Steven and Debra Feist and comes from a family of 4 children. He is the oldest with a younger sister and two younger brothers. Matt studied at Franciscan University in Steubenville and worked for four years before entering the seminary. He enjoys sports, cooking and traveling.
Matt discerned his vocation through Eucharistic adoration and spiritual direction.
Mr. Christopher Geiger
St. Susanna, Mason
Chris is the son of Timothy and Theresa Geiger and is the oldest of 7 children with 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Chris studied at the University of Cincinnati before entering the seminary. He loves playing all manner of sports and reading.
Chris discerned the priesthood through personal prayer in Eucharistic adoration and through the encouragement of several people in his life to think about it.
Mr. Alex McCullough
Sacred Heart, Cincinnati
Alex is the son of Daniel and Kelly McCullough and is the middle child of three. He has an older sister and a younger brother. Alex studied at Christendom College and taught in a small, Catholic school for two years before entering seminary. Alex enjoys playing music, reading and sports.
It was the example of joyful priests that first made him want to be a priest and he discerned his call to the priesthood through study of the Catholic faith, prayer and the encouragement of his parents.
Mr. Eric Roush
St. Monica-St. George, Cincinnati
Eric is the son of Philip and Susan Roush and is 3 of 4 boys. He and his younger brother are the only Catholics in his family and Eric came into the Church in 1999 while studying at Miami University in Oxford. After graduation, Eric earned his Masters of Theology degree at Xavier University and worked in admissions there before entering the seminary. Eric enjoys reading and playing frisbee golf.
Eric discerned his call to the priesthood through much prayer in Eucharistic adoration and through the example of many holy and joyful priests.
Mr. Jason Williams
St. William, Cincinnati
Jason is the son of William and Theresa Williams and is a native of Massillon, OH. He is the second child of 6 (one miscarriage) with one older and one younger brother, and two younger sisters. After graduation from high school, Jason entered the Navy and went on to join the Legionnaires of Christ with whom he began his formation toward becoming a priest. Upon the completion of his philosophical studies, Jason discerned that he was called to diocesan priesthood and entered studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary the following Fall. Jason enjoys running, music, playing piano and organ, hiking, fishing, rock climbing and reading.
Jason began discerning his vocation to the priesthood during his time with the Navy after he made a personal commitment to his faith. Through this commitment and the encouragement of others, he has pursued his vocation.
Mr. Sean Wilson
Sean is the son of Mark and Margaret Wilson. He is the middle son of three boys and is a graduate of Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary at Marian University in Indianapolis, IN. Before entering seminary, Sean spent one year at the University of Dayton studying Mechanical Engineering. Sean enjoys reading and playing all sports, especially soccer.
Sean first began thinking about his call to the priesthood during his experience at World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany and during his trip to Rome and Assisi following his Senior year of high school. Through daily prayer of the rosary and the liturgy of the hours, Sean has come to know more clearly his vocation.
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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