Vocation Awareness Week is coming in just three weeks! During the first week of November, the entire nation will be celebrating the gift of priestly and religious vocations to the Church as well as remembering the great need and gift the vocation to marriage is to raising saints. During this year for Consecrated Life it is a great idea for young people to see what it means to be a religious brother or sister and some of the religious communities that serve our Archdiocese have made it possible. At this link you will find videos of various lengths for many religious communities that serve both in and around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Check out the descriptions and find a couple videos that will work for your classroom, prayer group, or youth ministry.
Another series of videos has just come to our attention and they are well worth your time: Consecrated in Cleveland. This series of videos explores the many different aspects of the life of one who is called to the consecrated vocation. The videos feature two women from orders present here in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the would make a very nice study for Vocation Awareness Week or any other week of the year that fits your home or classroom schedule.
For more Vocation Awareness Week information, click here.
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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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.
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.
Today’s Vocation Story comes from Sean Wilson, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati who is currently first year of Theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati, OH. Sean is a son of Emmanuel parish in Dayton, OH.
I grew up in Vandalia Ohio which is about 15 minutes north of Dayton. I went to public school until college. I have two brothers one is 18 months older and the other is 2 years younger; so, I am a middle child.
Since we didn’t go to Catholic school my brothers and I went to CCD at our parish, Emmanuel, in downtown Dayton. I think we were taught pretty well; my mom taught the third grade CCD class, and if you ask her today who her worst student was in class she will tell you it was me. The son that is studying to be a priest was the worst student she has had in her 15 years of teaching. I remember one time getting up while she was teaching and turning off the lights in the class room and I remember another time I was yelling really loud; I acted really badly, but somehow God got through me.
As I got a little older, I became an altar server and, though I think I had thoughts of becoming a priest before, our pastor always asked us to think about the possibility. I listened to him mention it over and over again for years, but I don’t remember feeling like I was supposed to be a priest during all that time. That thought didn’t come until much later.
The summer after I graduated from high school, I had the opportunity to go to Rome with my High School Latin class; it was an awesome trip! I think it was here that I really fell in love with Jesus Christ and His Church, seeing all of the beauty in the Church really struck me deeply. So when I got back I told my mom that I was thinking about being a priest, but I was going to the University Read More
Today’s vocation story comes from Matthew Leiser, SJ, a member of the Society of Jesus in his third year of formation with the order. Matthew was introduced to the order through the Jesuits at St. Francis Xavier parish in Cincinnati, OH.
Since a fifth grader I first felt a gentle invitation by the Spirit to consider religious life. I remember begrudgingly attending a family retreat that my dad dragged myself and my three siblings to. It was there while playing freeze tag with the other kids that I felt a tug on my heart. I simply can’t explain it anymore then a strong feeling of peace that stopped me dead in my tracks and made me think about Jesus and in sequence the priesthood.
Quite startled at the prospect of being a follower of Christ as a fifth grader I could not come to fathom the practicality of such a call. This would remain true Read More
Today’s vocation story comes from Sr. Cecilia Taphorn, CPPS, a sister of the Precious Blood. She currently serves on the leadership team of the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton, OH and is a daughter of Nativity parish in Cincinnati, OH.
I grew up in Pleasant Ridge and went to Nativity grade school staffed then by the Sisters of Mercy. I think the my religious vocation began when I had a Sister that taught me in the sixth grade and who also taught me piano lessons. She was a very happy and kind person and left a huge impression on me.
After I graduated from eighth grade, I went to Regina High School in Norwood, Ohio, where the Sisters of the Precious Blood taught and lived in the convent attached to the school. I had many wonderful sisters for my classes, but my business teacher had a major influence on me. She, too, was very happy, kind and had a special way of acknowledging me. She went out of her way to talk to me and took an interest in my social life. As far as I can remember she never talked to me about being a sister.
I was a typical teenager. I was active in sports, went to parties, and was having fun. I remember walking to Nativity Church with my mother for daily Mass during Lent and to other devotions at the church. As a family we prayed the rosary each night. I had a feeling that I might have a religious vocation, but I didn’t want to enter the convent.
My mother taught me by her example that unless a person does what God wants, one will never be happy. Of course, I wanted to be happy, so every night in my senior year I prayed, “Lord, help me to want what you want.” I don’t think I ever mentioned to anyone about saying that prayer each night. Yes, God did answer my prayer.
In April of my senior year, after the sisters drove a carful of us girls to visit the Precious Blood Sisters’ motherhouse in Dayton, I knew that I wanted to become a sister. To see the sisters as truly human and happy was of utmost importance to me. Those two qualities assured me that I would not lose my individuality or my joy and love for life.
I entered the community the following August, 1959. In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati I taught at Precious Blood School in Dayton, Ohio from 1969-1971. I also served as the principal of St. Joseph School in Wapakoneta, Ohio from 1971-1978; Bishop Leibold School in Dayton from 1979-1986. Since then I served 18 years as Pastoral Associate at St. Mary Church in the Diocese of Columbus. I have tried to share God’s love in a personal way and to be a caring and life-giving presence. I am very grateful to God for calling me to serve the Church as a Sister of the Precious Blood. They have been not only happy but very rewarding years. I am now serving in a full time leadership team with the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton.
What are the activities/careers that most interest you? Did you know that religious brothers, sisters and priests hold a job in nearly every career field? Have you thought of the possibility that you may be called to something more as a teacher, or nurse, or engineer?
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