Vocation Stories
Novena for Deacons: Day Four!
April 23rd, 2018 by Wayne
 

Today is the fourth day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the Transitional Diaconate.

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Heavenly Father, you have called Zach and his classmates to be heralds of your Gospel and to minister to your people, becoming the servant of all. May you continue to draw them closer and closer to Your Son’s Most Sacred Heart so that, through this year of service to your Church and the working of your Holy Spirit, they may more clearly understand and accept their vocation to serve the Church as Your priests.

Please join us for the rest of the novena and keep praying with us as the Church prepares to celebrate with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.

Did you miss one of the first three days? Click here.

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Novena for Deacons: Day Three!
April 22nd, 2018 by Wayne
 

Today is the third day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the Transitional Diaconate.

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Heavenly Father, you have called Mark and his classmates to be heralds of your Gospel and to minister to your people, becoming the servant of all. May you continue to draw them closer and closer to Your Son’s Most Sacred Heart so that, through this year of service to your Church and the working of your Holy Spirit, they may more clearly understand and accept their vocation to serve the Church as Your priests.

Please join us for the rest of the novena and keep praying with us as the Church prepares to celebrate with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.

Did you miss one of the first two days? Click here.

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Novena for Deacons: Day Two!
April 21st, 2018 by Wayne
 

Today is the second day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the Transitional Diaconate.

To sign up to receive daily emails for this novena, click here.

Heavenly Father, you have called Alex and his classmates to be heralds of your Gospel and to minister to your people, becoming the servant of all. May you continue to draw them closer and closer to Your Son’s Most Sacred Heart so that, through this year of service to your Church and the working of your Holy Spirit, they may more clearly understand and accept their vocation to serve the Church as Your priests.

Please join us for the rest of the novena and keep praying with us as the Church prepares to celebrate with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.

To view yesterday’s video featuring Ambrose Dobroszi, click here.

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The Archdiocese Prepares to Celebrate Historic Ordination
April 16th, 2018 by Wayne
 

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, a historic number of men will be ordained to the transitional diaconate for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati by Bishop Joseph Binzer at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral at the 11:00 am Mass. We will be celebrating the ordination of 9 men, a number not seen since 1979! The last class with more men being ordained was in 1973 when then-Archbishop Joseph Bernardin ordained 20 men to the priesthood. Additionally, this class is nearly a perfect microcosm of the entire people of the Archdiocese as three are from the Westside of Cincinnati (one from St. Joseph, North Bend and two from St. John Neumann) and two are from the Eastside (St. Gertrude, Madeira and St. Susanna, Mason); one is from Dayton (Emmanuel); one is from Springfield (St. Raphael); one is from Piqua (St. Mary) and one is from Champaign County (Sacred Heart, St. Paris). Two of these men, are originally from Africa, one was born in Spain, one is a convert to Catholicism, one was homeschooled, and all have found their way, through the grace of God, to offer all his life to serve the people of God as a deacon and eventually as a priest! We praise God for his great generosity and mercy as we celebrate this gift to the Archdiocese! 

Join us now in praying a Novena for these men leading up to the day of their ordination!

As these men prepare to receive this sacrament and make the promises of celibacy, obedience and prayer, we asked them what thoughts they had as the day draws near. Here is what they said:

“After nearly 8 years of seminary, in many ways, the quickly approaching Diaconate Ordination feels very surreal. Everything thus far has been building to this first of, God willing, two ordinations and it is hard to believe that soon the Bishop will be laying his hands on my head and proclaiming the words of consecration. At the conclusion of the prayer, I will be able to and asked to serve the Church and the people of God in new ways–Baptize, witness Marriages, assist at Mass, and preach!”
Jeff Stegbauer, St. Susanna, Mason

“Pope Benedict XVI said that the role of the deacon is to be a herald for Christ. I’m looking forward to becoming a true herald of the Lord and accepting His call to be a voice that proclaims His joy, mercy, and love to the people whom He has redeemed.“
Andrew Hess, St. Mary’s, St. Paris

“Although I am excited about all of the aspects of diaconate ministry, one of the things I am looking forward to is to be able to preach on a regular basis at the parish. At the same time, the faculties I will have next year to preach and to serve are a strong reminder of the grave responsibility I am being entrusted with. Please pray for me and for all of my classmates as we begin our ordained ministry.”
Christian Cone-Lombarte, Emmanuel, Dayton

“To be ordained a deacon is to be given a great responsibility to serve the people of God. I know there are many people out there who need to experience God’s presence and love in their lives and as a deacon, I am ready to offer myself at their service, guided by the Spirit of God.”
Elias Mwesigye, St. John Neumann, Cincinnati

 

“I would describe this time of preparation for deacon as a joyful anxiety. The future is in God’s hands and it is unknown to us so there is some anxiety to be had. On the other hand I have been preparing for this for 6 years and it feels great to be ordained a deacon for Christ’s Church.”
Mark Bredestege, St. Joseph, North Bend

“I really feel excited about the upcoming ordination. I am very happy that I will be ordained soon and be able to preach, serve at the Altar of the Lord and in other capacities, as circumstances will allow. Ordination is a great gift from God. However, from the human point of view there can be fear regarding whether one lives up to the demands of a noble vocation as such, to serve others unreservedly just as Christ served us. Knowing that I shall not be alone, that Christ, who has called me, unleashes his graces to me if I dispose myself to them by being faithful to his word and seeking his guidance through prayer, encourages me. Our God is a loving God and his love for me gives me impetus to move forward. I believe he will not leave me alone so long as I remain in him.”
Alex Biryomumeisho, St. John Neumann, Cincinnati

“The reality of ordination is setting in, or at least starting to.  I am definitely looking forward to preaching.  We’ve had a lot of time to learn the teachings and ways of the Church, and I’m really excited to be able to share those things with the faithful. However, this ordination will mean literally giving my life away.  I will be giving myself over to God for the service of the Church, totally, and irrevocably.  This is definitely scary – the questions definitely start sounding loud in your mind. “What if this isn’t for me? What if I can’t really do this? Can I really give everything up?”  But the love of Jesus Christ that I’ve known in my life, and the support of my brothers here confirm me. I am confident that God’s grace can work, even through my weakness.”
Ambrose Dobroszi, St. Gertrude, Madeira

“This is my 7th year in seminary, so the idea that ordination is mere days away is absolutely surreal. More than anything, I’m thankful and humbled that Christ has called me—through the Archbishop—to serve Him as a cleric of the Church. And, that service begins in an official capacity with ordination to the Diaconate this month.”
Jedidiah Tritle, St. Raphael, Springfield

“I am very excited for my ordination to the diaconate. In many I still cannot believe that the day is approaching so soon. I feel very blessed to have been given a very supportive family, who has always encouraged my vocation and I am extremely grateful for all the people I have met throughout my time in seminary. The prayers and support of so many has enabled me to persevere in my vocation and prepare well for ordination.”
Zachary Cecil, St. Mary, Piqua

 

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VIDEO: Interview with Deacon Jarred Kohn
July 12th, 2017 by Wayne
 

We are excited to announce the latest video for our Buckeye Vocations YouTube channel. This time we were able to sit down with Deacon Jarred Kohn who was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on April 29, 2017 and is about to enter his final year of seminary formation before being ordained a priest. In this first video he talks about his discernment journey and gives us some great advice on how to deal with doubt in discernment. Enjoy!

For those who would rather not watch the video, the full transcript is below.

Full Video Transcript:
Where do you call home?
My home parish is St. Mary in Philothea, which is up in the Coldwater Cluster which is in Mercer County or “God’s country” as we like to call it back home.

How long have you been in the seminary?
Well, I think it would be 7 or 8 years depending on how you count. I started in 2009, which would be 8 years, but I did take a year off after my freshman year, just [sic] discernment can be tricky.

So, why did you decide to leave?
I didn’t actually decide after my freshman year that, “Okay, this isn’t for me; I need to take a year off,” or whatever. My intention was, at the end of that year, to come back. But I was working somewhere and I had to be there at 4:45 in the morning which meant that, I never really got to daily Mass, that often. But it was also at 4:45 in the morning so I wasn’t dedicated enough to do Liturgy of the Hours and pray the Office of Readings or morning prayer that I now promise to do everyday but at the time it wasn’t necessarily a requirement. So, my spiritual life, kind of, you know, wasn’t as important at that time. And as a result of that I think I began to waver. Also, kind of, entering seminary I never intended to go to college after high school, so it was a difficult year to adjust to academic life, to life in the city; all these different factors (being away from my family), all kind of hit me the summer coming back.

So what happened next?
I called the vocation director at the time and he said, “Take a year. Do what you need to do.” So, I called the rector at Brute College Seminary and he was also very supportive. So I began working and my summer job eventually transferred into going back to a welding career which meant working third shift. That was actually pretty nice for the spiritual life in a way because I could get home early in the morning, go to morning Mass, do my morning prayer and office of readings, then go to bed. Then I’d wake up, and was able to do evening prayer, night prayer and all that stuff, so it kind of got me back into a rhythm. Once that started happening, then all of a sudden God began speaking again like, “Hey, what about seminary?”

What other ways did you develop your prayer life?
As I mentioned, going to Mass more frequently. I was pretty much going everyday but, you know, that isn’t necessary and perhaps isn’t even practical for everybody, but going as often as you can, even during the week. But then also, frequent confession was also a big thing. It helps us to clear out the obstacles that are keeping us from the Lord and helps us also to examine what is going on in our heart and kind of flood out what is our self-will and what is our sinful nature and sort out what is that part of us that is naturally attracted to God. Then there is private prayer. I feel blessed in growing up in a country parish because still to this day, we have 24 hours a day that the church is open so to spend that private time with the Lord in the blessed sacrament has always been a source of, you know, has always been the most important part of my spiritual life; the opportunity to spend that time with Lord has always been that key.

How do you deal with doubt in discernment?
You know I think it’s an important aspect of taking on the diaconate and priesthood but it’s also an element that can make guys waver, it’s that realization that, “I’m not worthy of this.” Which is true! But it’s also not yours to take on. It’s really Christ who is really taking you into his life and his own ministry. It is not something you can simply posses by your own merit. I’m never going to be a good priest because I’m Jarred; I’m going to be a good priest because I’ve allowed Christ to take ownership of my heart and I’ve taken ownership of his and so we have that mutual relationship. So without some recognition that I’m a flawed human being and in some ways I’m also a goofy and quirky guy but somehow Jesus is still calling me to this and calls other guys who are all different and he wants to speak through each one of our personalities to the people of God and wants to, you know, draw the entire world to himself. It’s just crazy. It’s awesome!

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National Catholic Sisters Week
February 3rd, 2016 by Wayne
 

The month of March is National Women’s History Month and two years ago a group of women religious had the fantastic idea to take some of that month to highlight the great history and influence of consecrated women in the history of our nation and of the Church! This year, on March 8-14, 2016, please celebrate with us and your parish National Catholic Sisters Week!

At www.nationalcatholicsistersweek.org you will find the history and purpose of the week, you will find resources to help you get involved in the week, and links to events that are happening across the nation to honor religious sisters.

For more inspiration and bulletin materials, go to www.sisterstories.org. There you can share your own note of gratitude for a religious woman who impacted your life, you can read the vocation stories of several women who have found their joy in following God’s will to give everything as a religious woman, or you can read more about sisters who have had great influence over the years.

For more information and to keep up to date with National Catholic Sisters week, follow them on Twitter (@ncsweek or @asisterstory) or check out #NCSW2016 or find them on Facebook.

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Meet our New Seminarians!
October 30th, 2015 by Wayne
 
Seminarian Poster 2015

Look at all those faces! The pictures keep shrinking! Praise the Lord!

As we enter National Vocation Awareness Week starting this weekend, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our newest seminarians for the 2015-2016 school year! Because of the prayers of the faithful throughout the Archdiocese, this class has tied the largest incoming class of seminarians in the past 30 years and we pray that the Lord continues to bless this Archdiocese with more young men who are willing to surrender their entire lives to the will of the Lord and that he leads them by his grace to the Holy Priesthood for which he made them.

New College Seminarians: men who are taking undergrad courses at a 4-year university while participating in seminary formation

Loren Hein
Adam Hoying
Ben Stegbauer
K. Scott Morgan

New Pre-Theology Seminarians: men who have graduated from a  4-year university with a degree in something other than Philosophy or Theology. The church requires that men have been grounded in philosophy before moving onto the study of theology. In addition to that, this time of pre-theology is also a time of spiritual preparation for major seminary.

Marty Arlinghaus
Kevin LaMelle
Steven Schreck
Michael Willig
Patrick Lorenz

New Major Seminarians: These men have all the required philosophy courses and are ready to begin graduate studies in Theology.

Benson Lotiang’a
Jeremy Stubbs
Nicholas White

To learn a little more about all 53 of our current seminarians, go to the Meet the Seminarians page and see what they have to say about what drew them to the seminary in the first place and what advice they can give on how to deal with struggles in prayer.

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