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Spring Vigil Praise Next Weekend
March 17th, 2017 by Wayne
 

Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 3.09.56 PMOn Friday, March 24, 2017, the seminarians of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West will once again be hosting Vigil Praise, an evening of Eucharistic adoration for people of all ages, including families young and old! 

Jason WilliamsThis evening will be led by Fr. Jason Williams who, in addition to presiding over the Rite of Exposition and Benediction, will also be preaching on Mary’s fiat on the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation. 

The evening will begin at 7pm and will conclude with an evening social following benediction at 8:00pm. There is no charge for this event! 

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Welcome Weekend is This Weekend!
March 16th, 2017 by Wayne
 
Major Seminary for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Major Seminary for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

For the first time in more than 10 years, the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West welcome weekend, that runs from tomorrow evening through Saturday evening, March 17-18, will see 16 men from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati discerning their own call to the priesthood.

Generally, we expect that about a half dozen men from any one diocese will be interested in attending a “come and see weekend” such as this. By God’s grace and the courage of the men to respond to God’s call, nearly three times that average number will be in attendance tomorrow evening. 

Many of these men are just beginning their journey of discernment. They have felt the Lord calling them for some time, but have not been able to take the first step to begin formal discernment. All of them need our prayers and support more than ever now. Please beg the Lord to make His will clear for each of these men and continue to provide them with the grace needed to follow Him with courage and zeal.

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UPCOMING: Ministry Evening and Welcome Weekend at the Seminary
December 27th, 2016 by Wayne
 

In the coming months, the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West will be hosting two free discernment events for Catholic single men who are discerning a call to the priesthood.

The first event is a Ministry Evening on Wednesday, January 25th. This evening is open to men aged 18-35 and begins at 4:30pm with registration, followed by Mass, dinner, and talks about discernment. If you want to discover who God wants you to be, this is a great opportunity to discern your vocation.

The second event is a Welcome Weekend on March 17th and 18th. This weekend is open to men college aged and older. This overnight experience allows you to meet the faculty, staff and seminarians, pray and attend Mass and learn more about discerning your vocation.

Both of these events provide excellent opportunities to take the next step in your discernment and truly experience the place to where God may be leading you. To register for either event, you can call Fr. Schmitmeyer at 513-421-3131 ext 2890 or use the registration forms linked above.

To see a list of all the discernment/vocation-related events happening over the next several months, please visit the Upcoming Events page.

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Largest Number of Seminarians in 35 years!
October 4th, 2016 by Wayne
 

mtsm-class-of-16-17Today, The Catholic Telegraph shares the great news that for the first time in 35 years, the Athenaeum/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati is home to 75 seminarians and another 25 men who are studying for the Permanent Diaconate bringing the total number of men who are preparing for ordination at this institution to 100 men!

A seminary nearly bursting at the seams means more than just a full building. “We are looking forward to a busy year,” [the seminary rector,] Fr. O’Cinnsealaigh, said. “With so many new faces and lots of energy, the seminary is a very active and vibrant place. As well as study and prayer, seminarians are involved in apostolic works around the city such as prison ministry, hospital ministry, soup kitchens, and pregnancy centers. They help in school programs, and get involved in activities with schools. They also participate in mission trips, and in a seminary exchange program with the seminary in Honduras, and volunteer around the region and around the world during the summer.

Read the rest of the good news here!

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Vigil Praise to Feature Newly Ordained Priest
September 16th, 2016 by Wayne
 

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-9-53-28-amOn Friday, September 23, 2016 all are invited to an evening of Eucharistic adoration and fellowship at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West located at 6616 Beechmont Ave. in Cincinnati. The evening will be lead by Fr. Chris Geiger who was ordained this past May as a priest for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and praise and worship music will be provided by the Encounter Cincinnati band along with the seminarians of the Mount. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The evening begins with adoration at 7:00 and will conclude with a social in the Marian courtyard beginning at 8:00.

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Next Catholic Telegraph Features Interviews of 10 Ordinands
April 26th, 2016 by Wayne
 

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!

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Ordination Season!
April 14th, 2016 by Wayne
 

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.

Ordination21On 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.

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