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.
This weekend, March 10-12, marks the annual Ohio State CYO Basketball tournament! It will be held in the northern area of the Archdiocese all weekend beginning Friday evening in Russia, Ohio and ending on Sunday afternoon. As a special opportunity for all athletes, family and friends of the tournament, Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer will be celebrating a special Mass at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 11th at the Maria Stein Relic Shrine Adoration chapel. All are welcome to attend! To get detailed directions to the Shrine click on the map below. While you are there, be sure to take some time to visit second largest collection of Holy Relics in the state, go on an audio tour of the!
March is a very busy time for Vocation directors both at the diocesan level and in religious communities and that means there are a plethora of opportunities for you to take some quality time to discern your vocation both within and without specific religious communities. Check out all these upcoming Spring discernment opportunities and make a plan this Lent to respond to that tug you feel on your heart.
MARCH 9: MONTHLY HOLY HOUR FOR CONSECRATED VOCATIONS
CHOSEN: Monthly Holy Hour for those discerning a Vocation or praying for Vocations – March 9, beginning at 8pm at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood OH. Sponsored by the Archdiocese Vocations Office and the Children of Mary. Chosen: Every 2nd Thursday of the Month. Come and bring a friend!
March 10-12: “Is it I, God? Discerning a Call to Religious Life”
Dominican Sisters of Peace invite single, Catholic women, ages 18-45, to attend a free “Come and See” Discernment Retreat designed to explore contemporary Dominican life for women. Experience Dominican prayer and community with the Sisters, reflect on God’s call for your life and explore contemporary Dominican life as a Sister. The retreat begins at 4:30pm Friday, March 10 and concludes at noon, Sunday, March 12 at the Dominicans Sisters of Peace Motherhouse, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219. For more information, call or text Sister June Fitzgerald at 570-336-3991 or email email@example.com. Participants may register online for the retreat or request a registration form at http://www.oppeace.org/thinking-about-religious-life. (Some travel assistance is available on a need basis.)
March 10-12: The door is open…will you walk in? Come and See Weekend
The Sisters of the Precious Blood invite all young women discerning a call to the religious life to learn about life as a woman religious, the meaning of our religious vows, the power of prayer and the reality of community in the life and minister of the Sisters. The retreat runs from Friday, March 10 at 5pm to Sunday, March 12 at Noon. Please register by March 3 to Sr. Patty Kremer, CPPS, Coordinator of Vocation Ministry at 937-609-0653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 10-12: Missionaries of the Precious Blood Discernment retreat
The Missionaries of the Precious Blood are holding a discernment retreat on March 10-12 at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio. Men age 18 or older are invited to attend the retreat, which begins with dinner on Friday and ends after lunch on Sunday. To reserve your place at the retreat or to learn more, contact Fr. Steve Dos Santos, CPPS, director of vocations, at email@example.com or 937-228-9263.
MARCH 12: HOLY HOUR FOR PRIESTLY VOCATIONS
Come to a Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary. The Holy Hour will take place in the St. Gregory the Great Chapel at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, located on the Athenaeum campus, 6616 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230.
MARCH 17-18: MOUNT ST. MARY’S SEMINARY WELCOME WEEKEND
The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s of the West is once again hosting its annual Welcome Weekend for all men college-age and older who are discerning their call to the Catholic priesthood. The weekend begins at 4:30 on Friday evening and ends with dinner at 6:00 pm Saturday. There is no cost to attend. For more details or to register contact Fr. Schmitmeyer at 513-421-3131 x.2890 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit CincinnatiVocations.org and click on “Events.”
March 17-19: COME & SEE RETREAT: Glenmary Home Missioners
Men ages 15-19 are invited to visit with Glenmary priests and brothers, travel to a nearby mission, and share in community prayer and reflection. They will also have the opportunity to meet other men who are discerning their call. For more details or to register call 513-881- 7411 or email email@example.com.
MARCH 23-25: PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM SPRING LIVE-IN
High school aged men who are discerning their call to the priesthood are invited to attend the Pontifical College Josephinum Spring-Live in from March 23-25. Men will have the chance to pray, eat and attend classes with current seminarians as well as get the chance to hear all about life in the seminary and the formation process. All who are interested in attending should contact the vocation office at 513-421-3131 or visit www.pcj.edu/discernment-seminary-life/visit-josephinum/.
March 24-26: Marianist Discernment Retreat
Open to all men and women ages 18 – 30 exploring the possibility of Marianist Religious life. For more information, please contact Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 30-April 1: Congregation of the Holy Cross Come & See Weekend
The Congregation of Holy Cross welcomes high school juniors to a weekend at Old College, the undergraduate seminary on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, March 30 – April 1, 2017. Contact the Office of Vocations at 574-631-6385 or email us at email@example.com for more information.
March 31-April 2: Live Joyfully Retreat
The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary of the Woods is hosting a weekend discernment retreat for women ages 18-42 at their motherhouse in Saint Mary of the Woods, IN. The retreat is free. Register on line at comeandsee.sistersofprovidence.org. For more details contact Editha Ben at 812-230-4771 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
APRIL 26: R U CALLED: DINNER FOR WOMEN DISCERNING CONSECRATED LIFE
Young women juniors in high school and older are invited to a great discernment opportunity on Wednesday, April 26 from 5-8pm. Women will hear from Sr. Tracy Kemme, SC and Jacquie Lustig, RC as well as from Archbishop Schnurr. They will have the opportunity to visit with numerous religious communities as well as other women in discernment. Register online by clicking the link above.
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.
For the past two years, Br. Henry Hoffman has studied as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He entered formation as a college graduate and a pre-Theology student. Over the past two years, Henry’s vocation has become more certain for him and has transformed at the same time. In the latest newsletter from the Community-in-Formation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Br. Hoffman explains how he found the fullness of his vocation to the priesthood:
It is hard for me to believe that I have been in the novitiate for more than two months; the time has simply flown by. God is good and has poured out his goodness on me abundantly by bringing me to the Community-in-Formation.
I first encountered Saint Philip Neri while staying in Rome in the spring of 2014. I prayed often at his tomb in the Chiesa Nuova and believe it was there that he planted the seeds of my vocation to the Community. I learned a little about Saint Philip then, and was struck by his prayerfulness and joy, as most are who possess the least knowledge of him whatsoever. Little did i know at the time that he would become my patron and spiritual father. During the two years I spent in the diocesan seminary, I often came to Old Saint Mary’s because I loved the beauty and reverence of the Masses and devotion of the Community which offered them. Praying at Old Saint Mary’s sustained and encouraged my vocation and, eventually, I came to realize that God was calling me to be a part of this blessed place. May God reward all who prayed and sacrificed to make my vocation a reality and may they continue to do so.
My thirty-day visit, as part of the application process this past summer, went very well and I felt at home right away. I enjoyed the many opportunities to serve at the Sacred Liturgy and it seemed that God destined me for this Community. So, applying to officially enter the Community as a postulant and subsequently being clothed with the habit as a novice were part of a natural progression for me. From helping the poor, to working on the Pious House, to chanting Vespers on Sundays, the novitiate has been a blessed time of spiritual growth. I am humbled by the blessings that God has given me so far and by all of my imperfections which yet remain to be purged. The process of sanctification never ends and my journey has only begun. So, I beg all of you to pray for me. Please be assured of my prayers for you, too. Preferisco Paradiso!
For all those who are looking for this year’s vocation views (small snippets to add to your weekly bulletins), they are now available both on the Archdiocesan website: catholiccincinnati.org and now in our resources page. Thank you for your continued support in helping us to build up a culture of vocations across the Archdiocese!
This weekend offers two fantastic opportunities for people of all ages to praise our Lord in the Eucharist!
On Friday, November 18th, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West is hosting another Vigil Praise event in the St. Gregory Chapel from 7-8 pm with a social following the holy hour. This event is led by the seminarians at Mount St. Mary’s and features a keynote talk by Fr. Eric Wood, a 2015 graduate of the seminary and parochial vicar of St. Francis de Sales, Lebanon and St. Philip, Morrow. He will be speaking on the Year of Mercy and the responsibilities of all Christians found in Matthew 25. This event is open to people of all ages including families!
The very next day, Saturday, November 19th, offers another great opportunity for high school teens to come worship our Eucharistic Lord and to join in a great discussion about most of the permanent vocations of the Church (i.e., priesthood, religious life, consecrated single life and married life) during a Vocation Panel at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson Township from 6-7 pm. The panel discussion, which will take place in Heritage Hall on the IHM campus includes FREE pizza for all participants and chaperones. Directly following the panel is Encounter, the quarterly Eucharistic worship event for high school teens that leads them in an encounter with Jesus Christ and also allows them the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. Encounter will take place in the IHM church. For more information and to complete the necessary permission slip, contact your local youth minister or Encounter Cincinnati.
Don’t miss these wonderful opportunities to be close to our Eucharistic Lord and to be challenged by his presence to become the person he has created you to be!