The Steps and The Seminary
The Steps and The Seminary
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

The following is a list of all the religious vocation-related upcoming events happening in and around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Thanks goes to the Serra Club of Greater Cincinnati for their efforts at collecting all the information for these events:

Spiritual Motherhood of Priests
Our parish is joining all the parishes across the Archdiocese in launching a new prayer apostolate that encourages women to consider becoming a spiritual mother to one priest or seminarian of our Archdiocese. Prayer for priests and seminarians has been proven to be effective throughout the history of the Church and we would like all the women of the parish to consider signing their name to the poster located in the vestibule and taking a packet of materials to begin praying for your new spiritual son. For more information about this apostolate please visit

September 28-30: Mission Trek Discernment Weekend with Glenmary Sisters
The Glenmary Sisters invite young women, ages 21-45 to join them for a Vocation Discernment Weekend that offers the opportunity to spend time with the Sisters and travel to the various mission areas they serve. To RSVP contact or 706-414-2982.

October 4-6: Come and See Weekend with the Congregation of the Holy Cross

September 28-30: Come and See Weekend with Glenmary Home Missioners
The Glenmary Home Missioners invite men ages 18-45 who are discerning the call to the religious life to a weekend to visit with Glenmary priests and brothers, travel to a Glenmary mission, share in community prayer and reflection, and meet other men that are discerning their vocation. Please call 513 881 7411 or email

October 5-7: Jesu Caritas Weekend with Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
A weekend retreat for all young women who are interested in growing in their faith and would like to have some experience of the Sisters. Cost of the retreat is $25. Visit for more information.

October 10: Andrew Dinner – Holy Rosary in St. Mary’s
October 16: Andrew Dinner – St. Margaret of York in Loveland
October 25: Andrew Dinner – St. Luke in Beavercreek

High school aged men who are discerning their call to the priesthood are invited to come with their pastors to a dinner with Archbishop Schnurr where they will learn more about seminary life. Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer and seminarians will also be at the dinner to answer questions about discernment and to pray evening prayer with all those in attendance. All Andrew Dinners run from 5:30-7:30PM and are free to attend but registration is encouraged in order to prepare enough food:
Click here for the flyer for all three dinners.

October 19-21: Collegiate Discernment Retreat
October 19-21: Come and See Mission with Glenmary Home Missioners
October 19-21: Come and See Weekend with Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province

October 26th-28th: Come & See Retreat with the Sisters of the Precious Blood
Young, single Catholic women are invited to learn more about the Sisters of the Precious Blood by attending this retreat in Dayton, Ohio. See the flyer for more information OR e-mail Jenna at

October 26-28: Undergrad Discernment Retreat with the Congregation of the Holy Cross
October 26-28: Come and See with the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

November 3-7: Tolton: From Slave to Priest
Tolton: From Slave to Priest is a new live theater production based on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African American Catholic priest. His moving story brings hope to our society that so desperately needs his message of reconciliation and healing. The drama will take place at four locations [maximum seating capacity]:

Saturday, November 3, 2018 – Xavier University – 3:00 p.m. Cintas Center [300]
Sunday, November 4, 2018 – University of Dayton – 3:00 p.m. Kennedy Union [400]
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – Elder High School – 6:30 p.m. Schaepper Center [250]
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – Purcell Marian High School – 6:30 p.m. Alumni Hall [250]

Free will offerings will be accepted at the door in lieu of purchasing tickets a reception will follow all productions. The drama is recommended for ages 10 and up and will inspire many to consider just how God is acting in their lives.

November 7: Statewide Day of Adoration for Vocations
On Wednesday of National Vocation Awareness Week, all the dioceses in Ohio will join together in Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations at various locations. Visit the Statewide Adoration for Vocations page on for more details and to find a participating host site near you. Plan to join us in “begging the harvest master for more laborers for the harvest.”

November 8-11: Discernment Weekend with Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
The Nashville Dominicans invite all young women ages 17-30 who are interested in exploring their call to the religious life on a 4-day discernment retreat at their monastery in Nashville. The cost of the retreat is $50. For more details or to register visit or contact Sr. Peter Marie, OP at or 615.256.0147.

November 10-11: Discernment Retreat with Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist

November 16-18: Diocesan Discernment Retreat
The Vocation Office is once again hosting an opportunity for men to spend a weekend at the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in discernment of the vocation to the diocesan priesthood. Men will have the opportunity for silent prayer, Eucharistic adoration, Mass, confession, spiritual direction and spiritual conferences led by Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer. The weekend is free and is open to college-age men. Space is limited so reserve your spot early.

Vocation Retreat with the Children of Mary:
The Children of Mary invite all young women discerning the religious life to learn more about their community through a personal vocation retreat. These retreats can be requested at anytime through their website

The Steps and The Seminary

Rev. Dan Schmitmeyer
Vocations Director

(513) 421-3131 x.2890
(800) 686-2724

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Mr. Wayne Topp
Associate Director

(513) 421-3131 x.2891
(800) 686-2724

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