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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:

Febuary 9: Monthly Holy Hour for Consecrated Vocations
CHOSEN: Monthly Holy Hour for those discerning a Vocation or praying for Vocations – February 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!

February 11-12: BE NOT AFRAID: Discernment Retreat for Young Women
The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are hosting a discernment retreat for young women ages 16-33 who are discerning God’s call to the consecrated life. Come and explore the community life and Dominican spirituality while discerning who God has made you to be. The retreat takes place at Spiritus Sanctus Academy in Ann Arbor, MI and costs $35. For more details: or

February 14: An Evening of Inquiry for Young Women
The Children of Mary are hosting an evening for all young women 16 and over who are considering their call to the religious life. The evening will begin at the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Canter at 6:30pm and will include a video, a Q and A session, adoration, evening prayer, and more. The evening is free and anyone can attend.

February 17-19: COME AND SEE: Fathers of Mercy Discernment Retreat
Single Catholic men, ages 18-40, are invited to explore the vocation to the priesthood with the Fathers of Mercy on February 17-19 at the Fathers of Mercy Generalate House in Auburn, KY. For more information or to register contact Fr. Joseph Aytona, CPM at 270-542-4146 x.2 or

February 17-19: COME & SEE RETREAT: Glenmary Home Missioners
Men ages 18–46 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

February 18: Family-Friendly Square Dance for Run for the Call
Young adults from across Cincinnati are preparing a family-friendly square dance that will take place at Annunciation parish in Clifton in the evening of February 18th. The dance will benefit the Run for the Call fund, which provides emergency relief to seminarians to allow them to maintain their focus on the discernment of their vocation. Mark your calendars now and watch for more details.

February 18: Called to Love: Vocation Retreat with the Sisters of St. Joseph the Work
This Vocation Retreat will take place at All Saints Church hall in Walton, KY from 9:00am-6:00pm for young women in 6th grade and older. The day will include Holy Mass, prayer, food, games, music, small groups with religious sisters and spiritual guidance talks. Any young women who are interested are asked to email Sr. Patricia Jean at or call for more details at 859-912-4405. More information at

March 8-14: National Catholic Sisters Week
Throughout these 7 days we celebrate the great gift of Catholic religious sisters in our Church throughout the history of the United States. Please take the time to say a prayer of thanksgiving for all that these women have done for those in need both in and outside of the Church and to thank a religious sister who is currently generously living out her consecrated vocation. For more information visit

March 17-18: Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West 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 use the form linked above.

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 For more details contact Editha Ben at 812-230-4771 or

April 26, 2017: R U Called: Dinner for Young Women in Discernment
On April 26, 2017 St. Francis de Sales in Lebanon will be hosting a gathering for young women who are discerning a call to the consecrated life. This will be an opportunity to be with Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, to meet young women in one of the varied Consecrated Life options present in the Archdiocese, to meet with other young women considering this call and to meet Vocation Ministers. Pastors, campus ministers, youth ministers and friends are encouraged to register with interested women by clicking the link above.

Important Dates for 2016-17 School Year

  • Diaconate Ordination (Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains): April 29, 2017
  • Religious Brother’s Day: May 1, 2017 – Find out more at
  • World Day of Prayer for Vocations: May 7, 2017
  • Priesthood Ordination: May 20, 2017
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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