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This coming Saturday, November 7th, the annual Pro-Life Saver 5K will be run out in Anderson Township and given the fervor for the pro-life movement that can so often be found in our seminaries these days, it may not be a surprise that many men from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West will be joining in the race whose proceeds go to the Cincinnati Right to Life.
You might be surprised, though, to hear that nearly 20 of the seminarians will be either running or walking in the 5K and all of them will be spreading the message about vocations, too! All of the men will be sporting the Run for the Call team shirts and reminding everyone that, not only are all of us formed in God’s image and deserve the chance at a life of dignity, we are made by God for some definite purpose and our response is to run headlong towards the will of God.
May we all continue to strive for the day when every person is allowed to keep the life and dignity granted him by his Creator and each of us has the courage to seek out and enthusiastically fulfill the purpose for which we are created!
For the second year in a row, every diocese in the state of Ohio will be joining together in Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations on Wednesday, November 4, 2015! This effort will have the great effect of blanketing the entire state with prayer for priestly and religious vocations and give all those who participate the great opportunity to take part in one of the largest prayer efforts many will experience in the local church!
In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, we once again have more than 20 parishes participating as hosts for the 7:00-8:00 pm time of adoration and a few others will be offering special opportunities for prayers for vocations on other days during the upcoming National Vocation Awareness Week. To get all the details, click here. There you will find a list and a map of all the participating parishes, the times they are offering adoration (or special prayers for vocations) and how to contact that parish.
If you do not see your parish on the list and would like to see it there, please contact your pastor or contact me, Wayne Topp at 513-421-3131 x.2891.
For other activities happening during National Vocation Awareness Week, November 1-7, click here.
On Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the most recent Encounter Cincinnati event, Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer was honored to be the keynote speaker and took the opportunity to remind the teens about the universal call to holiness that God has placed on every human heart.
Take some time today and enjoy:
Each month, the Vocation Office and the Children of Mary are sponsoring a holy hour for religious vocations at the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center. Each month, on the second Thursday of the month, (the next is on February 12th), our Eucharistic Lord will be present on the altar from 8-9 pm. Each holy hour is open to all. For more information click on the image below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 8: Holy Hour for Vocations
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Norwood, OH 45212
Join the Children of Mary at a Holy Hour on Tuesday, January 8, from 8-9PM, in the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood, OH where Our Lord is enthroned on the altar and wrapped with a stole around the monstrance that extends beneath the altar so that adorers can take hold of the stole and feel the grace that comes from Our Eucharistic Lord. All are welcome and encouraged to come.
Come join our seminarians in a Holy Hour for vocations to the priesthood in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great Chapel at the Athenaeum/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. For more information call: 513-231-2223 or visit: www.athenaeum.edu.
January 18: Coffee and Conversation Sunday
Following 10:00 am Mass
St. Clare Chapel, 60 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45215
The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor welcome you for Coffee and Conversation Sunday, January 18 after the 10 am Mass at St. Clare Chapel. This is also a great opportunity for those discerning a religious vocation. Sr. Jo-Ann at 513-761-9040 x 156. www.sfp-vocations.org. Save the date- – Sunday, February 8th for an Open House and Tour of St. Clare Convent and campus.
January 28: Ministry Evening
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, 6616 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230
The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West is hosting a Ministry Evening on Wednesday, January 28th for all men college age and older who are interested in learning more about seminary life and the formal discernment process that leads to ordination to the Priesthood. Men will join in prayer and dinner with seminarians and hear informative talks by seminarian faculty. There is no charge for the evening. All interested are asked to contact the Vocation Office at 513-421-3131 x.2891.
ARCHDIOCESE MARKS YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in union with the Catholic Church around the world, will celebrate members of religious orders and others in consecrated life during the Year of Consecrated Life called by Pope Francis from Nov. 30, 2014 to Feb. 2, 2016.
The theme for the celebration in the Archdiocese, reflecting the Pope’s goals for the Year, is “Celebrating the Past, Serving in the Present, Embracing the Future.”
“Each of us has a call from God, and discovering God’s call for us will bring joy to our life,” said the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati. “Religious life / consecrated life is a viable option.”
The objectives he has approved for the Archdiocesan observance of the Year are to:
- increase the visibility of religious life / consecrated life;
- express appreciation;
- highlight the joy experienced in this vocational choice;
- educate about religious life / consecrated life.
“The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has a long and rich history of welcoming religious communities,” Archbishop Schnurr said, noting as examples that the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are celebrating 175 years and the Poor Clare Sisters 25 years in the Archdiocese in 2015.
“Today 34 different Congregations of women and 12 different Congregations of brothers and priests minister in the Archdiocese – approximately 226 priests, 114 brothers, and 781 sisters. We are also blessed with the presence of Secular Institutes, public (Regnum Christi) and private associations (Children of Mary) of the faithful, and a Consecrated Virgin Living in the World. All of those are examples of the consecrated life.”
In addition to parish-wide observances, there will be two Archdiocesan events to mark the Year of Consecrated Life. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer will preside at the opening Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. Archbishop Schnurr will preside at the closing Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 38th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment. The 19-county territory includes 213 parishes and 113 Catholic primary and secondary schools.
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