Holy Hour for Vocations

As we did last year, the Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is once again sponsoring a Holy Hour for Vocations at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. They are to be held on the Fridays of Advent from 6 to 7 pm.

I firmly believe the way to reverse the shortage in priests (and in religious life) starts with prayer. This is an opportunity to gather as the Archdiocese to pray that more young men and women have the courage to respond to the invitation that God is sending them. Every time I go to Youth2000 retreats, I am amazed at the number of young people that say they are thinking about responding, the need the prayers and support of the faithful to realize that this is a tremendous and fulfilling way of life. If you can make it, please join us for this important ministry.

God Bless!

Clear, strong, deliberate, careful

Rich Leonardi cites a National Catholic Register article about the increase in vocations to the priesthood in English speaking seminaries. The article mentions Bishop Robert Carlson, who is the new bishop of Saginaw, Michigan, whom I had a chance to meet at the recent national convention for diocescan vocation directors in Minneapolis.

In reading the article, that men are attracted by living a life for the Gospel, and not some watered down, half-baked truth, that is why we spent so much time researching our new website for the Vocation Office and trying to make it content heavy. If you haven’t yet done so, check it out: www.cincinnativocations.org

Lessons and Carols

Yesterday, in our wonderful Cathedral, we had our annual celebration of Lessons and Carols. Mr Tony DiCello, music director both here and at the seminary, does a wonderful job of assembling traditional hymnody, carols, and motets that really lift the heart in preparation for Christ’s coming at Christmas.

On a side note, I celebrated the 8:30 Mass yesterday morning here at the Cathedral. As it is the only Sunday Mass that I will celebrate during advent here, I had to wear the fancy set of purple vestments. I felt positively medieval wearing them, and would have felt right at home on the set of the next Harry Potter movie! I will try to post a pic of them soon. What is interesting is that you can tell they were designed before the Council because the back is much more ornate than the front, hmmm….