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The Hickey Sacerdotal Family

There are several instances of biological brothers becoming priests for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, but in the late 19th century, an extraordinary instance came from the family of Patrick and Johanna Hickey. Five of their sons became priests for the Archdiocese and one daughter became a Sister of Notre Dame and took the name Sister Annunciata. The second daughter Martha lived with their mother. The sons are pictured above circa 1896. Left to Right, Rev. Edward P. Hickey (1859-1921), Rev. George F. Hickey (1868-1941), Rev. John F. Hickey (1861-1938), Rev. Charles A. Hickey (1863-1953), Rev. …

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The Unfulfilled Vocation

The story goes something like this (and I’m changing some of the details because I haven’t gotten permission from this person to use the story): There was a young man who worked closely with young people and taught them about our Catholic faith. He shared with them about the Church’s teachings on vocation and doing God’s will, and all the while, he felt like he was being called to the married life and, at the same time, that he may never be married. He had discerned religious life and came to realize, through prayer and …

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Outrun by Mommy

I was recently pushing my way through 5 mile run with my mother.  I am embarrassed to have to admit that right around the 4th mile, I had to ask my 50+ year-old mother to slow down so that her not quite 30 year-old son could keep up with her.  And to make matters worse, I asked her at just the moment that a large group of hikers was going by.  Finishing up the run left my quads burning, my calves stiff, and my lungs anxious for relief.  That’s right, my mother is in incredible …

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We All Have a Vocation, I’m Chasing After Mine

For the second year in a row, the Vocation Office is pulling together a team of runners to enter the various races of the Flying Pig Marathon and compete as members of the Run for the Call team. This team will be adorned with bright, gold-colored t-shirts with maroon lettering that says boldly, “Run for the Call” on the front and “We all have a vocation, I’m chasing after mine” on the back. As the organizer of this team, I have to admit that I’m a little biased when I say, “What a cool message!” …

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I’m Still Wolverine

We play dress ups a lot in our house. Just about every day, when I come home from work, I am greeted at the door not with a hug or a “Yay! Daddy’s home!” (though that happens a lot, too!), but with a plastic sword and the words, “I’m going to get you!” My four year old son is dressed in some sort of costume playing the part of the prince, my 2 year old daughter is in some sort of dress playing the part of the princess, and the bad guy just walked into …

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Hearing God’s Call: Think About It; Pray About It

How does someone know they are called to the priesthood or religious life? It’s a difficult question – rarely is it like a flash of lightning, or a voice, or a vision.  If vocations depended on signs like these, we would have a lot fewer priests and religious. But one thing is certain: the Lord continues to call and He calls in as many different ways as there are individuals.  He calls each of us by name in a way suited to our individual circumstances for Christ knows us even better than we know ourselves. …

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The Wedding Reading That Isn’t

One of the aspects of the priesthood that I enjoy most is wedding preparation. Not all preparations are alike and certainly couples seeking to be married in the Church today are all over the board in terms of their religious education and practice of the faith. But something that unites many of them is the Scripture readings they choose for their wedding.   Of all the potential readings, the one chosen most often for the New Testament reading is from St. Paul to Corinthians (1 Cor 12:31–13:8). You know the one . . . “Love is …

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One Wild and Precious Life

“Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This is a quote from poet Mary Oliver, taken from her poem entitled The Summer Day. It’s a poem that reverences God as the Creator and the gift of creation that we all are blessed to share in. In the poem she says she does not know what a prayer is but she does know how to pay attention. She is watching a grasshopper and ponders what it means to pray while paying attention to life all around …

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Hear that Call?!

Recently I spent several delightful hours in discussion with a sociologist from OSU concerning the book she is writing on women in alternative food production.  Her questions to me focused on the reasons I and my family live as we do.   My responses to these questions, I realized, kept circling around the idea of vocation – how our lives are to be responses to God’s particular call to each of us.  That’s a hot topic for me – so I appreciated the chance to reflect upon it again! I think that often in our Catholic faith …

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Going to Mass Together

John: My wife Colleen and I went to Mass together this Sunday.  That was a very nice change of pace for both of us. We don’t get that opportunity, to worship as a couple at Mass, as often as we would like because of my obligations as a deacon. Especially throughout Lent and Easter Season, I diaconate (participate in Eucharist as a deacon) every Sunday, while Colleen worships with the rest of the assembly in the church. That takes some getting used to. Colleen and I met on a blind date 32 years ago, in …

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