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Almost finished…..well, maybe!

On Friday May 9th, I defend my doctoral dissertation Teilhard in America  at the University of Dayton, the final step in  a PhD in Theological Studies.  I find this utterly amazing.  I never imagined that well into my fifties, over ten years after entering a Master’s in Theology program, I would be at this point in my life. God leads us down some very wild and unexpected paths!  I am also ALL too aware, though, that without the continuous support, encouragement and interest of many people, there is no way this work would ever have …

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The Gift of the Priesthood

On Friday, July 19, 2013, the Vocation Office officially posted the first of its brand new series videos in a project filmed and produced by US Digital Partners and on Monday, July 22nd they officially launched its promotion and it has been met with wild enthusiasm. For a video that is nearly 10 minutes long on YouTube it has already been seen over 5000 times by people all across the nation in just its first month! And the series launch has only just begun! Of course, every project like this has a little bit of …

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What is it about Religious Life?

As an Associate Vocation Director, I have seen my share of vocation related YouTube videos. Many of them have been sent to me and many I have gone out and found in my searching for other things. Some of my favorite videos are those of consecrated religious taking their first vows. Part of this, I think is simply because I don’t have any experience with these ceremonies and I love the many ceremonies of the Church (especially that of an Ordination – if you’ve never witnessed an Ordination Mass, please make it a point to …

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Sorry, Yogi!

Yogi Berra of the NY Yankees is quoted as once saying: “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there.”    Now ,I can’t say that I am on intimate terms with Mr. Berra and know exactly what he meant here, but, on the surface, this does appear to be the typical contemporary American belief that all we need to do is to “visualize” what it is we want, and kapowee!  There we are! Perhaps because I am one of those people who seem destined …

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Silent No More and Vocations to the Priesthood

Fr. Kyle Schnippel’s recent post on his blog, Called By Name, has struck a chord with many. We’re reposting it here for your consideration. Yesterday on Patheos, The Crescat posted a very personal, moving account of the lasting effects she suffers from mistakes she has made in the past.  Please head over there to read the whole thing, say a quick prayer for her and all those who are agonizing with such mistakes that they might be healed by Christ’s loving call and then comeback over here.  Ok?  Ok. Back?  Good.  A few thoughts, if …

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Run for the Call

I’m not a runner. Even when I was in the best shape of my life (on two different swim teams at once), I couldn’t run long distances with ease. But I do enjoy it, and I’m always looking for new ways to connect with people who share my passion for the sport as well as new and great causes for which to run. I was excited to find a team of men, women, and children who are helping young men in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati fulfill their vocations to the priesthood by running (or walking) in area …

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