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By Erin Schurenburg Only one diocesan inquiry for sainthood has happened in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Blessed Frances Schervier (1819-1876), the European-born founder of a new Franciscan community, lived a life of holiness and service. In 1844, she became a secular Franciscan. The next year, she and four companions established

Sister Zoe Brenner helps children make cards for tribal elders. (Courtesy Photo)
In describing her ministry to the Navajo people, Sister of the Blessed Sacrament Zoe Brenner simply said, “I’m just doing what God is calling me to do.” But there is much more to it for the Reading, Ohio, native who entered religious life in 1966. Her community, founded by St.

Sister Leslie Keener, CDP For those in vocations work, there is no escaping talk of our current vocation “crisis.” Fifty years ago, religious Sisters seemed to be everywhere, running schools, hospitals, and other ministries. Now, there are fewer of us, true, but this isn’t—and shouldn’t be thought of as—a crisis.

Holy Cross Come & See Weekend. October 4-6, South Bend IN The Congregation of Holy Cross welcomes high school seniors to a weekend at Old College, the undergraduate seminary on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, October 4 – 6, 2018. Contact the Office of Vocations at 574-631-6385

DAYTON, Ohio — In a warm and vibrant Mass and ceremony, Sister Mumbi Kigutha pronounced first vows as a Sister of the Precious Blood on July 28 in the chapel at Salem Heights, the Congregation’s motherhouse. Precious Blood Sisters from around the U.S. attended the celebrations, along with women religious

CINCINNATI — On Aug. 1 Glenmary Home Missioners announced that it will assume care of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Martin County, N.C. effective Oct. 6. The announcement came from Glenmary president Father Chet Artysiewicz. The move is Glenmary’s first expansion since 2011, when the society opened three missions in

By Steve Trosley Father Dan Schmitmeyer smiles as he looks down on the people around him.      He can’t help looking down, as he is easily 6’6” tall. The smile tips off the hearty sense of humor that comes from his enthusiasm for his job — vocations director for

Dayton studies introduce Indiana woman to the Marianist Family By Eileen Connelly, OSU This story first appeared in our July, 2018 print edition There was a time when career, marriage, and family were priorities for Marianist Sister Gabrielle (Gabby) Bibeau, but as is often the case, God had other plans.    

More than a dozen people were inducted into the Serra Club of Cincinnati at a ceremony May 22, “by far the largest number in many years, probably since the 70s,” said President Wayne Topp. Serra International is a lay apostolate that promotes vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Members

“Traffic cop” lays down his badge By Gail Finke Francis Wagner never expected to be a deacon, much less the Master of Ceremonies for two archbishops.  A graduate of Holy Family and Elder schools, he went on to Xavier University, Harvard (where he earned a degree in Russian economics) and