Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Chapter of Elections 2019

Every four years the Glenmary Community gathers for our "General Chapter." This week all of our priests brothers and students are gathered together. Our Glenmary Constitution states, "all members of the Society under perpetual oath will elect the President and the two Vice Presidents. The process shall be prayerful and provide time for dialogue between the candidates for office and the membership of the Society as well as among the members themselves."
We are gathered at St. Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary in Indiana for our Chapter.  The first three days are dedicated to prayer and reflections. We are grateful to have Abbot Jerome from Subiaco monastery in Arkansas to lead us though these days of prayer in preparation for our elections.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Glenmary Ordinations

This week we are preparing for two Glenmary ordinations this coming weekend. We are very excited to have two men who will be ordained priests on Saturday morning. We are grateful to have Bishop Stika from Knoxville coming to ordain these two men. 
Deacon Charles and Deacon Richard professed their Final Oath as Glenmary members last year. In doing so they dedicated their lives to serve Mission Land USA. After professing their Oath they were ordained deacons, spent some time in Mexico studying  Spanish and have been serving in Glenmary missions in Tennessee. They will continue to serve in the missions but now as priests! 
All our welcome to join us for this wonderful celebration. Details below.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Sharing our Vocation with family

How do we tell our parents or family members that we are discerning a vocation? We might not be certain ourselves of what path we might be going.  We might be afraid to start something because we don't want to let someone down. We might want to leave some possibilities open. We are not sure others would understand our reasoning of why we want to enter religious life. We might not be sure how others will react. 
They love us, we need their support but might not know in what ways. Letting others know at the right time might give us some prayerful people who are willing to pray for us as we go through the discernment process.
I think the following excerpt from a letter is one that many young men in this situation might be able to relate to. Even though it is 73 years old it is still pertinent today.

Glenmary Father Leo Schloemer wrote the following letter to his mom on 12 March, 1946. He was only 21 years old at the time and was serving on board the U.S.S. Renshaw. 

Dear mom,  

I received quite a batch of mail today and in it was two letters from you, postmarked the 8th and 9th…

I noticed in your last letter that you are still a bit worried about my enrolling at N.C., so I am going to tell you something now that perhaps I should have disclosed a long time ago. When I get out of the Navy I want to enter the seminary and study for the priesthood. Whether I am religious enough or studious enough remains to be seen, but I at least want to try, and if I don’t make good, nothing will have been lost. Along these lines I have contacted Fr. Bishop of the Home Missioners of America; and I received a letter from him today stating that he has made arrangements for me to enter the special Latin class at St. Gregory’s, so that I could start to school in September. All this will probably come to you as a great surprise, but the only reason I said nothing of it before was because I was not too sure myself as to what my course would be. Now you know, and I hope it is no great disappointment to you to find out that I am not going to be there at home with you all as much as we had all hoped. One other thing I ask and that is, outside of the family, you don’t pass the word around until I get out and am home. It really doesn’t make much difference, but a lot of things could happen in a couple of months.

Well, now I suppose I had better get around to answering your letters… 
…Give my love to Paul, Dad and Aunt Catherine, and I will try and write again soon. 

Your loving son, 

Thanks be to God, nothing did happen in those couple of months. Leo was religious enough and studious enough and did make good in 63 years as a Glenmary priest.  I share this for those who are discerning to see that others who have gone before them share in some of the same doubts. It would have been Glenmary's loss had Fr. Leo not tried.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Rev. Leo Schloemer

Lord God, you chose Leo Schloemer to serve your people as a priest and Glenmary missioner, and to share the joys and burdens of their lives. Look With mercy on him and give him the reward of his labors, the fullness of life promised to those who proclaim your holy Gospel. Amen.
Fr. Leo's obituary can be read here:

Friday, March 15, 2019

Vocation Panel

One of the most life-giving ministries that I have been involved with during the past year is serving as a member of a Religious Vocation Panel. Our team of four religious, Sr. Ruth Lubbers, SND, Fr. Steve Dos Santos, CPPS, Sr. Vickie Griner, OSC and I, have visited schools around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and met with over 1,500 junior high age students to talk about discerning a call to religious life. I think we have designed a very positive program for the students that covers a lot of the solid information about religious life, from what is a call to how to discern, what are the differences between communities and what are the vows religious profess. Teachers have repeatedly said this type of program has been missing from their curriculum for a long time. At one school the students said they had never met a religious sister before. 
I think that one of the best parts about the Religious Panel program is that we have time for Q&A with the students. You never know what they are going to ask but for the most part they have asked questions about religious life. 
Lef to Right - Sr. Ruth Lubbers, SND, Fr. Steve Dos Santos, CPPS,
Sr. Vickie Griner, OSC and Br. David Henley

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Lenten Messages

Traditionally many Catholics would read a daily Lenten reflection from the "Little Black Book" or another similar publication. Today so many of us rely on the internet for all our news and information that Glenmary has started to share a weekly Lenten reflection online. Each one will by a different Glenmarian and only be about a minute in length. Who doesn't have time for that?  You can listen to it in addition to reading your daily reflection.
You can watch on our Glenmary YouTube Channel. #Pray

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Lent and Discernment 2019

     Lent can be an ideal time for discerning your call to become a Glenmary priest or brother.
   In his Lenten message, Pope Francis said that through the practices of prayer, fasting and alms-giving, we can "rediscover the joy of God’s plan for creation and for each of us, which is to love him, our brothers and sisters, and the entire world, and to find in this love our true happiness"
     40 days in the desert may lead us to places we do not know. 40 days in the desert can be a lonely time. But 40 days in the desert can also be a time to: help us deepen our faith, shed the unnecessary and convert our hearts. And give us 40 days to reflect on the question, "who am I called to be?" 
     Finding God's love for us and recognizing our love for him is the path to our true happiness. Passing through the unknown and making it known is a way of recognizing the sin in our life and turning it over to God. God's mercy will be there for us. In the loneliness we may sense doubts about our call but those could be the test of the devil leading us further away from our call and from finding happiness. Talking with a priest, brother or spiritual director about our doubts will help us to overcome the despair we sense and lead us to find joy in our journey.
     God is calling you to love him and to share his love with others. One of the best ways that you could do that is as a Glenmary priest or brother. Pray about it, turn it over to God, let go of the doubts that are holding you back, and be open to the conversion that will lead you closer to God. There you find who you are called to become and find true happiness.