Thursday, November 16, 2017

NCYC 2017

Glenmary Home Missioners: either the "Hardest Working Missioners in America"
or the most hard headed 

Glenmary Missioners with youth from our Mission in Early County, GA

Sr. Sharon, vocation director for the Glenmary
Sisters, and I at #NCYC 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Vocation Prayer

"At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.'" Matthew 9:36-38

LORD, help me to know myself
and my abilities,
to free myself to think about my life's' work.
Lord, help me to see the choices I can follow
single life
in response to your love for me.
And finally, Lord,
give me the strength and courage
to serve You and Your people
in whatever way You call me.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The newest issue of the Glenmary Challenge Magazine has been printed and is in the mail. If you want to see it now you can view it online.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Blessed Stanley Rother, Martyr

Glenmary has a connection to the first first US-born martyr, servant of God, Bl. Stanley Rother.  Fr. Stanley will be beatified in Oklahoma City on September 23, 2017.  You can read the article about the connection that appeared in our Glenmary Challenge Magazine online.

“The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger. Pray for us that we may be a sign of the love of Christ for our people, that our presence among them will fortify them to endure these sufferings in preparation for the coming of the Kingdom.” Bl. Stanley Rother, priest and martyr

Bl. Stanley Rother icon hanging at the Glenmary House of Studies

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Discernment Retreat Opportunity

What are you doing tomorrow?   
What about next week?
Sometimes the simplest questions can be difficult to answer. Bigger questions like "where are you being called by God?" may be too hard to answer alone.  Why not join a retreat to search for some of the answers.  The The religious of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are sponsoring a discernment retreat for people who might have a call to religious life. October 20-22, 2017. You can contact Br. David for more information or visit: to register

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mission Milestone

   It is truly exciting to see a Glenmary mission open in rural county of the U.S. where there has never been a Catholic presence. In nearly 80 years, Glenmary has served over 125 missions but the need still exists! There are still over 300 counties in Appalachia or the South that do not have a Catholic Church or  a full time priest brother or sister.
   After celebrating in a rented storefront building for many years, one of our missions in Eastern Tennessee had a ground breaking ceremony for the building of a new church. And this is not just a "new church" but the first Catholic Church that has ever existed in the county.
    Building a new Church has to be one of the greatest moments in the life of the mission but not the only one. Other great moments could include the day the Glenmary missioners arrive or the first day that Holy Mass is celebrated in the county. Certainly the first baptism could also be lifted up as a great moment in the mission. I have helped so many young people prepare for their first communion and confirmation that seeing the hundreds of young people receive the sacraments also is a great moment in the mission. Or maybe it is witnessing the first catholic wedding in the county or administering the oils on the many sick or offering the first catholic funeral mass. 
    With all the joys of of those great moments in the mission come challenges, raising the necessary funds to build the church is just one. But trusting in the good Lord we see Kingdom of God growing even in rural areas of the south. Someday the little Glenmary mission in Eastern Tennessee will grow enough to return tot he care of the diocese and that will certainly be another great moment in the mission. And we pray that someday - that mission will send a few of their young men and women back to Glenmary to serve as priests, brothers and sisters to go out to new mission areas.
    This video shows Bishop Stika of Knoxville at the breaking ground ceremony of the St. Teresa of Kolkata's permanent home in Maynardville, Tenn. If you would like to help with this or the Glenmary mission effort in other areas, you can give a secure online donation on our Glenmary website.

Picture of the new church plans.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fr. Aaron's Interview

I hosted a Facebook Live interview with Fr. Aaron Wessman this afternoon. Fr. Aaron is a Glenmary priest recently assigned to the missions in Bertie and Washington Counties NC. We had a fun conversation about the missions, his new assignment, his hopes, his dissertation, vocations and much much more. I think you can watch it out below or on our Glenmary vocations Facebook page.