Thursday, March 1, 2018

Vocation Events

Glenmary's Vocation team likes to participate in events around the region and sometimes around the country where we can share our Glenmary Story with the Catholic faithful. Our traveling "road show." Our mission at these events is twofold, a reminder to the universal church of our call to be a mission church as well as to meet with young men and women who might be discerning a vocation. As Glenmary Father Don often says, "Glenmary is the best kept secret in the Church, so we've got to get out there and tell others about Glenmary and the mission needs."
If any of my readers know of an event in their parish or diocese that you think it would be an important one for us to attend, feel free to contact us. Either leave a comment below with the information or send us an email Thanks for your help.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

St. Louis, Clarksville

On a road trip to Washington DC, I took an afternoon to visit St. Louis parish in Clarksville, MD. Glenmary's founder, Fr. William Howard Bishop, served as pastor in Clarksville from 1917-1937. Upon leaving Clarksville, Fr. Bishop moved to Cincinnati at the invitation of Archbishop McNicholas in order to found the new Glenmary Community. But this chapel is where Fr. Bishop would have prayed regularly about his calling to start a new missionary community.
Fr. Bishop, Pray for us.
St. Louis Chapel, previously the parish church were Fr. Bishop served as pastor.
Interior of the St. Louis Chapel

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Glenmary Community Day

Recently Glenmary Missioners took a day "off from work" for what we call a "community day." Generally this means a day that we spend together doing something as a community. This month we opted to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. This museum is a local treasure. We are grateful for the work they do preserving history, the tour guides insightful interpretations of exhibits and challenge we were faced with as we reflected on how we recognize racism within ourselves at the end of the day. Highly recommend this museum to anyone in the greater Cincinnati area. And if you are not in the area - make a trip!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Vocation Retreat Nairobi 2018

Glenmary hosted a prayerful and informative vocation retreat in Nairobi over the weekend with four men from East Africa. The annual retreat allows men who have been discerning their vocation for over a year to meet Glenmary missioners, learn more about the mission need and to be interviewed by our Glenmary missioners. Please continue to pray for the me who are continuing in the discernment process.    

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I was ready to give up. With my cup of coffee sitting untouched before me, I tried to think of a way to move out of the picture without appearing a coward. In this state of exhaustion, when my courage had all but gone, I decided to take my problem to God. With my head in my hands, I bowed over the kitchen table and prayed aloud.

The words I spoke to God that midnight are still vivid in my memory. 'I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But now I am afraid. The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter. I am at the end of my powers. I have nothing left. I've come to the point where I can't face it alone.'

At that moment, I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced God before. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying: 'Stand up for justice, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever.' Almost at once my fears began to go. My uncertainty disappeared. I was ready to face anything."

Stride Toward Freedom
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.