Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Glenmary Bumper Stickers

We have a limited supply of Glenmary bumper-stickers left in stock. Contact us if you would like to order one to help us promote the Home Mission efforts. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mercy and Ministry

Thanks to God's abundant mercy, we are able to live out our calling to ministry. And by doing so we are called to be ministers of mercy

So often the young men I talk with about becoming a Glenmary priest or brother tell me that they are not good enough to be a religious or that they have sinned and therefore couldn't possibly be a priest or brother.  When I hear this I encourage them to go to confession where they can experience God's mercy in the sacrament of reconciliation and  remind them of the need to forgive them-self if they have already been to confession.

Pope Francis wrote a powerful prayer for this Jubilee Year of Mercy which we have been praying regularly in Glenmary's Our Lady of the Fields Chapel. There is line in this prayer that I think can truly assist young men in their discernment. "You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God." None of us who enter into religious life are perfect and we all bring stories from our past. But because we were able to recognize God's mercy and forgiveness we can share that mercy with those to whom we minister.

I think that the reading from St. Paul's first letter Timothy at Mass today, the twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time is an excellent example of how Paul demonstrates that even though we recognize the sins in our past we can still be ministers. The following is from 1 Tim. 12-16:

“I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry. I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man, but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief... Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost… I was mercifully treated, so that in me, as the foremost, Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.”

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Upcoming COME & SEE events

Glenmary's greatest need, more priests, brothers, sisters and lay missioners to serve in Mission-Land USA. You can print out this information about our upcoming events to share with someone you know who might be considering Religious Life. Maybe they are just waiting for the invitation. 
For more information about these and other opportunities to get to know Glenmary, visit our website.

Mission Vocation Day

Glenmary Home Missioners is hosting a Mission Vocation Day at our national headquarters in Fairfield, Ohio on Saturday, November 19. The Mission Vocation Day will be an opportunity for young men ages 15-19 to pray, meet and talk with Glenmary priests and brothers. Glenmary missioners will share about the tremendous needs in Mission-Land USA as well as the joy they have experienced by responding to their call to be a missioner. 
Contact us for more information or to RSVP 513-881-7411 vocations@glenmary.org

Thursday, September 1, 2016

National Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine

While in New York state I visited the National Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine. Saint Kateri was canonized in 2012 and was the first native american woman to be canonized a saint.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs

Recently I had a chance to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, NY This is the site where Father Isaac Jogues, RenĂ© Goupil and John Lalande were martyred. The church commemorates the 8 saints on October 19 and Glenmary celebrates its founding on this date as well. St. Isaac Jogues and companions, pray for us.

Friday, August 12, 2016

New to the Glenmary Website

Check out these stories on our Glenmary Website:

The Journey Toward Jesus
The journey toward Jesus is one that takes a lifetime, but we can not afford to wait a lifetime to begin that journey. Entering Glenmary or another religious community helps us stay on the right path that leads to our destination.

A Special Wedding in Intensive Care 
by Glenmary Father Vic Subb
A missioner never knows where his ministry will take him from day to day. As one exceptional example: Mission pastor Father Vic Subb, responding to parishioners' needs and wishes, presided over a wedding ceremony in a hospital's intensive care unit.