2021 Ordination

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“To Follow Jesus is not a decision taken once and for all, it is a daily choice.” ~ Pope Francis

2021 Ordination


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TSM provides a unique opportunity for men—of different ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and talents—to come together to discern the important ways in which God is at work in their lives. Many of the men who discern the priesthood will not become priests, and yet their time spent in learning, prayer, and forging friendships with other men of faith can contribute something to their holiness when they go back out into the world among the faithful as witnesses of the Gospel. When you support MTSM, you aren’t just supporting an academic endeavor, nor just future priests—you’re helping to forge tomorrow’s men and tomorrow’s fathers, whether they be in the sanctuary or in the pew, and we live in a world in desperate need of faithful and loving fathers!”


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ne of the most difficult aspects of formation is to trust that we are receiving what we will need out in the world while knowing that in reality it will be overwhelming and much different than what was expected. But I also know I will never lack the grace of God and the help of many other fellow priests for counsel and help.”


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priest stands as Christ in his parish and in the world. So one of the most difficult aspects of priestly formation is growing in self-knowledge and realizing, wow, I am not even close to that standard. I am broken, flawed, and weak, and the Lord cannot possibly expect me to overcome that, can He? And yet, He calls imperfect men to an extraordinary vocation. This is the challenge of formation: to see your flaws fully and honestly, come to terms with them, and then humbly allow the Lord to transform your heart.”


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stone is polished by being tumbled and ground until the rough edges and sharp points have been worn off. Sometimes being in seminary feels a bit like being a rock in a tumbler. But this process is a great gift, and if accepted generously, can even be quite the ride. At the very least, communal life and the process of formation make the imperfections of our characters more evident. We certainly don’t leave seminary perfect men, but the process lets us know where the Lord wants to polish away our imperfections throughout the rest of our lives.”


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rowing closer to Christ through study and prayer is the pearl without price which formation makes possible.”


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reparing for the priesthood is an arduous process one that takes the grace of God’s calling to persevere. One of the most difficult aspects of formation has been realizing the greatness of the office of the priesthood of Jesus Christ and always falling short. In humility, one must admit that it is only by God’s grace that souls are won to salvation and each priest is only an unprofitable servant who does only what is required of him.”


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or me the most difficult aspect of preparing for the priesthood has been the length of time the formation process takes. It can be easy over a period of several years to take your eye off the ball, to get bogged down in the bustle of the schedule, classes, assignments and daily occurrences. The formation program, ministry in the outside community, and especially dedication to prayer and the sacramental life of the Church, have all helped me keep that focus on the end goal.”


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ur world needs those who will act in the place of Jesus Christ on earth, and the prayers and sacrifices of our benefactors is a true gift to us all.”


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ne of the most challenging aspects of preparing for the priesthood was becoming confident in sharing the Gospel. However, the Seminary has given me incredible opportunities to grow in this area: I have been able to teach RCIA, give talks for parishes and high schools, and even do college ministry at the University of Cincinnati.”


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here are many good things about our seminary however, I believe what sets us apart is the community. By in large we come here as strangers and we leave as brothers, which points to a community life that fosters friendship and the pursuit of holiness.”


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TSM would not be able to do the great work it is able to if not for the support it receives from the community. There is a lot that goes on here and it just would not be able to function on the same level without it. Also, it is a great encouragement to the guys here to see so many people significantly invested in the work being done. It gives meaning to the work we are doing here because we know that it is not in vain. We see it is a great desire of the faithful that this Seminary produce holy priests.”


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he priest is ordained in order that he might no longer be for himself, but for the salvation of souls. I am most looking forward to offering the sacraments to the faithful and, in particular, offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the benefit of both the living and the dead.”


Ordination Dates Archdiocese of Cincinnati Saturday, May 15, 2021 Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri Friday, March 19, 2021 Old St. Mary’s, Cincinnati Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend Saturday, June 5, 2021 Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne (tentative) Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph Saturday, May 29, 2021 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City Diocese of Toledo Saturday, June 26, 2021 Rosary Cathedral, Toledo