Br. Adrian Ordained to the Diaconate

10312540_624577740953656_3306961647695100526_nBr. Adrian was ordained a transitional deacon by the Most Rev. Joseph Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati.  More pictures to come, but here is a picture from after the ordination.  Thank you to everyone for their prayers and support!

Br. Adrian Ordination to the Diaconate

AJIt is with great joy that the Community-in-Formation announces the ordination to the diaconate of one of its founding members, Br. Adrian J. Hilton.  A long time parishioner of Old St. Mary’s Church, the parish where the community is based, Br. Adrian entered the seminary in 2006.  Attending the Pontifical College Josephinum, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Classics, graduating in 2010.  Br. Adrian has been studying at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West since 2010, and has one year left before his ordination to the priesthood on May 16, 2015.  We congratulate Br. Adrian on this important step in his formation.  Everyone is welcome to the Ordination, and to the Solemn Mass the following day at Old St. Mary’s.  Information is below.  Ad multo annos

Ordination, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains
Corner of Plum and Eighth Street in Downtown Cincinnati
Most Rev. Joseph Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati, ordaining prelate

Solemn Mass, April 27, 2014 at 9:15
Old St. Mary’s Church in Over-the-Rhine
123 East Thirteenth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
A light reception follows

Annual Banquet 2014

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The Community in Formation’s only annual fundraiser is quickly approaching. Join the Community on May 3, 2014 at The Phoenix for this event. Last year, the event raised over $25,000 for the Community’s Annual Budget. This year, we will be appealing again for the Annual Budget, but also for our many renovation projects underway. We look forward to being able to see you and give you an update on where we stand on our projects, and when the renovations will begin. Please visit our Banquet Page for more information or to make a reservation!

 

Lesson from St. Francis de Sales

When God the Creator made all things, he commanded the plants to bring forth fruit each according to its own kind; he has likewise commanded Christians, who are the living plants of his Church, to bring forth the fruits of devotion, each one in accord with his character, his station and his calling.

I say that devotion must be practiced in different ways by the nobleman and by the working man, by the servant and by the prince, by the widow, by the unmarried girl and by the married woman. But even this distinction is not sufficient; for the practice of devotion must be adapted to the strength, to the occupation and to the duties of each one in particular.

Tell me, please, my Philothea, whether it is proper for a bishop to want to lead a solitary life like a Carthusian; or for married people to be no more concerned than a Capuchin about increasing their income; or for a working man to spend his whole day in church like a religious; or on the other hand for a religious to be constantly exposed like a bishop to all the events and circumstances that bear on the needs of our neighbor. Is not this sort of devotion ridiculous, unorganized and intolerable? Yet this absurd error occurs very frequently, but in no way does true devotion, my Philothea, destroy anything at all. On the contrary, it perfects and fulfills all things. In fact if it ever works against, or is inimical to, anyone’s legitimate station and calling, then it is very definitely false devotion.

The bee collects honey from flowers in such a way as to do the least damage or destruction to them, and he leaves them whole, undamaged and fresh, just as he found them. True devotion does still better. Not only does it not injure any sort of calling or occupation, it even embellishes and enhances it.

Moreover, just as every sort of gem, cast in honey, becomes brighter and more sparkling, each according to its color, so each person becomes more acceptable and fitting in his own vocation when he sets his vocation in the context of devotion. Through devotion your family cares become more peaceful, mutual love between husband and wife becomes more sincere, the service we owe to the prince becomes more faithful, and our work, no matter what it is, becomes more pleasant and agreeable.

It is therefore an error and even a heresy to wish to exclude the exercise of devotion from military divisions, from the artisans’ shops, from the courts of princes, from family households. I acknowledge, my dear Philothea, that the type of devotion which is purely contemplative, monastic and religious can certainly not be exercised in these sorts of stations and occupations, but besides this threefold type of devotion, there are many others fit for perfecting those who live in a secular state.

Therefore, in whatever situations we happen to be, we can and we must aspire to the life of perfection. – Introduction to the Devout Life

Rest in Peace

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A dear friend of the Community, Fr. Lawrence Robotnik, passed away on February 28th.  Fr. Robotnik came to Old St. Mary’s to celebrate the weekly German Mass.  Father was an example of priestly charity and faithfulness, and will be sorely missed by the Community and Old St. Mary’s Parish.

Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine et lux perpetua luceat eis: Requiescant in pace. Amen.

Ewige Ruhe schenke ihm, o Herr! Und das ewige Licht leuchte ihm! Lasse ihn ruhen in Frieden. Amen.