Rest in Peace


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.

Merry Christmas!


The Community-in-Formation wishes everyone a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!  Please know that all of our family, friends, and benefactors will be remembered in our Masses tomorrow.

As we celebrate the birth of our salvation, may we all find consolation in the fact that God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, in order that we might have life, and have it more abundantly.  May we reflect upon the meaning of this Feast Day by reading the great Christmas Day Sermon of St. Leo the Great.

“Our Savior, dearly-beloved, was born today: let us be glad. For there is no proper place for sadness, when we keep the birthday of the Life, which destroys the fear of mortality and brings to us the joy of promised eternity. No one is kept from sharing in this happiness. There is for all one common measure of joy, because as our Lord the destroyer of sinand death finds none free from charge, so is He come to free us all. Let the saint exult in that he draws near to victory. Let the sinner be glad in that he is invited to pardon. Let the gentile take courage in that he is called to life. For the Son of God in the fullness of time which the inscrutable depth of the Divine counsel has determined, has taken on him thenature of man, thereby to reconcile it to its Author: in order that the inventor of death, the devil, might be conquered through that (nature) which he had conquered. And in this conflict undertaken for us, the fight was fought on great and wondrous principles of fairness; for the Almighty Lord enters the lists with His savage foe not in His own majesty but in our humility, opposing him with the same form and the same nature, which shares indeed our mortality, though He is free from all sin.” – St. Leo the Great, Christmas Day Sermon

Musical Oratory for Advent – Live Tonight at 7pm

Oratory Under Constuction

Check out the latest article from our friend Gail over the Catholic Beat…  Please share with family and friends to get the message out.  Also, please note the new time for Vespers starting this Sunday, 3pm…  No Vespers next Sunday, October 13, because of the closing of 40 Hours.


Construction underway…

Demolition and construction finally began at 118 E. 12th Street this week, the site of the future Cincinnati Oratory.  Crews began demoing the building on Tuesday, with full construction set to begin in early November.  A lot of work has happened in this past week and here are a few pictures of what the place looks like now.  We are still in need of raising another $350,000 to complete the whole pious house.  Right now we have enough to complete two floors, but by the grace of God, we are already out of space with the acceptance of a new postulant last month and need to keep working on additional floors.  This is a good problem to have for the Community and the entire Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  Please be generous and please tell others about us who may be interested in the work we are doing in Over-the-Rhine.  More pictures and information to follow in the coming weeks as progress continues, and more information about our new postulant (who comes to us from the State of Kansas, we are attracting vocations to the Archdiocese…) will be forthcoming…  God Bless you all.