Vocation Blog

Please pray for these 6 deacons, who will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests for the Archdiocese on May 20!

The Vocation Office’s House of Discernment is for Young Professionals and College Seniors who would like to discern seriously their vocation to the priesthood, while working or finishing their college degree. It is an opportunity to live in community, deepen pray life and grow closer to Christ. Through prayer, fraternity and lived discipleship, men will come to understand if God is calling them to the priesthood.

For Details, Contact Fr. Francis Bitterman, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Chicago at 312-534-8298 or fbitterman@archchicago.org

The call may sometimes be a gentle voice stirring the soul or a personal longing in our hearts. It may be the urging of friends or spouses. It can also find birth in the invitation of pastors, deacons and parish leaders to pursue such an inquiry. No matter the source of our questions, each of us needs to be affirmed and encouraged to bring a call to a vocation to prayerful discernment.

 

The Institute for Diaconal Studies (IDS) invites all men who feel the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit to attend an Exploring the Diaconate session. It is a time to pray, discuss, and learn more about the discernment process and the formation program that aspirants and candidates pursue.

 

Please join us, with your wife, if married, as we explore the potential of a vocation, engage in dialogue and pray in search of the next step. All are welcome to attend any of the sessions. No registration required

Exploring Priesthood Weekend is a free retreat weekend at Mundelein Seminary, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet priests and seminarians from the Archdiocese. It is through prayer, presentations on seminary life and group discussions, that men gain a better understanding of the priesthood and God’s movement in their lives. Retreats are held in January, April and October.

For Details, Contact Fr. Francis Bitterman, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Chicago at  312-534-8298 or fbitterman@archchicago.org

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Natalie does a wonderful job in guiding people to discern their vocation.

 

VocationsPlacement.org  TestingYourCalling.org

 

Learn more about the priesthood.  You will have the opportunity to meet Fr. John Kartje, Rector of Mundelein Seminary, along with other priests and seminarians from the Archdiocese. Through prayer, presentations on seminary life and group discussions, men gain a better understanding of the priesthood and God’s movement in their lives.

All men must register with Fr. Francis Bitterman at fbitterman@archchicago.org or 312-534-8298

Retreat starts at 7pm on Friday.  Retreat ends Sunday at Noon

Everyone has their own room.

Mass will be celebrated with the seminary community; and there will be opportunities for Adoration, Confession and Personal Prayer Time.

 Seminarians will lead group discussions on discernment

and life in the seminary.

THE CALL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CONSIDER A VOCATION may sometimes be a gentle voice stirring the soul or a personal longing in our hearts. It may be the urging of friends or spouses. It can also find birth in the invitation of pastors, deacons and parish leaders to pursue such an inquiry. No matter the source of our questions, each of us needs to be affirmed and encouraged to bring a call to a vocation to prayerful discernment.

The Institute for Diaconal Studies (IDS) invites all men who feel the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit to attend an Exploring the Diaconate session. It is a time to pray, discuss, and learn more about the discernment process and the formation program that aspirants and candidates pursue.

Please join us, with your wives, if married, as we explore the potential of a vocation, engage in dialogue and pray in search of the next step. All are welcome to attend any of the sessions. No registration required.

 

Oct. 12, 2016 St. Cajetan, Chicago (Vicariate V), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Memorial Hall (School Basement)

 

Nov. 9, 2016 St. Pascal, Chicago (Vicariate IV), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Neckerman Room (Rectory)

 

Jan. 17, 2017 SS. Cyril & Methodius, Lemont (Vicariate V), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Sivore Hall (School Basement)

 

Jan. 24, 2017 St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago (Vicariate VI), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Parish Hall

 

Feb. 26, 2017 St. Philip the Apostle, Northfield (Vicariate II), following 11:45 a.m. Mass

Location: St. John Paul II Room

 

Mar. 2, 2017 Vicar for Deacons Office, Forest Park, 7:30 p.m.

Location: St. Bernadine (816 Marengo Avenue)

 

Mar. 21, 2017 St. John the Evangelist, Streamwood (Vicariate I), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Parish Center

 

Mar. 30, 2017 St. Aloysius, Chicago (Vicariate III), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Gonzaga Hall (1510 N. Claremont Ave.)

 

Apr. 6, 2017 University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein (Vicariate I), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Prist Center (Building 201P)

 

Apr. 21, 2017 University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein (Vicariate I), 7:30 p.m.

Location: Prist Center (Building 201P)

 

For more information contact Deacon Bob Puhala, bpuhala@usml.edu or 847.837.4564 or visit us at www.usml.edu.

Application Deadline for 2017 - 2018 Aspirancy Path is May 1, 2017.

Regretfully, the Institute for Diaconate Studies (IDS) cannot accept late applications for the upcoming year.

Father John Kartje, Rector of Mundelein Seminary, is pleased to announce the appointment of Father Brian Welter as Vice Rector of Formation.  Here is a video of Fr. Welter when he was named Dean of Formation in 2015.

Fr. Ed Thompson: Friend of Fulton Sheen, Former Alcoholic, Priest of Mercy

“Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love of the brethren, a tender heart and a humble mind. Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:8–9)

See: Fr. Mike Schmitz’ video, Read:  Matt Fradd’s relection, Focus – Act – Pray at: Bear Wrongs Patiently

5 Reasons to Stay Until the End of Mass

content from Aleteia by Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble

Most of us have probably done it at least once or twice.

 

We make a beeline for the door with our heads down after receiving communion because we have something important to do.

We hope our pastor and friends won’t notice. And perhaps they don’t. But Someone does.

As a religious sister who has moved around quite a bit, I am surprised by how drastically different parishes in some areas of the country are from others. I am from Oklahoma and rarely see people leaving Mass early. I used to live in California, and in the parish I attended, people came late and sometimes left early. I am now in the northeast and am surprised by how many people leave Mass early. But these patterns also depend on the parish. It is an interesting phenomenon. An isolated incident is not that concerning to me. But when half the parishioners have disappeared to the parking lot before the closing song has ended, it makes my heart a little sad.

Sometimes I want to run after the people I see walking briskly out of church straight from the communion line and shake them and say, “You have Jesus inside you! Take a minute to talk to him, to thank him, to love him!”

Do you need some motivation to stay a little longer to attend the entire Mass? Do you know some other people who might?

Here are some reasons I stay until the end of Mass, (besides the fact that I am a nun and it would be scandalous if I ran out right after communion every Sunday):

1. Communion Is About Communing: When we receive communion, we receive Jesus himself. When we eat and run it is like visiting a friend and the moment he is able to sit down and be present to us we jump up and run out the door yelling, “It was so great to spend time with you, see you next week!” Communion is about communing with our Lord and Savior. In order to commune, we have to actually savor this special time with him and take a few moments to be with our Lord.

 

.2. It’s Not Nice to Be Rude: Before Mass in the convent, we have a half hour of silent meditation on the Gospel. Sometimes I am late. I walk quickly in with my head down, embarrassed that everyone can see that I slept in. Recently, I realized that my motivation to be on time should not be to avoid embarrassment but because I am going to see Jesus. Why are we often more concerned with other people’s reactions than we are with Jesus’? We think, I have to run because I have so much to do, so-and-so is waiting for me! But why is it easy for us to leave early and come late when it is the Creator of the Universe who is hoping to see us?
 

The Archdiocese of Chicago is very blessed to have five Deacons ordained Priests on May 21, 2016.  This is an important time to give our newly ordained priests extra prayer support. Please pray for them, their families and all they will be serving in Jesus’ name.

We thank God for our five new priests!!!!!

Catholic on Call - Partner Conference Sep 15-16 at CTU, Chicago

Our speaker will be:

 Fr. Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., DMin., Director of the Catholic Apostolate Center and Provincial Rector of the Immaculate Conception Province of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate

 Barbara Humphrey McCrabb, MDiv., Assistant Director for Higher Education, Secretariat of Catholic Education at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

More information and the application form can be found on our website.

http://www.catholicsoncall.org/partners

 

In confession I see is a person who is still trying – a saint in the making. I don’t care if this is the person’s third Confession this week; if they are seeking the Sacrament of Reconciliation, it means that they are trying. That’s all that I care about. This thought is worth considering: going to Confession is a sign that you haven’t given up on Jesus.

This is one of the reasons why pride is so deadly. I have talked with people who tell me that they don’t want to go to Confession to their priest because their priest really likes them and “thinks that they are a good kid.”

I have two things to say to this.

  1. He will not be disappointed! What your priest will see is a person who is trying! I dare you to find a saint who didn’t need to God’s mercy! (Even Mary needed God’s mercy; she received the mercy of God in a dramatic and powerful way at her conception. Boom. Lawyered.)

  2. So what if the priest is disappointed? We try to be so impressive with so much of our lives. Confession is a place where we don’t get to be impressive. Confession is a place where the desire to impress goes to die.Think about it: all other sins have the potential to cause us to race to the confessional, but pride is the one that causes us to hide from the God who could heal us.

Catholics on Call supports Catholic young adults (ages 18-30) as they strive to discover God’s call in their lives, and explore the possibility of a life of service in the Church. This year we are offering a four-day Young Adult Conference in the summer from Wednesday, August 3 - Saturday, August 6, 2016. 

Please go to their website to apply for the conference. The registration fee is $100. http://www.catholicsoncall.org/young-adult-conferences

 

Rev. Msgr. Richard Joseph O’Donnell passed away on Monday, April 11, 2016. Msgr. O’Donnell was the Pastor Emeritus of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Chicago, now Blessed Sacrament Parish, and remained a resident there until his passing. He was 105 years old and the oldest Archdiocesan priest, just a few weeks short of celebrating his 81st anniversary of priesthood.   

Msgr. O’Donnell was born in Chicago on October 15, 1910. He attended St. Bridget and St. Basil Schools in Chicago, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and graduated from the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.  Msgr. O’Donnell was ordained into the priesthood on April 27, 1935, by George Cardinal Mundelein, Archbishop of Chicago.

In 2010 Msgr. O’Donnell served as Assistant Pastor at St. Gabriel Parish in Chicago (1935-41); Our Lady of Peace Parish on Jeffery Boulevard (1941-48); St. Bernadette Parish in Evergreen Park (1948-50); and St. Ita Parish in Chicago (1950-63). In 1963, Msgr. O’Donnell was named Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish on Hermitage Avenue, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1981, when he was named Pastor Emeritus. The parish was closed in 2008 and is now Blessed Sacrament Parish.

In October 2010, then Catholic New World Staff Writer, Dolores Madlener in her “Five Mins With Father” interviewed Msgr. O’Donnel at 100 years - in a league of his Own.

Msgr. Richard J. O’Donnell is the oldest priest of the archdiocese. He has lived through two world wars, the Great Depression and the space age. Approaching his 100th birthday on Oct. 15, he reminisced recently about priesthood under six cardinals, being named a monsignor by the pope, and his love of baseball.

 He is: Msgr. Richard O’Donnell. Ordained in 1935 at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein. He is pastor emeritus of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish (now Blessed Sacrament).

Growing up: “I had a brother and two sisters. Both my parents were born in County Clare in Ireland. My dad was a butcher for 32 years at Leyden & Doyle, a grocery and meat market at Archer and Locke in Bridgeport. I went to St. Bridget School for seven years and graduated from St. Basil’s.”

Love of baseball: “I played softball as a kid. We’d book games with other neighborhoods. Sometimes we’d get money — sometimes we won and sometimes we’d lose.” He is well aware the Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series in his lifetime. “Yes, 1908 was the last time, and I was born in 1910. I’ve been a White Sox fan since I was a little boy and followed them all my life. My favorite player was second baseman Nellie Fox.”

O’Donnell threw out ceremonial first pitches at White Sox games in 2001 and 2009.

 

Called to priesthood: “My brother Edward was an altar boy and he trained me at St. Bridget’s. The eighth grade nun at St. Basil’s, Sister Mary Ella O.P., got after the boys to go to Quigley. I took the Ashland street car downtown and then the State Street car to Chicago Avenue. We started with 45 boys in my room at Quigley.”

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FR. FRANCIS BITTERMAN

 

 

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