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Jennifer Schack

Jennifer Schack

June 24, 2022

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today’s Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which reverses the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, is a welcome and potential watershed moment in the history of the United States. This decision means that states, including Ohio, now have the option to legally protect the most vulnerable of all human beings: babies in the womb.

The constant teaching of the Catholic Church is that human life begins at conception. God alone is the Author and Lord of life. Therefore, the intentional taking of innocent human life is intrinsically evil and must always be opposed. Modern science only strengthens the Church’s opposition to abortion, as advancements in genetics and prenatal imaging increasingly demonstrate that a unique human life begins at conception.

For the past 50 years, Catholics and other people of good will have peacefully prayed in front of abortion clinics, marched in Washington, D.C. and petitioned their lawmakers, hoping that the blessed day would come when communities would no longer be required by law to sanction the killing of innocent human beings in the womb. Equally important, we have assisted women in unexpected or crisis pregnancies with material resources and personal accompaniment, both during pregnancy and after their child is born. Expectant mothers can face many challenges, including lack of support from the father, financial strains, concerns about her own health and that of her child, and pressures from family and friends. Thank you to the pregnancy centers, Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul conferences, Catholic healthcare systems and other wonderful pro-life ministries that have steadfastly walked with women in need, helping them navigate these difficult circumstances.

For a listing of the many resources available for women in unexpected or crisis pregnancies in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, please go to https://catholicaoc.org/forlife.

Despite these efforts, more than 65 million innocent children have lost their lives to abortion in the United States since Roe v. Wade. This sad fact demonstrates the desperate need for conversion of hearts and minds to a culture of life in our country, one that respects the inherent dignity and sacredness of every human being from conception to natural death.

The reversal of Roe v. Wade will not by itself bring about this conversion, but prayer and a joyful outpouring of love and support for pregnant women, especially those most in need, will bring us closer. No woman should feel so alone, coerced or hopeless that she chooses to end her child’s life through abortion. I urge everyone in our archdiocese to both pray for and actively assist all expectant mothers. Together, let us redouble our commitment to caring for women, children and families so that abortion is not only illegal, but unthinkable.

            O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.

            Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.

            Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us to build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati

A PDF version of this letter is available: Letter Regarding Overturning of Roe v Wade – English

A PDF version of this letter is available: Letter Regarding Overturning of Roe v Wade – Spanish

W H A T | Press Conference: Catholic Church Response to Overturning of Roe v. Wade

W H E N | Saturday June 25, 2022, 10 am

W H E R E | Mount St. Mary Seminary and School of Theology

6616 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45230

Release Date:  June 24, 2022

Roe v. Wade Overturned: Positive Step Toward a Culture of Life

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will hold a press conference, including the Archbishop of Cincinnati, Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, tomorrow, Saturday, June 25 at 10am at Mount St. Mary Seminary and School of Theology. The press conference will be held in the main building at the seminary. In addition to Archbishop Schnurr the Director of the Respect Life Office and several Catholic professionals will be offering comments in their area of expertise. All media are invited to attend.

Archbishop of Cincinnati, Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, released the following letter to the faithful today:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today’s Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which reverses the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, is a welcome and potential watershed moment in the history of the United States. This decision means that states, including Ohio, now have the option to legally protect the most vulnerable of all human beings: babies in the womb.

The constant teaching of the Catholic Church is that human life begins at conception. God alone is the Author and Lord of life. Therefore, the intentional taking of innocent human life is intrinsically evil and must always be opposed. Modern science only strengthens the Church’s opposition to abortion, as advancements in genetics and prenatal imaging increasingly demonstrate that a unique human life begins at conception.

For the past 50 years, Catholics and other people of good will have peacefully prayed in front of abortion clinics, marched in Washington, D.C. and petitioned their lawmakers, hoping that the blessed day would come when communities would no longer be required by law to sanction the killing of innocent human beings in the womb. Equally important, we have assisted women in unexpected or crisis pregnancies with material resources and personal accompaniment, both during pregnancy and after their child is born. Expectant mothers can face many challenges, including lack of support from the father, financial strains, concerns about her own health and that of her child, and pressures from family and friends. Thank you to the pregnancy centers, Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul conferences, Catholic healthcare systems and other wonderful pro-life ministries that have steadfastly walked with women in need, helping them navigate these difficult circumstances.

For a listing of the many resources available for women in unexpected or crisis pregnancies in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, please go to https://catholicaoc.org/forlife.

Despite these efforts, more than 65 million innocent children have lost their lives to abortion in the United States since Roe v. Wade. This sad fact demonstrates the desperate need for conversion of hearts and minds to a culture of life in our country, one that respects the inherent dignity and sacredness of every human being from conception to natural death.

The reversal of Roe v. Wade will not by itself bring about this conversion, but prayer and a joyful outpouring of love and support for pregnant women, especially those most in need, will bring us closer. No woman should feel so alone, coerced or hopeless that she chooses to end her child’s life through abortion. I urge everyone in our archdiocese to both pray for and actively assist all expectant mothers. Together, let us redouble our commitment to caring for women, children and families so that abortion is not only illegal, but unthinkable.

            O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.

            Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.

            Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us to build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati

 

The Catholic Church remains committed to supporting women & families

The Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati seeks to create a culture of life infused with Christian love in action. Below are some of the local agencies and services empowering women and families facing crisis pregnancies or in need of family support.

Assisting Women who are Pregnant:

Assisting Families and Children:

Offering Hope and Healing to Mothers and Families:

  • Project Rachel: offers confidential post-abortive healing to those who have been affected by abortion
  • Heaven’s Gain: offers support to families suffering the death of a baby at any gestational age including premature birth or at the newborn stage
  • Reviv: offers practical and emotional support to families of a child that receives a life-altering or life-threatening diagnosis

Media Resources

Livestream link to the press conference can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwI1n_b0Y7Y

The July issue of The Catholic Telegraph, the magazine of the archdiocese, is themed, Walking with Moms. Online content from the issue can be found here.

Additional resource information for women, families and children can be found at https://catholicaoc.org/forlife.

In addition to the press conference, Catholic professionals from several fields are available to the media for interviews. Areas to explore include prenatal care, abortion pill reversal, and moral theology. Please contact Jennifer Schack to arrange.

 

Jennifer Schack

Director of Media Relations

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Office | 513.263.6618

Cell | 859.512.5626

[email protected]

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 44th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with more than 440,000 Catholics, and has the fifth largest Catholic school system in terms of enrollment with more than 40,000 students.  The 19-county territory includes 208 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools.

 

A PDF of the Press Release is available here: Roe v. Wade Overturned P.R. June 2022

June 5, 2022

Pentecost Sunday

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Today we celebrate the birth of our Lord’s Church and the fulfillment of Christ’s Paschal Mystery. The scene from the Acts of the Apostles is filled with drama, as “a noise like a strong driving wind” and “tongues as of fire” accompany the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. What was the effect of this outpouring? We read that the apostles went forth confidently, speaking in the many languages of the visitors to Jerusalem. In the words of St. Bede, “Now the Holy Spirit appeared in fire and in tongues because all those whom He fills He makes simultaneously to burn and to speak – to burn because of Him and to speak about Him.”

From the beginning of time, the Holy Spirit has been at work with the Father and the Son on the divine plan for our salvation. Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at our baptism, we are each called to be cooperators with that plan, not only for our own sanctification, but for the sanctification of the whole world. The Catholic Church is God’s sacramental presence on earth, imbued with the Holy Spirit, given to us as a means for our salvation. All the resources of the Church – human, physical, financial – must be ordered to Jesus’ great commission to proclaim the Good News of salvation and make disciples of all nations.

This is the purpose of Beacons of Light, to best enable the proclamation of the Gospel in our own archdiocese. On July 1, we will move on to the next major phase of Beacons of Light, implementation of the new Families of Parishes and the start of intentional pastoral planning within each of those Families. This planning will be rooted in sincere prayer and open collaboration as each Family together discerns the best and highest use of their shared resources to radiate the love of Christ and form a strong, vital community of evangelization and service centered on the Eucharist. There will undoubtedly be hard decisions involving sacrifice and loss, but which will bear great fruit in the future. This is the enduring Christian journey, one which needs to be offered up in prayer to God’s providence.

In a 2006 homily, Pope Benedict XVI said, “in Pentecost the Spirit, with the gift of tongues, demonstrates that His presence unites and transforms confusion into communion.” As we move forward into an unsure and sometimes confusing future, let us stay united as the Body of Christ, confident that the Holy Spirit is with us until the end of time. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your commitment to the flourishing of our local Church. May God bless and keep all of us as we journey together on the path of discipleship.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati

 

PDF Available Here

May 25, 2022

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Yesterday’s horrific news of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas shakes us to our core and reminds us once again of the fragility of human life. This senseless, heartbreaking tragedy reinforces the desperate need for conversion to a culture of life in our country, one that respects the inherent dignity and sacredness of every human being from conception to natural death. I join my fellow U.S. Catholic bishops in sharing the following statement:

“There have been too many school shootings, too much killing of the innocent. Our Catholic faith calls us to pray for those who have died and to bind the wounds of others, and we join our prayers along with the community in Uvalde and Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller. As we do so, each of us also needs to search our souls for ways that we can do more to understand this epidemic of evil and violence and implore our elected officials to help us take action.”

God alone is the Author and Lord of life. The intentional taking of innocent human life is intrinsically evil. I implore everyone of faith to join in prayer for the victims, their family members and their loved ones. May we, the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, together petition our Blessed Mother to intercede for them so that they might know the peace and healing of Jesus, her Son.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati

Release Date:  May 25, 2022

Letter to the faithful from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, released the following letter today to the people of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati concerning the tragedy in Uvalde, TX:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Yesterday’s horrific news of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas shakes us to our core and reminds us once again of the fragility of human life. This senseless, heartbreaking tragedy reinforces the desperate need for conversion to a culture of life in our country, one that respects the inherent dignity and sacredness of every human being from conception to natural death. I join my fellow U.S. Catholic bishops in sharing the following statement:

“There have been too many school shootings, too much killing of the innocent. Our Catholic faith calls us to pray for those who have died and to bind the wounds of others, and we join our prayers along with the community in Uvalde and Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller. As we do so, each of us also needs to search our souls for ways that we can do more to understand this epidemic of evil and violence and implore our elected officials to help us take action.”

God alone is the Author and Lord of life. The intentional taking of innocent human life is intrinsically evil. I implore everyone of faith to join in prayer for the victims, their family members and their loved ones. May we, the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, together petition our Blessed Mother to intercede for them so that they might know the peace and healing of Jesus, her Son.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 44th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with more than 450,000 Catholics, and has the fifth largest Catholic school system in terms of enrollment with more than 40,000 students.  The 19-county territory includes 211 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools.

Jennifer Schack

Director of Media Relations

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Office | 513.263.6618

Cell | 859.512.5626

[email protected]

W H A T | Priesthood Ordination Mass

W H E N | Saturday May 21, 2022, 11 A.M.

W H E R E | Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains: 325 W. 8th St., Cincinnati OH

Release Date:  May 20, 2022

Seven priests being ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will joyfully celebrate the ordination of seven new priests on Saturday May 21, 2022. The men will be ordained to the priesthood for service to God and the Church. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr will celebrate the Mass. Within the course of the ordination rite, the archbishop will lay his hands on the men, invoking the authority given by Christ to the apostles to make new priests.

The seven new priests will contribute to the growing trend of men being ordained priests over the last decade. The seven men being ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, this year, is in line with the seven men ordained in 2021, 2016 and 2009. The largest recent class were nine men ordained to the priesthood in 2019. The high number of ordinations in recent years, 26 men in total from 2019-2022, is the strongest four-year group in nearly 40 years! The last time we had 26 or more men ordained over a four-year period was 1980-1983.

The seven new priests have served as transitional deacons for the last year. Their ministry has included baptizing, assisting at marriages, and preaching at Mass. The men graduated on May 15 of this year from The Athenaeum of Ohio, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, after at least seven years of formation for the priesthood. Parish assignments for the new priests will be announced at the ordination.

 

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 44th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with more than 440,000 Catholics, and has the fifth largest Catholic school system in terms of enrollment with more than 40,000 students.  The 19-county territory includes 210 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools.

 

Jennifer Schack

Director of Media Relations

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Office | 513.263.6618

Cell | 859.512.5626

[email protected]

 

 

Reverend Francis W. Voellmecke died on Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He was born on October 6, 1935, in Cincinnati.  He did his preparatory studies for two years at St. Gregory Seminary, Cincinnati and received a Ph.B. and S.T.L. from Gregorian University, Rome.  He was ordained on December 20, 1959, at the Chapel of the North American College in Rome by Archbishop Martin J. O’Connor, Rector of the North American College & Titular Archbishop of Laodicea in Syria.

Father Voellmecke was appointed to his first assignment on August 31, 1960, as assistant at Holy Family Parish, Cincinnati and part-time teacher at Seton High School, Cincinnati.  On August 29, 1963, he was appointed as assistant at St. Dominic Parish, Cincinnati and to continue teaching part-time at Seton.  On August 9, 1966, he was appointed assistant at St. William Parish, Cincinnati and to teach full-time at Seton.  In August 1969, Father Voellmecke was assigned to further studies at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana where he achieved a Ph.D. in Philosophy. On June 20, 1973, he was appointed to the faculty at St. Gregory Seminary and on June 7, 1974, he was appointed as Rector of the Seminary.  On August 1, 1980, Father Voellmecke was released from service in the Archdiocese in order to serve on the faculty of the Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.  In December 1988, Father Voellmecke was granted permission to serve for five years in the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah and in July 1989, he was released to serve as Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and Newman Center in Logan, Utah.  In December 1993, his leave for service to the Diocese of Salt Lake City was extended for one more year. On August 12, 1995, he was appointed resident associate at Our Lord Christ the King Parish, Cincinnati.  On June 1, 1996, he was appointed pastor of Old St. Mary Parish, Cincinnati, for a period of six years.  Father Voellmecke was appointed to the faculty of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary/Athenaeum of Ohio, Cincinnati on August 3, 1998. He was appointed Temporary Parochial Administrator of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Reading, effective June 25, 2001, while remaining on the seminary faculty.  Father Voellmecke retired from active ministry on July 1, 2010.

Reception of the Body: Monday, May 23, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. at St. William Church, 4108 W. 8th St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45205; (513-921-0247.) Celebrant: Reverend Jeffrey M. Kemper. Visitation: following Reception of the Body until 8:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at St. William Church. Celebrant and Homilist: Reverend Edward P. Smith.

Burial: Tuesday, May 24, 2022, immediately following at St. Joseph (Old) Cemetery, 3819 W. 8th St. at Seton Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45205. Celebrant: Reverend Edward P. Smith.

Reverend James J. O’Connor died on May 4, 2022, in Celina, Ohio. He was born on June 26, 1928, in Fayetteville, Ohio. He did his preparatory studies at St. Gregory Seminary and studied theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, Norwood. He was ordained on August 22, 1954, after his third year of theology, at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West Chapel, Norwood by Archbishop Karl J. Alter. He returned to the Seminary after ordination for his final year of theology.

Father O’Connor received his first assignment on June 16, 1955, as assistant at St. Monica Cathedral, Cincinnati.  On June 20, 1958, he was appointed assistant at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Cincinnati and to teach at De Porres High School, Cincinnati. On June 11, 1962, he was appointed administrator of St. Augustine Parish, Cincinnati and principal of De Porres High School, until the school closed in 1964.  On June 17, 1964, he was appointed temporary assistant at Holy Trinity Parish, Middletown. On August 25, 1964, he was appointed chaplain to the Sisters of Charity at Marian High School; in charge of the religion department, full-time religion teacher, with residence at St. Margaret Hall, Cincinnati. Father O’Connor was appointed principal of Fenwick High School, Middletown (1967-1974) and administrator of St. Peter Claver Parish, Middletown on June 16, 1967.  When St. Peter Claver Parish closed in 1969, Father O’Connor was appointed, on July 14, 1969, as assistant at St. John Parish, Middletown, and to continue as principal at Fenwick.  On June 17, 1971, he was appointed assistant at Holy Trinity Parish, Middletown and to continue as principal at Fenwick. On June 15, 1972, he was appointed assistant at St. Mary Parish, Middletown and to continue as principal at Fenwick. On June 20, 1973, he was appointed to return as assistant to Holy Trinity Parish, Middletown and to continue at Fenwick.  Father O’Connor was appointed pastor of Holy Angels, Sidney, on June 19, 1974.  On August 16, 1976, he was appointed co-pastor of Holy Angels, Sidney.  On August 8, 1985, Father O’Connor was appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Botkins; then appointed pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, Rhine for a period of six years, effective December 1, 1989, while remaining as pastor of Immaculate Conception.  Father O’Connor retired from active ministry on July 1, 1998.

Reception of the Body: Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Angels Church, 119 E Water St., Sidney, Ohio 45365; (937-498-2307.) Celebrant: Reverend Steven L Shoup. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., following Reception of the Body until Mass of Christian Burial.

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 11: 00 a.m. at Holy Angels Church, Sidney. Celebrant: Reverend Steven L. Shoup. Homilist: Reverend Kyle E. Schnippel.

Burial: Saturday, May 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Cemetery, Anderson State Road, Fayetteville, Ohio 45118. Celebrant: Reverend Thomas L. Bolte

Notice of Death of Archdiocesan Deacon

Deacon John Gobbi, a Deacon of the Archdiocese, died on Tuesday April 12, 2022 at his home in Fort Myers, Florida, where he was living with his granddaughter. He was 90 years old. Deacon John was ordained on June 22, 1985 and has served the Archdiocese for thirty-six years. His wife Kathleen died in December, 2000.

Visitation will be Friday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Neumann Church, 12191 Mill Road, Cincinnati 45240.  The Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m. Bishop Joseph Binzer will celebrate.

Deacon John’s remains will then be transported to St Peter’s Church, 620 Center Street, Lewiston, NY 14092 for Mass and burial on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lewiston, next to his wife, Kathleen.

Please keep the repose of the soul of Deacon John Gobbi in your prayers, as well as consolation for his entire family.