2018 Catholic Appeal

CMA Ministry Spotlight: Vocations

Father Brian Phelps, now an associate pastor at Incarnation Church in Centerville, recognizes what the Catholic Ministry Appeal did for him.

Father Brian grew up in Cincinnati, went to LaSalle High School and the University of Cincinnati and was teaching and coaching at a high school. But he knew there was something missing in his life. He asked God what to do, what path God wanted him to take – and soon heard a calling to become a priest.

Young Brian decided to become a diocesan priest, to serve right here in the archdiocese and felt pulled to Mount St. Mart Seminary, part of the Athenaeum located in Cincinnati. He spent seven years in the seminary, which is supported by the Catholic Ministry Appeal. Father Brian eagerly will tell you how during those seven years he concentrated on studying and growing his faith and spirituality and not having to worry about expenses – thanks to your support.

Today we have over 50 seminarians in formation for the priesthood for our archdiocese! The CMA supports the education of priests, deacons, and lay ministers as well as hospital, prison, and campus ministries. Through the CMA you’re also supporting Catholic charities and social services, evangelization programs, retired priests, and St. Rita School for the Deaf – all local programs!