In the archdiocese’s most recent Clergy Communications, the following is provided on “WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH VOCATIONS OF RELIGIOUS ORDERS THAT SERVE IN THE ARCHDIOCESE?”:

In May 2012 the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph welcomed a Novice in Baton Rouge, LA. In November the CSJs also welcomed a candidate who will most likely move into Novitiate August 2013. On Sunday June 24, 2012 the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati formally welcomed two Affiliates; they will continue to live at the Casa de Caridad in southern New Mexico. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have two second year Novices who are out on mission for part of this year and who will return to Cincinnati to prepare for First Vows. They also have an Affiliate who resides with the Sisters in Phoenix. The Franciscan men have two postulants this year and the Marianists have one Second Year Novice. The Sisters of Mercy have a candidate as of August 4th and an Apostolic novice since October 1st living in the house of hospitality in Walnut Hills; and one Temporary Professed as well living and working in the Archdiocese. The Congregation of Divine Providence has a Postulant living and in ministry in the Archdiocese.

Not exactly impressive, would you say? I guess some is better than none. But then there is the final sentence of the paragraph regarding a less liberal religious order:

The Order of Preachers (Dominicans) has thirteen Novices this year.

The Dominicans are well known locally for their faithful, orthodox administration of St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Madeira, Ohio.

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