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"We were really missing a deep prayer life between us…an avenue that we could share our hearts with one another. It’s about creating those moments of vulnerability for us. Our prayer is a lot of times where we’re able to find that."  Learn how Maggie and Art, through deepening their own relationships with the Lord, created moments of vulnerability and growth for their marriage.Book Reference -  Forty Weeks: An Ignatian Path to Christ with Sacred Story Prayer 
"God just wants to love us...In letting Him love you He leads you and the journey is beautiful." The journey isn't always easy but there is always beauty because God is there. Meet Sr. Tonia of the Heart of Jesus a member of the Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and hear more about her journey. Check out the Mercedarian Sisters here: 
After wrestling all night with God Jacob says "I will not let you go until you bless me." Fr. Max shares how he wrestled with God in his own life and how his vocation is the blessing that came from that wrestling. The joy and passion that Fr. Max has for his vocation and relationship with God can't help but encourage and inspire!
The Church speaks in so many ways. You'll hear from many deacons, priests, and consecrated religious that the Church, through the Body of Christ, was bold in speaking to and encouraging them, told them the goodness they saw in them, and planted the thought of a vocation in their hearts. Meet Deacon Dan Galla and learn how the Church has spoken in his life. 
The importance of supportive family and friends in the life of a discerner cannot be overstated. Today we meet Arthur Bodenschatz, a seminarian for the Diocese of Youngstown studying at Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland, who shares with us the role this community plays in his vocational discernment. 
So many people hesitate taking the first step of discernment because they fear change, because they fear giving up control. This is why this first step often takes so much courage. Listen as Sr. Mary McCormick shares her realization that something would change as she took her first discernment step. Learn more about the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown
MYTH: Once a person enters seminary their discernment is over. FACT: Seminary is a place of further, more concentrated, formation and discernment. Listen to Patrick's story as he tells us about how he discerned out of seminary, not once but twice, as he sought the Lord's will for his life.  
Have you ever heard of Consecrated Virginity? Learn more about the Church's oldest vocation through Michelle's story.Some helpful links with more info:The Church's Oldest Vocation US Association of Consecrated Virgins Michelle's Mass of ConsecrationArticle on Michelle's ConsecrationMichelle's Blog
Embryos (because he's a moral theologian), driving pet peeves, sacrifice, and spiritual fatherhood are just a few of the topics covered in today's episode featuring Fr. Joe Koopman, the moral theologian at Saint Mary Seminary. 
Our podcast crew is back with part 2 of 2 on obstacles. This episode they take a closer look at obstacles that are faced once a decision is made to pursue a particular vocation or one is in a vocation. If you're feeling the struggle in discernment and decision making (you're not alone!) these two episodes are for you!We'd love to hear from you! Email us at with any questions, feedback, etc. 
Our whole podcast crew got together to talk to about obstacles that they faced in discernment, how they overcame those obstacles, and what they learned along the way. They had so much to share we had to break it into two parts! If you are facing obstacles and lies in discernment or you know someone who is then this episode (and part two) is for you! We'd love to hear from you! Email us at with any questions, feedback, etc. 
From professional football to profession in religious life, meet Sr. Kelley Rush, SND in this week's episode!Check out the Sisters of Notre Dame!We'd love to hear from you! Email us at with any questions, feedback, etc. 
Chocolate chip cookies, swimming, makes sense if you know Sean. If you don't know seminarian, Sean Neville, check out this episode. You'll get to know one of our men who is currently in formation for the priesthood in the Diocese of Cleveland. 
The episode that almost wasn't...We faced a lot of challenges recording this particular episode and we think it's because there are some powerful messages within. Meet Jen and Frank Ricard parents of six and founders of TOB CLE!We'd love to hear from you! Email us at with any questions, feedback, guest suggestions, etc. Links from this episode:TOB CLEThe Theology of the Body by John Paul IITheology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher WestJPII Meditation on Givenness  TOB InstituteThe Joy of God by Sr. Mary David TotahThe Parish as a School of Prayer by Fr. Scott Trainer The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson
Meet Fr. David Bline

Meet Fr. David Bline


Family, love, and vampires?!...our crew really enjoyed hearing Fr. Bline's story and we think you will too!Fr. David Bline currently serves as the Spiritual Director at Saint Mary Seminary. He previously served as pastor of St. Francis de Sales parish in Akron, Ohio. 
In this episode we meet Sr. Yvelyne Marie of the Mercedarian Sister of the Blessed Sacrament. Learn more about her vocation story and her community. Check out the sisters here: We'd love to hear from you! Email us at with any questions, feedback, etc. 
In this episode we meet Cary Dabney, Director of the Office of Ministry to African American Catholics for the Diocese of Cleveland. Hear about his conversion from Jehovah's Witness to Catholicism, his journey to marriage, and what his office is doing in the current cultural climate. For a more detailed recounting of his conversion check out Cary's episode of the Journey Home: We'd love to hear from you! Email us at with any questions, feedback, etc. 
In this episode we meet Bishop Edward Malesic of the Diocese of Cleveland, hear his vocation story, and get some discernment advice.
Meet the Crew

Meet the Crew


Welcome to the first episode of the Created & Called Podcast brought to you by the Vocation Office of the Diocese of Cleveland! Before we dive in we wanted to take some time for introductions and to share a little about ourselves. We hope you enjoy getting to know us a bit! 
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