St. Thomas More Parish, in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is located in Withamsville, Ohio, 20 minutes east of downtown Cincinnati. With approximately 1600 families, the parish is served by a full time Pastor, Deacons, Pastoral Associates, Director of Religious Education, a Director of Music, Maintenance staff, and Business Manager. The parish elementary school serves students in pre-school through grade 8.
Welcome to our web site....and especially our photo gallery! We have added some photos showing the many ministries in our parish. You can click on each photo to enlarge them for easier viewing and to download.
Our inaugural showing of the photos from our parish's past has been moved to the History of the Parish page. This was a major project to reformat the pictures going back as far as 1940 for viewing using today's technology. Many of the pictures do look small, but that had to be done to get them to fit in the gallery. Old photos don't always convert to new technology.
Want to see a full size picture? Just click once on the small picture and it opens into a picture filling your screen! Enjoy as you trip down memory lane! (Tip: You have to stay on the History page and don't refresh...or if you leave this page the gallery will always start over.)
Parishioner Rev. Mr. Matthew Feist will be ordained a Priest on Saturday, May 21st, at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. His first Mass will be at St. Thomas More on Sunday, May 22nd at 12 Noon. Let's meet Matt and learn more about him!
Name: Deacon Matt Feist
Home Parish: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Anderson Twp and St. Thomas More
When did you enter the seminary? Fall 2009
What is your expected ordination year? 2016
Where are you currently studying? Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, Cincinnati, OH
How big is your family? Where do you fit in? I’m the oldest of 4: 2 sisters and 1 brother.
What schools have you attended before entering the Seminary? When did you graduate from each? Glen Este High School 2000, Franciscan University of Steubenville 2005
Who/what influenced your decision to enter the seminary? Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and spiritual direction
How did your family and friends react when you made that decision? Are they supportive now? Everyone has been very supportive and some had an “it’s about time you did this” attitude.
What particular devotion(s) do you find helpful in your discernment? Prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament and learning about the lives of the Saints.
What do you do for fun? I like to cook, travel, and anything that deals with sports.
What is it like living in the seminary? It feels like home.
What is the hardest part of being in the seminary? Balancing prayer, school, and R&R.
What is the best part? The chapel and learning more about the Catholic Church.
Who is your favorite saint? Why? St. Joseph of Cupertino the patron saint of examinations.
What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the priesthood? Pray and if you feel you have a calling talk to a Priest.
Meet Rev. Mr. Bob Brazier our new Deacon -
Ordained April 30, 2016
Deacon Bob Brazier & his wife Vickey
Deacon Bob Brazier...in his own words:
My name is Bob Brazier and I have been a parishioner at St. Thomas More, along with my wife Vickey, for 13 years. My wife, daughter, son-in- law, granddaughter, grandson, and I were all received into the church through the RCIA process of becoming Catholic, at the Easter Vigil in 2004. After going through the RCIA process, my wife and I started working with the RCIA team. Vickey was the hospitality coordinator while I was a sponsor/godparent coordinator. We volunteered in this ministry for 7 years. During the time I was working with the RCIA program, I started attending Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary Lay Pastoral Ministry Program (LPMP). I attended the seminary every weekend for three years. In 2012 I completed my studies and graduated from Mount Saint Mary Seminary LPMP program. Once I had completed the LPMP program, I applied for the Formation to the Diaconate. I was accepted into the Diaconate program and began classes in the fall of 2013. I am coming to the end of 3 years of classes and I was ordained a Deacon in Dayton, Ohio on April 30, 2016. I will be serving as a Deacon at St. Thomas More for the next three years.
My calling to become a deacon stems from the gratitude I felt towards St. Thomas More for all that the church community had done for me and my family. I felt the need to give back what I had received when I came here 13 years ago. I look forward to serving the parishioners of St. Thomas More and as Jesus said, “I am here to serve, not to be served.”
Your friend in Christ, Bob Brazier