Seminary Ball Committee looking for another record breaking crowd at 2022 Seminary Ball

Laura Keener, Editor

With 602 attendees, last year’s Seminary Ball saw its largest crowd. But there’s plenty of room for more as the Seminary Ball Committee makes final preparations for the upcoming 2022 Seminary Ball. 

“Our goal is pretty high. We’re hoping to be able to eclipse that number here for 2022,” said Mike Murray, director, diocesan Office of Stewardship and Mission Services. 

Mr. Murray and his staff work with the Seminary Ball Committee in organizing the diocese’s annual premiere event. “We’re hoping to have a big crowd again this year and we’re hoping to have a lot of enthusiastic people who will stay and dance till the end. We’ve had that the last two times, so we’re hoping that will happen again,” he said. 

The Seminary Ball will be held Oct. 21 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Serra Club for Vocations of Northern Kentucky, begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., with the program starting at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. The Mix Band takes the stage at 9 p.m. providing entertainment until 11 p.m. Complimentary parking is provided at the garage across the street from the Convention Center. Individual tickets are $90 per person. Table sponsorships are still available for $1,200, which includes eight event tickets with priority seating, recognition in the event program and during the event and inclusion in the October and November ads in the Messenger. 

Part of the increase in crowd and enthusiasm at the Seminary Ball is the increasing presence of young adults at the Ball. Members of Northern Kentucky University’s Newman’s Club and Thomas More University’s Campus Ministry have been in attendance at the Ball and, last year, offered assistance to anyone needing an extra hand through the buffet line. Parishes have also been inviting younger parishioners to join their table and the growing and vibrant diocesan Young Adult Ministry has shown great support for the Ball. 

“Having the energy of these college students and young adults present at the Ball and on the dance floor really adds to the excitement of the night,” said Mr. Murray. 

Having a good time while raising funds for the education and formation of the diocese’s seminarians and meeting Bishop John Iffert and the seminarians is what the Seminary Ball is designed for. Father Gregory Bach, assistant director of seminarians, will be the master of ceremonies for this year’s Seminary Ball. He will introduce the diocese’s six seminarians Deacon Michael Elmlinger, Henry “Hank” Bischoff, Joshua Heskamp, Justin Schwarz, Michael Schulte and Brad Whittle. Bishop Iffert will also address the crowd. 

The enthusiasm of the Seminary Ball is expected to carry through the weekend, with seminarians speaking at some parishes in support of the Seminary Education Fund collection, which will be held at all parishes the weekend of Oct. 29 and 30. 

“We are very thankful for the continued support as this Seminary Ball continues to grow,” said Mr. Murray. “The people in our faith community are very supportive of this event and the collection because they know these seminarians are our future.” 

For information about the Seminary Ball visit the diocesan website and click on the Seminary Ball banner or call Mike Murray and the staff of the Office of Stewardship and Mission Services at (859) 392-1500.