Pastoral Team

Fr. Al Hirt, OFM
Pastor
Fr. Al is in his 16th year as pastor of St. Monica-St. George. He also assisted here for three years on a part-time basis, prior to becoming the pastor. Ordained in 1977, the first 13 years were spent in African-American parishes in New Orleans and Kansas City. From 1990-99, he served in an administrative office with the Franciscans.
Fr. Clifford Hennings, OFM
Associate Pastor
Fr. Clifford is a recently ordained Franciscan priest. St. Monica-St. George is his first priestly assignment, where he is serving as associate pastor. He received a B.A in Catholic Studies from DePaul University and a Master of Divinity from Catholic Theological Union. Over the years he has served numerous parishes in the Southern USA and across the Midwest. He is especially fond of his time working in the 9th ward New Orleans, LA. He is currently living at St. Anthony Friary and Shrine in Mt. Airy. He enjoys college football (geaux tigers!), rucksack camping, writing, and all things Sci-Fi.
Jill Kreinbrink
Directory of Liturgy and Worship
Jill is the Director of Music and Worship at St. Monica – St. George and is in her 23rd year working at the parish. She coordinates the music for all four weekend liturgies and directs the choirs at the Sunday Masses in addition to coordinating the Liturgical Ministries including Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Greeters. She also works with the couples preparing for marriage in the parish and plays for all of the weddings. She has directed 13 musicals and produced 2 cds with the choir. The choir sang concerts in Rome and Florence and for Mass at St. Peter’s during a tour of Italy in 2001, sang for the Rite of Election at the Cathedral here in Cincinnati in 2010 and was awarded a Silver Diploma when they competed in the World Choir Games in the summer of 2012. A new handbell choir was formed in 2014, and continues to be a way for our older children to be involved in the liturgies. Our younger children are invited to sing for Children’s Liturgies during the year as well. All are welcome to be a part of the choir! Jill is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BME in Music Education and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with a MM in music performance.
Sheila Murphy
Pastoral Associate
Sheila joined the Pastoral Team at St. Monica-St. George as the Pastoral Associate in 2015. Her primary responsibilities include coordinating the Parish School of Religion (PSR), Adult Faith Formation, initiating new members through the process described in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), sacramental preparation (First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation), Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and some aspects of pastoral care (e.g. funeral planning, Communion to the Sick, etc.) as well as other ministries, as needed.
Holly O'Hara
Campus Minister
Hi y'all—I'm Holly! I am so excited to join the pastoral team at St. Monica St. George as a Campus Minister for the Newman Center. Through my ministry, I hope to offer welcome, support, and spiritual strength to each and every student I meet, and then to encourage them to do the same for the next person. Tog​ether, we can build a culture of care and compassion—a kingdom, if you will—right here on campus! I am new to the Cincinnati area, originally from just north of Detroit, Michigan, so I am open to any local recommendations or insights for what's good. My interests include all things beautiful, peace-building, Christian community, Catholic Social Teaching, and growing always deeper in relationship with God who is love & unity. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Theology in 2015 as well as my Master of Arts in Theology in 2017, both from University of Notre Dame. While completing my Masters Degree, I worked in ministry at a parish in Southern New Jersey through the Echo Catechetical Leadership Program. I have been blessed to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland; teach high school in rural Ghana, and research design solutions in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Michael Schreiner, MDiv
Campus Minister
Having found my own calling to be a campus ministry through my experience at the Newman Parish I attended at the University of Florida, I feel extremely blessed to be at St. Monica-St. George and working with the students at UC. I feel in some small way, I am paying back for the blessings I received. My areas of interest include social justice, scripture study, faith formation, evangelization and service. I have a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Florida and I have a Master of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry). Prior to coming to St. Monica-St. George I worked in campus ministry at M.I.T. and St. Louis University. I have been at St. MoGo since 2004. I live with my wife, Amy, and our three children (Henry, Sam, and Lily) in Bond Hill.

 

Parish Staff

Steve Amend
Maintenance
Joan Callahan
Director of the St. George Food Pantry
Janet Cavanaugh
Hospitality
Mike Huffman
Business Manager
Lynn Laake
Secretary
Vince Minniti
Maintenance