Real Friendship

A journey into the depths of friendship with God – together. Drawing lessons from the richness of spiritual theology and the liturgical life of the Church, this formation experience will teach prayer and empower the laity to live their baptismal call in the secular realm.

Program Details

  • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, from Oct. 6, 2020 – May 18, 2021 (14 sessions total as we will take off Mar. 16 for the Parish Mission and Apr. 6 for Easter Tuesday)
  • We are offering 2 sections for this program. The first will will run from 6:00-7:30pm and the second from 7:30-9:00pm in the Parish Center

Sample Session Schedule

  • 7:30 Social Time (refreshments, appetizers, etc)
  • 7:40 Prayer 
  • 7:55 Teaching
  • 8:25 Break
  • 8:30 Discussion
  • 8:50 Compline 
  • 9:00 Session Ends

Who is this for?

Any adult Catholic (18 and older, graduated from high school) who is looking to go deeper in the spiritual life, the sacramental life, and the communal life of the Church.


Registration for this program is currently closed.

For More Information

Have questions? Please contact Kristen Eggers at or 513.561.8369.

Real Friendship Program Facilitators

Fr. Clement Dickie, OP, has been a parochial vicar (associate pastor) at St. Gertrude since 2017. Like all of the priests at St. Gertrude, he is a Dominican Friar. He enter the Order in 2009 making vows in 2010. After growing up in New Hampshire, he studied economics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Before entering the Order, he was an economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. He has two degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., and his main area of theological research is the motivations and effects of marriage.

Brad Bursa, Ph.D., is the Director of Evangelization at St. Gertrude Church. Previously, Brad was the Director of Youth Ministry at St. Gertrude and the Director of the Office for Youth Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. As an undergrad, he studied English and Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he later completed his M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry. In 2019, Brad received his doctorate in Theology from The University of Notre Dame Australia. He lives in Loveland with his wife and six children, and spends most of his time fixing things that his children break. 

AnnaMaria Spurgin is the Wedding and Bereavement Coordinator at St. Gertrude Parish. She was born and raised in Cincinnati and has served both the parish and school community in a variety of roles spanning over a 12-year period. Her current responsibilities include mentoring engaged couples through the Marriage preparation process, overseeing Marriage Enrichment programming and co-facilitating the Seasons of Hope Bereavement Support Group. She earned her degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of Cincinnati and resides in Madeira with her husband, Jim. They are blessed with two daughters and six granddaughters, two of whom are the third generation of St. Gertrude School Bulldogs.