Andrew LeGreve

LeGreve AndrewParish: St. Agnes Parish, Green Bay

Birth Date: June 22

Seminary: Mundelein Seminary

Seminary Address:
1000 E. Maple Avenue
Mundelein IL 60060-1967

Pre-Theology II

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Patron: St. Bonaventure

 
 

Are you a dog person or a cat person?
I am a dog person, mainly because I am allergic to cats.

Tell us about a great experience you had during the summer of 2018.
This summer I was at the Institute for Priestly Formation’s (IPF) seminarian program in Omaha, NE. The core focus of this program is prayer and spirituality, so for nine weeks I was able to set aside time exclusively to deepen my relationship with God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. IPF gave me the tools to listen and respond to God’s voice in prayer, but also to recognize His Presence in ordinary day-to-day events. During an eight-day silent retreat, I encountered God so intimately and profoundly that our relationship will never be the same.

Who influenced you the most to think about priesthood?
This is a tough one because many people have influenced me to think about the priesthood over the years. It is only thanks to the many efforts and affirmations of God’s faithful that I have heard and continue to hear God’s call. If I had to pick just one person, it would be Fr. Paul Paider. Though I do not recall a particular conversation about the priesthood specifically, I used to serve at his Masses back in grade school. The level of reverence and prayer he had while celebrating the Mass left a lasting impression on me. Fr. Paul never reduced the Mass to mere recitation. He always prayed the Mass! Through his example, I was seized by a deep love and respect for the mystery and sacredness of the Eucharist and, by extension, the priesthood. This awe for the sacraments has never left me. I am convinced that this is a core reason why I have always seen God as integral to my life and valued His plan above all else.

Pope Francis recently wrote a document entitled Gaudete et Exsultate on holiness. What does holiness look like to you?
Holiness is becoming the man or woman that God created you to be, or in other words, a saint. For many, the idea of sainthood may seem out of reach. One may say, “How can I become a saint? I am not capable of such heroic deeds.” Truly, every single human person is called to become a saint, however, do not be overwhelmed by fear! A person becomes a saint simply by seeking God’s loving and healing Presence in every aspect of their lives; great or small. From time to time, we may be called to do great works, but more often than not, sanctity plays out in little ordinary circumstances. In each small step we take, we must first ask ourselves, where is my heart? It is in doing small things with the love we have for God and for others, that we grow in holiness. God delights in us more than we can know, and every wholehearted act of love, even small, brings us ever closer to him. As we grow, He expands our hearts and fills them with His own divine love, allowing us to love even more perfectly than before. Slowly but surely, we become more and more alive, more and more ourselves, and more and more like Him. This is the path to sainthood.

What is your dream car?
A black 2019 Subaru Legacy. Being very practical about cars, I want a sedan that will get me from point A to point B, reliably, and with good gas mileage. The allwheel drive will be great for winter as well.

What aspect of your home parish is the most meaningful for you?
I have to say the icons, particularly the ones of Jesus and Mary. There is something powerful in seeing their two hearts together. First, His Sacred Heart: one full of an unfathomable divine love that redeems and sanctifies us. Then her Immaculate Heart: the ultimate model of receptivity and trust for us to imitate. There is a lot of theology packed into a small place.