Brandon Lewandowski

Brandon LewandowskiParish: Sacred Heart Parish, Shawano

Birth Date: April 22

Seminary: St. Francis de Sales Seminary

Seminary Address:
3257 South Lake Drive
St. Francis WI 53235-3702

Pre-Theology I

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Patron: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

 
 

What do you want on your pizza?

I like pepperoni on pizza, although I recently have found it too greasy. Sausage is delicious as well, and pineapple can be fun for a change.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2017.

I had great family bonding time with my dad, twin brother, and uncle on a walleye fishing trip to Canada. Although it was a bad year, according to my uncle who goes every summer, we caught plenty to eat and enough to bring back. I also caught, by accident, a 42-inch muskie. It was a mess to get off the line, so we vowed to never catch one again. Fifty-nine minutes later, I got a 48-inch slimebag on the same lure. The next day, the lure was cut off by some fish's teeth.

How would you describe the priesthood to a non-believer?

Priests are the primary messengers between God and His Church. The messages are occasionally just that, prayers to God and preaching to or teaching the people. But the priesthood goes beyond that. Priesthood is a way of life, not a job. Just as Jesus stood as the perfect mediator between humanity and God, priests share in Christ's High Priesthood to perform the works of God in the Sacraments. These mysterious acts were revealed by Jesus and then ritually developed by the Church. They are reliable access to miracles. God cooperates with the Sacraments to change people in seemingly abstract, but very real ways. For example, the Sacrament of Reconciliation heals the wounds of sin by erasing the taint from reality, past, present, and future. This reliable healing and union with God only comes through the mediation of priests. Like Christ, priests shepherd a parish of believers, taking care of them spiritually and sometimes emotionally or physically.

Divine Providence is God's active protection and guidance in our lives. How have you seen Providence in your life?

The clearest example of Providence is protection in my life, which occurred last winter. My brother and I visited home for a couple events on a weekend. It snowed all day on Sunday, but we had to get back to college, so we drove. He was under the speed limit and slower than anyone else on the roads, but a patch of slush on a curve sent us across the road into a field. There was not a car in the opposite lane at that time. Praise God. However, there was a massive drainage ditch in the field. The car got turned around backwards and the steering and brakes would not work in the slippery, snow-filled field. The vehicle flipped once and ended up sideways and nose down in the drainage ditch. The car was dead, but my brother escaped with a moderate cut on his hand and behind his ear, and I walked away with no injuries whatsoever.

When this happened, he had been praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and I had been praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.

From that moment, I knew that even if I failed early and often, I absolutely needed to follow God's will in my life, not my own. My life is a gift from Him, so I ought to return it.

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

In fifth grade, I started doing Tae Kwon Do and have continued for 12 years. Unfortunately, seminary makes it difficult to continue, except in private. I was really boring aside from that, doing things like enjoying education.

What parish and diocesan movements have inspired you as a disciple?

I began altar serving in sixth grade and have been one ever since. In college, I participated in a Bible study for four years and in several retreats and other events.

Who are your teams?

Packers -- through family influence. I am not big on sports.

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

Good Friday.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Maria Faustina Kowalska.