Connor Schlaack

Connor SchlaackParish: Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Oshkosh

Birthday: February 27

Seminary: St. Francis de Sales Seminary

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

Theology II

Email: CLICK HERE

Patron: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Proclaim the Good News:
Jesus Christ, the incarnate and risen Son of God, is the meaning which you have been searching for, and He longs to be united with you.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
This past summer I was with Fr. Michael Seis at the diocesan mission in the Dominican Republic. Over the course of just three weeks I saw 60-70 people get baptized, and many, many people receive the other sacraments because of the work of just one priest. You can see that God is working in the joy of the people down there. They have fewer things than most of us do, but they have even more love for God and their families. God is doing amazing things all around the world for all of us!

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
I grew up Catholic, went to Catholic school, and knew things about the Church, but it seemed like bits and pieces sometimes. It just seemed like a bunch of little facts for a test. However, after encountering the Lord deeply in the Eucharist, those things I learned began to make a little more sense, and the prayers I knew became more useful when not knowing how to pray. What made that commitment grow was going to Mass, having a regular prayer time, and reading the Catechism.

Once I stayed in the community of the Church and made time for prayer every day I was able to find out what I was saying I believed in when saying the Creed on Sunday, and finally stake my life on it. Sunday Mass was not always earth-shattering, prayer was often pretty dry, and spiritual reading was not always easy to fit in, but I knew Jesus was present in the Eucharist and the Church. With this approach I went to Him and was able to say, "Yeah, I am on board with this. I may not understand everything, but I can believe this." Now I am beginning to see where those little commitments are bearing fruit, which began in longing to experience God and know my faith more deeply.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
Piety is an underrated and misunderstood gift of the Holy Spirit. Piety is not just about saying a bunch of prayers, or about wearing a bunch of medals of your favorite saints. Piety as I would define it is the love of the things of God. This includes devotions like we would often think of, but also just a sense of fascination about the way in which we worship God, the symbolism we have inherited and pass down, and the fondness for little ways God shows us His love. My own experience of the gift of piety began as a boy in loving hymns and symbols in the Church and was really a love for the Church that keeps growing.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
In high school, I was involved in three different musicals, including one in which I had to play an instrument I had never played. It was tons of fun, and a great way to see what great things a few people can accomplish by working together.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
Getting enough sleep. No joke: everything, including prayer, gets much better when you get enough sleep.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
I would like to celebrate Mass at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Oshkosh. It is where I grew up and received the sacraments, and what continues to nourish me. Both churches in this parish are gorgeous!

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. She was the first American saint and was a great evangelizer. She dreamed of being a missionary in the East, but Pope Leo XIII sent her to America. She made many voyages by sea and all of that while being deathly afraid of water!