Eric Rudd

Eric RuddParish: St. Jude the Apostle Parish, Oshkosh

Birth Date: December 28

Seminary: Conception Seminary College

Seminary Address:
P.O. Box 502
Conception MO 64433-0502

College IV


Patron: St. Benedict

Proclaim the Good News:
Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith in the Name of Jesus, you will receive.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
This summer I had the opportunity to be immersed in Spanish for seven weeks in Guatemala. There I studied in a religious community called San José Priory, which is a Benedictine Monastery established by the Benedictine monks of Marmion Abbey in Aurora, IL. The community is located in Guatemala's second biggest city, Quetzaltenango, which is a very important cultural hub within the nation. Living there gave me an authentic experience of Central American culture and I hope to visit again sometime in the near future.

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
My commitment to the Catholic Faith took a big leap at an unlikely time in my life. It occurred during my sophomore year at UW-Oshkosh, a time when my life could have taken many different directions. During that year I experienced a deeper conversion to our Faith through what I now identify as Divine Providence, which was especially made possible through the campus Newman Center.

It all started when I decided to show up to the place just to check it out. Sometimes all it takes is just showing up somewhere God wants us. From there He is able to accomplish more than we could imagine. From there, I began a deep discovery of some of the depths of our faith previously unknown to me. I gained a deeper understanding of Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist, and the power of God’s Word in the Scriptures. I also began to use the sacraments more and attend Mass beyond just Sundays and holy days of obligation.

After completing that year I felt called to look into the seminary. Because I did not quite feel ready to enter yet, I decided to join an active ministry called SPIRITUS, based out of the Mount Tabor Center in Menasha. My year with that ministry was very grace-filled, and led me into a deeper commitment and then seminary followed.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
The Holy Spirit's gift of Wisdom has been of great help to me. For me, the simplest way to pray for this gift of wisdom is using the serenity prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." I first learned about this gift of the Holy Spirit, along with this prayer, when I was confirmed. Since then, I have prayed for this gift, often using this prayer, at times when I have had difficulties seeing how God is at work in a situation.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
During my high school years I was a successful track athlete. My main event was the 800m run. I placed 4th at the Division 3 State Meet in 2011, running the second fastest time ever at Lourdes Academy. Also, my 4x800 relay team placed 2nd at the same meet, breaking a school record.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
My fuel is usually coffee, but can be other caffeinated beverages such as soda or tea. Also, I sometimes take power naps if I need that extra kick.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
I would like to celebrate it at Camp Tekakwitha. This is because being a former counselor, I always thought it would be cool to return there and be the celebrant for a Mass during the Camp week.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
They should ask St. Benedict because I spent the past year living in two Benedictine communities, Conception Abbey and San José Priory, and I have acquired a taste for Benedictine spirituality. Through St. Benedict's intercession and spirituality I have deepened my prayer life, especially with meditation on the Scriptures.