Fr. Mark Mleziva

Fr Mark MlezivaParish: Immaculate Conception Parish, Luxemburg

Birthday: October 24


St. Francis of Assisi Parish
601 N 8th St
Manitowoc WI 54220-3919



Patron: St. Francis de Sales

Bishop Ricken ordained Mark Mlezia to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017, in St. Mary Church, 4805 Sportsman Dr, De Pere WI 54115. Ordination Photos from The Compass: CLICK HERE

Proclaim the Good News:
Do not be afraid, for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
One great experience I had during the summer of 2016 was standing up in my college roommate's wedding. We shared a room for four years. I had not seen him in quite a while so it was great to catch up with him and be a part of such a special occasion in his life. With priesthood ordination near, I knew that it was probably one of the last times I would wear a tie, and of course, a tie was his gift to all his groomsmen!

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
My commitment to the Catholic Faith grew deeper when I went to college at UW-Madison. Being on my own, I did not have anyone making sure that I continued to practice my Faith and go to church every Sunday. It was completely up to me whether or not I would continue to practice my Faith. Thanks to the strong Catholic foundation set by my family, parish, and grade school, I continued to go to Mass and receive the sacraments and to further grow in my Faith.

There is no doubt that this helped me to both hear and answer my call to the priesthood when it came during my time in college. I felt called to the priesthood as a sophomore, and from there, my faith matured even more. I went from saying a few prayers at night and going to Mass on the weekends, to also saying rosaries on my way to class every day and catching a daily Mass every now and then as well. I was very fortunate that the university had a great Newman Center that was open all the time to stop in and say a few prayers. I especially did this before midterms and finals!

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
Studying theology in Italy and in the Italian language the last couple of years I have certainly received a healthy dose of the gift of Understanding. It has been difficult at times trying to learn all that I need to know to be a good priest through a language other than English, but thanks to the gift of Understanding, I have been able to persevere and learn all that has been required of me. It has certainly helped me in a few oral exams when I was able to answer the professor's questions without being completely sure of what he or she was asking, yet, still having enough Understanding to both understand and answer.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
Every year my high school would have a variety show and one of the coolest acts I was a part of was a percussion piece we did on trash cans. It was pretty intricate and we would even play on the trash cans to the right and left of us.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
I am not a coffee drinker, though I do enjoy tea. I would have to say that ice cream is probably my fuel more than anything.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
I would love to celebrate Mass at "the Chapel" which is now known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. As a grade-schooler we would go there for Days of Recollection. I have no doubt Mary has had a huge role in helping me on my journey to the priesthood.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
St. Francis de Sales is the saint that people should ask to intercede for my vocation. He is a great example of what it means to be a pastor who leads with the Heart of Christ always concerned about His flock.