Gregory Parent

Gregory ParentParish: Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, Green Bay

Birthday: August 9

Seminary: Pontifical North American College

Seminary Address:
00120 Vatican City State

Theology III


Patron: St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Proclaim the Good News:
Jesus Christ is risen!

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
Last summer I had the opportunity to chaperone a Steubenville retreat in St. Paul, Minnesota. Our group of almost 90 young people from the Diocese of Green Bay joined a couple thousand other young people from all over the United States for a weekend of encountering the Lord. The conferences and periods of adoration were powerful and being part of the group from Green Bay was a lot of fun. We represented Green Bay well by being the largest group at the conference!

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
I became more committed to my Catholic Faith during high school. I got involved with Catholic Youth Expeditions, which was the first time I met young priests and other young Catholics who took their faith seriously. Having solid Catholic role models changed the way I thought about my faith and, in a way, gave me permission to take my faith seriously as well. I started thinking about teachings of the Catholic Church I took for granted up until then and I began to strongly consider what they should mean for my life.

I realized that if I actually believed that God became man to die for my sins, and then rose from the dead three days later, that was a huge deal -- and it should mean something for my life! Similarly, if I actually believed that at Mass bread and wine became the body and blood of Jesus, then my life should reflect the radicality of that truth. On the flip side, if I did not really believe these things, then I did not see a point in being Christian at all. Obviously I chose belief in the teachings of the Church, so I began to pray about what that should mean for my life.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
Fortitude has helped me a lot during my time in seminary. Fortitude is the virtue that allows us to make sacrifices in order to do what is right. The martyrs had the fortitude to give their lives for the faith, but often we need the Gift of Fortitude in the simple events of everyday life. In seminary, like many people, our schedule is busy and the mornings are early. Sometimes when studies pile up, in addition to other responsibilities, there are days where I would rather just stay in bed. During those days I pray for the Gift of Fortitude so I can do what needs to be done, even if I do not feel like it.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
Most of my time in high school was spent playing sports. I played football and basketball and ran track.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
Lots of black coffee every day.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
I would love to celebrate Mass in the chapel of Catholic Youth Expeditions in Baileys Harbor. The Lord has done a lot of work on my heart in that chapel.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
Please ask St. Thérèse of Lisieux to intercede for me and my vocation. She has accompanied me throughout my years in seminary and continues to inspire me with her example of radical love lived out in profound humility. I hope I can follow her example in the priesthood.