Jace Scheffler

Jace SchefflerParish: St. John the Baptist Parish, Menasha

Birthday: December 19

Seminary: University of St. Thomas

Seminary Address: 
2115 Summit Ave. #6312
St. Paul, MN 55105-1048

College III


Patron: St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Proclaim the Good News:
Receive the love of Christ and place your wounds in His so that they may be healed!

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
I received the opportunity to participate in the 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. I was blessed to be surrounded by over 2 million Catholic youth witnessing to their faith and love for Jesus Christ. In the days leading up to the event my group was hosted by Polish parish families. They were unbelievably generous and served us copious amounts of blueberry, pierogi, and kielbasa. My favorite moment was watching Pope Francis drive by 20 feet away while I was standing in a cramped bush with a bunch of Brazilians.

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
My commitment grew deeper during high school as I became more intentional about my faith, prayer, and the Holy Mass. Two of the largest influences on my faith were lectoring at my parish and going to a Wednesday morning Mass held at my school. I later learned about Catholic service trips like Catholic Heart Work Camp and Catholic youth conferences such as the National Catholic Youth Conference and Steubenville. At these events I was able to get to know people my age who were growing in their faith, just like me, and willing to witness to others about their love of Christ.

I also had wise teachers who explained how prayer is not like calling out to God through a megaphone but more a two-way conversation that requires a lot of listening and patience. This was a huge help to me. I was also blessed with some great friends who got the idea to start our own Bible study during lunch breaks. All the opportunities I took advantage of during high school brought me a lot of joy and drew me deeper into a love of my Catholic Faith. I learned that as long as I never gave up on my faith, and as long as I kept praying to God for Him to work through me, opportunities to know Him better would always show up.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
During the past year one of the most helpful Gifts of the Holy Spirit has been Counsel. Counsel assists in identifying how someone can best adhere to the will of God, which helped guide me to the path of entering seminary this year. Following God's plan requires us to grow in trust of the Lord, and as I have sought out the Holy Spirit's counsel, I have in turn learned to develop a more trusting relationship with Him. Invoking the Holy Spirit can be a powerful asset to one's spiritual life and formation. I can only hope to receive more graces and gifts from the Holy Spirit as I continue discernment.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
I participated in each of the plays and musicals put on at my high school. In every production, except one, I worked with the lighting and sound equipment. Our last musical production my senior year I was given the opportunity to play the leading male role of Danny Zuko for Grease. It was an awesome experience. Go "Greased Lightnin'"!

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
Ice-cold, refreshing tap water keeps me going throughout the day. There is nothing like having a bottle of water at the ready whenever I need a boost.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
I would like to celebrate the Holy Mass at my home parish of St. John the Baptist in Menasha. I have been a parishioner at St. John's my whole life, and I would like to offer up my gratitude to the Church.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
I would appreciate prayers for the intercession of St. Thérèse of Lisieux for my vocation. She has been an inspiration to me in the way of living a simple and humble life. Her love of Christ and the means by which she describes His love for us stirred up in me a greater desire for our eternal kingdom in Heaven.