Jon Hynek II

Jon Hynek IIParish: St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Manitowoc

Birth Date: September 9

Seminary: St. Francis de Sales Seminary

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

Theology II


Patron: St. Maximilian Kolbe


What do you want on your pizza?

Cheese, any and all meats, and cheese ... did I mention cheese?

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2017.

One of the many blessings from this past summer of learning Spanish in San Antonio TX was getting to know so many people who also wanted to learn Spanish so as to minister to Spanish-speaking people. I met people from all over the U.S. and we all had the same goal: to learn Spanish so as to better serve our respective dioceses.

How would you describe the priesthood to a non-believer?

The priesthood is a giving of one's self completely for the people of God. A priest is a mediator between God and man, as Jesus Christ was. The priest speaks the word of God and speaks for the people to God. He is a witness of God’s infinite love and mercy. A priest guides his community to a deeper and more loving relationship with God. He challenges not only the community, but also himself to better themselves, the community, nation, and world. A priest does not have an earthly family, but instead a spiritual family. This is why he is called "father": He is meant to better his family and to lead his family to God and eternal life. Overall a priest is a sign of an unfailing, undiminished love for all people.

Divine Providence is God's active protection and guidance in our lives. How have you seen Providence in your life?

As I thought about this question for a while, many little things came to mind. One of them was when I was in elementary school and it was the first time I got to wait for the bus on my own. Needless to say, I missed the bus and started walking to school, which was about five miles away. It was raining. I probably made it halfway when someone pulled over and offered me a ride. Not knowing any better, by God's Providence, I made it safely to school with no harm done to me.

Another example that comes to mind is my call to seminary. In 2011 I went to World Youth Day in Madrid. I had just graduated high school and I was not sure what I wanted to do with my life. At one of the Masses we went to, I was praying and asking the Lord what He wanted me to do. So I simply asked Him, "Jesus, I will do whatever you want me to, just tell me what it is and I'll do it." Directly after I asked Jesus, I heard from my heart "look up." When I looked up the Eucharist was being elevated. I responded with doubt. "Priesthood?" Then quietly in the depths of my heart, "Yes."

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

Most of my extracurricular activities were scouting and sports. In middle school I was a three-sport athlete, and in high school I did not play any sports.

What parish and diocesan movements have inspired you as a disciple?

I worked for Totus Tuus for two years. In those two years I had many experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life. One of those experiences was a particularly difficult and draining week, and I felt that not much fruit was coming. But on the last day the priest asked all the students what they will cherish and remember the rest of the summer and one of the children said, "I will always remember that God loves me." It was an experience that reminded me that it's not my work but His work that works through me.

Who are your teams?

Packers, Bulls, Blackhawks, Brewers, and Rickie Fowler (golf).

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

The Birth of Mary.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Maximilian Kolbe.