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 Dr
St. Francis WI 53235-3702

Theology I


Patron: St. Maximilian Kolbe

Proclaim the Good News:
Jesus suffered and died on the cross so you may have a relationship with the Father.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
This past summer I went to Omaha where I was enrolled in the Institute for Priestly Formation. During the later weeks of the program we went to nearby hospitals and nursing homes to visit with people. I met many great people and actually found some people originally from Green Bay. Needless to say, we played a lot of cribbage and talked about the Packers. During the weekends we had the opportunity to go to the College World Series, which was just down the block from where we were staying.

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
My "commitment" was a slow and steady deepening. I first started to grow in my faith life when I was a sophomore in high school, where my parish had a LifeTeen program. I started by going to a retreat, and then I began to realize that I could have a relationship with Christ. Growing up I knew of Jesus and all the wonders He worked, but I never knew you could actually have a relationship with Him. LifeTeen really taught me by the examples of the core members' and the youth ministers' lives, their enthusiasm about the faith, and their willingness to walk with me in the faith journey.

I remember distinctly my senior year of high school. We went on a Steubenville retreat in Atlanta. My youth minister asked me to be an intern for him during the coming school year. I really wanted to prepare myself to help lead my brothers and sisters so I remember asking the Lord what he wanted from me this coming year. I kept hearing, "lead my people." But you cannot lead people if you do not know the way yourself, so I had to grow in my own faith life in order to help guide and lead others closer to Christ.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
For many reasons Fortitude has really guided me these last few years I have been in seminary. I have met a lot of people who tried to lead me down a path not centered on Christ and challenged me by saying that there is no God. Fortitude has given me the strength to stay rooted in Christ even when I am ridiculed because of what I am doing. My strength, my fortitude, comes from the Lord and has kept me anchored when some of my friends left me and stopped talking to me.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
A week or so after I graduated from high school, I went to World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, and spent ten or so days there. Pope Benedict XVI was there too.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
Coffee (at least 4 cups), a good night's sleep, and a recreational book to wind down with.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
I would like to celebrate Mass someday at my home parish. The start of my vocation was there and it is where I first started to grow in my relationship with Christ.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
St. Maximilian Kolbe is saint I greatly admire and aspire to be like. His complete self-sacrifice and love to save another exemplifies authentic priesthood.