Rev. Mr. Kyle Sladek

Kyle SladekParish: St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Parish, Green Bay

Birthday: December 2

Seminary: Mundelein Seminary

Seminary Address:
1000 East Maple Avenue
Mundelein IL 60060-1967

Theology IV

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Patron: The Holy Family

Bishop David Ricken ordained Kyle Sladek to the diaconate May 21, 2017, in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay. He and Deacons Gregory Parent and José López Vargas are scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood on June 30, 2018, in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay.

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What do you want on your pizza?

Supreme. Since this is fantasy, I want Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust with Papa John's Garlic Sauce, too.

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

At my summer parish in Lakewood, I was discipled by Fr. Leo Lessard. Fr. Leo turned 87 this summer and is slowing down. He still "concelebrates" (sort of) at the parish Masses, and he still provides a blessing upon request. Fr. Leo built his own coffin (regular readers of this Directory will recognize a kindred spirit) and carved his own headstone for the parish cemetery. He would greet me each day by looking me over, laughing, and shaking his head. This was, ironically, very affirming. He radiates joy, warmth, and a love of Christ and his priesthood.

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

The priesthood is a gift Jesus gave to the Church. God promised to give His Church shepherds, and the New Covenant version of shepherds is priests. Priests offer sacrifice and pray for their people. The sacrifice they offer is a bloodless sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving called "the Mass." The Mass is the perfect prayer and the best way to encounter God. Priests also dispense other Sacraments, which we believe are moments of encountering God. Priests have the power to forgive sins and the authority to cast out demons. This is because of the priest's special configuration to Christ: He is considered an alter Christus -- "another Christ." The Church is the Body of Christ and priests stand "in the person of Christ the Head." This does not mean that priests are "better" than others. It only means that through ordination they are given graces to teach, lead, and make holy the rest of the Church. Priests are called to be living icons of Christ.

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

As far as guidance, God has let me try things and find what will make me happy. It was a real blessing to realize early in my life that only He would make me happy, and I am grateful that He respected my freedom. I realized this for the first time in high school, where I "had it all," at least by high school standards -- pleasure, wealth, power, and honor -- but I still was not happy. God put a good friend and other good people and providential events in my life to lead me to Him. He continued to put people in my life to inspire me toward priesthood -- priests, friends, relationships, families -- but through it all He respected my freedom. In fact, as I got closer to ordination, it seemed like God really wanted to make sure I was freely choosing this vocation! (Stories for another Directory ...) Sometimes God's Providence means we suffer.

As far as protection, I believe God and His angels have been spiritually protecting me, though God has also allowed me to experience sin and evil. I believe God physically protects us, too. Case in point, I was in a car wreck on April Fools’ Day 2013 in which my friend and I could easily have been run over by a semi and killed, but we walked away without severe injuries. This reinforced for me that guardian angels are real and that God -- and especially Mary -- watch over us.

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

I beat my best friend in the school spelling bee by correctly spelling "dandruff." Then I lost at the district level by incorrectly spelling "ascension." I had to look up both words as I typed this.

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

Notre Dame Academy Witness youth group. Steubenville retreats in high school and college. World Youth Day 2011 in Spain. Song of Songs Bible Study at the Cathedral. Cathedral Schola Cantorum. Viri Ecclesiae at Xavier House. Green Bay adoration chapel. The Shrine in Champion. Teaching Totus Tuus. Lately, Communion and Liberation.

Who are your teams?

Packers, Brewers, Bucks, Fighting Irish, Mundelein Lakers, Notre Dame Academy Tritons, Holy Family Comets.

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

Holy Saturday Night -- the Mother of All Vigils.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

The Holy Family.