Matthew Colle

Matthew ColleParish: Immaculate Conception Parish, Luxemburg

Birth Date: October 21

Seminary: St. Francis de Sales Seminary

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

Pre-Theology I


Patron: St. Peter

Proclaim the Good News:
God is not our coach. He is our Father. The greater our weakness is, the stronger His love.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
I spent the 2015-16 school year with AgriCorps teaching agriculture at a high school in Pong-Tamale, Ghana, West Africa. In June, I had to say good-bye to the teachers, students, and community members I made friends with during the year. The most memorable part of my final week in Ghana was celebrating the year with my Ghanaian family. They prepared my favorite meal, rice balls and groundnut soup, and we spent Sunday afternoon taking pictures and dancing to Ghanaian tunes. Despite being sad to leave family and friends, it was great to come home and see my family.

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
I have learned the best way to allow my Catholic Faith to grow is to surround myself with a strong Catholic community and get involved to make it stronger. My second year of graduate school at the University of Idaho is when my commitment to the Catholic Faith grew deeper. By simply staying after Mass for donuts and juice I was able to meet and make friends with several other Catholic students and the priest on campus. From there I became more involved in the Vandal (University of Idaho nickname) Catholic student events including Ultimate Frisbee, Theology on Tap and pizza night, and Holy Hour.

The biggest commitment I made to growing in my Faith was simply forfeiting a free weekend to participate in “Vandal Awakening,” a weekend retreat for Catholic students. The retreat on beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was filled with prayer, song, sports, and western swing dancing. Most importantly, it was with a group of students who were also looking to grow deeper in their Faith. The presence of the Holy Spirit was felt. After returning from the retreat, I began to schedule my school days around adoration, Bible studies, and daily Mass. I still dedicated the proper time to classes and research to earn an MS in meat science. However, I always tried to put my faith first.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
Fear of the Lord! It can cause suffering, but it will never lead to regret. Fear of the Lord is what has kept me committed to growing deeper in the Catholic Faith. For example, in grade school, I would often think about life after death. This caused me to have a painful feeling of nothingness inside of me. Looking back now I think the pain was a Gift of the Holy Spirit (Fear of the Lord). The nothingness was the space in my heart open for the Holy Spirit to fill throughout my life. Thinking about death as a child caused great suffering. But what a great gift! It still drives me to draw closer to Jesus and fill that emptiness with the Holy Spirit.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
I grew up on a family farm with beef, cattle, and sheep. My two brothers and I were very involved in 4-H and FFA. We competed in state and national livestock judging contests and shows. The highlight of my showing career was when we won Champion Simmental Cow/Calf pair at the National Junior Show in Des Moines, IA.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
Milk and cereal! Anytime of day.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
Immaculate Conception in Luxemburg, Wisconsin. It is my home parish and where I went to Mass 6 days a week as a grade-schooler.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
St. Peter. We all can relate to St. Peter in our feeling of unworthiness to be called by God into deeper relationship with His son Jesus. I often try to follow my plans. But like Peter, I want to follow the plan Jesus has for me.