Matthew Faucett

Matthew FaucettParish: Holy Family Parish, Marinette

Birth Date: January 12

Seminary: Pontifical North American College | Archdiocese of the Military Co-Sponsorship

Seminary Address:
00120 Vatican City State

Theology II


Patron: Blessed John Henry Newman

Proclaim the Good News:
He is not here, for He has risen, as He said!

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
During this past summer, I was blessed to live and work in a parish outside of London, England. I got to know the city very well and one of the most unique places I visited was the Tower of London, where many Catholics were held during the English Reformation and where the Crown Jewels are kept today. While the Tower is filled with historical significance, I found the most unique place on the grounds to be the Chapel, underneath which lies the graves of the great English Martyr-Saints Thomas More and John Fisher.

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
Before I entered seminary, I was a student at Marquette University. While I had not been thinking specifically of entering seminary most of that year, I did begin deepening my commitment to living a life of faith. It was during the initial months at Marquette when I began to make intentional decisions about living as Catholic through attending Sunday Mass. This connected my experience of prayer and trust in God with the lived experience of communion with other people.

Attending Mass and working at various Catholic events on campus allowed me to take personal ownership of the Faith I had been given in Baptism. For me, the next step in committing to the Faith was talking with some of the Jesuits and learning about their lives as they lived out priestly vocations. I have been blessed with many great pastors, but through my conversations with these priests I began to personally connect the faith in God to the life of a disciple. This later caused me to commit my life to God in seminary formation. These two events led to my personal commitment to God, and gave the Holy Spirit the time to work on my own heart.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
Fear of the Lord is a powerful Gift of the Holy Spirit because it is through fearing God that we come to understand our own identity as sons and daughters of God. Jesus says that we must become like little children before the Father, and thus we are called to be humble and obedient children filled with a sense of wonder about the great works God has done in our lives. Unfortunately this can be confused as "fearing" God as one would fear anything else in life, but this gift of the Holy Spirit prompts us to love God for His true identity.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
As a sophomore, I was able to go with some guys from my Boy Scout troop on a rigorous "High Adventure" hike for 9 days in the mountains of central New Mexico at the Double H High Adventure Base. It was a trying experience, but very rewarding and I would love to do a similar trip in the future.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
One of my favorite ways to wake up is with a cup of freshly ground, French press coffee.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
I would be blessed to be able to celebrate Mass at St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University. This beautiful 15th-century chapel was moved to the university from France.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
I would ask people to pray to Blessed John Henry Newman as this summer I was privileged to visit the place where Blessed Newman was received into the Church and I have been struck by his simplicity of heart as a priest.