Matthew Faucett

Matthew Faucett

 

Parish: 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
Europe

Theology III

Email

Patron: Blessed John Henry Newman


Address for Mailing Cards:
N181 West Dr.
Menominee MI 49858-9788

 
 

What do you want on your pizza?

Sausage, onions, and black olives.

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

This past summer I was assigned to the Quad Parishes on the West side of Green Bay. I loved Saturday nights because of the Young Adult Kickball at Annunciation Parish. It was great getting to know many of the young adults from the diocese and the neighborhood. Not having played kickball since middle school, it was great to work on my skills on the field and enjoy friendly competition with other young adults. The program began this year. I think it helped bring a wide variety of people to the parish.

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

I would say that the priest is a man called to be a representative of God among people. Obviously, this answer would not necessarily help the non-believer immediately come to believe in God or the Church. One tradition known to many non-believers is priestly celibacy—priests in the Roman Catholic Church do not marry. In a play about Fr. Michael McGivney—the founder of the Knights of Columbus—the priest’s celibacy and reason for existence is described beautifully: "If the priest is alone it is to remind others that they are not." Aside from other realities of the priesthood, this line gets straight to the point of priesthood: God is with His people and wants to be with them, and the priest aids that movement. The message of Christ's prophetic name, Emmanuel, was "God is with us," so the priest is both a reminder of God's presence and a place of contact with God for His people.

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

So often we are confused by God’s actions, or at least how they all fit together. I have often been confused about why certain people were close to me at particular times, until I realized in prayer or conversation how God’s Providence allowed me to be strengthened and encouraged by friendships into the seminary. During my first year in college, about two weeks into the first semester, I had to change dorm halls because of an issue with the room. I was nervous about moving dorms since I had already made friends with people in my building. However, I became very close to some of the students living in the new dorm. We ended up going to Mass as a group, studied, and quizzed together, and supported each other during the year. At the time, I thought I was just doing what most college kids did, and I did not see any Divine intervention in our group’s formation and friendship. When I entered seminary, these same friends gave me a lot of encouragement and support, even though none of them really knew what seminary was, or what a priest did. I did not appreciate how Providence worked in this situation until I went on my first silent retreat where the director encouraged me to pray with the relationships that led me to seminary. These friends, and our experiences together, came to mind. God worked through the difficult and awkward situations to help me do His will later in life.

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

I went to my first Boy Scout camp in middle school, and I remember learning how to build, start, and (hopefully) put out campfires. I thought this was pretty cool at the time, and I think I set a record for number of fires started.

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

Altar serving from a young age. Later on, I became a Boy Scout. Catholic Heart Work Camp, Steubenville North, Love Begins Here, and Chambers Island retreats. My dad encouraged my brother and me to join the Knights of Columbus.

Who are your teams?

Packers, Brewers, and Marquette basketball.

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

June 29: Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

Blessed John Henry Newman.