Michael Uchytil

Michael UchytilParish: Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Hortonville

Birthday: May 10

Seminary: St. Francis de Sales Seminary

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

Theology I

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Patron: St.Stephen

 
 

Are you a dog person or a cat person?
I am primarily a dog person, due to their generally warm, playful, and otherwise good, nature. However, kittens, especially newborn ones, are undeniably adorable.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2018.
I spent the summer studying Spanish in San Antonio, TX, and while I enjoyed it very much, my favorite moments were spent with my aunt, uncle and six cousins who happen to live there. It was a blast! We celebrated my cousin’s high school graduation, shot off Fourth of July fireworks, and played many games of Settlers of Catan. I especially enjoyed our trip to the beach in Corpus Christi. It was a beautiful sunny day to be at the beach, and we created a 20-foot sand inscription which read, “Deum Siemper Laudaverimus” — “May we always be praising God!”

Who influenced you the most to think about priesthood?
God. Growing up, I never imagined myself being a priest nor even expressed any interest in being one. Sure, I knew good priests in my parish and admired their holiness, but never thought it would be for me. Rather, I had my heart set on marriage. Having witnessed my parent’s marriage throughout the years, I desired to share with my own bride the same level of intimacy and affection which my parents continually demonstrated towards one another.

Yet, this changed while studying for a test during my senior year of high school. Completely out of the blue, I “heard” a voice from within me say, “Michael, I want you to be a priest.” This caught me quite off-guard and troubled me greatly! Since I had never seriously considered the priesthood, nor desired it, I knew this request wasn’t from me. Despite this very explicit request, it was one which I continued to struggle with for many years. Initially rejecting it, but slowly and over time, growing in appreciation of and even desiring this relationship with Him.

Pope Francis recently wrote a document entitled Gaudete et Exsultate on holiness. What does holiness look like to you?
Holiness is loving God as we ought. As Catholics, we are the most privileged of peoples— that we, fallen human beings, are invited into God’s own family and become His beloved sons and daughters! In this, we receive the satisfaction of our hearts deepest desire: to love and be loved by God. For as St. Augustine once wrote, “… our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

Yet, what does it mean to love God as we ought? It means that we must seek to strengthen our relationship with God every day. Just as the cornerstone of any relationship is spending time with the other, so it is with our relationship with God. And in spending time in quiet conversation with God, we come to know His thoughts and desires, likes and dislikes, and hopes and dreams for us. We also strengthen this relationship by participating in the sacraments, especially reconciliation and the Eucharist. Furthermore, our relationship is strengthened through service to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. In feeding the hungry at the homeless shelter; in visiting with residents in assisted living and nursing homes; in sharing one’s toys and obeying our parents; in forgiving thoughtless insults and refraining from gossip; in waking up in the middle of the night to comfort a crying child; in spending time with one’s children or spouse. For, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Mt 25:40).

What is your dream car?
The TARDIS from the television show “Doctor Who” would be my preference; however, since it is not technically a car, I suppose I could settle for the DeLorean from “Back to the Future” (complete with Mr. Fusion and hover wheels). 88 or bust!.

What aspect of your home parish is the most meaningful for you?
The community members at SS. Peter and Paul are the absolute best! They are some of the most welcoming individuals you’ll ever meet and some of the best singers too! They and the staff have a heart for the Lord and for those who are less fortunate, regularly going on mission trips and offering meals during holidays. However, a close second would be our award-winning fish fry.