Nathan Runde

Nathan RundeParish: St. John Nepomucene Parish, Little Chute

Birthday: August 6

Seminary: University of St. Thomas

Seminary Address: 
2115 Summit Ave. #6131
St. Paul, MN 55105-1048

College III


Patron: St. Teresa of Calcutta

Proclaim the Good News:
By His death, Jesus Christ paid the price for us to be in communion with Him and the whole Trinity -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- both now and forever.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
This summer I served at Catholic Youth Expeditions. One evening we had an event in Appleton the day before leaving on an expedition. At the event, I was playing Frisbee with some high school students when I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to invite them on the expedition leaving the next day. In spontaneity of the Spirit, one of the students decided he would come! The next day he showed up, and he had the time of his life. He subsequently came on another expedition and will be coming on more in the future. Praise God!

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
I have tried to live out my faith since I was very young, but it has always been a process of learning to trust God and give him my entire life. The summer before freshman year of high school I went on a Steubenville Youth Conference. Throughout the retreat the speakers emphasized over and over that Jesus Christ was truly present in the most Holy Eucharist. I was deeply struck by this and marveled at how much God must love us to come under the appearance of bread and wine.

I also remember experiencing a fullness of life on the retreat. I felt deep friendship and joy. It seemed that this was the way life was meant to be. All of this was deeply consoling to my heart, realizing that God wanted to give me true happiness in His will. After this retreat, I had a greater fervor to be a disciple and give my whole life to Jesus. I began praying more often. I entered more deeply into the Mass and I increased my desire to overcome sin and grow in virtue. In short, I was striving to give my whole life to Jesus. This task, of course, is still taking place, but at that conference the seeds of complete trust and abandonment began to grow in my heart.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
Fortitude has greatly helped me overcome fearfulness. Although it should not be, it is a scary concept to give our whole selves to Jesus. Our hearts, wounded by sin, often distrust that He will really be enough to satisfy us and that He really desires what is best for us. Though illogical, we do not believe that living as God wants will truly make us happy. Fortitude has greatly helped me overcome that wound of distrust in my own heart. I have grown in confidence in His mercy, and I have grown in my ability to share my faith with others. I have also been freed of many of the fears surrounding becoming a priest.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
I was an artist. Actually I was a sandwich artist at Subway! Now, I can make a mean sandwich. You name it, I will make it.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
Coffee. I began drinking it one week this past year when I was really tired. Now I drink it almost daily!

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
I would like to revisit the side Marian chapel in Mundelein, Illinois, at Marytown, because it is so beautiful. I recently visited there and was blown away by the altar and the Stations of the Cross.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
St. Teresa of Calcutta because I experienced her influence firsthand this summer through one of her sisters, Mother Mary Catherine of the Divine Word, at Catholic Youth Expeditions. I am also moved by her desire to do God’s will always and want to imitate that.