Rev. Mr. Adam Bradley

Rev Mr Adam BradleyParish: St. John the Evangelist Parish, Antigo

Birthday: January 24

Seminary: St. Francis de Sales Seminary

Seminary Address:
3257 S. Lake Drive
St. Francis, WI 53235-3702

Theology IV

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Patron: Venerable Solanus Casey

Bishop David Ricken ordained Adam Bradley to the diaconate May 22, 2016, in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay. He will be ordained the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017, in St. Mary Church, 4805 Sportsman Dr, De Pere WI 54115.

Proclaim the Good News:
God sent His only Son so that you could be with Him forever.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
The best experience I had this summer was ministering as a deacon. It was profound because the Lord showed me time and again how much he loves His people and how much He desires to be with them forever in heaven. The people I encountered came from all walks of life and were at all different points in their faith. The Lord, through prayer and ministering as a transitional deacon in a parish, made it very clear that He desires to be involved in the lives of all His people. There are no exceptions. He desires to be in everybody's life.

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
My commitment to the faith grew deeper in college through the help of some friends and the chaplain at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Newman Center. They showed that being Catholic is not just what we do on Sunday mornings. Rather, being a Catholic Christian means that I am in some way supposed to give my life totally over to God. This led me to begin to go to Mass and Eucharistic Adoration on a more frequent basis.

However, it was not until I had a deeper encounter with Jesus that I really understood that living a Catholic Faith at the very core means being in a relationship with Jesus Christ Who loves you, came for you, died for you and desires nothing more than to be with you in Heaven. I discovered that Jesus wants to be a part of my life and wants me to be a part of His life in the Kingdom of Heaven. Once I had an encounter with Jesus on a more personal level it became clear that my life was going to be different. Since then I have had many good times as well as many difficult times, but one thing remains the same: Whether I can feel it or not, Jesus loves me, and He loves you too.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
One gift that I have prayed for is the gift of Understanding. I think this gift is one our culture could use an abundance of today. Understanding is not just an activity of the brain. Rather it is one of the heart. This gift allows us to grasp what is necessary for us to be in Heaven and it allows us to put things in the proper perspective. Understanding allows us to see problems in ourselves and in others for what they are, counteracts dullness, and enables us to see things as God sees them. This gift softens and heals hearts and drives individuals to thirst for a deeper understanding of what matters to God.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
When I was in high school I worked at a funeral home. I intended to become a funeral director but the Lord had other plans.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
Coffee. I have a hard time functioning if I do not have a cup or two.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Massg?
When I am a priest I would love to go back to Jerusalem and celebrate Mass on the Altar of the Crucifixion. I had a very powerful experience there when visiting this past January 2016.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
Venerable Solanus Casey. He is a great example of perseverance in prayer, respect and obedience, as well as humility. All of these virtues are needed to be a holy priest. He was also known to help many people come to know Jesus. I hope to do the same.