Samuel Schultz

Samuel SchultzParish: Holy Spirit Parish, Kimberly

Birthday: June 11

Seminary: Mundelein Seminary

Seminary Address:
1000 E Maple Avenue
Mundelein IL 60060-1967

Theology II

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Patron: St. Teresa of Calcutta

 
 

What do you want on your pizza?

Chicken and a healthy dose of barbeque sauce.

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

I was on staff for the new evangelization ministry in our diocese, Love Begins Here. This ministry is based on Mother Teresa's spirituality and well-known saying, "Love begins at home." Working with high school and middle school students throughout the diocese we reached out to families in our local parishes to help them with chores they could not do themselves and to grow in Christian fellowship. I got to cut down a tree with a chainsaw, lead our small group in prayer, play soccer in the rain, and participate in Eucharistic adoration and reconciliation -- all in one day!

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

A priest is a leader within a Christian community that fosters unity among its members and also acts as a conduit to help people encounter God. It is not merely something that a man chooses to pursue, like a job or hobby, but it is, in a sense, a calling. A man who is open to the priesthood considers this at a time when the world and Christian communities "call out" to encounter God and to find meaning in their lives. He also is attentive to God's particular calling forth of him and his gifts for the service of God's purposes. The priesthood is a joy to the one who says yes because he often is invited into the most important moments of people's lives like marriage, worship, baptism, conversions, and many other times when God is particularly present. A priest is also blessed to serve the people he is entrusted to, and in a unique way, experience loving others as Jesus loves them.

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

I have experienced God's providence in normal day-to-day activities. Sometimes I see it when reading Scripture and a particular verse speaks to what I am going through. Other times I sense God putting particular people in my life who support and help me grow. To trust that God is present and active in one's life takes faith, which is also a gift from God. I have to ask God for this type of faith, to see the world with the presupposition that He is present and at work in my life. One time in my formation at the seminary I had a hard time accepting the Father's love and forgiveness. I had the impression that God's mercy was for everyone else, or at least the worst sinners, but I had not accepted it for myself. I wrestled with this for several weeks until I came across the Scripture passage of the prodigal son and his older brother. I had read this parable many times before but for some reason I needed to hear it again at that time in my life. It was not the younger son that I related with, but the older brother at the end of the passage. After praying with those verses for some time and receiving some direction from a friend, I experienced God's fatherly love in a unique way. This was God's way of attending to my need and guiding my life that I see as Providence.

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

I used to go camping with my family and make home-videos based on the TV show "Man vs. Wild," except this series was called "Sam vs. Wild" and involved things like chasing after deer and jumping into rivers.

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

Altar serving, March for Life, CYE (Catholic Youth Expeditions), TEC (Teens Encounter Christ), adoration at St. Pius X, and Love Begins Here.

Who are your teams?

Packers and my own family (10 teammates).

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

Holy Thursday.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Teresa of Calcutta.