Samuel Schultz

Samuel SchultzParish: Holy Spirit Parish, Kimberly

Birthday: June 11

Seminary: Mundelein Seminary

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

Theology I


Patron: St. Francis of Assisi

Proclaim the Good News:
Jesus comes to heal broken hearts and set captives free. He died so that we may have eternal life. Repent and believe in the Gospel!

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
I had the opportunity to go on a silent retreat for eight days straight. That meant not using electronics or talking with others in order to focus on my relationship with God. I met with a priest who directed me on how to pray each day and discern what God was trying to show me. The first four days were difficult because I had become so accustomed to all the noise and chatter of everyday life. But once I had interior silence I was able to experience God's love in a profound and personal way.

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
My commitment to the Catholic Faith grew deeper the more I thought about Heaven. I recognized a desire within me that was not being satisfied by pursuing merely ordinary things. Although it seemed like I was doing well in life -- achieving good grades, maintaining genuine friendships, succeeding in sports, acquiring nice possessions, being respected by most I knew, even living a life of some degree of service to others -- there was something unfulfilling in it all. I found myself saying, "There has got to be something more!"

God put that longing for fulfillment in me to cause me to search for Him. I felt like St. Augustine when he said "Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, Lord." The great news for me was Jesus' promise in Scripture: "Those who seek will find; knock and the door will be opened." And knock I did! I found in the Catholic Faith a new way of looking at the world and a new way to live. The more I became involved in the Catholic Faith, the more true friendships I made, the more interior peace I had, the stronger sense I felt that the meaning of this life was to prepare us for the next life in Heaven. When God led me to that experience, how could I not commit to the Catholic Faith?

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
We often think of Piety as reverent gestures in church such as bowing deeply, folding hands and closing our eyes, and saying "holy" things. Although these gestures can be important, the heart of piety is first an interior love and reverence for God. This gift has been helpful in giving me a vibrant desire to love God and let him change my life -- even if that change is difficult. It is often the gift that instills awe and wonder at what God has done in the world and propels us to respond to what He is asking of us. So, if your faith ever feels a bit dry or you have little energy to pray, ask the Holy Spirit for the Gift of Piety.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
During sophomore year in high school I entered a BMX biking competition. I stuck with the hobby in my free time and entered another competition just last year. My seminarian brothers came out to support me as I finished in third place. Who said priests cannot have hobbies?

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
A hot cup of joe [coffee] in the morning and everything is right with the world.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
St. Pius X Parish in Appleton is somewhere I hope to return to for a Mass. It is the place that I felt the strongest attraction to the Eucharist.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
Please ask St. Francis of Assisi to pray for me. He left a life of business in response to an encounter he had with God. I hope to have the eyes of faith that Francis had, finding God in the ordinary beauties of life and especially in the poor.