Zygmunt Gross

Ziggy GrossParish: Good Shepherd Parish, Chilton

Birth Date: January 18

Seminary: Conception Seminary College

Seminary Address:
P.O. Box 502
Conception MO 64433-0502

Pre-Theology II


Patron: St. Mary Faustina Kowalska

Proclaim the Good News:
Do not be fooled by the darkness of this age! Conform your hearts to the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Light of the world!

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
This past summer brought me to Omaha, Nebraska, with 170 other seminarians. We all made an eight-day silent retreat and spent many hours in prayer to learn of the deep love God has for us. We visited an awesome community called Boys Town where we learned of the Servant of God Fr. Edward Flanagan. We also visited the Pope Paul VI Institute where we learned of the amazing technology NaPro, which helps couples with infertility by using moral methods and is growing across the country. Of course, being in Omaha, I also went to the College World Series for a game of baseball.

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
Among the moments of deepening of my Catholic Faith was the recognition that the Bible was not just another book -- not just a collection of historical stories or fables -- rather a living word that spoke to me personally. I felt I was talking to someone instead of reading about random events and persons back in time. This occurred after college while working in Florida. First, a lot of what I read stung my conscience. That happens when one’s conscience has not been sharpened in a while. After years of lukewarm secular living in college, my conscience was out of shape.

Scripture is the best workout plan for that. I also noticed that my own personal struggles resembled the struggles of people all throughout the Old and New Testaments, such as Job in his suffering, the young David facing "giant" challenges to overcome, and the prodigal son seeking forgiveness from his father. They all were searching for something or rather someone. I felt a subtle interior voice speaking to me through these words. God was speaking through the written word and most voluminously at the Mass. No matter how far we have gone from our baptismal promises, His subtle yet potent voice is speaking to bring us back from the foreign lands of our lives. After all, He is our Father and we are His children.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
I am finite. God is eternal. I am a creature. He is the Creator. Fear of the Lord is the gift of the Holy Spirit which has allowed me to accept my smallness in a big world. Also, I have come to respect His statutes and His creation more because it is His creation and we are His children. As God's small children we are called to offer up simple prayers and remain docile in the sight of His greatness. Two things this does: assist me in seeking small ways to please Him while seeking to root out even the smallest ways of offending Him.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
I performed in theater all four years of high school. My freshman year I was Friedrich von Trapp in the Sound of Music. My junior year I was the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
Coffee is no-brainer here. But beyond coffee, and more substantially, are the many small periods of silence throughout the day.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
As a priest, God willing, I would like to celebrate Mass at San Damiano in Assisi, Italy. Like St. Francis of Assisi, I encountered the love of Christ there while on a pilgrimage in Assisi.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
St. Faustina. She has helped me this past year with patience, both with myself and with others on our paths toward God. Her awareness of God in the subtle everyday activities helps me go about my daily routine seeking His presence wherever I am and whomever I am with.