About Fr. Samuel
Below is a short biography about how I got to where I am.
The Life of a Superior Priest
I was raised in Northern Wisconsin were my parents also grew up. After graduating high school I accepted an appointment to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland to study Quantitative Economics.
After a few difficult months I heard that daily Mass was offered and thought that would be a nice break from the crazy day and so my new Wisconsinite friend and I started going. After one of the daily Masses I had an experience of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and then made the commitment to always receive the Eucharist as often as I could because I knew there was power there even if I did not always understand it or experience it.
My second year at the Naval Academy was an explosion of learning and blessings. Sponsoring a person for RCIA, joining Knights of Columbus, and getting involved with Fellowship Of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). I went on a mission trip with FOCUS to The Bronx and encountered joyful religious (Missionaries of Charity, Sisters of Life, and Franciscan CFR) and another experience with the Eucharist that caused me to break up with my girlfriend and for the first time seriously discern the priesthood. After 6 weeks of what felt like banging my head against a wall I was convinced I needed to leave the Naval Academy and join seminary.
In 2011 I started at the University of St. Thomas at St. John Vianney College Seminary studying philosophy. In 2013 I graduated and started at St. Paul Seminary for my four years of Masters of Divinity Studies. On June 5th, 2016 I was ordained a transitional deacon and after one more year of school I was ordained a priest June 4th, 2017 on Pentecost. I was placed in the cluster parishes of Holy Trinity in Haugen, Our Lady of Lourdes in Dobie, St. John the Evangelist in Birchwood, and St. Joseph in Rice Lake.
I always thought I might go back to the Navy and in October 2020 I headed to Chaplain School. My first assignment is Base Chaplain at the Chapel of Hope in Yokosuka Japan.
If you would like to hear more about my vocation story listen to it here. May God use me as an instrument for all his work. “He must increase and I must decrease” John 3:30
If you would like to hear more about my vocation story listen to it here.