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 Rhinelander Wisconsin were my parents also grew up. My dad is a hydraulic mechanic and my mom teaches science at the Catholic School. I have two older brothers and one younger sister. We were faithful attendees of 7:30am Mass. I attended the Catholic School K- 8th grade. I playing football and wrestled 6-12th grade. After graduating high school I accepted an appointment to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland.
There I attended a boot camp Plebe Summer and intense studies of quantitative economics. Being a thousand miles away from my parents I was no longer forced to attend 7:30am Mass and I got to make my own decision. Although I was tired of Mass and didn’t get it, but somehow I decided to go that first weekend, but was convinced not to go next Sunday and “waste” that time again, until another Wisconsinite convinced me by his simple question and assumption of my attendance of Mass the second Sunday. From then on I chose to go to Sunday Mass for the first time in my life, not understanding how it fit in with my belief in God, but knowing there had to be some connection. 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. It is here that my homilies are recorded and sent out over the Pod. May God use me as an instrument for all his work. “He must increase and I must decrease” John 3:30
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