Priest Interviews

Father Patrick Winslow

Seminary: The Theological College at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Date of Ordination: June 12, 1999

Who influenced you to consider the vocation to the priesthood?
The Blessed Virgin Mary. Before the seminary, it was my devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. It occurred in complete isolation with me, the Blessed Virgin Mary and God. My vocation was then affirmed by the friends I made at seminary – Fr. Kauth, Fr. Gober and others.

What did you do before you became a priest?
I was a graduate student in chemistry.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I was in a fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi. I did research at Rochester Polytechnic Institute.

What are some of your hobbies?
Downhill skiing, golfing, and boating.

What are some of your favorite books/spiritual readings/magazines?
Aside from God’s divine revelation through Scripture, my favorite author is Pope Benedict XVI, and favorite book is Introduction to Christianity, which he wrote when he was a cardinal. I like to read Catholic blogs and Tweet articles that are of interest. When I was in college, the Jason Bourne series by Robert Ludlum was fun reading.

Who is a hero to you?
Aside from Our Lord, St. Joseph is a hero to me in many ways.

What have been some of the greatest joys for you as a priest?
I would say knowing that I’m following God’s path for me. Seeing people change and grow in their faith.

What are some ways that we can promote and support vocations to the priesthood and religious life?
Aside from prayer, without which there would be no vocations, in the end we are not the agent who draws men into the priesthood. It is the Holy Spirit. By praying to the Holy Spirit, more will be drawn to the vocation. It is important for parents to let children know that this is a good way to give your life. It is a good path that is both noble and beautiful.

What advice would you give to a young man who is contemplating a vocation to the priesthood?
I believe there has to be two things: a sense of God’s call and providence and the giving of yourself as a gift.

 

 

Father Matthew Kauth

Seminary: St. Charles Borromeo, Philadelphia, PA

Date of Ordination: June 3, 2000

Who influenced you to consider the vocation to the priesthood?
Holy priests who I happened to meet in my final year of high school and in the parish.

What did you do before you became a priest?
I was accepted to the Naval Academy. I played every manner of sports and was recruited primarily for football/track. Despite the Academy and my high school sweetheart with whom I had hoped to be wed, I was not satisfied and wanted to understand more deeply the purpose of life and, specifically, the purpose of my life. I refused to move or do anything until I had an answer. At that time, I met some fine priests who began to show me the purpose of life and Who that was.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I was a bouncer in a bar while waiting to find answers to life’s questions.

What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy sports of every genre, mountain climbing, and playing the violin.

What are some of your favorite books/spiritual readings/magazines?
I love Catholic Literature and Poetry, the works of St Thomas Aquinas, and currently anything by Anthony Esolen or David Bentley Hart.

Who is a hero to you?
His Holiness John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

What have been some of the greatest joys for you as a priest?
The celebration of the Sacraments, undoubtedly, and bringing our Blessed Lord to His people. Traveling the world as a priest and seeing what graces lie around every corner for those who keep their eyes open.

What are some ways that we can promote and support vocations to the priesthood and religious life?
Be a zealous and happy priest. Simply display what living His life does when united in the priesthood.

What advice would you give to a young man who is contemplating a vocation to the priesthood?
My advice would be to draw close to our Lord in the Sacraments and to have an assiduous prayer life and a devotion to our Lady. One should and must do this as a Catholic man. However, some men when they do this will have awoken in them a desire for more, which is Christ’s desire for them to come after Him in the beautiful Divine friendship of the priesthood.

 
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