Matthew KirkMatthew Kirk

Second Theology

Parish:  St. Charles, Hartland

Seminary: Saint Francis de Sales

Birthday: June 7

Intercessor: St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. John Paul II, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Describe Yourself:

God, Family, and the Wisconsin Badgers.  I love the Church and God’s creation.

Tell us your vocation story:

I did not take my faith seriously throughout high school.  Once I got to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I left my faith and let my Catholic identity hang by the wayside.  It seemed as though I was drifting farther and farther away from a seemingly distant God.  My friend on my dorm room floor sensed that I was in distress.  He invited me to come to a large group event at St. Paul’s University Catholic Center.  It was here that I realized that God made me for greatness.  From this moment on I strove to get to know Jesus Christ on an intimate level.  Through lots of time in meditative prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament, I developed a love for God especially in the Eucharist.  This relationship increased my love for the Church and my resolve to do anything for her.  I feel as though John 21:17 explains my feelings, “Jesus asked a third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love Me?’ Peter was deeply hurt that Jesus had asked him a third time, ‘Do you love Me?’ ‘Lord, You know all things;’ he replied, ‘You know I love You.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed My sheep.’”

What is the greatest challenge facing a man considering the seminary?

The greatest challenge is to set aside time to pray every day.  For it is through mental prayer that the Lord illuminates the path towards our primary vocation of holiness.

What is your favorite verse and why?

“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5) This verse shows the hope and salvation of humanity that is Jesus Christ.  No matter how many times that we fall, He will pick us back up!

What are your favorite activities outside of the seminary?

I love hanging out with family and friends.

Where do you like to go to pray?

Any place in front of the Blessed Sacrament because the God of the universe is right before me.

Where do you do your best studying?

I usually do my studying in my room watching TV.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. John Paul II, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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