St. Therese Parish in Phillips, WI - Pastoral Year
Theo Heino is from Spooner, Wisconsin and has 3 siblings. He has a degree in Religion and Philosophy from an evangelical Christian university and is a convert to Catholicism since 2007 from the Wesleyan denomination. He enjoys reading history books, writing poetry, racquetball, hunting and fishing. God willing, Theo will be ordained a priest in 2016. His patron saints are St. Augustine, who he chose at his Confirmation, and St. Joseph Cupertino.
Saint Paul Seminary - 3rd Year Theology
My name is Sam Schneider. I graduated High School from Rhinelander High School in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. After graduation I accepted an appointment from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland with the intention of attending 4 years of school at the academy and then 5 years of mandatory service in the Navy or Marine Corp as an Officer. Well, God listened to my plans, encouraged me to do my best, and then showed me my true pathway to happiness and joy. Freshman year I started to go to daily Mass in order to calm my nerves from the hectic schedule. I soon found, however, that daily Mass was something much more integral to my happiness and joy sooner than I could have ever predicted. I received graces from daily attendance at Mass and started getting more and more involved with my catholic faith on campus. Soon my time spent at faith related activities was more than I was spending on homework. During this whole time I was very resistive to any possible call by God to priesthood. However, on a spring break mission trip with FOCUS (Fellowship Of Catholic University Students) up to the Bronx, New York. God gave the final blow to soften my hard heart and opened me up to the priesthood on that trip. After praying for many weeks I gained a peace with the thought of priesthood and I have never looked back. I out processed out of the Academy leaving all my old friends and two days later showed up at Saint John Vianney's College Seminary. The last two years have been filled with serious prayer and fun fraternity. I am so happy to have made the decision to follow God's call. Next year I will start Theology at Saint Paul Seminary nearby where I am now and that will be another four years of studying before, God willing, I get ordained a priest. It is amazing to have the peace of God's will, and with it I am ready for the many years of fruitful service, God willing.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, Wisconsin
Join us for the celebration of Deacon David Nueschwander to the priesthood and Adam Laski to Transitional DeaconMore Info