Ben Pribbenow

Ben PribbenowParish: Holy Spirit Parish, Kimberly

Birth Date: October 8

Seminary: Mundelein Seminary

Seminary Address:
1000 E. Maple Avenue
Mundelein IL 60060-1967

Pre-Theology I


Patron: St. Thérèse of Lisieux


What do you want on your pizza?

I will eat just about anything you put on pizza. I particularly enjoy a good Jack's Supreme Pizza.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2017.

A great experience I had during summer of 2017 was teaching a Theology of the Body class to high school students from my parish. I am passionate about this subject so I welcomed the idea of teaching the Theology of the Body. It is critical that we, as a Church, share this good news with today's youth. That being said, it was a challenge to cater St. John Paul II's teaching to my students. Despite this challenge, I learned a lot about the diligent preparation required to effectively teach a difficult subject. I look forward to similar opportunities in the future!

How would you describe the priesthood to a non-believer?

I would describe the priesthood to a non-believer as a special kind of fatherhood. A good father does his best to put the needs of his children before his own. Although a priest does not get married to a woman or have biological children, he has many spiritual daughters and sons, who call the priest "Father." Priests serve their spiritual children by being radically available to them and walking alongside them through the journey of life. Just as a good Father provides for his children, priests bring life, joy, and healing to people through the good news of the Gospel and Sacraments. They serve as a beacon of hope in a world searching for meaning. It is the priest's task to remain steadfast in his faith in the midst of difficult circumstances. Each of these responsibilities is meant to bring people into a closer relationship with God, which is the key duty of a priest.

Divine Providence is God's active protection and guidance in our lives. How have you seen Providence in your life?

Thinking back, I have noticed Divine Providence constantly at work. One specific example was when I was applying to college. My acceptance to UW-Madison was originally postponed. This decision meant that the admissions department at UW was not willing to accept or deny my entrance at that time. Upon receiving this notice, part of me wanted to just write off UW-Madison altogether and decide to attend another school. Fortunately, I put in extra work to improve the merits of my application and was ultimately accepted to UW-Madison. I decided to attend Madison where I grew in my faith through Bible studies, large-group sessions, and prayer. It was also at the UW where I felt my call to the priesthood. Had I not decided to put in the work to get into Madison, I might not be sitting in my room at the seminary right now.

Perhaps, the Lord would have still led me to the seminary had I chosen a different university. That is something I will never know, but I do know that Divine Providence has been at play throughout my entire life, guiding me on the path the Lord desires.

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

When I was in middle school, I contributed to re-writing the lyrics to "Don’t Stop Believing" by Journey for my school's "Pep Rally for God." Basically, we made the lyrics representative of Catholic beliefs, and it was awesome.

What parish and diocesan movements have inspired you as a disciple?

As a child, I was most inspired by activities surrounding the liturgy that I learned at Holy Spirit School in Darboy. I was an altar server, a member of my parish's youth choir, and a lector. As I have grown older, I have been inspired by the fruit that has come by praying in perpetual adoration chapels, specifically the one at St. Pius X in Appleton.

Who are your teams?

Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, and the USA.

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

The Triduum in anticipation of Easter.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Thérèse of Lisieux.