Jace Scheffler

Jace ShefflerParish: St. John the Baptist Parish, Menasha

Birthday: December 19

Seminary: University of St. Thomas

Seminary Address:
2115 Summit Avenue #6312
St. Paul, MN 55105-1048

College III


Patron: St. Thérèse of Lisieux


What do you want on your pizza?

I would like fried cheese curds, bacon, onions, and a lot of mozzarella cheese on my pizza, please.

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

As a Totus Tuus teacher this summer, my team and I had the opportunity to perform many small skits for the children. Performing brought me great joy, but one of the more memorable moments about “Totus Tuus Theatre” was having dinner one evening with one of the families. After the meal, the kids all scurried into the house and reenacted, with much accuracy and pizzazz, all the skits we had done for them that week.

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

The priesthood is servitude to every human person he encounters. Certain men are asked to be these servants by someone they love more than all else. They are not asked to do this because of their abilities or status in life. They are only asked to allow themselves to be loved even more by this person by being weak and vulnerable with Him. The man who chooses this way of life desires it from the depths of his heart and knows with confidence that this is his mission in life. The priest is dedicated first to his relationship with this real person who asked him to be a servant, and second to the relationship he has with the people he encounters in his ordinary day-to-day. This relationship with others is of great concern for him as he desires from the depths of his heart to introduce these ordinary people to the person he knows cares more deeply about them than themselves -- the living person of Jesus Christ, who is God.

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

Prior to entering seminary, while attending my previous university, I signed up for a 4-month study-abroad program in China. I ended up discerning seminary a few months before traveling to China, but the timing of my discernment and the application process happened in such a convenient way as to allow me to go abroad. I studied Chinese in high school and college before embarking on the journey, so I was mildly prepared for the immersion, but I did not know whether I would receive any of the Sacraments of the Catholic Church while I was there. After less than two weeks of acclimating to my new life in China, I experienced God's Divine Providence in the form of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Ningbo, China -- the city in which I studied. There was almost no way I could have missed a Sunday Mass in Ningbo as the Cathedral sent a coach bus every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. to pick up the English-speaking international students at my university for the English Mass. There was a small, yet active, international community of Catholics and a bilingual priest that allowed me to receive the Sacraments and continue to fall in love with Jesus Christ. I even went on a pilgrimage to some prominent churches in the Diocese of Shanghai with the local congregation of the parish. God met me in this unfamiliar place and never ceased loving or protecting me. Praise God!

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

I raced kneel-down, open-cockpit race boats with modified fishing engines on lakes around the Midwest and nationally with my family. I was racing boats capable of reaching speeds around 45 m.p.h. Each race permitted up to 12 boats on oval two-turn courses.

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

Movements that have inspired me as a disciple have been: altar serving, lectoring, Spiritus retreats, Catholic Heart Work Camp, National Catholic Youth Conference, high school Bible studies, Knights of Columbus events, Newman Center events, Lifest, Liturgy of the Hours, World Youth Day, FOCUS SEEK Conference, Vianney visits, Walk for Vocations, St. Andrew Dinners, Totus Tuus, singing in sacred polyphony choirs, and local Adoration chapels.

Who are your teams?

Packers, Brewers, Green Bay Gamblers, Team USA (soccer), and the SMCS Zephyrs!

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

October 7th -- the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Thérèse of Lisieux.