Nathan Runde

Nathan RundeParish: St. John Nepomucene Parish, Little Chute

Birthday: August 6

Seminary: University of St. Thomas

Seminary Address:
2115 Summit Avenue #6131
St. Paul, MN 55105-1048

College IV


Patron: St. Thérèse of Lisieux


What do you want on your pizza?

Oooo! I am a pepperoni guy, but I always like pineapple. Good cheese is important too.

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

I got to serve at Camp Tekakwitha this summer as a camp counselor. I had boys ages twelve through fourteen in my cabin, and they were quite lively and rambunctious. I had a lot of fun harnessing all their energy. On Wednesday nights, we played greased-watermelon football. I would buy a big watermelon, grease it with oil, and then drop it in the middle of the swim area. There were two teams on the opposite sides of the swim area and the goal was to get the watermelon to the other team's side. It was fun to watch!

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

Priesthood is spiritual fatherhood of many sons and daughters. Everyone longs for love. The priest is radically available to offer that love and attention to anyone who seeks it. The priest listens, comforts, affirms, teaches, and guides those who are entrusted to his care. He wants them to know how much they are loved. He wants them to know that they are worth the sacrifice of another person's entire life. He can do this in many ways. He hears confessions to help people receive forgiveness for their mistakes. He spends time spiritually counseling people in their deepest problems. He prays with people on their deathbeds. He is there to serve others. He gives up married love to give that love to all those who seek it. Finally, the priest is ultimately a sign that points to God; his life of sacrifice and love comes from his friendship with God. He brings people not to his own love but to God's love.

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

I often see Divine Providence acting in small ways throughout my life. This past year, I got to go to Lisieux, France, to spend some time with my favorite saint, Thérèse. When my friend and I arrived, we did not think we would be able to get into the retreat center where we were staying since we had gotten there after they closed. Well, we just tried the front door, and it was wide open! The next morning, the sisters who ran the center asked, "How did you get in here? All the doors were supposed to be locked!" I just smiled realizing that St. Thérèse must have been interceding for us. This is a small example of the simple Providence that I experience.

I also recognize how God is using every day experience in order to make me grow into the man He wants me to be. Two summers ago, I went to Catholic Youth Expeditions for the summer and that was just what I needed at that time in formation. Last summer at Camp Tekakwitha was also just what I needed in my formation. I am realizing more and more that every daily experience, whether joyful or difficult, is from God's hand, and He is loving me, guiding me, and forming me through those events.

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

I started competing in powerlifting competitions when I was in eighth grade. I loved lifting weights and being stronger than the high school students!

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

I went to a service event called FIRE Camp at my parish in middle school. I went to Steubenville conferences every summer in high school, and I was also involved with Extreme Faith Camp. I went on Catholic Youth Expeditions and I got to be on staff there two summers ago. I had an awesome summer this past year at Camp Tekakwitha too. Our diocese is full of life!

Who are your teams?

Go Pack!

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Thérèse of Lisieux.