Rev. Matthew Rotert

When did you first feel called to the priesthood?

I first felt called to the priesthood in grade school when I started serving Mass.

What is the defining issue of our time and what does the priesthood have to say about it?

The defining issue of our time is the issue of all time and that is finding the meaning and purpose of this life and being ready for eternal life. The priesthood is at the heart of the issue because God is at the heart of the issue.

What do you love about the priesthood?

Being in the privileged position of ministering God's grace and presence to people through the Saccraments.

What are the challenges you face as a priest?

I am challenged regularly to depend more on God's help, because my human strength and talents are never enough.

What advice would you give to someone who approaches you about the priesthood?

Listen to what God wants. Say to God, thy will be done and mean it!

What was you biggest obstacle in descerning God's call?

Thinking that you have to be certain, giving little doubts to much power and meaning.

Who was the most influential person in your life?

My family and my grandmother in particular had an early influence on me to think about God's call.

How is the Catholic priesthood meaningful for you?

I am always certain that the essential things that I do as a priest are the most important and significant things that I can ever do.

What is your family background?

My parents are life-long practicing Catholics as is my sister. They have always been supportive and encouraging to me.

What books/authors, films, music, etc., do you like?

I like many types of music and entertainment. I especially like things dealing with history and science.