Meet Our New Priests

Father Matthew Faucett

Diocese: Diocese of Green Bay
Branch of Service: Army
Current Rank: Lieutenant
University/ Seminary Attended: 
Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota
Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona, Minnesota
Pontifical North American College, Vatican City State
High School Attended: Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy, Wisconsin

When was the first time you thought you might have a vocation to the priesthood?

My family, as well as the school and parish community, was blessed with an awesome priest named father Rich Yanos. When I was in the 3rd or fourth grade, I expressed to my parents that I would enjoy being a Catholic priest. Fr. Yanos encouraged my parents to continue to mention it as a possibility for my life as I grew up. I eventually chose to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, on a full ROTC scholarship. My time at Marquette was wonderful. Yet there were moments were God would place the thought of priesthood in my mind. Eventually I spoke to some of the Jesuit priests at Marquette and look into the possibility of priesthood. They encouraged me to pursue my desires and go where God was leading me.  After talking to my parents and some of my closest friends at Marquette, I decided to enter seminary. I was accepted and came to Immaculate Heart of Mary for the fall semester of the 2012 school year, and I committed to saying, “yes” to God and being formed in my vocation.

Who or what events influenced or inspired you in your discernment journey?

Above all, my parents have supported me in all the places God has called me. My two brothers have always encouraged me to do what I felt called to. I formed good relationships with my peers and priests at Marquette, and I can honestly say I do not think I would be in seminary without their support and prayers. Also, I have been blessed with some truly holy pastors who have guided me into deeper relationship with God and His will for my life. Aside from the people God has placed in my life to help me to know and be formed in my vocation, He has also blessed me with the opportunity to attend several silent retreats.  Such retreats have really helped cultivate my faith in silence and rely on the healing love of Christ.

What is your favorite scripture passage, why?

I have always been drawn to the passage regarding the healing of the centurion’s servant. I appreciate Matthew’s (8:5-13) rendition of the passage due to the absolute humility the centurion expresses to Jesus by coming to Him. In my own life, I have used this as a model of how to approach the Lord in prayer. The faith of the centurion shines forth in this passage so much so that we mimic his words at the Mass, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof…”. This passage encapsulates God’s incredible redeeming love for my own human condition.

How did you come to know Jesus Christ personally?

At IHM Seminary, we are often given scripture verses during various conferences to pray Lectio Divina. I feel that my relationship with Jesus was really formed in the first few weeks of seminary by praying with some of those scripture verses. To be with the apostles in the boat on the Sea of Galilee, for example, and have Jesus call you to Himself is a amazing experience of God’s redeeming love for humanity and the gift of faith He grants to His beloved. I have met Jesus in others.. To encounter the love of Christ in another person is an experience I cherish, and to see that love in another deepens my faith and relationship with Jesus.

What were some of the spiritual events or activities that helped you develop and share your relationship with Christ and His Church?

The first way I found to share my faith was with the greater campus community as a whole. Oftentimes seminarians have classes with the other college students, so the opportunity to share the faith of the Church in an academic setting always presented itself. In my apostolic work, I have been humbled to see the Holy Spirit work through the young people I teach, and relish the opportunity to share the faith with them. Finally, due to the generosity of our benefactors, The seminary community has been able to attend the March for Life have been opportunities to share our faith in Christ with other Christian denominations, religions, and those of no faith.

What was your professional and/or academic and/ or military background before applying to be a seminarian applicant?

At Marquette University I studied construction engineering and management and was a member of the ROTC program. As I stated above, I appreciated the programs and opportunities afforded to me by the university and the Army. During the summer of 2012, I worked as a civil engineering technician with the city of Marinette, WI supervising road and sewer projects, working with various computer design programs, and learning about city planning and urban excavation. Towards the end of the summer I committed to entering the seminary, and I applied and was accepted as a seminarian for the Green Bay Diocese. I visited Immaculate Heart of Mary seminary during the application process, and my bishop and vocation director decided to send me to study here. While seminary formation can be tough at times, I have appreciated the opportunity to discern God’s call and be formed in my vocation. Last summer, I worked for the diocese at Holy Name Retreat House on Chamber’s Island, WI as a cook/hospitality/grounds assistant. The retreat house was a stressful place at time, as it is located on an island and constantly at the mercy of the weather, but nevertheless provided ample opportunities for silent prayer. Unfortunately, the retreat house closed this past January. I cherish my experiences I had on the island last summer, and was a definite benefit to my formation. God has blessed me an abundance of different experiences to not only meet and interact with many different people, but to serve Him and know His plan for my life.

Who are your heroes or people you significantly admire?

My mom and dad, Joe and Sally, are my biggest heroes. My dad is currently serving as a Colonel in the US Army Reserve and my mom is a teacher. They inspired me to stay faithful even when times seem tough. When my dad was deployed to Iraq in 2005, my mother was a witness of steadfast faith and love even when my dad was involved in an IED incident and my grandmother died of cancer. They instilled values in me that I could never hope to pay them back for, and I appreciate all they do in order to aid my formation. Loyalty, respect, and faith are hallmarks of their lives that I try to emulate. I mentioned above that I have been blessed with some awesome pastors, and I admire my current pastor, Father Joseph Dorner for his commitment to prayer and willingness to preach the truth.

Carignan “Corey” Rouse

Diocese: Archdiocese of Boston
Branch of Service: Air Force
Current Rank: Second Lieutenant
University/ Seminary Attended: 
St. Philip’s Seminary, Toronto, ON; St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts
High School Attended: Lawton Chiles High School, Tallahassee, Florida

When was the first time you thought you might have a vocation to the priesthood?

When I was 15 years old.

Who or what events influenced or inspired you in your discernment journey?

I met some very good priests.  They inspired me to become one.

What is your favorite scripture passage, why?

Matt 20:28 “Non venit ministrari sed minstarare.”  This sums up my idea of the priesthood as an essentially altruistic, ministerial office.

How did you come to know Jesus Christ personally?

I came to know Jesus through the sacraments, particularly through the confessional.

What were some of the spiritual events or activities that helped you develop and share your relationship with Christ and His Church?

My activities with the Legion of Mary and the St. Vincent de Paul Society helped me to share my relationship with Christ.

What was your professional and/or academic and/ or military background before applying to be a seminarian applicant?

I have been in religious life since high school.

Who are your heroes or people you significantly admire?

I have some friends that I admire who are living out their faith with great joy despite the suffering they endure.  Gustavo Gutierrez and Pope Benedict XVI are two of my celebrated heroes.

Father Vincent “Vinny” Gillmore

Diocese: Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Branch of Service: Air Force
Current Rank: Second Lieutenant
University/ Seminary Attended: 
US Air Force Academy, Colorado
St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Indiana
High School Attended: Warner Robins High School, Warner Robins, Georgia

When was the first time you thought you might have a vocation to the priesthood?

When I was about 9 years old, but the first time I seriously thought of it was in 2010.

Who or what events influenced or inspired you in your discernment journey?

Father Brett Brannen, my brother Nathan, my parents and Father Paul Waddell were the main ones, but of course there were many others who have had some kind of influence. Fr. Bob Bruno was the one who helped me to finally give this a shot.

What is your favorite scripture passage, why?

John 3:30 “He must increase, I must decrease.”

How did you come to know Jesus Christ personally?

I was introduced to Him from when I was young because my family is very Catholic.

What were some of the spiritual events or activities that helped you develop and share your relationship with Christ and His Church?

My family, my high school youth group, the Catholic ministry at the Air Force Academy, and my two-year sabbatical to Guatemala.

What was your professional and/or academic and/ or military background before applying to be a seminarian applicant?

I was home schooled up until high school, finished high school a little early, and went to the Air Force Academy, taking a two–year sabbatical in Guatemala.

Who are your heroes or people you significantly admire?

Saint Maximilian Kolbe.  His story is absolutely incredible and well captured in A Man for Others by Patricia Treece.

Father Christopher Yakkel

Diocese: Diocese of Columbus
Branch of Service: Air Force
Current Rank: Second Lieutenant
University/ Seminary Attended: 
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio
High School Attended: Lakenheath High School,RAF Lakenheath, England; Damien Memorial High School, Honolulu, HI

When was the first time you thought you might have a vocation to the priesthood?

The first time I thought I might have a vocation to the priesthood was the summer after my freshman year of college.

Who or what events influenced or inspired you in your discernment journey?

My family has definitely influenced my discernment journey. I’ve been blessed to have had grown up in a family devout in their faith and committed to serving others. My parents, sister, and brother have each inspired me in different ways. I’ve also been fortunate to have had several friends and spiritual mentors whose enthusiastic faith has encouraged me to seek to grow in my own faith. There have been several events that have helped me in my discernment journey, but three stand out: 1)World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia in 2008; 2)An AMS discernment retreat I attended in 2009; 3)All the many different activities and groups I was involved in via the Catholic Campus Ministry at Miami University throughout college.

What is your favorite scripture passage, why?

I feel like the answer to this really depends on the stage of life I am in. However, one passage that I have really enjoyed is Philippians 1:12-26. I really like this passage because I feel like it summarizes a lot of my attitude toward life. In particular verse 21 says, “For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.” Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” I have come to realize over the last several years that my life is a gift from God which is best enjoyed by doing God’s will, which means serving and glorifying Him in all I do. As much as I long for heaven, there is a purpose for me being here right now; that is the mission of evangelization in my day to day living. Representing Christ to all those I meet and spreading His love in whatever I do. “My eager expectation and hope is that I shall not be put to shame in any way, but that with all boldness, now as always, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death” (Philippians 1:20). This passage teaches me to see every day as a gift and to enjoy that gift to the fullest. I know that I can best do this by serving God and so each day I try to find ways to continue to serve Him and grow closer to Him.

How did you come to know Jesus Christ personally?

The best way I can describe my faith is that it is a gradual process. I’m not one of those people who had a dramatic life-changing experience that led me to Jesus. Rather, coming to know Jesus personally is something that is a daily thing for me. It all started for me at my baptism. I’ve certainly had numerous experiences which have deepened my personal relationship with Jesus, but these have happened over the many years of my life. Each day I feel like I am coming to know Jesus Christ more and more intimately through the prayer, sacraments, fellowship, and events of life which I experience.

What were some of the spiritual events or activities that helped you develop and share your relationship with Christ and His Church?

There are a lot of spiritual events and activities that have helped me grow in my relationship with Jesus and His Church. In fact, there are probably more than I can even count, but I will list a few. In high school I went on an Encounter Retreat which really helped me to see how blessed I’ve been growing up. Throughout college, I was very involved in my school’s Catholic Campus ministry. I went on numerous retreats including Kairos, helped lead several retreats, participated in and led prayer groups, attended bible studies, went on mission trips and participated in other service opportunities, and daily Mass had a huge impact on my life. One event that had a tremendous impact on my relationship with the Church was World Youth Day in 2008. I was fortunate enough to be able to make the trip to Sydney which transformed my view of the Church. Up until WYD I had always heard about our universal Church, but it was something I never completely understood. When I went to World Youth Day, something clicked. I realized how universal our Church really is and also realized how incredible a role it has in bringing people to Christ. The Eucharist especially blew my mind. After WYD I had a much deeper desire to seek our Lord in the Eucharist. In fact, if I were to choose one activity that shaped my relationship with Christ and His Church the most it would have to be Eucharistic Adoration. Never has something had such a powerful effect on my life. All of these along with my experience serving with NET Ministries have led me into a much deeper relationship with Christ. Probably the common denominator among all these is the fact that all have led me to seek a deeper prayer life.

What was your professional and/or academic and/ or military background before applying to be a seminarian applicant?

I grew up as a military child. My dad was in the Air Force. Growing up, I moved to new schools about every two years. Upon graduating high school, I went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Sport Studies. After completing my undergraduate work I started working as a Catholic missionary with NET Ministries before applying to be a seminary applicant.

Who are your heroes or people you significantly admire?

My parents are without a doubt my greatest heroes. They have sacrificed a lot over the years to support my siblings and I in all we do and have always been there for us no matter what. I also significantly admire those who daily put their lives on the line to serve others, specifically, the men and women of the armed forces, police officers, firefighters, etc. I also have a tremendous amount of respect for their families. Finally, I can’t forget to mention the missionaries who constantly inspire me in their willingness to go out and spread the Gospel no matter what obstacles they may face.

Father Sean Koehr

Diocese: Diocese of Arlington
Branch of Service: Navy
Current Rank: Ensign
University/ Seminary Attended: 
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana;
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
High School Attended: Lakenheath High School,RAF Lakenheath, England; Damien Seton School, Manassas, Virginia

When was the first time you thought you might have a vocation to the priesthood?

I knew many priests growing up and my family often invited priests over for dinner. My parents always encouraged us to be open to the will of God, but I did not consider the priesthood as a real possibility until senior year of high school and was convinced that I needed to pursue it by sophomore year of college.

Who or what events influenced or inspired you in your discernment journey?

Fr. James Searby, a priest who heard confessions and gave retreats at my high school. His constant friendship, naturalness and joy have inspired me the most.

What is your favorite scripture passage, why?

(Matthew 6:25-33 ESV)
[25] “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? [26] Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? [27] And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? [28] And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, [29] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. [30] But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? [31] Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ [32] For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. [33] But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

How did you come to know Jesus Christ personally?

I encountered Him through my family, my school and many good friendships.

What were some of the spiritual events or activities that helped you develop and share your relationship with Christ and His Church?

I had a regular habit of going to confession through high school and college. Knowing God’s mercy and receiving that grace strengthened me in a profound way. While I was in high school we had regular Holy Hours. Over time I found that spending time before Our Lord affected me very deeply. I began to desire a regular connection with God during college, so I started living a daily plan of life.

What was your professional and/or academic and/ or military background before applying to be a seminarian applicant?

I studied Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame while training to be an Unrestricted Line Officer in Navy ROTC. I decided to drop out of the NROTC program in order to attend seminary in hope of becoming a Navy Chaplain.

Who are your heroes or people you significantly admire?

It seems more and more today that there is a real separation between living a “secular life” and living a “sacred life”. My hero is any man or woman today who is daring enough to truly live out the Christian vocation in the middle of the world.