Father Kim Schreck
Class of 2001
Majors: Theology and Philosophy
Kim Schreck first learned about Franciscan University shortly after he returned to the Catholic Church. A girl he met on a retreat told him, “You’d love it there. You’d fit right in.” When he heard how much it cost, he thanked her politely and continued with his plan to commute to the University of Pittsburgh. Yet as Kim’s freshman year unfolded, he found himself more and more interested in studying philosophy and theology. Franciscan kept coming to mind so he prayed about it, applied, and was accepted “sight unseen.”
Soon he began to wrestle with vocational questions: marriage or priesthood? His Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Household brothers helped him through this difficult process.
“Having an environment where I could discuss these things with my brothers in an open, non-judgmental way allowed my vocation to mature,” he recalls. “So did the dynamic, freeing, spiritual environment in the classroom. Success and sanctity received equal treatment as top priorities at Franciscan….Within this atmosphere, I also learned to love education and strove to become the man God desired me to become.”
Kim was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on June 30, 2007. He says, “I trust the Lord Jesus would have called me to the priesthood even if I had not transferred to the University. Yet, he revealed his providential plan in and through Franciscan University. There I found an incubator that allowed me to grow and discover the hidden purpose for my life.”
After completing his studies in Rome for an STL in moral theology and a master’s in bioethics, Father Kim returned to Pittsburgh where he now serves as a parochial vicar at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. He also ministers as an assistant chaplain for the Newman Center that serves the 40,000-some students attending the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Carlow University.
As the “Priest on Duty,” he spends an afternoon at a different school each day. In good weather, he sets up a lawn chair and sign outdoors; in inclement weather, he moves indoors. Students, teachers, campus security, men and women pursuing vocations, atheists, Jews, and Muslims have all sought his counsel or prayer on topics ranging from suicide prevention to what should I do about my major?
His presence gives students the opportunity “to know that Jesus waits for them and that his priests are available.” He says, “It is a testimony of God’s grace that the students often line up for long periods of time to talk, go to confession, ask for prayers, or to ask a question.”
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