Father Brian Schieber
This is really a home coming for me as I grew up just two miles down the road. My family moved to Stilwell in 1977. My parents still live there.
Just by way of a brief bio, I’m one of four children. I graduated from KU in 1990 with a degree in Civil Engineering and worked for a couple of years as an engineer prior to entering the seminary in 1992. I was ordained in 1999 and my assignments have included: associate at Curé of Ars, chaplain at Bishop Miege, vocation director, co-director of seminarians, pastor of Most Pure Heart of Mary, and since 2009 I’ve served as the Vicar General for Clergy.
I love being a Catholic priest. In particular I enjoy offering Mass, celebrating the sacraments and teaching. It is such a blessing as a pastor to get to see how God’s grace is at work in so many people’s lives.
My other interests include working out at the gym, going for walks, hiking, playing board games, cards, reading - especially biographies or true stories, and sports. KU basketball and Chiefs football are my two favorites.
As I mentioned in my opening homily, let’s pray for each other during this time of transition. My experience is that change is always an opportunity for personal growth in trust and faith in God. God is with us and has many good things in store for us. I look forward to getting to know you and extend to all of you God’s blessings through the intercession of our patron, St. Michael the Archangel!
Fr. Daniel Schmitz - Associate Pastor
Hello again everyone! Here are a few details about myself:
It seems fitting to first say that I love prayer! The union of a soul with God is marvelous to behold, especially when united in the Body of Christ during our public prayer, the Sacred Liturgy. I always love talking about the sacramental and devotional life, especially devotions to the Sacred Heart and the Holy Rosary.
Some of my favorite hobbies include basketball (of course), reading (especially history), playing cards, and sharing meals with family and friends. As a brand new priest, it is hard to say what strengths I will offer to be blessings, and what weaknesses of mine you will have to endure that I ask your pardon for, but I am excited and grateful to Our Lord and our Blessed Mother for this opportunity.
Please keep us and all the youth of the parish in your prayers as we discern God’s will for our lives and practice living His will daily. May God bless you!
Yours in Christ through Mary,
Fr. Michael Kantanka - Associate Pastor
Fr. Michael has a BA in Sociology and Religious Studies from the University of Ghana, a BA in Mass Media from Washburn University, Topeka, KS, and an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Kansas. He has served as a parish priest at St. Anthony parish in the Archdiocese of Kumasi, and as Communications Director and Coordinator of Inter Religious Dialogue and Ecumenism.