Name: Msgr. John Hyland
Years ordained: 42
Current assignment: Vicar General
How did you know you were being called to priesthood?
While I was attending St. Ambrose Academy for two years and then Assumption High School for two years, many of my teachers were priests and they had a great influence on me as I began to think of the priesthood in high school. I enrolled at St. Ambrose University with the idea of pursuing a degree in architecture. The thought of priesthood kept coming back to me, and I enrolled in the seminary the following year.
Aside from your ordination Mass, what was your most memorable Mass?
I cannot just pick one. I would say both my 25th and 40th priesthood anniversaries and my mother’s funeral Mass.
What is most rewarding about being a priest?
I think the most rewarding moments are being able to celebrate the joys and sorrows in people’s lives. I especially remember the 22 years of school work and 15 years in parish work.
What is most challenging about being a priest?
I believe it is being available for the many challenges that come forth each day.
What is your favorite Scripture passage?
1 Peter 4:10: “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God.” And Tobit 4:15a, “Do to no one what you yourself dislike;” 16, “Give to the hungry some of your bread and to the naked some of your clothing. Whatever you have left over, give away as alms;” 18a, “Seek counsel from every wise man, and do not think lightly of any advice that can be useful.”
What is your hobby?
I like bridge and golf.