You may hear Fr. James Kubicki on Relevant Radio, but how well do you really know him? This podcast will give you a front row seat into the life of Fr. Kubicki, learning what led him to become a priest.
Father James Kubicki, a Jesuit priest, serves as a retreat director and spiritual director at the St. Francis de Sales Seminary in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He has been a longtime contributor to Relevant Radio, sharing daily prayer reflections and contributing to Morning Air.
Father Kubicki delves into his early life, growing up near the St. Francis de Sales Seminary. He recalls his childhood in the southern part of Milwaukee, attending St. Paul’s School and later the Jesuit high school, Marquette. Highlighting the significance of education in his family, he mentions how his parents, children of Polish immigrants, prioritized it.
Recounting memories of his childhood, Father Kubicki shares a humorous anecdote of playing priest with a neighbor, Deacon Tom Fogarty. He narrates their creative use of plastic milk bottles as candles while mimicking the Mass. Despite playing priest, Father Kubicki never really envisioned a future in priesthood during his early years.
The turning point in his discernment came during a camping trip around Lake Superior, organized by a Jesuit priest, Father John Egan. This transformative experience amidst nature, coupled with camaraderie, planted the seed of vocation. A poignant moment that accelerated his decision was the untimely death of a younger acquaintance, making him realize the unpredictability of life and the urgency to follow one’s calling.
Father Kubicki also touches upon his hobbies, including his past passion for stamp collecting and his current interest in golf, reading, and crossword puzzles. Growing up in Milwaukee, he rooted for local sports teams, especially the Green Bay Packers. He fondly remembers the advice from a fellow Jesuit, emphasizing the importance of detachment from the outcomes of games.
Father Kubicki reveals a lesser-known fact about himself: his shyness during high school and early Jesuit life. Expressing gratitude for God’s grace, he marvels at his journey from a reserved youngster to speaking on radio broadcasts spanning from Maui to Maine. His life and testimony should inspire you to always remain open to God’s great call for your life, no matter what it may be.