Jack Ruzicka

Ste. Genevieve Catholic Parish announced the assignment of St. Louis seminarian Jack Ruzicka.

Currently in his third year of theological studies at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Ruzicka will  begin his pastoral formation here at Ste. Genevieve on the weekend of September 8. He recently completed his year-long pastoral internship at St. Joseph in Imperial and will be ordained a transitional deacon this spring.

Men in their third year are tasked to work in some aspect of education and faith formation. Ruzicka will be teaching eighth-grade Parish School Religion and will also be present in the school as his class schedule allows. Being an installed Acolyte, Ruzicka will be scheduled to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses on Sundays. The seminarian learns a great deal about being a parish priest by watching and working with parish priests throughout the week.

Ruzicka is from St. Louis. He grew up in South City, graduating from St. Mary’s High School in 2013.

He is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. He is the youngest of four children.

He said he is excited to be assigned to Ste. Genevieve, looking forward to working in a smaller, rural area.

He felt called to the priesthood when he was a sophomore in high school. He was attending a youth group event and, after receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, he wanted to be able to offer that experience to other people.

He enjoys music, reading and movies.

Rev. Edward Nemeth, pastor of Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church, is excited for the opportunity to assist in the pastoral formation of men studying for the priesthood.

“This is a great honor for our parish to be selected,” Nemeth said. “Great care is taken by the seminary to make sure seminarians are placed in healthy, vibrant parishes who will assist these men in their formation to be good, holy priests. This is a testament to the good people in Ste. Genevieve and the reputation we have gained in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.”

(Information in a release from the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Parish.)