Priest Profile


Name: Msgr. John Hyland  

Age: 67

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.

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