FATHER David Cybulski

Current Assignment: St. Hugo of the Hills

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Secular career before entering seminary (if any)
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I worked for five and a half years at Intel Corporation in Chandler, Ariz. During that time I was an architecture validation engineer for the Itanium and Itanium 2 processors.

Briefly describe your route to the priesthood (when you first began to think you might have a vocation, who - or what - were pivotal influences on you as you discerned your vocation?):
When I was 7 years old I used to tell members of my family that I wanted to be a priest. I did not understand what it meant to be called by God to such a vocation, and as I approached college I chose to pursue something I thought was practical, like engineering. The desire to become a priest never left me. When I moved to Arizona I signed up for an hour of adoration each week in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Shortly after, I joined a group called College Youth for Catholic Truth. These young adults who were fervent in their faith encouraged me to grow more deeply in mine. Seeing two of my friends pursue vocations motivated me to seek out the vocation director. Originally, I applied for the Diocese of Phoenix; however, with time it became clear God was calling me to be a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Having decided you had a vocation, did you ever have second thoughts about it? How did you resolve any doubts or fears?
It was difficult at first. I went into seminary thinking I was going to discern this was not my calling. I figured I would give God a year or two and put this all behind me. There were several instances when I became convinced that it was time to leave, but at each of those points in prayer God reassured me that I was on the right path, and I felt I had the grace to continue. By the time I reached theology I became convinced that I was called to the priesthood. From that point a certain peace permeated the rest of my time at seminary.

What are the greatest challenges you see facing the Church? Where do you see the greatest hope?
St. Peter exhorts us "Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope" (1 Peter 3:15). We should see the kingdom of God breaking into this world; however, many Catholics can hardly be distinguished from the secular culture, nor can they express what it is they believe. In catechizing youth I have found far too many of them to be disinterested in their faith because they come from homes where their parents do not regularly attend Mass. That the treasury of graces that we have in the sacraments goes neglected can be disheartening. Our hope though is always in Jesus Christ who has already won victory through his cross. He is constantly drawing his people to himself; therefore, there is never reason to be discouraged.

What about your priestly ministry do you anticipate will be the most rewarding?
My hope is simply to remain always close to our Lord and rely on him for everything. "He must increase; I must decrease" (John 3:30).

What about your priestly ministry do you anticipate will be the most rewarding?
When my mother was nearing death I heard clearly while praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament to make sure she received Holy Communion. The next day someone from the parish brought Communion; later that night my mom died. Since then I have had a deep desire to be God's instrument especially through the sacraments of reconciliation, anointing of the sick, and viaticum.