Fr. Dave took on the role of pastoring St. Columbkille and St. Joseph the Worker parishes with Fr. Thomas McDermott and Fr. Paul Attah-Nsiah in July 2018. He also serves as Rector of the diocesan seminary program.

Fr. Dave comes from a family of eight children and his parents, Adrian and Betty Schatz still live in their hometown of Cresco, Iowa. Being the youngest of eight, Fr. Dave tried to convince others that his parents reached perfection and quit. He jokes he hasn’t found anyone to believe him yet!

For the last 10 years, seminarian formation has been Fr. Dave’s primary assignment and it will continue in ministry to our current seminarians. He has said of his vocation ministry, “I am not ministering in a parish today but I am ministering in every parish 20 years from now.” It will be Fr. Dave’s great joy when he sees our seminarians ordained and become pastors of St. Columbkille and St. Joseph the Worker and every other parish in our diocese. Hopefully, our partnership in ministry will yield great fruit in our parishes, in vocations, and in joy. Of course, our true hope comes from Jesus’ words: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”

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