Name:
Joseph Bathke

Born:
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, County of Wood in the U.S. of A.

Joined the Missionaries (Year):
January 28, 1977 (Incorporated)

What drew you to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood?
I was drawn in by the men I met as a college student at St. John’s University, and the welcome I received when I visited Del Bufalo Seminary. They all helped me like I was family.

What is your current assignment?
Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Warrensburg, Missouri

What is the most challenging aspect of your assignment?
Truthfully – dealing with the disappointments and feelings of betrayal by the Church on matters related to sexual abuse and feeling the Church is not listening to them.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your assignment?
(1) Praying with people
(2) Listening to their stories, their hopes & dreams
(3) Being allowed to walk with folks during the troubled times of their lives

What did you do before joining the Missionaries?
College student
Worked as a papermaker
Helped my grandfather on his dairy farm

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Fishing

Aside from St. Gaspar, what are some of your favorite Saints?
St. Francis of Assisi

What is your favorite prayer?
The Serenity Prayer
O God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

What is your favorite:
Book: Fantasy & science fiction. The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter series.  Isaac Asimov was my introduction to science fiction
Food: Any meat from my family’s farm
Movie: The Sting
Holiday: Christmas
TV Show: MASH

How much money would you earn on Jeopardy?
$1,000

Would you rather go skydiving or snorkeling?
Snorkeling, especially if the water is clear