Born and raised in Botkins, Ohio, in the northern reaches of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, I’m tied for the youngest of six children to Sharon and Tom Schnippel. (I’m an identical twin. And no, he’s not a priest. He is married and has two lovely daughters.) After high school, I enrolled at the Ohio State University, but a chance encounter at the Catholic Newman Center helped me to recognize a call to the priesthood, so after just a year at OSU, I enrolled at the Pontifical College Josephinum to begin studies toward the priesthood.
After undergraduate, I enrolled at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati and was ordained to the priesthood in May of 2004. My first assignment was at Elder High School and Our Lady of the Visitation, complete opposites of what my own high school experience was, but great assignments, nonetheless. After two years teaching, I was assigned as the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese, a position I held for eight years. During that time, the Archdiocese went from a low of 25 seminarians to just shy of 50 by the time I left the office.
In May of 2014, I was assigned to St. John Neumann in the Pleasant Run Farms area of Forest Park and have truly enjoyed his time as a parish priest.
In 2011, I picked up the best hobby ever: home brewing! There is nothing better than relaxing, sitting around large brew kettle with a group of friends and chatting about theology, the Church, Reds Baseball, or whatever current events fill the news. And sharing the fruits of that labor with others, well, that’s just the icing on the cake. Current specialties are in the porter and stout variety, with a healthy dose of Belgian Trappist inspired brews to keep things flavorful.