Give Me Five

Give Me Five!

A monthly series in Vincentian Voices where we ask five random questions to an Eastern Province Priest or Brother.

This month, we talk with Br. Martin Schneider, CM, who serves at Niagara University. We thought we’d ask Br. Martin a few questions.


  1. If you could ask Saint Vincent de Paul one question, what is the question and why?

If you were able to change any part of your life/ministry, would you do so? Knowing Vincent’s life, I don’t believe he would change anything, but would encourage us to ‘do more.”

 2. What was your favorite course or subject in school and why?

I would have to say, ‘history.’ History is important because it is a long and an endless collection of stories, and lessons that we learn from. History has something for everyone, whether it be a source of identity, a feeling of hope, or inspiration.

3. In your opinion, what is one effective way (of many) to share the Gospel message in an increasingly secular world?

One of the best ways to share one’s faith is to live a “godly life.” Non-Christians often look at Christians as hypocritical because we say one thing but do another. Show those close to us that we care, spend time with them, help meet their needs, and offer to listen when they have problems.  

4. Besides connecting with family and friends, what do you like to do in your free time?

Much time is spent watching documentaries on nature, and the history channel, of course. I’ve always been interested in “what was life like one hundred or two hundred years ago?” ‘

5. If you could have dinner with one non-religious historical figure (dead or alive), who would it be and why? What might you ask them?

I would choose the artist Leonardo Da Vinci. I’ve always been fascinated by him. He wasn’t just an artist—he was an architect, a writer, a mathematician, and an inventor, among other ventures. I’d be curious if there are hidden visuals in his artwork. Also, how did he manage to balance all of his occupations?

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