Fr. Zachary Weber

Fr Zachary WeberParish of Origin: St. John the Evangelist Parish, Kohler
Home Parish: St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Greenville

Birth Date: June 9

 

St. John Parish
415 6th Ave
Antigo WI 54409-2104

 

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Patron: St. Jose Sanchez del Rio

Bishop David Ricken ordained Zachary Weber to the priesthood at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017, in St. Mary Church, 4805 Sportsman Dr, De Pere WI 54115. Ordination Photos from The Compass: CLICK HERE

Proclaim the Good News:
Picture the worst thing you can imagine in your life. If you put Jesus Christ in the Center of your life as Lord, you will be able to handle that.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
This summer I invited a group of parishioners to consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary with the 33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Consecration book by Fr. Michael Gaitley. We started in the middle of July and ended on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. On consecration day it was a blessing to see how many people spoke of the graces received throughout the Marian Consecration. In the book, Mary helped us know about her Son Jesus through the witness of Saints John Paul II, Louis De Montfort, Teresa of Calcutta, and Maximillian Kolbe.

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
Two areas that helped my commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper were becoming a Godfather and forming healthy friendships to hold me accountable. In becoming a Godfather, I resolved to be a good example to my niece and help teach her the faith. That means I needed to learn what I believe in my heart before I started sharing the faith with her. In essence, this called me to try to poke holes in what I believe to see if it is true or not by reading, praying, studying, and immersing myself in the teachings of the Catholic Faith. This was an opportunity to say that I am Catholic because I have tested it to see if it is true and to no longer say that I am Catholic only because my parents raised me this way.

Secondly, forming true friendships with people who hold me accountable in my life for living out a personal relationship with Christ helped my commitment grow deeper. Without accountability for my actions or inactions, I falter in my commitments very easily. It has been a treasure to find friends to hold me accountable in things such as praying the Rosary daily, going to Eucharistic Adoration, reading the Bible, and going to Confession regularly.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
I believe that Fear of the Lord, or shock and awe of God, is the foundation of all the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. After having a life-changing confession and experiencing the love of Jesus Christ through Eucharist and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the age of 20 I was speechless and blown away. Fear of the Lord helps me see that all is gift, and that God is always present in my life. This gift can come by having your mind opened by God through His mercy in Confession or by experiencing His presence in nature, art, and music.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
On the way to baseball practice my Dad said, "You would make a good priest." I silently thought in my mind, "Yeah, when I am 65 and if my wife is no longer living, sure I will become a priest." One might say I was a fairly naïve to this calling.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
Dark-roast coffee. Music. Friends. Art. Michael O'Brien books. Terrence Malick movies. Baseball. Football. Boxing. Trail running. Weight lifting. Chocolate Peanut butter protein and pre-workout supplements.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
At the Men of Christ Conference because that is where the call to the priesthood began at the age of 20 during my sophomore year of college.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
St. Jose Sanchez del Rio because at the age of 14 he was able to stand firm in his Catholic faith while fighting as a Cristero. Please ask him to clearly form me into the saint Christ desires me to become every day.