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Newly-ordained Rev. Zachary Weber will begin serving Langlade County parishes later this week.

Weber, who was ordained on July 1, has been appointed parochial vicar of St. John Parish and SS. Mary & Hyacinth Parish, Antigo, St. Wenceslaus Parish, Neva, and SS. James & Stanislaus Parish, White Lake.

He will begin his duties on Friday.

I’m ready, it’s time, he said about the priesthood. I can’t imagine anything different.

Rev. Weber, by his own account, was an unlikely candidate for the priesthood while growing up in Howards Grove in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

I was busy going through the motions, he said about his faith life. Going to confession was not something I did. I wasn’t really challenged in my faith. Sports and girls is what I lived for (during high school). I was also a troublemaker and class clown. I was being pulled in all different directions.

Weber played football, basketball, baseball and competed in track. Following high school, he moved on to Upper Iowa University where he was a pitcher on the baseball team. A men’s conference during his sophomore year of college proved to be life changing. He was invited to the event by his older brother, PJ.

At the time, I had a girlfriend, he said. I thought (going to the conference) would impress her. I remember seeing the young priests at the conference. The emcee said, ‘Your life will never be the same after today.’ I left changed forever. The men’s conference flipped my world upside down.

Health problems could have set Weber back in his renewed faith. Shortly after telling his family that he wanted to be a priest, his lungs started collapsing. He was diagnosed with spontaneous pneumothorax.

The next two years, I was in and out of the hospital, he explained. I needed to deal with the fact (of whether) I was going to die or not. People bringing me the sacraments, lay ministers, seminarians on their Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) experience and priests visiting my family and praying the rosary with them strengthened my faith.

Weber applied to be a seminarian for the Milwaukee Archdiocese, but was instructed to wait a year. He began meeting priests from the Diocese of Green Bay.

I felt more connected to the seminarians in this diocese, Weber said. It’s not a huge jump. I drive two miles north and I’m in the Green Bay Diocese from where I live. The hospitality of the priests and lay people really made me feel at home.

Weber attended at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana for two years prior to his four years at Mundelein Seminary, just north of Chicago.

Weber, the son of Mark and Elene Weber, is the youngest of four children. In addition to his brother, PJ, he also has a sister, Rachel, and another brother, Nathan. He is the uncle to three nieces Madelyn, Luci and Lydia and a nephew, Silas, his godson.

They teach me a lot and I get to teach them to see what sticks, he added. Some of my homily material comes from conversations with them. They know so much more about their faith than I did at their age.

Weber embraced preaching opportunities as a deacon this past year and will continue to view it as a gift in priesthood.

Sometimes you are so fired up and you have to get it out, but it’s what do they need to hear versus what I want to say, he explained.

Weber celebrated his first Mass of thanksgiving on July 2, at St. Mary Church in Greenville.

(Portions of this article are taken from The Compass, the newspaper of the Green Bay Dioceses, and are used with permission.)
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New-ordained Rev. Zach Weber joins Antigo area parishes Friday.

Newly-ordained priest arriving here this week
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Newly-ordained Rev. Zachary Weber will begin serving Langlade County parishes later this week.

Weber, who was ordained on July 1, has been appointed parochial vicar of St. John Parish and SS. Mary & Hyacinth Parish, Antigo, St. Wenceslaus Parish, Neva, and SS. James & Stanislaus Parish, White Lake.

He will begin his duties on Friday.

I’m ready, it’s time, he said about the priesthood. I can’t imagine anything different.

Rev. Weber, by his own account, was an unlikely candidate for the priesthood while growing up in Howards Grove in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

I was busy going through the motions, he said about his faith life. Going to confession was not something I did. I wasn’t really challenged in my faith. Sports and girls is what I lived for (during high school). I was also a troublemaker and class clown. I was being pulled in all different directions.

Weber played football, basketball, baseball and competed in track. Following high school, he moved on to Upper Iowa University where he was a pitcher on the baseball team. A men’s conference during his sophomore year of college proved to be life changing. He was invited to the event by his older brother, PJ.

At the time, I had a girlfriend, he said. I thought (going to the conference) would impress her. I remember seeing the young priests at the conference. The emcee said, ‘Your life will never be the same after today.’ I left changed forever. The men’s conference flipped my world upside down.

Health problems could have set Weber back in his renewed faith. Shortly after telling his family that he wanted to be a priest, his lungs started collapsing. He was diagnosed with spontaneous pneumothorax.

The next two years, I was in and out of the hospital, he explained. I needed to deal with the fact (of whether) I was going to die or not. People bringing me the sacraments, lay ministers, seminarians on their Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) experience and priests visiting my family and praying the rosary with them strengthened my faith.

Weber applied to be a seminarian for the Milwaukee Archdiocese, but was instructed to wait a year. He began meeting priests from the Diocese of Green Bay.

I felt more connected to the seminarians in this diocese, Weber said. It’s not a huge jump. I drive two miles north and I’m in the Green Bay Diocese from where I live. The hospitality of the priests and lay people really made me feel at home.

Weber attended at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana for two years prior to his four years at Mundelein Seminary, just north of Chicago.

Weber, the son of Mark and Elene Weber, is the youngest of four children. In addition to his brother, PJ, he also has a sister, Rachel, and another brother, Nathan. He is the uncle to three nieces Madelyn, Luci and Lydia and a nephew, Silas, his godson.

They teach me a lot and I get to teach them to see what sticks, he added. Some of my homily material comes from conversations with them. They know so much more about their faith than I did at their age.

Weber embraced preaching opportunities as a deacon this past year and will continue to view it as a gift in priesthood.

Sometimes you are so fired up and you have to get it out, but it’s what do they need to hear versus what I want to say, he explained.

Weber celebrated his first Mass of thanksgiving on July 2, at St. Mary Church in Greenville.

(Portions of this article are taken from The Compass, the newspaper of the Green Bay Dioceses, and are used with permission.)
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New-ordained Rev. Zach Weber joins Antigo area parishes Friday.
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