He is one of the very last of the last.
Ordained priest in 1951.
An intellectual. A scholar. A saintly priest. He was my pastor.
His parish, St. John's on the East Side, is an old Irish parish founded in 1886.
See his brilliant writings here: http://www.stjstp.org/Pastors_Page.html.
From a parishioner:
Father Welzbacher will be retiring from full-time ministry at the end of June. He has expressed the wish that this occasion will be marked with much prayer. We are confident that you will want to help make Father’s wish come true.
The people of the Church of St. John , Father Welzbacher’s current pastorate, invite you to participate in the preparation of a massive spiritual bouquet. You can do so by sending your contribution of prayers for Father Welzbacher to Duane Kaczmarek (trustee of St. John’s), 13094 Danube Lane, Rosemount, MN 55068. It is vital that we receive your prayer contribution NO LATER THAN JUNE 9 so that the spiritual bouquet can be presented at the June 15 event marking Father’s retirement.
Thank you for helping to honor the long, faithful service of a brilliant and holy priest.