Fr. Tim Wezner
I was born and raised in Sterling Heights, the middle of five kids. My brothers, sister, and I all went to St. Anne Catholic School in Warren through 8th grade, and Sterling Heights High School after that. Our lives seemed to revolve around the Church while growing up, and I was always very involved at the school and parish. As I got into my 20’s I started visiting other parishes for various activities, and eventually Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Sterling Heights became my home parish.
My journey to the priesthood took a number of years, and a few twists and turns along the way. I started thinking about becoming a priest when I was a little boy, and always talked about it while growing up. I was considering going into the seminary after graduation from high school, but during my senior year I decided I wanted to take a break from school for a year or two. So after high school I got a couple jobs: during the week I worked at a radio station (first at WOMC, later moving to WJR), and on the weekends I worked at the Mariannhill Retreat Center in Dearborn Heights, helping to lead overnight youth and confirmation retreats.
What was supposed to be a year or two off became open-ended. As I prayed, the time didn’t feel right to me. I loved what I was doing at both jobs, but I also kept praying about the priesthood, leaving myself open to whatever God was calling me to. I still felt God wanted me to be a priest, I just didn't know what kind, or when to move forward with it. For a few years, I considered entering religious life, and I even lived full-time with the Mariannhill Fathers at their monastery while still working at the radio station (an unusual arrangement, to say the least). But ultimately I discerned away from that life and towards diocesan priesthood.
After a number of years of working, the call to pursue this vocation grew stronger and stronger, and through prayer and spiritual direction from some great priests, I knew it was time to act and apply to be a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Though I had originally thought I would only take a couple years off after high school, after 10 years of working, I finally entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the fall of 2008.
Since I never went to college, I had to begin at the bottom, in the College 1 class (college freshman). My time in seminary was wonderful, and I am truly thankful for it. I studied four years in the undergraduate program, earning my Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 2012. That was followed by four years of graduate theology studies, earning both a Masters in Divinity (MDiv) and a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB) this past spring.
With thanks and praise to God, I was ordained a priest on May 14, 2016 by Archbishop Vigneron at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. It was a joyous day, and the most incredible event of my life. I have heard from many parishioners that you were present for the ordination, and how much you appreciated what took place there.
I am excited that my first priestly assignment is here with you at St. Hugo’s. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the warm welcome I have received over my first few weeks here. I appreciate all of the greetings and kind words I received from everybody I have met so far. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know you, to work with you, and learn from you. I ask you for your prayers over these next few years, and please know that I am praying for you.
God bless you,
Fr. Tim Wezner