Fr. Timothy WellesHello! My name is Father Timothy Welles, (I go by Fr. Tim) and I am thrilled to be your new pastor! Let me give you some background information on me so you can “get to know me better.” I was ordained by Bishop Listecki on June 24, 2006 at the Cathedral in La Crosse after attending Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. I began my priestly ministry as the Chaplain for Assumption High School & Middle School in Wisconsin Rapids while serving St. Mary’s (Our Lady Queen of Heaven) Parish. In 2008, I was appointed administrator of St. Lawrence Parish in Wisconsin Rapids & of St. Philip’s in Rudolph. The past two years I was the Associate Pastor of St. Michael’s Parish & Resurrection Parish in Wausau. I was appointed as the Diocesan Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus in 2008 by Bishop Listecki and I belong to the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. I am also part-time studying at the University of Dayton in Ohio to be a “Mariologist” –one who is an expert on the Blessed Virgin Mary—for our diocese. A big part of my prayer life is devoted to her, by saying the rosary and the chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows. My home town is in Green Bay, so that means “yes” I am a Packers fan! I graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1982, so that makes me 50 years old. (Already!) I have one sister, Susan, two years younger than me, and she lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota. My parents James and Mary are deceased, but I am glad that God gave me the grace that they were present for my ordination. My hobbies include bowling—I was the city champion in Green Bay for the 1998 city tournament and I had a 203 average for last season. I also like golfing, but if I shoot 55 or so for 9 holes I’m happy! I also have two parakeets: Glory and Anthony. Glory is about 4 years old her birthday is Sept. 26) and Anthony is about 8 weeks old. I have an absolute passion for music from the 1980’s. If the radio stations are playing reruns from Casey Kasem’s American Top 40, I could listen all day! As you might have guessed, packing and moving from Wausau to here at St. Joseph was a long haul; about a three hour drive. It’s that time of the year when most of us travel long distances and visit friends. One wise priest gave me this suggestion years ago: “travel light.” That’s very good advice for any long journey—“travel light.”