Please enjoy Father's letter from the bulletin:
I am Fr. Timothy Reither and I am the new associate pastor here at the Tri-Parishes. I was able to meet many of you briefly over this past weekend; thank you for making me feel very welcome here! For those who may have missed my introduction or would like to know a little more about me, I will give a little more of my background here. I grew up on a hobby farm north of Elk Mound. My job was to take care of the chickens. I have five siblings, two older sisters and three younger brothers. They have all moved out of the house now and my oldest sister is married and has three kids. During high school I worked at Pleasant Valley Tree Farm and spent many hours in the fields shearing Christmas trees.
I first felt called to the priesthood while serving at Mass at my home parish of St. Charles Borromeo in Chippewa Falls. That initial call and attraction to the priesthood never left me after that, but it took some time for me to come to accept it with peace; there were so many other things I was interested in doing at the time. It was really in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament that I felt that peace and reassurance to apply to seminary and discern intentionally a vocation to the priesthood. So after high school I applied and went to IHM seminary in Winona for four years and during which my vocation to the priesthood was confirmed. After that, Bishop asked if I would go to Rome to study theology at the North American College and so for the last four years I have been in Rome studying theology. This past June I finished up my studies and was ordained a priest on the 26th and was given the assignment to be the associate pastor here at these Tri-Parishes.
I am already enjoying my time here and look forward to getting to know you all a little better now that I am all settled in. I would be most happy to meet with any of you and if you’d like your house/farm blessed, or have any specific prayer intentions, please let me know! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org