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Parochial Vicar

Phone: (480) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: f***@***.org
St. Timothy Catholic School
1730 W. Guadalupe Ave
Mesa , Arizona 85202
United States

Company Description: St. Timothy Catholic School, a ministry of St. Timothy Catholic Community, embraces the mission of the Church in the formation of the whole person in the image and...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • technical degree
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Staff - St. Timothy Catholic Church, Mesa, AZ
www.sttimothymesa.org, 3 Jan 2015 [cached]
Fr. John Greb Parochial Vicar
Contact info: 480.775.5200 frgreb@sttimothymesa.org
Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church
www.stjoephx.org, 2 Oct 2012 [cached]
Fr. John Greb Pastor 602-996-5120
YOUR CATHOLIC PRIEST Fr. John ...
www.catholicsun.org, 30 Nov 2009 [cached]
YOUR CATHOLIC PRIEST Fr. John Greb -- Mechanic becomes priest after 15-year hiatus from Church YOUR CATHOLIC PRIEST: Fr. John Greb -- Mechanic becomes priest after 15-year hiatus from Church
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Fr. John Greb
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Fr. John Greb doesn't have grease under his fingernails anymore. The former heavy-equipment mechanic who once spent his days fixing engines and tinkering with parts was ordained a priest in 2006.
Part of the phenomena of "late vocations" the Church has experienced recently, he's in his 40s, but has only been a priest for three years.
As a child, Fr. Greb thought about becoming a priest, but as he entered his teen years, the dream faded considerably. By the time he left high school, he had stopped attending church altogether.
He earned a technical degree and was apprenticed as a mechanic at Empire Machinery in Mesa. Working on Caterpillar engines all day, he barely thought back to his childhood vision of the priesthood.
After a 15-year hiatus from practicing his Catholic faith, Fr. Greb returned to Church at the invitation of his sister. He felt a strong call to a religious vocation during a Mass that took place at St. Timothy Parish on Thanksgiving Day in l995.
"I received Communion, and I heard a voice within my mind say, 'What about the priesthood?' I tried to push that voice to the background," Fr. Greb said. Meanwhile, he participated in the Arise program, learning more and more about his dormant faith.
"The call became stronger, but I kept telling God I want to be married, to have children. But God is persistent," Fr. Greb said. A framed picture of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen that hangs in his office at St. Joseph Parish attests to what happened next.
"Archbishop Sheen talks about the Hound of Heaven and how he pursues you almost relentlessly," Fr. Greb said.
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When Fr. Greb attended singles' functions at the parish, people would frequently ask him to lead the group in prayer. It even happened with teasing among family members.
"One time we had Thanksgiving or Christmas at my house in Tempe, and my dad, who is not Catholic and is still not Catholic said, 'Oooh - Fr. John.' These things kept happening and happening."
He noticed in his journey back to the Church that the people who really seemed to have a strong faith were very devoted to the Blessed Mother. "I started to look around and I said, 'I want their brand of faith,'" Fr. Greb said.
He made a pilgrimage to Mexico City to see the tilma of St. Juan Diego. There he prayed that if he had a vocation, it would be made known to him. Upon returning to Mesa, he received a holy card with an icon of Christ. When he turned it over, there was a personal prayer for vocations that asked God to make it known if one had a vocation to the priesthood.
"My first reaction was to put it back," Fr. Greb said of the holy card. But he took it and began saying the prayer. A few days later he had a dream in which he saw two people arguing over Hebrews 5.
At the time, he didn't know anything about the Bible and was amazed to turn to the Scripture passage and read: "every priest has been taken out of mankind… God is the one who calls him."
Shortly thereafter, he entered Mount Angel Seminary.
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Fr. John Greb has a "fire his belly for preaching" but he also enjoys four-wheeling in his Jeep.
root/staff/parish_staff_home.htm
www.holycrossmesa.org, 11 April 2008 [cached]
Fr. John Greb
frgreb@holycrossmesa.org
- St. Timothy Catholic Church, Mesa, AZ
www.sttimothymesa.org, 1 April 2014 [cached]
Fr. John Greb frgreb@sttimothymesa.org
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