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Employment History

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Catholic Sun

Associate Pastor
Holy Cross

Associate
Holy Cross

Pastor
St. Joseph Parish


Holy Cross Catholic Church


Diocese of Phoenix

Pastor

Education

technical degree

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YOUR CATHOLIC PRIEST Fr. John ...

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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.


Some of you may remember Fr. ...

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Some of you may remember Fr. John Greb who, years ago, was an associate at Holy Cross. I was happy to know that he finally drew an Elk tag and shot a fine specimen late last year that I was able to enjoy at the dinner table this past Memorial Day.

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I may eventually frame this photo and place it somewhere on the wall but if I ever move in with Fr. Greb, I'll nail just below his mounted elk head.


Fr. John Greb was born and ...

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Fr. John Greb was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, where he was educated through high school.After graduating in 1980, he attended a

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Fr. Greb was ordained a Deacon in 2005 and received his Holy Orders as a priest in 2006 in the Diocese of Phoenix.He is currently the associate pastor of Holy Cross Catholic


Fr. John Greb, pastor of ...

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Fr. John Greb, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in northeast Phoenix, drove an organ to Tonopah.


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Fr. John Greb

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