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Priest will retire after 85th birthday, but hopes not to slow down


Fr. Welzbacher is ready for the next chapter in his long career. (photos by Patrick Larkin/Review)

Rev. George Welzbacher sits at his desk in his office at the rectory beside St. John’s. Welzbacher is a big collector of books, and will have to get them all packed up before moving out.

On Thursday, June 13, the Rev. George Welzbacher turned 85 years old. He’s been a Roman Catholic priest for 62 years, most recently at St. John’s Catholic Church on the East Side. And with the closing of St. John’s on June 30, he’ll be going into retirement, nominally at least.
Though he’ll be moving into senior housing owned by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, he intends to keep busy, helping out at a St. Louis Park church among other things.