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Ordination 2022: Meet Michael Willig

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I’m from St. Antoninus Parish on the Westside of Cincinnati. I am the 6th of 8 children. I had an uncle, Fr. Jim Willig, who faithfully served as a priest of this Archdiocese until his death in 2001. Also, I have a brother who is a priest of the Archdiocese, Fr. Jacob Willig.

Growing up, my family emphasized the importance of discerning one’s vocation and that provided me with an openness to God’s plan. When I was a boy, my Uncle, Fr. Jim Willig, as well as Fr. Al Lauer, had a tremendous impact on my respect for the priesthood. I had thought about it when I was a child, but not during high school or college. It wasn’t until a few years after graduating college that I began seriously discerning a call to the priesthood.

My brother, Fr. Jacob Willig. He entered seminary five years before me and having him as a brother and mentor has been an incredible blessing. In addition, I have had several other priests who have mentored me over the years.

Being completely available to serve Christ as one of his priests. Serving the people of God by providing the sacraments and spreading the Gospel. I hope I may be an instrument in the hand of God to accomplish His work.

Praying the rosary has changed my life. It is certainly a favorite of mine. Growing up, my family would pray the rosary together every evening and that has had a major positive impact on my life. If I am offering a brief prayer during the day I like to pray the memorare. Also, I have several devotions. My top three are a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and St. Joseph. I regularly ask for intercession from my patron saints as well (St. Michael, St. Anthony, and St. Anton Daniel).

I enjoy hiking in the wilderness and particularly climbing mountains. To go to the mountains is like a retreat for me.

I am excited to serve as a priest of Jesus Christ. Know of my prayers for you. Please pray for our priests and for vocations to the priesthood.

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