Schultz leaving St. James the Greater to become senior priest

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The long-time pastor of a Catholic church on the west side of Eau Claire is retiring, and will serve as a senior priest.

Father John Schultz's last day at St. James the Greater Catholic Church is Tuesday. Schultz has been at the church for more than 23 years. He's also worked in in La Crosse, Whitehall, and Blair.

"Technically, I'm a senior priest," he said. "You would call it retired, but I will be doing "help-outs," we call it, filling in for priests for weekends. And I'm going to be gone for seven weeks. But then, I'm already booked for August, helping out at different parishes. And there will be a lot of that. Also helping in other areas whenever some priest needs me for some purpose. So, I won't be as busy as now, but we will be busy.

Schultz told WEAU 13 News he spent the fall thinking about this move, and now, he says it's time.

"I know it's the right decision. At the same time, I'm doing some grieving, because I really have been happy and have liked doing what I was doing and where I was doing it. I have no question about that. And at the same time, I think the future will be good wherever God leads me."

Father Tom Krieg, from the St. Joseph Catholic Parish in Menomonie, will succeed Schultz at St. James the Greater.

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