John Zimmerman

2nd year theology at Mundelein Seminary

Birthplace/date: Milwaukee, Wis., May 4, 1966

Home parish/location: 1975-1989, St. Joseph, Columbia, and, now, St. Gregory the Great, Bluffton

Family: mom and dad in Columbia, one brother, two sisters

Favorite aspect of seminary: all of it, the whole experience

Most difficult aspect of seminary: dealing with myself in the seminary; I’m a perfectionist, so when I find myself having a short coming, I’m less patient with myself.

3 people you would like to meet: Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Chicago (the band)

Who/what inspired your vocation: my cousin Tommy, Father Michael Wanda, Father Fred Tomczyk

What do you do for stress relief: play piano, watch comedy, become a recluse

Where do you see yourself in 10 years: vocations director and pastor very involved with youth ministry, working with married couples, getting parish more spiritually involved

Last movie you saw: Sixth Sense

Occuption before priesthood: hotel/restaurant manager

Time period you would like to visit: A.D. 30

If you were stranded in a bell tower, what three things would you want with you: Gather comprehensive keyboard hymnal, baby grand piano, liturgy of the hours

If you had 3 wishes, what would they be: to never lose touch with family and friends, to have a large lowcountry parish, to own a baby grand piano

What’s your biggest fear: lack of peers and friends in life

What what did you want to be as a kid: the owner of a hotel

If you could be a patron saint, what would it be of: youth

What might you choose as your personal motto: remain open to the mysterious way God works