Fr. Daren J. Zehnle
I was born on Easter Sunday, March 26, 1978, in Quincy, Illinois and I have one brother. I went to Mundelein Seminary and was ordained a priest on May 28, 2005. I have been the Parochial Vicar at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Effingham, Illinois since July 2005.
I certainly knew during my sophomore year of high school. I can't say that there was one "moment" when I knew for sure; it was, rather, a gradual awareness of God's will for me.
2. Who was most influential in your pursuit of a priestly vocation?
My pastor, Fr. John Beveridge. He was an excellent example of service throughout grade school and high school.
3. Where will you spend Christmas this year?
I was going to spend it on the road back home to Quincy but ended up staying at my parish due to my frail health (I returned to Quincy the day after Christmas).
4. How often do you get to visit your family?
Sadly, only about three times a year, and only for a day at a time. The drive simply is too long and we have two Masses everyday in the parish.
5. What are some of your favorite pastimes?
I enjoy reading, writing, swimming, hiking and playing video games.
6. What is your favorite t.v. show?
That's a hard one so I list a few: Everybody Loves Raymon, As Time Goes By, Keeping Up Appearances, Scrubs
7. Who or what makes you laugh?
I love dry, witty sarcasm; there's nothing finer!
8. What keeps you grounded as a priest?
The celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
I am delighted to have met this young, passionate priest here on the island of Oahu. Esther introduced him to me and a group of homeschoolers at the state capitol when Bishop Larry Silva, some local priests, parishioners and school students from our Catholic churches gathered there to celebrate the life of Blessed Damien.
Send your words of support and encouragement to Fr. Daren at firstname.lastname@example.org.