Monsignor Edward J. Weber has attended the last roughly 20 Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parades, but the most recent one from this past Sunday will forever stick out in his mind, as he was the grand marshal of the parade.
“It’s one of the most memorable moments of my entire life,” he said. “It’s such an honor.”
Weber grew up in the Bronx and attended St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree and was ordained in 1976. After moving around a bit to a few locations, Weber was named pastor at St. Francis of Assisi parish in West Nyack in 1994.
Two years later, he was named to the Priest’s Council, representing Rockland County. In 2002, Weber was named Regional Vicar of Rockland and was appointed to the Pastor’s Advisory Board for the Cardinal’s Appeal, the Pastor’s Advisory Board for the Bicentennial Campaign and the Inter-Parish Finance Commission. He was also a part of the planning for the papal visit of Pope Benedict XVI to New York in 2008.
In 2012, Weber was appointed to the Director of Priest Personnel of the Archdiocese of New York
Weber also was the Chairman of the Board of Ethics of Clarkstown and served on the boards for Helping Hands and Home Health Aides of Rockland, as well as for Albertus Magnus High School. He was also the Board Chair of Catholic Community Services of Rockland.
He has been marching in the county’s parade for the last 15 years or so, and said it is always en exciting day.
“I’m just happy to see the spirit of everyone here at the parades, from the kids through the adults,” he said. “Everyone is always excited to be here and it makes for a great parade.”