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  • 10/12/18AC Athletics: Coach Profile - Father Michael

    Father Michael Zimmerman 

    Parochial Vicar, Saint Agnes Parish

    Cross Country Coach, Arlington Catholic High School

    "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

    2 Tim 4:7-8

    Father Michael Zimmerman grew up in Needham, MA. He attended Xaverian Brothers High School (his new AC family won’t hold his high school resume against him) where he was a track star for the Hawks. Father Michael received the Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship to Boston University. The four-year, full-tuition scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior of a parochial high school in the Archdiocese of Boston. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership ability, and community service. Over the past 10 years, 9 AC students have been selected for this prestigious award.

    Once again excelling in track at BU, at the heart of Father Michael’s high school and college years his faith grew stronger and a calling to a life of vocation became paramount in his life.

    Q: How did you receive word of your assignment to Saint Agnes Parish?

    A: I was on pilgrimage in the Holy Land and received a phone call from Cardinal Sean O’Malley in Jerusalem.

    Q: Your official title is Parochial Vicar, what does that entail and what is your role in the parish?

    A: I do whatever Fr. Marc asks me to do. Sacramental Ministry - weekday and Sunday Masses, confessions, Baptisms, Weddings, Visiting and Anointing the Sick, Chaplain to Saint Agnes School, Cross Country Assistant Coach, Chaplain to Pro-Life Committee; coordinate RCIA and Adult Faith Formation; coordinate special events (Marian devotions, pilgrimages, retreats, youth events, etc.)

    Q: As Chaplain at Saint Agnes School, what’s your role?

    A: Official "Good Morning" high five giver. Give blessings to students and classrooms. Give reflections at school-wide morning prayer twice a week. Visit classrooms and do Q&A on Catholic Faith topics. Weekly Bible-base morning prayer with the teachers. Meet with the Administration to discuss Catholic Identity. Monthly Masses and confessions. Monthly conferences with the teachers.

    Q: Only a month in, but how’s your experience coaching Cross Country at AC been?

    A: I was a longer sprinter at BU, now I'm an out-of-shape long sprinter. I did a workout yesterday with the team and did 3 x 1 mile repeats around 5:40 pace. I think I could still do a 5 minute mile if I were chased by a bear. I'm excited for the track season to see how the sprinting goes, watching races still gets my adrenaline going.

    Athletic Profile from college years (https://goterriers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=5749)

    Q: As a former high school and college athlete what are you hoping to provide our student athletes here at AC?

    A: I hope I can offer students at AC a passion for excellence. Becoming the best version of yourself means discipline and hard work, but also having fun and being a part of a team. Do your best and trust God to take care of the rest. These are lessons that help us in everyday life and our relationship with God.