Directory: Chaplains

Father Steven Bird

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frstevenbird@gmail.com
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Born in Carlisle, PA, on Oct. 27, 1964 Ordained May 27, 2000 Parochial Vicar, Holy Family, Lincoln, St. Mary’s Mission, Atlanta, and St. Columba’s Mission, Mason City, 2000; Graduate studies North American College, 2000; Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart, Moline, 2001; Holy Cross, Mendota and Sts. Peter & Paul, Peterstown, 2003; While remaining Parochial Vicar at Mendota and Peterstown, to Parochial Vicar, St. Theresa, Earlville, 2004; Admin. St. Francis of Assisi, Kewanee and Hispanic Ministry, Kewanee, 2005, Pastor St. Francis and Hispanic Ministry, Kewanee, 2007; Released for work outside the Diocese 2009; Pastor, St. Malachy Church, Rantoul 2010; Pastor St. Patrick’s, Colona and assisting with Spanish Masses in Kewanee 2013;
Pastor St. Mary of the Woods, Princeville 2015

Pastor Immaculate Conception, Lacon; St. John XXIII, Henry, chaplain daughters of St. Francis of Assisi, Lacon; St. Joseph Nursing Home, Lacon 2017.

Monsignor Michael C. Bliss

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309-655-2130
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Born in Florissant, MO on May 7, 1961.  Ordained May 25, 1991.  Parochial Vicar Sacred Heart, Moline 1991.  Assistant Chaplain, St. John Newman Center, Champaign 1993.  Assistant Chaplain, OSF St. Francis Medical Center 1996.  Chaplain, OSF St. Francis Medical Center 1998.  Clinical Pastoral Education Residency 2001.  Vicar, Peoria SE Vicariate 2003.  Chaplain to His Holiness 2007 while remaining Chaplain, OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Monsignor Brian K. Brownsey

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Born August 2, 1963 in Streator, IL Ordained May 25, 1996 Parochial Vicar – Sacred Heart, Moline (1996) Pastor – St. Mary, Utica (1998) St. Peter, Peoria (2005) Rector – The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception (2005) Assistant Chaplain – Alleman High School, Rock Island (1997) Chaplain – Marquette High School (1998) Associate Vocations Director (1999) Diocesan Director of Cursillo/TEC (2000) Vocations Director (2003) Director and Chaplain – St. Joseph Newman Foundation, Bradley University (2008) Pastor St. Mark in Peoria while remaining Director of Vocations and Director of Bradley Newman Center (2011)
Pastor St. Mark in Peoria and chaplain/director, St. Joseph Chapel and Newman Foundation at Bradley University (2015)

Father Michael J. Driscoll, PhD

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Born in Peoria on December 28, 1961.
Ordained on May 23, 1992.
Parochial Vicar at St. Paul in Danville (1992). Parochial Vicar at St. Pius in Rock Island (1994). Chaplain at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria (1995). Pastor at St. Mary in Tiskilwa and St. Patrick in Camp Grove (1995). Pastor at St. Patrick in Camp Grove, St. Dominic in Wyoming, and St. John in Toulon (1998). Pastor at St. Mary in Rock Island (2001). Assistant Chaplain at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria (2003). Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa (2012).

Father Edward S. Kopec

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Born in Milwaukee, WI, March 23, 1964 Ordained May 23, 1992 Parochial Vicar, St. Anthony and St. Casimir, Streator, 1992; Epiphany, Normal, 1994. Pastor, St. Mary, Delavan, and St. Joseph, Hopedale, 1995; St. Joseph, Colfax, and St. Rose, Strawn, 1997; Sts. Peter & Paul, Spring Valley, 1998; while remaining Pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul, Spring Valley, to Pastor, St. Gertrude Mission, Seatonville, 2005; Pastor, St. Ann, Toluca, Sacred Heart Mission, Rutland, 2008; Chaplain OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, 2012;

Father Jeffrey G. Laible

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Born in Peoria, Jan. 30, 1961. Ordained May 28, 1988. Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart, Moline, 1988; St. Columba’s, Ottawa, 1990. Pastor, St. Joseph’s, Colfax, and St. Rose, Strawn, 1992, and chaplain, Central Catholic High School, Bloomington, 1993. Pastor, St. Malachy’s, Rantoul, 1997. While remaining Pastor at Rantoul, Pastor of St. Elizabeth’s, Thomasboro, 2001; Pastor, Holy Family, Lincoln and St. Mary, Atlanta, 2005.
Pastor St. Patrick, Elkhart; St. Thomas Aquinas, Mt. Pulaski; Chaplain at Logan and Lincoln Correctional Centers while remaining Pastor at Holy Family, Lincoln; St. Mary, Atlanta, 2011

Monsignor Thomas E. Mack

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Born on March 14, 1952 in Waynesville, MO.
Ordained on May 27, 1978.
Parochial Vicar at St. Malachy in Geneseo (1978). Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart in Moline (1980). Administrator at St. Mary in Keithsburg, St. Therese in New Boston, and St. Andrew in Oquawka (1981). Parochial Vicar at Resurrection in LaSalle (1982). Pastor at St. Patrick in Ransom and St. Mary in Grand Ridge (1988). Pastor at Immaculate Conception in Monmouth, St. Andrew in Oquawka, and St. Patrick in Raritan (1991). Pastor at Holy Family in Lincoln, St. Mary in Atlanta, and St. Columba in Mason City (1997). Administrator at St. Mary in Pontiac (1998). Pastor at St. John in Cullom and St. Joseph in Flanagan (2001). Chaplain to His Holiness (2003). Pastor at St. Mary in Pontiac and St. Joseph in Flanagan (2005). While remaining Pastor at St. Mary in Pontiac and St. Joseph in Flanagan to Pastor at St. John in Cullom (2006). Pastor at Immaculate Conception in Monmouth, St. Theresa in Alexis, St. Patrick in Raritan, and Chaplain at St. Augustine Newman Center at Monmouth College (2012). While remaining pastor at Immaculate Conception in Monmouth, St. Theresa in Alexis, St. Patrick in Raritan, and Chaplain at St. Augustine Newman Center at Monmouth College to Episcopal Vicar for Rural Life (2015).

Father Patrick K. O’Neal

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309-694-2061
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Born in Quebec, Canada, Sept. 11, 1963. Ordained May 26, 1990. Parochial Vicar, Holy Trinity, Bloomington, 1990; Epiphany, Normal, 1991. Pastor, Sacred Heart, Granville; St. Francis Xavier, Bureau, and St. Mary, Tiskilwa, 1993. Vicar, Henry Vicariate, 1996. Pastor, St. Mary, Ottawa, 1998; St. Patrick, Bloomington, 2003; St. Patrick, Bloomington and St. Mary Mission, Atlanta, 2004. Leave of Absence, 2007; Parochial Vicar, St. Monica Church, East Peoria (2010) Full time teacher Peoria Notre Dame HS; In residence and assisting with weekend Mass at St. Philomena, Peoria; 2011 Administrator St. Anthony, Hoopeston; Chaplain, Schlarman Academy, Danville (2012). While remaining chaplain of Schlarman Academy to pastor of St. Anthony, Hoopeston (2014)

Monsignor Rick J. Oberch, J.C.L.

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(309) 699-9315
Born Aug. 11, 1957. Ordained May 25, 1985. Asst., St. Anne’s, East Moline, 1985; St. Malachy’s, Geneseo, 1986. Residence at St. Jude’s, Dunlap, with work at Diocesan Matrimonial Tribunal, 1988. Graduate studies in canon law, St. Paul
Chaplain of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, East Peoria and Mass coverage at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria (2015)

Father Edward U. Ohm

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edward.u.ohm@us.army.mil
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Born in Mattoon on Jan. 9, 1958.
Ordained on May 23, 1992.
Parochial Vicar at St. Stephen in Streator (1992). Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart in Moline (1993). Pastor at Sacre Coeur in Creve Coeur (1994). Parochial Vicar at St. Stephen in Streator (1996). Released for chaplain
service in the United States Navy (1998). Chaplain for United States (2003).

Father Eugene A. Radosevich

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Born in Peoria on October 19, 1960. Ordained on May 26, 1990.
Parochial Vicar for St. Paul in Danville (1990). Pastor at St. Patrick in Camp Grove and duties with Diocesan Tribunal (1992). Pastor at St. Patrick in Havana and Immaculate Conception in Manito (1995). Pastor of St. John in Woodhull and St. John in Galva (2000). Pastor of St. John Vianney, Cambridge while remaining pastor at St. John in Woodhull and St. John in Galva (2003). Pastor of St. Stephen in Streator and St. Patrick in Ransom (2005). Pastor of St. Mary in Downs (2007). Pastor of St. Luke in Eureka and Chaplain of Salve Regina Newman Center at Eureka College (2008). Pastor of St. Joseph in Roanoke and St. John in Benson while remaining pastor of St. Luke and chaplaign of Salve Regina Newman Newman Center at Eureka College in Eureka (2016).

Father Dustin Schultz

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Born in Moline on December 12, 1979.
Ordained on May 24, 2008.
Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent de Paul in Peoria (2008). Parochial Vicar at St. Michael the Archangel in Streator and Chaplain at Marquette Academy (2011). Parochial Vicar at St. Matthew in Champaign and St. Boniface in Seymour (2013). Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent dePaul in Peoria (2014). Administrator at St. Patrick in Wapella and Chaplain of Central High School in Bloomington (2016).

Father Luke A. Spannagel

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309-837-3989
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Born October 30, 1976, in Effingham. Ordained May 24, 2003. Parochial Vicar, Sts. Peter & Paul, Nauvoo, Immaculate Conception, Carthage, Sacred Heart Mission, Dallas City and St. Mary Mission, West Point, 2003. Asst. Chaplain St. John Chapel, Champaign, 2007; Director, St. Francis of Assisi Newman Center, Macomb, Administrator, St. Patrick, Raritan (2010)
Chaplain of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center, Champaign (2014)

Father Johnathan Steffen

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jsteffen@pcj.edu
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Born in Fairbury on July 27, 1972. Ordained on May 26, 2012.
Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick in Washington and St. Monica in East Peoria (2012). Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick of Merna in Bloomington, St. Mary in Downs, and sacramental team member at St. John Paul II Newman Center in Normal (2014). Administrator at St. Mary in El Paso and chaplain at St. John Paul II Newman Center in Normal (2016).

Father Dominic J. Vitaliano

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Born in Long Branch, NJ 7/18/1958.  Ordained 5/25/1991.  Asst. St. Mary, Pontiac (1991).  St. Pius X, Rock Island (1992).  Pastor St. Lawrence, Penfield; Holy Trinity, Rankin (1994).  Pastor St. Thomas, Philo; Immaculate Conception, bongard (1996).  Pastor St. Luke, Eureka (1997).  Chaplain U.S. Air Force (2000).  Pastor St. Bernard, Bushnell; St. Augustine, St. Augustine and chaplain at St. Francis of Assisi Newman Ctr. at Western Illinois University, Macomb (2014).

Father Johndamaseni Zilimu, Ph.D.

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frjohn@saintjohnpaulii-kewanee.org
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Born in Karagwe, Tanzania, East Africa, January 31, 1965. Ordained August 13, 1995. Campus ministry with residence at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center, Champaign, 2000. Parochial vicar, Epiphany, Normal, 2009. Parochial vicar, St. Matthew, Champaign 2010 and St. Boniface, 2012. Administrator, St. Mary, Kewanee, 2013. Pastor, Saint John Paul II, chaplain OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, Kewanee, 2014.

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