Directory: Chaplains

Father Joseph Baker

History:

Born in Peoria on December 24, 1986. Ordained on May 23, 2015.
Parochial Vicar at St. Mary in Champaign and St. Patrick in Urbana (2015); Parochial Vicar at St. Mary in Bloomington (2016) and chaplain team, Central Catholic High School, Bloomington 2017.

while remaining on chaplain team of Central Catholic High School, Bloomington; Parochial vicar, Epiphany Parish, Normal (2018)

Monsignor Brian K. Brownsey

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History:

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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History:

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) &  Pastor St. Mary, Utica (2016).

Father Jeremy Freehill

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History:

Born in Bloomington on February 6, 1985. Ordained May 25, 2013.
Parochial Vicar at St. Pius X, Rock Island (2013). Chaplain Team at Alleman High School, Rock Island while remaining Parochial Vicar at St. Pius X, Rock Island (2014). Chaplain at Alleman High School and chaplain at Augustana College; in residence at St. Mary, Rock Island (2016).

Coordinator of Catholic Ministries at Augustana College, Rock Island; Parochial Vicar St. Pius X, Rock Island (2018)

Father Thomas Gibson

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History:

Born in Chicago 2/26/1964. Ordained 5/29/1993. Asst. Holy Cross, Champaign (1993) St. Thomas, Peoria Heights (1994) Asst. Chaplain St. John’s Newman ctr., Champaign (1997) Released to explore vocation to Carthusian Charterhouse, VT (1999) Sacred Heart, Moline (2000) Pastor St. Patrick, Tolono; St. Joseph Ivesdale (2001) Released discernment in religious life (2003) Parochial Vicar Sacred Heart Moline 2011; Administrator, St. Mary’s Parish, Moline and St. Mary’s Parish, East Moline 2012; Parochial vicar St. Mary Cathedral, Peoria and St. Bernard, Peoria and Sacred Heart, Peoria and St. Joe, Peoria (2015); Pastor St. Anthony, Hoopeston and chaplain team at Schlarman Academy, Danville 2017.

Father Geoff Horton

Phone:
217-283-6211
History:

Born in Norman, Oklahoma on November 9, 1964. Ordained May 24, 2008.
Parochial Vicar at St. Bernard, Cathedral of St. Mary, and St. Peter in Peoria; faculty at Peoria Notre Dame High School; in residence at St. Mark in Peoria (2008). Administrator at St. Anthony Church in Hoopeston and chaplain at Schlarman Academy in Danville (2010). Parochial Vicar at Holy Cross in Mendota and Sts. Peter & Paul in Peterstown (2012). Parochial Vicar at St. Mark in Peoria and assistant chaplain at St. Joseph Newman Center at Bradley University in Peoria (2013). Parochial Vicar at Holy Family in Lincoln, St. Mary in Atlanta, St. Patrick in Elkhart, and St. Thomas Aquinas in Mt. Pulaski (2016). Parochial Vicar Holy Trinity, Bloomington, St. Patrick, Bloomington, St. Patrick Wapella and chaplain team, Central Catholic High School, Bloomington 2017.

While remaining Parochial Vicar Holy Trinity, Bloomington and Historic St. Patrick, Bloomington and St. Patrick Wapella to Chaplain St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center, Normal 2018.

Father Jeffrey G. Laible

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History:

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

Father Robert Lampitt

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History:

Ordained May 24, 2008 Parochial Vicar, Sts. Peter & Paul, Nauvoo, Sacred Heart, Dallas City, Summer 2008; further studies in Rome, Fall 2008; Parochial Vicar, St. Matthew, Champaign and Chaplain The High School of Saint Thomas More 2009. While remaining Parochial Vicar St. Matthew, Champaign & Chaplain St. Thomas More, Parochial Vicar St. Boniface, Seymour (2012) Administrator St. Thomas, Philo; St. Mary, Pesotum (2014)
Pastor St. Thomas, Philo and St. Mary Pesotum (2015); Chaplain St. John Catholic Newman Center, Champaign 2017.

Father Steven Loftus

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Email:
steveloftus@catholic.org
History:

Born January 18, 1970 in Decatur Ordained August 2002 Parochial Vicar, St. Mary’s, Pontiac; St. John’s, Cullom, and St. Joseph’s, Flanagan, 2002. From assitant, St. Mary’s Parish and St. John’s Parish, Cullom, and St. Joseph’s Mission, Flanagan, to assistant St. Patrick’s Parish and St. Mary’s Parish, Ottawa, 2004; Administrator, St. John the Baptist, Rapids City; St. Mary, Hampton, 2007; Pastor St. John the Baptist, Rapids city; St. Mary, Hampton, 2008; Pastor, St. John the Baptist, Rapids City, St. Mary, Hampton, and Faculty, Alleman High School 2009. Pastor St. Mary, Rock Island; Sacred Heart, Rock Island and Chaplain at Alleman High School, 2011; Pastor Holy Family, Danville 2013; while remaining pastor of Holy Family, Danville, Chaplain team, Schlarman Academy, Danville 2017.

Monsignor Thomas E. Mack

History:

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).  Vicar of the Galesburg Vicariate (2018).

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

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History:

(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 Thomas Otto

History:

Born in Peoria in 1987.  Ordained 5/25/2013. Parochial vicar Holy Cross, Mendota and St. Theresa, Earlville and Sts. Peter and Paul, Peterstown (2013).
Parochial vicar Immaculate Conception, Monmouth and St. Patrick, Raritan and chaplain of the St. Augustine Newman Club at Monmouth College. (2015)

Father Michael Pica

Fr. Michael Pica
History:

Born on April 2, 1989. Ordained on May 28, 2016.
Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington and St. Mary in Downs (2016).
While remaining parochial vicar of St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, and St. Mary Parish, Downs, to parochial vicar, St. Patrick Parish, Wapella (04/2017); while remaining parochial vicar, St. Patrick of Merna, Bloomington and St. Mary, Downs to chaplain team, Central Catholic High School, Bloomington 2017.

Father Eugene A. Radosevich

History:

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).

While remaining pastor St. Luke, Eureka; St. Joseph, Roanoke; chaplain Salve Regina Newman Center, Eureka; relinquishing duties as pastor St. John the Baptist, Benson (10/1/2018).

Father Bowan Schmitt

Position(s):
Phone:
217-684-5107
History:

Born in Iowa City, Iowa on May 12, 1963. Ordained on May 24, 1997.
Parochial Vicar at St. Thomas in Peoria Heights (1997). Pastor at St. Joseph in Marseilles and St. Patrick in Ransom (2000). Pastor at St. Anthony in Hoopeston and chaplain at Schlarman High School in Danville (2005) Pastor at St. Thomas Church in Philo, Immaculate Conception in Bongard, and St. Mary in Pesotum (2010). Pastor at Holy Cross in Mendota, St. Teresa of Avila in Earlville, and Sts. Peter & Paul in Peterstown (2014). Pastor at St. Paul in Danville (2016). While remaining pastor at St. Paul in Danville to chaplain team, Schlarman Acadamy in Danville 2017.

Father Adam Stimpson

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Email:
fatherstimpson@gmail.com
History:

Ordained May 23, 2009. Parochial Vicar, St. Patrick and St. Hyacinth and Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine, LaSalle, 2009. Parochial Vicar, St. Jude, Peoria; Chaplain, Peoria Notre Dame High School (2012); Chaplain at Peoria Notre Dame High School with residence at St. Philomena in Peoria (2015); Administrator at St. Paul, Macomb (January 2017). Pastor St. Paul, Macomb, St. Rose, Rushville, and chaplain, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Newman Center, Macomb 2017.

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). Parochial vicar St. Mary, Champaign, St. Patrick, Tolono, St. Joseph, Ivesdale, and chaplain Champaign hospitals 2017.

Chaplain, Veteran Administration, 2017

Father Johndamaseni Zilimu, Ph.D.

Position(s):
Email:
frjohn@saintjohnpaulii-kewanee.org
History:

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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