Directory: Parochial Vicars

Father Matthew Deptula

Position(s):
History:

Born: Ogdensburg, New York
Birthday: May 30, 1972
Ordained: May 23, 2015

Current assignment:
Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington and St. Mary, Downs (2022).

Past assignments:
Parochial Vicar of St. Matthew, Champaign and St. Boniface, Seymour (2015).
Administrator of Holy Trinity, Bloomington; St. Patrick, Bloomington; and St. Patrick, Wapella (2017).
Parochial Vicar of Blessed Sacrament, Morton (8/8/2017).
Parochial Vicar of St. Paul, Macomb; St. Rose of Lima, Rushville; Assistant Chaplain of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Newman Center, Macomb (1/31/18).
Pastor of St. Edward, Chillicothe (2019).

Father Thomas Gibson

Position(s):
History:

Born: Chicago, Illinois
Birthday: February 26, 1964
Ordained: May 29, 1993

Current assignment:
Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria; Sacred Heart, Peoria; St. Joseph, Peoria; St. Bernard, Peoria (2023).

Past assignments:
Assistant of Holy Cross, Champaign (1993).
Assistant of St. Thomas the Apostle, Peoria Heights (1994).
Assistant Chaplain of St. John Newman Center, Champaign (1997).
Released to explore Vocation to Carthusian Charterhouse, VT (1999).
Assistant of Sacred Heart, Moline (2000).
Pastor of St. Patrick, Tolono, and St. Joseph, Ivesdale (2001).
Released for discernment in religious life (2003).
Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart, Moline (2011).
Administrator of St. Mary, Moline and St. Mary, East Moline (2012).
Rector for the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria; Parochial Vicar of St. Bernard, Peoria; Sacred Heart, Peoria; St. Joseph, Peoria (2015).
Pastor of St. Anthony, Hoopeston and Chaplain Team at Schlarman Academy, Danville (2017).
Parochial Vicar of St. Mary, Bloomington (2022).
Parochial Vicar of St. Mary, Champaign and St. Patrick, Urbana (2022).

Father Chris G. Haake

Position(s):
Email:
frcgjh@gmail.com
History:

Born: Highland
Birthday: February 8, 1968
Ordained: May 24, 1997

Current assignment:
Parochial Vicar of St. John Paul II, Kewanee; St. John the Apostle, Woodhull; St. John the Evangelist, Galva; and St. John Vianney, Cambridge (2023).

Past assignments:
Parochial Vicar of St. Philomena, Peoria (1997).
Chaplain of Peoria Notre Dame High School, Peoria (1999).
While remaining Chaplain at Peoria Notre Dame High School, Peoria, to Associate Director of Vocations (1999).
Pastor of St. Mary, Kewanee (2002).
While remaining Pastor of St. Mary, Kewanee, to Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi, Kewanee (2003).
Pastor of St. Bernard, Peoria, and Spiritual Director, Cursillo/TEC program (2005).
While remaining Spiritual Director, Cursillo/TEC program, to Assistant Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria (2006).
Administrator of St. Theresa, Earlville, and Chaplain of Marquette Academy, Ottawa (2006).
While remaining Chaplain of Marquette Academy, Ottawa, to Pastor of St. Theresa, Earlville (2008).
While remaining Pastor of St. Teresa, Earlville; part-time teacher at Marquette Academy, Ottawa (2011).
Pastor of St. Patrick, Dwight and Sacred Heart, Campus (2013).
Pastor of St. Patrick, Dwight (2013) and St. Paul, Odell (2018).

Father William Keebler

Position(s):
History:

Born: Daytona Beach, Florida
Birthday: September 2, 1995
Ordained: May 25, 1991

Current assignment:
Parochial Vicar of Sts. Peter and Paul, Chatsworth; St. Joseph, Chenoa; St. Joseph, Flanagan; and St. Mary, Lexington (2019).

Past assignments:
Assistant of Immaculate Conception, Streator (1991).
Assistant of St. Edward, Chillicothe (1993).
Assistant of St. Patrick, LaSalle (1994).
Assistant of St. Theresa, Alexis and St. Aloysius, Wataga (1996).
Administrator of St. Lawrence, Penfield and Holy Trinity, Rankin (1999).
While remaining Administrator of St. Lawrence, Penfield; Administrator of St. Elizabeth, Thomasboro (2000).
Work outside of the Diocese (2006).
Pastor of St. Patrick, Tolono (2009).
Administrator of St. Rose, Rushville (2011).
Parochial Vicar of St. Mary, Pontiac; St. Joseph, Flanagan; and St. John, Cullom (2012).
While remaining Parochial Vicar of St. Mary, Pontiac; St. Joseph, Flanagan; and St. John, Cullom; Parochial Vicar of St. Paul, Odell (2013).
While remaining Parochial Vicar of St. Mary, Pontiac; St. Joseph, Flanagan; Parochial Vicar of  St. Joseph, Chenoa; St. Mary, Lexington (2018).

Father Christopher Magesa

Position(s):
History:

Born: Africa
Birthday: July 24, 1968
Ordained: August 12, 2001 (Geita Catholic Diocese)

Current assignment: 
Parochial Vicar of St. Hyacinth, LaSalle; St. Patrick, LaSalle; and Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine in LaSalle (2023).

Past assignments:
Parochial Vicar of St. John Paul II, Kewanee; St. John the Apostle, Woodhull; St. John the Evangelist, Galva; and St. John Vianney, Cambridge (2021).

Father Daniel McShane

History:

Born: Dallas, Texas
Birthday: February 14, 1990
Ordained: May 25, 2019

Current assignment:
Parochial Vicar of St. Jude, Peoria (2021).
From Interim Chaplain to Chaplain of Peoria Notre Dame High School, Peoria (2023).

Past assignments:
Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Conception, Monmouth and St. Patrick, Raritan; Chaplain of St. Augustine Newman Club at Monmouth College and OSF Holy Family Medical Center (2019).
Interim Chaplain of Peoria Notre Dame High School, Peoria (1/2023).

Father Ignatius Mulenda

History:

Born: Kagera, Tanzania
Birthday: January 25, 1960
Ordained: September 2, 1990 in Rulenge-Ngara Diocese in Tanzania

Current assignment:
Parochial Vicar of Holy Family, Danville (2022) and Administrator of St. Anthony, Hoopeston (2023).

Past assignments:
Parochial Vicar of St. Paul, Macomb and St. Rose of Lima, Rushville; Assistant Chaplain of St. Francis of Assisi Newman Center, Macomb (04/01/2022).
Parochial Vicar of St. Anthony, Hoopeston (2022).

Father Andru O’Brien

History:

Born: Collinsville, Illinois
Birthday: May 13, 1992
Ordained: May 26, 2018

Current assignment:
Parochial Vicar of St. Mathew, Champaign; St. Boniface, Seymour; and Chaplain at The High School of St. Thomas More, Champaign (2021).

Past assignments:
Parochial Vicar of St. Jude, Peoria (2018).
While remaining Parochial Vicar of St. Jude, Peoria; Parochial Vicar of St. Mary of the Woods, Princeville (2018).
Parochial Vicar of St. Jude, Peoria (2019).

Father John Pham

Location(s):
Position(s):
History:

Born: Hue, Vietnam
Birthday: February 20, 1974
Ordained: December 3, 2002

Current assignment:
Parochial Vicar of St. Mary, Bloomington (2024).

Past assignments:
Parochial Vicar of Holy Family, Lincoln and St. Mary, Atlanta (2007).
While remaining Parochial Vicar of Holy Family, Lincoln and St. Mary, Atlanta; Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick, Elkhart and St. Thomas Aquinas, Mt. Pulaski (2014).
Parochial Vicar of St. Mary, Champaign and St. Patrick, Urbana (2016).
Parochial Vicar of Holy Family, Lincoln; St. Mary, Atlanta; St. Patrick, Elkhart; and St. Thomas Aquinas, Mt. Pulaski (2017).
Parochial Vicar of St. Mary, Bloomington (2018).
Completing Visa requirements, Hue, Vietnam (2021).

Father Peter Sarnicki, OFM Conv.

Position(s):
History:

Born: Przemysl, Poland
Birthday: August 28, 1968
Ordained: June 18, 1994

Current assignment:
Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart, Rock Island; St. Mary, Rock Island; St. Pius X, Rock Island (2023).
Local Superior of OFM Conv. (2023).

Past assignments:
Pastor of St. Pius X, Rock Island (2022).

Father Luke A. Spannagel

Position(s):
Phone:
309-837-3989
History:

Born: Effingham, Illinois
Birthday: October 30, 1976
Ordained: May 24, 2003

Current assignment:
Special assignment with the USCCB as a Preacher of the National Eucharistic Revival. Parochial Vicar for the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria; Sacred Heart, Peoria; St. Bernard, Peoria; and St. Joseph, Peoria; Interim Assistant Chaplain of Peoria Notre Dame High School, Peoria (1/2023); in residence at St. Philomena, Peoria (2022).

Past assignments:
Parochial Vicar of Sts. Peter & Paul, Nauvoo; Immaculate Conception, Carthage; Sacred Heart, Dallas City; and St. Mary, West Point (2003).
Assistant Chaplain of St. John Chapel, Champaign (2007).
Director of St. Francis of Assisi Newman Center, Macomb; Administrator of St. Patrick, Raritan (2010).
Chaplain of St. John’s Catholic Newman Center, Champaign (2014).
Pastor of St. Patrick, Urbana (2017).
Pastor of St. Mary, Rock Island and Sacred Heart, Rock Island (2019).

Father Nicolas Wilson

History:

Born: Peoria, Illinois
Birthday: October 13, 1994
Ordained: May 29, 2021

Current assignment:
While remaining Parochial Vicar of St. Columba, Ottawa; St. Francis of Assisi, Ottawa; St. Patrick, Ottawa; and St. Mary Shrine, Naplate; Chaplain of Marquette Academy, Ottawa (2023).

Past assignments:
Parochial Vicar of St. Pius X, Rock Island; Chaplain of Alleman High School, Rock Island (2021).
Parochial Vicar of St. Columba, Ottawa; St. Francis of Assisi, Ottawa; St. Patrick, Ottawa; and St. Mary Shrine, Naplate (2022).

Father Jeff Windy

Position(s):
History:

Born: LaSalle, Illinois
Birthday: November 20, 1970
Ordained: May 25, 1996

Current assignment:
Parochial Vicar of Holy Cross, Mendota; St. Theresa, Earlville; and Sts. Peter and Paul in Peterstown (2021).

Past assignments:
Parochial Vicar of Holy Trinity, Bloomington and St. Patrick, Bloomington (2013).
Parochial Vicar of St. Columba, Ottawa; St. Patrick, Ottawa; and St. Francis of Assisi, Ottawa (2017).
Leave of Absence (2018).

Father Mieczyslaw Wit, OFM Conv.

Position(s):
History:

Born: Stary Dzikow, Poland
Birthday: January 1, 1968
Ordained: June 17, 1995

Current assignment:
Parochial Vicar of St. Pius X, Rock Island; Sacred Heart, Rock Island; St. Mary, Rock Island; sacramental care of Augustana College, Rock Island (2023).

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