Directory: Parochial Vicars

Father Gary C. Caster


Born: Lynwood, California
Birthday: November 30, 1961
Ordained: December 19, 1992

Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick, Washington, and Assistant Chaplain of Peoria Notre Dame High School, Peoria (1993). While remaining Assistant Chaplain of Peoria Notre Dame High School, Peoria; Chaplain of Bradley University Newman Center (1994). Chaplain of Peoria Notre Dame High School, Peoria (1995). Chaplain of St. Robert Bellarmine Newman Center, Normal (1999). Assist the Bishop with special projects (2005). Assistant of St. Patrick, Washington and St. Luke, Eureka (2006). Chaplain Williams College, MA (2007).

Parochial Vicar of St. Columba, Ottawa; St. Patrick, Ottawa; and St. Francis of Assisi, Ottawa (2019).



Birthday: April 24, 1986
Ordained: November 8, 2014 (Archdiocese of Parana, Argentina)

Rector of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception; Parochial Vicar of St. Bernard, Peoria; Sacred Heart, Peoria; Associate Director of Hispanic Ministry (2019). Relinquished duties with Office of Hispanic Ministry (2021).

Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick, Urbana and St. Mary, Champaign (6/15/22).

Father Thomas Gibson


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

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 and 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 (6/15/22).

Fr. Ghislain Inai, SMA


Born: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Birthday: October 8, 1973
Ordained: June 26, 2004

Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick, Seneca; St. Theresa, Earlville; St. Mary, Grand Ridge; St. Joseph, Marseilles; St. Patrick, Ransom (2018). While remaining St. Patrick, Seneca; St. Mary, Grand Ridge; St. Joseph, Marseilles; St. Patrick, Ransom (8/1/2021).

Parochial Vicar of Corpus Christi, Galesburg; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Galesburg; St. Patrick, Galesburg; Sacred Heart, Abingdon (6/15/2022).

Father William Keebler


Born in Daytona Beach, FL in 1955.  Ordained in 1991.  Asst. Immaculate Conception, Streator (1991).  St. Edward, Chillicothe (1993).  St. Patrick, LaSalle (1994).  St. Theresa, Alexis; St. Aloysius, Wataga (1996).  Adm. St. Lawrence, Penfield; Holy Trinity, Rankin (1999).  St. Lawrence, Penfield; St. Elizabeth, Thomasboro (2000).  Work outside diocese (2006).  Pastor St. Patrick Tolono (2009).  Adm.  St. Rose, Rushville (2011).  Parochial Vicar, St. Mary, Pontiac; St. Joseph, Flanagan; St. John Cullom (2012) and St. Paul, Odell (2013).  Parochial Vicar St. Mary, Pontiac; St. Joseph, Flanagan; St. Joseph, Chenoa; St. Mary, Lexington (2018).

Parochial vicar Sts. Peter and Paul in Chatsworth, St. Joseph in Chenoa, St. Joseph in Flanagan, and St. Mary in Lexington 2019.

Father Christopher Magesa


Born in Africa 7/24/1968.  Ordained 8/12/2001 in the Geita Catholic Diocese.

Parochial Vicar Saint John Paul II in Kewanee, St. John the Apostle in Woodhull, St. John the Evangelist in Galva and St. John Vianney in Cambridge 2021.

Father Ignatius Mulenda


From Diocese of Rulenge-Ngara.  Ordained September 1990

Parocial Vicar, St. Paul Parish, Macomb; St. Rose of Lima Parish, Rushville; and assistant Chaplain of St. Francis of Assis Catholic Newman Center, Macomb (04/01/2022).

Parochial vicar Holy Family in Danville and St. Anthony in Hoopeston (6/15/2022)

Father Martin Mwongyera, Ph.D., J.C.D.


Born in Nyakishenyi Uganda 8/1/1965.  Ordained 7/28/1996.

Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Conception, Monmouth, St. Theresa, Alexis, St. Andrew, Oquawka and chaplain, Holy Family Hospital, Monmouth, 2008; Parochial Vicar, St. Anthony, Spring Valley, St. Joseph Peru and Associate Chaplain, St. Margaret Hospital, Spring Valley 2009 Left the Diocese September 2009 Parochial Vicar Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria; St. Bernard, Peoria; St. Peter, Peoria 2012;
Judicial Vicar, Office of Tribunal 2015; Incardinated 2016.  Judicial Vicar, Office of Tribunal and pastor St. Mary of the Woods, Princeville 2017. Leave of absence 2018.

Parochial Vicar St. Patrick of Merna in Bloomington, 2020.  Judge Diocesan Tribunal 2021.

Father Andru O’Brien


Born May 13, 1992, Ordained May 26, 2018.

Parochial Vicar, St. Jude Parish, Peoria (2018).  While remaining Parochial Vicar of St. Jude, Peoria, to Parochial Vicar, St. Mary of the Woods, Princeville, 2018.  Parochial Vicar, St. Jude Parish, Peoria 2019.

Parochial vicar St. Mathew, Champaign; St. Boniface, Seymour; and chaplain St. Thomas More High School, Champaign (2021)

Father Michael Pica

Fr. Michael Pica

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.  Chaplain High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign; parochial vicar St. Matthew in Champaign and St. Boniface in Seymour 2019.

Parochial vicar St. Hyacinth, St. Patrick and Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine in LaSalle (2021)

Father Fulgens Marcel Rutatekururwa


Born in Bukoba, Tanzania 7/27/1958.  Ordained 6/12/1988

Parochial vicar, Holy Cross, Mendota and Sts. Peter and Paul, Peterstown 2018.

Parochial Vicar Holy Family in Lincoln, St. Mary in Atlanta, St. Patrick in Elkhart and St. Thomas Aquinas in Mt. Pulaski 2019.

Father Luke A. Spannagel


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); Pastor St. Patrick, Urbana 2017.  Pastor St. Mary and Sacred Heart in Rock Island 2019.

Special assignment and parochial vicar Cathedral of St. Mary, Sacred Heart, St. Bernard and St. Joseph with residence at St. Philomena in Peoria (6/15/2022)

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