Directory: Parochial Vicars

Father Fabian Cabarcas Rua

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Born: Barranquilla, Colombia
Birthday: March 28, 1967
Ordained: December 6, 1997

Parochial Vicar of St. Mary in Bloomington (2021).

Current assignment: Parochial Vicar of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria; Sacred Heart, Peoria; St. Bernard, Peoria; and St. Joseph, Peoria (6/15/2022).

Father Gary C. Caster

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Phone:
413-597-2483
History:

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).

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

Father Thomas Gibson

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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; 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).

Current assignment: Parochial Vicar of St. Mary, Champaign and St. Patrick, Urbana (2022).

Father Ghislain Inai, SMA

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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).

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

Father William Keebler

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Born: Daytona Beach, Florida
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Ordained: 1991

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).

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

Father Christopher Magesa

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

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 (2021).

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

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Email:
fr_martin@cdop.org
History:

Born: Nyakishenyi, Uganda
Birthday: August 1, 1965
Ordained: July 28, 1996

Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Conception, Monmouth; St. Theresa, Alexis; St. Andrew, Oquawka; Chaplain of Holy Family Hospital, Monmouth (2008). Parochial Vicar of St. Anthony, Spring Valley; St. Joseph, Peru; Associate Chaplain of St. Margaret Hospital, Spring Valley (2009). Left the Diocese (2009). Parochial Vicar of 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; Pastor of St. Mary of the Woods, Princeville (2017). Leave of absence (2018).

Current assignment: Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick of Merna, Bloomington (2020). Judge Diocesan Tribunal (2021).

Father Andru O’Brien

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

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).

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

Father Michael Pica

Fr. Michael Pica
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Born:
Birthday: April 2, 1989
Ordained: May 28, 2016

Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick of Merna, Bloomington and St. Mary, Downs (2016). While remaining Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick of Merna, Bloomington and St. Mary, Downs; Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick, Wapella (04/2017). While remaining Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick of Merna, Bloomington and St. Mary, Downs; Chaplain Team at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington (2017). Parochial Vicar of St. Matthew, Champaign and St. Boniface, Seymour; Chaplain of The High School of St. Thomas More, Champaign (2019).

Current assignment: Parochial Vicar of St. Hyacinth, LaSalle; St. Patrick, LaSalle; and Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine in LaSalle (2021).

Father Fulgens Marcel Rutatekururwa

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Born: Bukoba, Tanzania
Birthday: July 27, 1958
Ordained: June 12, 1988

Parochial Vicar of Holy Cross, Mendota and Sts. Peter and Paul, Peterstown (2018).

Current assignment: Parochial of Vicar Holy Family, Lincoln; St. Mary, Atlanta; St. Patrick, Elkhart; and St. Thomas Aquinas, Mt. Pulaski (2019).

Father Luke A. Spannagel

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Phone:
309-837-3989
History:

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

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).

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; in residence at St. Philomena, Peoria (6/15/2022).

Father John Baptist Uwigaba

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Parochial Vicar of St. Maria Goretti, Coal Valley and Mary, Our Lady of Peace, Orion (2017). Parochial Vicar of Corpus Christi, Galesburg; St. Patrick, Galesburg; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Galesburg; and Sacred Heart, Abingdon (2018).

Current assignment: Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph, Peru; St. Valentine, Peru; and St. Mary, Peru (2019).

Father Nicolas Wilson

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

Parochial Vicar of St. Pius X, Rock Island; Chaplain of Alleman High School, Rock Island (2021).

Current assignment: Parochial Vicar of St. Columba, Ottawa; St. Francis of Assisi, Ottawa; St. Patrick, Ottawa; and St. Mary Shrine, Naplate (2022).

Father Jeff Windy

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Born: LaSalle, Illinois
Birthday: 1970
Ordained: 1996

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).

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

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