Directory: Parochial Vicars

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)

Father Gary C. Caster

Position(s):
Phone:
413-597-2483
History:

Born in Lynwood, CA, Nov. 30, 1961 Ordained Dec. 19, 1992

Parochial vicar St. Patrick in Washington, and asst. chaplain, Peoria Notre Dame High School 1993; Chaplain Bradley University Newman Center while remaining asst. chaplain Peoria Notre Dame 1994; Chaplain Peoria Notre Dame 1995. Chaplain St. Robert Bellarmine Newman Center in Normal 1999; Assist the Bishop with special projects 2005; Asst. St. Patrick in Washington and St. Luke in Eureka 2006.  Chaplain Williams College in MA 2007.

Parochial vicar, St. Columba, St. Patrick, and St. Francis of Assisi parishes in Ottawa 2019.

Father Vien Van Do

Position(s):
History:

Born in Jue, Vietnam, Feb. 4, 1951 Ordained Dec. 22, 1990 Parochial Vicar, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Galesburg, 1990; Administrator, St. Elizabeth’s, Thomasboro, and Sacred Heart, Ludlow, 1994; Pastor, St. Elizabeth, Thomasboro, and Sacred Heart, Ludlow, 1994; St. Philomena, Monticello, and St. Michael, Bement, 1996; Leave of absence, 1998; Assistant, St. Anthony, Streator, 1999; Leave of absence, 1999; Parochial Vicar, St. Philomena, Peoria, 2000; Sacred Heart, Moline, 2003; Administrator, St. Dominic, Wyoming, St. Patrick, Camp Grove, St. John the Baptist, Bradford, 2006; Pastor, St. Dominic, Wyoming, St. Patrick, Camp Grove and St. John the Baptist, Bradford, 2008
Parochial vicar at St. Mary of Lourdes, Germantown Hills and St. Mary, Metamora and St. Elizabeth, Washburn with pastoral care of Vietnamese Catholicsin Peoria and Bloomington regions. (2015)

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 Augustine Kassa, SMA

Position(s):
History:

Born 1981 in Sokode, Togo.  Ordained 2012.  Parochial vicar St. Francis of Assisi and St. Patrick, Ottawa (2014); Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick, Seneca, St. Theresa, Earlville and St. Mary, Grand Ridge 2017.

Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick, Seneca; St. Theresa, Earlville; St. Mary, Grand Ridge; St. Joseph, Marseilles; St. Patrick, Ransom (2018)

Father William Keebler

Position(s):
History:

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 Thomas Otto

Position(s):
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).

Parochial vicar St. Hyacinth and St. Patrick in LaSalle 2019.

Father James Pankiewicz

Position(s):
Phone:
309-673-6317
History:

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri on November 24, 1980. Ordained on May 29, 2010.
Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Church in Pekin (2010). Parochial Vicar at Sacre Coeur, Creve Coeur while remaining Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph in Pekin (2012). Assistant Chaplain at St. John Catholic Newman Center at University of Illinois in Champaign (2013). Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of St. Mary, St. Bernard, and Sacred Heart in Peoria (2016).

Father John Pham

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

Parochial Vicar at Holy Family in Lincoln and St. Mary in Atlanta (2007). Parochial Vicar at St. Patirck in Elkhart and St. Thomas Aquinas in Mt. Pulaski while remaining at Holy Family in Lincoln and St. Mary in Atlanta (2014). Parochial Vicar at St. Mary in Champaign and St. Patrick in Urbana (2016).  Parochial vicar, Holy Family in Lincoln, St. Mary in Atlanta, St. Patrick in Elkhart and St. Thomas Aquinas in Mt. Pulaski 2017.

Parochial Vicar, St. Mary, Bloomington (2018)

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.

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

Father Jacob Rose

Position(s):
History:

Born 2/25/1987.
Ordained 5/25/2013.
Parochial Vicar St. Michael the Archangel, Streator; St. Patrick, Seneca; Chaplain of Marquette Academy, Ottawa (2013). From Parochial Vicar, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Streator; St. Patrick Parish, Seneca; and chaplian, Marquette Academy, Ottawa, to administrator, St. Joseph Parish, Peru (01/09/2017).  While remaining Administrator of St. Joseph, Peru, to Administrator of St. Valentine, Peru and St. Mary, Peru (8/4/17).  Administrator of St. Joseph, Peru (10/26/17); Pastor St. Joseph, Peru (2018) Leave of absence 2018.

Parochial Vicar Corpus Christi, Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick in Galesburg and Sacred Heart in Abingdon.

Father Thomas R. Szydlik

Position(s):
History:

Born Plattsburgh, NY, January 21, 1977. Ordained May 24, 2003. Parochial Vicar, St. Matthew, Champaign, 2003; studies in Rome in the fall, 2003. Parochial Vicar, St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria, 2004; St. Pius X, Rock Island, 2005. Leave of absence, 2006. Parochial Vicar, Sts. Peter & Paul, Nauvoo; Immaculate Conception, Carthage; Sacred Heart, Dallas City; St. Mary, West Point, 2007.

Parochial vicar Sts. Peter and Paul, Nauvoo; Sacred Heart, Dallas City; Immaculate Conception, Carthage; St. Mary, West Point; Sacred Heart, Warsaw; St. Mary, Hamilton (2012)

Father Thomas E. Taylor

Position(s):
History:

Born in Wroughton, England on September 22, 1952. Ordained on May 28, 1983.
Parochial Vicar of Holy Cross in Mendota (1983). Parochial Vicar of Epiphany in Normal (1986). Chaplain of the United States Air Force (1988). Pastor of St. John in Woodhull and St. John in Galva (1992). Parochial Vicar at Holy Family in Lincoln (1993). Pastor of St. John in Bradford (1996.). Leave of absence (1997). Parochial Vicar of Holy Family in Lincoln, St. Mary in Atlanta, and chaplain of the Lincoln Correctional Center (1998). Parochial Vicar at St. Thomas the Apostle in Peoria Heights (2004). Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent De Paul in Peoria (2016).

Father Binh K. (Thaddeus) Tran

Position(s):
History:

Born March 15, 1956. Ordained May 23, 1992. Parochial Vicar, St. Edward, Chillicothe, 1992; Blessed Sacrament, Morton, 1993; St. Pius X, Rock Island, 1994. Pastor, St. Anthony, Matherville, and St. John, Viola, 1995; St. John, Walnut, and Immaculate Conception, Ohio, 1996. Leave of absence, 2005. Administrator, St. Bernard, Bushnell, and St. Augustine, St. Augustine, 2006. Pastor, Sts. Peter & Paul, Chatsworth and St. James, Forrest, 2007.
Sabbatical for service in Florida parishes (2013).  Parochial vicar St. Patrick, Washington; St. Monica, East Peoria; St. Mary, El Paso 2018.

While remaining parochial vicar St. Patrick, Washington; St. Monica, East Peoria; relinquishing duties as parochial vicar St. Mary, El Paso (10/1/2018)

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