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Charlotte Diocese Priest Assignments 2013 Calendar

Take a look back at the year of the Immaculate Heart as reported by Catholic News Herald:

1. Bishop Jugis dedicates the year to Mary

Last year brought with it some special Marian anniversaries in the Church, Bishop Peter Jugis noted in his homily at Mass on Jan. 1, 2017, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

“We begin this New Year 2017 as we begin every new year – continuing the Christmas season and honoring Mary, the Mother of God, on the Octave of Christmas,” he said during Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral.

But, Bishop Jugis noted, “This New Year is special because in 2017, we are marking several important Marian anniversaries. So it seems appropriate that on this first day, drawing attention to our Blessed Mother Mary, we should make note of the special anniversaries coming up in 2017.”

The year marked the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. The year also marked the 100th anniversary of St. Maximilian Kolbe establishing the Militia of Mary Immaculate.

Accordingly, he said, 2017 should be called “The Year of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

“There will be big festivities going on this year in Fatima, Portugal,” he said. “At Fatima, Our Lady reveals her Immaculate Heart to us. She says, ‘In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.’ We might ask the question: Triumph over what? And, of course, we know the answer: Triumph over all evil.”

Mary’s purity, sinlessness and holiness triumphs over all evil as we see in her Immaculate Conception, he said. God allowed her, at the moment of her conception, to triumph over original sin, crushing the head of the serpent. “In the end she says, ‘My Immaculate Heart will triumph,’ she assures us.”

“To help us celebrate these special anniversaries this year, we chose a line from Mary’s Magnificat as the theme of this year’s Eucharistic Congress: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,’ ” he also announced.

“Those words come from the account of the Blessed Mother’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth, the visitation. At her visitation to her cousin Elizabeth, Our Lady, with the Infant Jesus in her womb, is filled with joy and she praises God: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. My soul magnifies the Lord.’ ”

The year’s Marian theme was adopted for many events and efforts across the diocese last year, including the Bishop’s Lenten Youth Pilgrimage, the Marian Rosary Congress, the Catholic Camporee, and more. Parishes, schools and ministries took the theme to heart, with hundreds of people consecrating or reconsecrating themselves to Jesus through Mary. Holy Trinity Middle School was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart by chaplain Father Joseph Matlak. Charlotte area pro-lifers also inaugurated a Vigil of the Two Hearts each month at St. Patrick Cathedral, dedicating themselves to prayer and penance in reparation for the tragedy of abortion.

 

2. More than 20,000 fill Charlotte streets in Eucharistic Procession

Catholics took to the streets of uptown Charlotte to process and pray during the 13th Eucharistic Congress Sept. 9. Officials estimated it was the largest Eucharistic Process to date, with more than 20,000 participants.

The Eucharistic Procession, in which Bishop Peter J. Jugis carried a monstrance containing a consecrated host – the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ – was a highlight of the two-day Eucharistic Congress that opened Sept. 8.

In his homily for the closing Mass, Bishop Jugis noted that the Eucharistic Congress is a time to rejuvenate one’s soul in fellowship with other Catholics and to receive God’s sanctifying grace in the sacraments of the Eucharist and confession.

“How good it is to see all of you here at this Mass,” Bishop Jugis greeted the thousands seated inside the convention center for the Mass. “This is one time of year that we all come together as one diocesan family,” “to be with thousands and thousands of our brothers and sisters,” to celebrate our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, he said.

“The sheer numbers lift us up,” he said, as we experience together the various aspects of the Congress – from the Eucharistic Adoration and procession, to the educational tracks and activities, to the closing Mass. “It is a tangible spiritual benefit that cannot be repeated elsewhere.”

That spiritual benefit derives from the fact that every aspect of the congress “is centered on the Eucharist,” the bishop said.

The 2017 theme, the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary – “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord” – served as a further inspiration and example for everyone, he continued.
Our souls can proclaim God’s greatness just as Mary did, he said. Starting with our baptism and continuing through the other sacraments of initiation, our souls are “elevated by His sanctifying grace.”

“As you continue in life, the Holy Eucharist is nourishing God’s divine life within you, and your soul continues to proclaim the greatness of the Lord because He is sanctifying you,” he said.

“In imitation of the Immaculate Heart and of her visitation to her cousin Elizabeth, let your soul, let your life proclaim the greatness of the Lord to everyone you meet,” he said. “Share the love and joy of this Eucharistic Congress with everyone you meet.”

 

3. Pastor of the diocese’s largest parish retires

On May 12 Monsignor John J. McSweeney, pastor of St. Matthew Church, announced that he was retiring after 42 years of priestly ministry, effective July 18. In a letter to parishioners, he wrote, “Many thanks to all of you for your support, dedication and wonderful commitment. I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit is truly present and guides St. Matthew.”

Monsignor McSweeney was the first priest ordained for the Charlotte diocese, ordained by the diocese’s first bishop, Bishop Michael J. Begley, on Sept. 29, 1974.

Upon his retirement, parishioners at St. Matthew Church honored him with an endowment to the parish’s World Hunger Drive that will sustain the charitable work for years to come. The annual World Hunger Drive provides packaged meals and sustainability programs to help the hungry through local food banks and also to those in need in Haiti and Jamaica. At last year’s event, 1,500 volunteers packaging 341,280 meals weighing more than 50,000 pounds. Over the years, 1.5 million meals have been packaged by World Hunger Drive volunteers.

Succeeding Monsignor McSweeney was Father Patrick Hoare, who had been pastor of St. John Neumann Church in Charlotte. It was a homecoming of sorts for the new pastor, who once was a member of the parish and then served as a deacon there until his ordination to the priesthood in 2007, which was also held at St. Matthew Church.

In another significant pastoral change, the Jesuits who had been serving at St. Therese Church in Mooresville were reassigned out of state and the parish was reverted to the care of diocesan priests. Father Mark Lawlor, who had been pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Charlotte, was appointed pastor by Bishop Jugis.

 

4. Continued growth seen in vocations

The diocese continued to see an upsurge in religious vocations in 2017.

In June, during a joyful Mass at St. Mark Church in Huntersville, Bishop Jugis ordained five men to the priesthood: Fathers Peter Ascik, Matthew Bean, Brian Becker, Christopher Bond and Christian Cook.

Also, the number of men discerning a priestly vocation continued to swell, as nine additional students moved into St. Joseph College Seminary adjacent to the campus of St. Ann Church in Charlottebringing the total number of college seminarians to 16. The diocese purchased and renovated a second residence to house the additional students, and it closed on a land deal in Mount Holly for the permanent location of the college seminary.

In addition, 15 men from parishes across the diocese took the next step towards anticipated ordination as permanent deacons in 2018.

Many clergy and religious were honored for their jubilee anniversaries in 2017, but none more so than Bishop Emeritus William Curlin, who marked his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination in May. He offered a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Charlotte, surrounded by many friends and fellow priests who had been closest to him over the years. Bishop Curlin, who served as the third Bishop of Charlotte from 1994 to 2002, passed away peacefully on Dec. 23, 2017.

 

5. Diocese target of two lawsuits
The diocese went in court early in 2017 in response to two unrelated civil lawsuits.

In one lawsuit, former seminarian John Brian Kaup was accused of sexual abuse and assault while serving at Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury. The civil lawsuit, filed Feb. 2 by a female parishioner and her parents in Mecklenburg County Superior Court, alleged that Kaup assaulted her on church grounds in 2013. Salisbury police investigated the matter in 2016 with no criminal charges filed.

A former substitute teacher also sued the diocese, the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools system, and Charlotte Catholic High School, claiming that his civil rights were violated when the high school decided to stop calling him for substitute teaching work. Lonnie H. Billard, a retired drama teacher at Charlotte Catholic High School, claimed in a federal lawsuit that he was removed from the school’s list of substitute teachers in late 2014 after announcing plans to marry his male partner, in violation of Church teaching.
Both cases remain unresolved as of press time.

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Jubilarians

70 YEARS: Mercy Sister Alma Pangelinan
65 YEARS: Father Joseph Elzi, CM
60 YEARS: Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin, Mercy Sister Therese Galligan
55 YEARS: Benedictine Abbot Oscar Burnett (deceased), St. Joseph Sister John Christopher
50 YEARS: Jesuit Father Dominic Totaro, Mercy Sister Carolyn Coll, Mercy Sister Jane Davis, Mercy Sister Rose Marie Tresp, Mercy Sister Donna Marie Vaillancourt, St. Joseph Sister Geri Rogers
40 YEARS: Father Roger K. Arnsparger, Father Philip Scarcella, Conventual Franciscan Father Carl Zdancewicz, Deacon Sidney Huff, Deacon Ronald Sherwood
45 YEARS: Redemptorist Father Charlie Donovan, Deacon Ralph Eckoff
35 YEARS: Redemptorist Father John Carney, Deacon Anthony Marini, Deacon George Szalony, Deacon John Zimmerle
30 YEARS: Redemptorist Father Oscar Paniagua, Deacon J. Patrick Crosby, Deacon James Johnson
25 YEARS: Father George David Byers, Father Herbert Burke, Father Stephen Hoyt, Father Andrew Latsko, Father Gi Tae Lee, Father John Putnam, Missionaries of Charity Sister M. Martinella, Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Sister Pushpa Jose, Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Sister Christie, Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul Sister Agnes Maria
20 YEARS: Father W. Ray Williams, Redemptorist Father Alvaro Riquelme, Deacon James Gorman, Deacon Matthew Reilly
15 YEARS: Father Larry LoMonaco, Father Peter K. Nouck, Deacon Scott McNabb, Deacon Roland Geoffroy
10 YEARS: Father Patrick Cahill, Father Richard DeClue, Father Patrick Hoare, Father Fred Werth, Father Ambrose Akinwande, Father Felix F. Nkafu, Deacon John Barone, Deacon John Riehl
5 YEARS: Father Jason Barone, Father Matthew Codd, Father Peter Shaw, Deacon Jose Vargas

In memoriam

Abbot Oscar Burnett, seventh abbot of Belmont Abbey, died Nov. 21, 2017, aged 91.
St. Joseph Sister Mary Isabel Carpenter, cofounder of St. Joseph Academy in Maggie Valley, died June 29, 2017, aged 98.

Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin, third bishop of Charlotte, died Dec. 23, 2017, aged 90.
Mercy Sister Carmen Cruz, a Sister of Mercy for 64 years and primary education teacher in Catholic schools, as well as a certified hospital chaplain, died June 9, 2017, aged 82.
Deacon Charles Dietsch, a deacon for more than 32 years who served most recently at Sacred Heart Church in Brevard, died Aug. 31, 2017, aged 73.
Deacon Kenneth Drummer, who served St. James the Greater Church in Concord for five years, died Aug. 2, 2017, aged 63.
Deacon Bob Gettelfinger, who formerly served at St. Gabriel Church in Charlotte, died Dec. 23, 2017, aged 96.
Deacon Eugene Gillis, a charter member of Holy Cross Parish, died June 14, 2017, aged 87.
Sister Veronica Grover, SHCJ, a Sister of the Holy Child Jesus for 66 years, who helped to establish a justice and peace center named Pacem in Terris and served St. Luke Church in Mint Hill as director of education, died April 11, 2017.
Deacon Charles Knight, a member of Our Lady of Consolation Parish since 1962 who served as a deacon for more than 34 years, died Sept. 13, 2017, aged 85.
Deacon Robert Michael Kratchman, who served as a deacon for 25 years, most recently for the past six years at St. Therese Church in Mooresville, died April 6, 2017, aged 83.
Father Charles Reese, who served as pastor of St. Philip the Apostle Church in Statesville; St. Benedict Church in Greensboro; Immaculate Conception Church in Hendersonville; and St. Ann Church in Charlotte, died Nov. 2, 2017, aged 93.
Deacon Frederick Scarletto, a deacon for 22 years who served at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in High Point for six years, died on Oct. 9, 2017, aged 66.
Mercy Sister Mary Matthew Snow, a Sister of Mercy for 62 years who served as a teacher at Charlotte Catholic High School, Sacred Heart College, Belmont Abbey College, and the Catholic Orphanage of Nazareth in Raleigh, died March 31, 2017, aged 95.

Building for growth

2017 saw several building and special projects across the Diocese of Charlotte:

FEBRUARY: St. Pius X Church in Greensboro dedicated a new 23,477-square-foot Simmons Parish Center.
APRIL: St. James the Greater Church in Concord dedicated Our Lady of Guadalupe Hall. So far, 9,000 square feet of the 22,500-square-foot building have been readied for classroom, meeting and social gathering spaces.
JULY: St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Charlotte was dedicated July 22 by Bishop Jacob Angadiath of Chicago.
SEPTEMBER: The Diocese of Charlotte purchased land in Mount Holly for the permanent location of St. Joseph College Seminary. Another residence to house additional college seminarians was purchased in Charlotte.
St. Benedict Church completed a restoration of its 120-year-old sanctuary and nave, and it was dedicated by Bishop Jugis.

Other projects
- Historic St. Joseph Church in Mount Holly began receiving critical renovations.
- Christ the King High School began expansion with 27,000 square feet of new construction.
- Western Carolina University’s Campus Ministry building received needed updates, including a renovated chapel.

Special anniversaries

- St. Michael School in Gastonia, 75 years
- Pennybyrn at Maryfield in High Point, 70 years
- St. Gabriel Church in Charlotte, 60 years
- Our Lady of Mercy School in Winston-Salem, 60 years
- Catholic Daughters Court Sacred Heart 1759, 60 years
- St. John Neumann Church in Charlotte, 40 years
- St. Luke Church in Mint Hill, 30 years

Top stories online

In 2017, 128,557 visitors to www.catholicnewsherald.com viewed a total of 302,535 pages. The 10 most popular stories last year were:
- Priest assignments for 2017: 21,546
- View the current print edition of the Catholic News Herald: 8,435
- Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin passes away: 5,038
- A tribute to Monsignor John McSweeney: 3,749
- Diocese buys land for college seminary: 2,779
- 2017: The Year of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: 2,678
- Deacon Toner: Why we should not attend the traditional Latin Mass: 2,525
- Bishop Jugis ordains five men to the priesthood: 2,122
- New pastor of largest Catholic flock in U.S. settles in: 2,160
- Parishioners restore Greensboro’s oldest Catholic church to its original splendor: 1,729

By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger

Bishop Martin Amos announces the retirement of four priests effective June 30 and new assignments for 10 priests effective July 1.

Retirements

Fr. Busher

• Father Robert Busher, 71, graduated from St. Ambrose College-Davenport and completed his theology studies and master’s in theology at the North American College in Rome. On July 17, 1976, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gerald O’Keefe at St. Mary Church-Williamsburg.
Fr. Busher was a temporary chaplain at University Hospitals in Iowa City in 1976, associate pastor at St. Patrick Parish-Iowa City from 1976-78 and St. Mary–Clinton from 1978-82. He then served as pastor of St. Joseph–East Pleasant Plain and St. Frances Xavier Cabrini–Richland from 1982-86, St. Thomas More-Iowa City from 1986-89, St. Patrick-Iowa City from 1989-1996, St. Mary–Oskaloosa from 1996-2005, canonical pastor of Immaculate Con­ception–Colfax from 2004-05, pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral–Davenport from 2005-10. He currently serves at St. Mary–Wilton. Fr. Busher also served as director of vocations from 1989-96.

Fr. Lumsden

• Father Patrick Lumsden, 69, attended the University of Iowa and graduated from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee. He completed his theology studies at Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corners, Wis. On Jan. 21, 1996, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop William Franklin at St. Mary–Iowa City.
Fr. Lumsden was a parochial vicar at Holy Family–Davenport from 1996-98. From 1998-2000, he served as parochial vicar at St. John the Baptist–Burlington, St. Patrick–Burling­ton, St. Paul–Burlington, St. Mary– Dodgeville and St. Mary–West Burling­ton. St. John the Baptist and St. Paul merged to become Ss. John & Paul while St. Patrick-Burlington and St. Mary-West Burlington merged to become Ss. Mary & Patrick. He was then pastor at St. Joseph–Columbus Junction, St. Mary– Dodge­ville and St. Mary–Wapello from 2000-04; St. Joseph–North English and St. Joseph–Parnell from 2004-09. He has been pastor at St. Patrick-Georgetown, St. Peter–Lovilia and St. Patrick–Melrose since 2009.

Msgr. Parizek

• Msgr. James Parizek, 69, graduated from St. Ambrose College, did his theology studies at the American College of the University of Louvain in Belgium, and completed his canon law degree from the Catholic University of America–Wash­ington, D.C. On July 15, 1972, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop O’Keefe at St. Wenc­es­laus Church–Iowa City.
Msgr. Parizek was an associate pastor at St. Paul the Apostle–Daven­port from 1972-76. He served as assistant chancellor/auditor tribunal, vice officialis/pro synodal judge, the vice chancellor/officialis, and then judicial vicar/director of tribunal during the years 1976-2001. He received the title monsignor in 1989. He returned to parish ministry as a parochial vicar at Holy Family–Davenport from 2001-02 and has been pastor at Our Lady of Victory– Davenport since 2002.

Fr. Roost

• Father Joseph Roost, 69, graduated from Loras College in Dubuque. He attended St. John Uni­versity in Collegeville, Minn.; St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore; and completed his theology studies at Sacred Heart School of The­ology in Hales Corners, Wis. On Nov. 25, 1989, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop O’Keefe at All Saints–Keokuk.
Fr. Roost was parochial vicar at St. Mary–Fort Madison in 1990 and at Holy Family–Davenport from 1990-94. He then served as pastor at Immaculate Conception–Colfax and Sacred Heart–Valeria from 1994-96. He has been pastor of St. Patrick–Marengo and St. Mary–Williamsburg since 1996 and St. Joseph–North English since 2009.

New assignments

Fr. Anstey

• Father Kevin Anstey, 31, will become administrator at St. Anthony–Knoxville and Sacred Heart–Melcher. He graduated from Conception Semi­nary College in Con­ception, Mo., and completed his theology studies at Mundelein Semi­nary at St. Mary of the Lake, Ill. On June 7, 2014, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Martin Amos at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Fr. Anstey has been parochial vicar at St. John Vianney–Bettendorf since 2014.

 

 

Fr. Close

• Father Corey Close, 32, will become administrator at St. Patrick–Brooklyn and St. Bridget–Victor. He graduated from the Uni­versity of Iowa and completed pre-theology studies at Mundelein Semi­nary at St. Mary of the Lake, Ill., and theology studies at the North American College in Rome.
On June 23, 2012, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Amos at Sacred Heart Cathedral. After assisting at various parishes that summer, he returned to school and completed advanced studies in marriage and family life at John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C. He then served as parochial vicar at Prince of Peace–Clinton from 2013-15. He has served as parochial vicar at St. Mary–Iowa City and campus minister at the Newman Catholic Student Center-Iowa City since 2015.

Fr. Goetz

• Father Marty Goetz, 49, will become pastor of St. Mary–Dodgeville and Ss. Mary & Patrick–West Burlington while remaining as pastor of Ss. John & Paul-Burlington.
He attended Southeastern Community College and St. Ambrose University. He completed his theology studies at Mundelein Seminary at St. Mary of the Lake, Ill. On May 29, 1992, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop O’Keefe at All Saints–Keokuk.
Fr. Goetz was parochial vicar at St. Patrick–Iowa City from 1992-93, Our Lady of Victory–Davenport from 1993-97 and Prince of Peace–Clinton from 1997-99. After a leave of absence he returned to active ministry in the diocese in 2001. He was administrator, then pastor, at Holy Trinity–Keota from 2002-08, St. Mary–Sigourney from 2006-08 and Our Lady of Lourdes–Keswick from 2006-07. He then served as diocesan director of vocations from 2007-11. He was pastor at Holy Trinity–Richmond, St. Mary–Riverside and St. Joseph–Wellman from 2011-12. He has been pastor at Ss. John & Paul–Burlington since 2012.

Fr. Greiner

• Father Jacob Greiner, 34, will become pastor at Our Lady of Victory–Davenport. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and completed his theology studies at St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul, Minn. On May 25, 2013, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Martin Amos at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Fr. Greiner served as parochial vicar at Ss. Mary & Mathias–Muscatine from 2013-14. He has served as administrator and then pastor of St. Anthony- Knoxville and Sacred Heart–Melcher since 2014.

 

Fr. Kneemiller

• Father William Kneemiller, 65, will serve as parochial vicar at St. Paul the Apostle–Davenport while remaining as chaplain at the Kahl Home–Davenport. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, Mo., and completed his theology studies at St. Paul Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. On June 12, 1999, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop William Franklin at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Fr. Kneemiller served as parochial vicar at St. Paul the Apostle from 1999-2003. From 2003-04 he served as a military chaplain in Iowa, Missouri and then Iraq with the Army Reserves. Upon his return he served as pastor at Sacred Heart–Lost Nation, St. James–Toronto and Sacred Heart–Oxford Junction from 2004-10. He then served as chaplain in the Army Reserves in Iowa, California and Afghanistan. When he returned he served as pastor at St. Joseph–Hills, St. Mary–Lone Tree and St. Mary–Nichols from 2010-12. He returned to the parishes in Lost Nation, Toronto and Oxford Junction, as well as Ss. Philip & James– Grand Mound from 2012-15. After deployment to the Middle East as a military chaplain in 2015, he returned and has served as chaplain at the Kahl Home.

Fr. Joseph Phung

• Father Joseph Phung van Phung, 58, will become pastor of Holy Family–Fort Madison and St. Joseph – Montrose. Born in Vietnam, he began theology studies there before his school was closed. He immigrated to the United States in 1993 and studied at St. Ambrose University and completed his theology studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. On June 24, 2000, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Franklin at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Fr. Phung served as parochial vicar at St. Mary–Iowa City from 2000-04 and at Sacred Heart Cathedral–Davenport from 2004-08, where he also served the Vietnamese Catholic community. He became administrator in 2008 and then pastor at St. Alphonsus-Mount Pleasant, where he currently serves.

Fr. Roush

• Father William Roush, 62, will remain parochial vicar at Ss. John & Paul-Burlington and also serve St. Mary–Dodgeville and Ss. Mary & Patrick–West Burlington. He graduated from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee and worked for 25 years at Monsanto and was a partner in two businesses in Iowa. He was married to Cynthia Druva-Roush for 11 years before she passed away from breast cancer. They have two daughters. He completed his theology studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis. On June 6, 2015, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Amos at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Since ordination Fr. Roush has served at Ss. John & Paul–Burlington.

 

Fr. Shepley

• Father Brian Shepley, 54, will become pastor of St. Alphonsus in Mount Pleasant. He attended North Area Iowa Community College–Mason City and St. Ambrose University. He did his theology studies at Mundelein Seminary at St. Mary of the Lake, Ill., and completed his studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology–Hales Corners, Wis. On June 12, 1992, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop O’Keefe at St. Joseph–DeWitt.
Fr. Shepley served as parochial vicar at All Saints–Keokuk from 1992-95 and St. Mary–Iowa City from 1995-98. He served as pastor at St. Mary–Wilton from 1998-2004 and chaplain at Assumption High School–Davenport from 1998-02. He served as pastor of St. Andrew–Blue Grass from 2000-04. He has been pastor at St. Patrick–Brooklyn and St. Bridget–Victor since 2004.

Fr. Steinle

• Father David Steinle, 65, will become pastor at St. Mary–Wilton and parochial vicar at Ss. Mary & Mathias–Muscatine. He graduated from the University of Iowa and completed his theology studies at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. On June 7, 1979, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop O’Keefe at St. Paul–Burlington.
Fr. Steinle was associate pastor at Holy Family–Davenport from 1979-81; served on faculty at Assumption High School–Davenport from 1981-92, as pastor of Assumption–Charlotte and St. Patrick–Villa Nova from 1989-93, on faculty at Mater Dei High School–Clinton from 1992-97, as pastor of Assumption & St. Patrick–Charlotte from 1993-97, St. Alphonsus–Davenport and St. Peter–Buffalo from 1997-2007, St. Andrew–Blue Grass from 1997-2000, St. Mary–Wilton from 1997-98 and has served as pastor at Ss. Mary & Patrick-West Burlington and St. Mary–Dodgeville since 2007.

Fr. Wilkening

• Father David Wilkening, 67, will become pastor of St. Patrick–Marengo, St. Joseph–North English and St. Mary–Williamsburg. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and completed his theology studies at St. Paul Seminary. On June 9, 1979, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop O’Keefe at St. Mary–Sigourney.
Fr. Wilkening was an associate pastor at Sacred Heart–Clinton from 1979-83 and St. Mary–Iowa City from 1983-84. He served as pastor of St. Mary Magdalen–Bloomfield and St. Aloysius–Eldon from 1984-85, St. Joseph–What Cheer, Our Lady of Lourdes–Keswick and St. Joseph–North English from 1985-91, St. Mary–West Point from 1991-2002, St. Boniface–Farmington from 1996-2002, St. Mary–Solon from 2002-10 and has served as pastor of Holy Family–Fort Madison and St. Joseph–Montrose since 2010.

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