New vicars are named for Danville, Kewanee and Pontiac

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has appointed new vicars forane to serve three vicariates in the Diocese of Peoria. All appointments are effective on Wednesday, June 12.

Father Greg Nelson, pastor of St. Paul’s Parish in Danville, will become vicar of the Danville vicariate. He succeeds Father Ted Pracz, who has been granted senior status.

Father S. Stephen Engelbrecht, current pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Andalusia, who will become pastor of St. Anthony’s Parish in Atkinson on June 12, will serve as vicar of the Kewanee vicariate, which had been served by Father Tony Lee.

Father David Sabel, now administrator of St. Mary’s Parish, Pontiac; St. Joseph’s, Flanagan; and St. John’s, Cullom, will be the new vicar of the Pontiac vicariate, which had been served by Father Ron Dodd.

A vicar forane is an experienced priest appointed by the bishop to exercise limited jurisdiction over a specific part of a diocese. The Diocese of Peoria is divided into 12 vicariates.

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