In their own words: Eight priests marking 25 years of ministry

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is one of several stories on priests and consecrated women and men observing major anniversary years of ordination or profession that appeared in a 24-page Jubilarian Section of the May 24, 2015 issue of The Catholic Post. The entire section may be viewed by visiting our E-Edition.


Eight priests serving as pastors and chaplains around the Diocese of Peoria are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their ordination in 2015.

Father Scott Archer, Father John Burns, Father Patrick O’Neal and Father Eugene Radosevich were ordained on May 26, 1990, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. It was the first ordination ceremony for Bishop John J. Myers, who had been installed as Bishop of Peoria in January.

Msgr. Eric Powell was one of 47 priests from 18 countries ordained by Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on June 10, 1990. He said the pope, now Pope St. John Paul II, “was someone easy to follow and respect, and to be ordained by him was a gift and memory for a lifetime.”

The sacrament of holy orders was conferred on three more priests before the year ended. Father Paul Stiene, IC, was ordained for the Institute of Charity (Rosminians) on Dec. 8, 1990, while Father Vien Van Do and Father Patrick Riordan were ordained by Bishop Myers for the Diocese of Peoria on Dec. 22, 1990, at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

The Catholic Post posed 10 questions to each of the silver jubilarians and asked them to answer at least five of them. To find their responses, click on their names below:

Father Scott Archer

Father John Burns

Father Vien Van Do

Father Patrick O’Neal

Msgr. Eric Powell

Father Eugene Radosevich

Father Patrick Riordan

Father Paul Steine, IC

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