New assignments for 33 priests are announced; three granted senior status

Msgr. Charles Beebe, Father Donald Henderson, and Msgr. James Swaner have been granted senior status by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, effective June 8. (Catholic Post photos by Tom Dermody)

The granting of senior status to Msgr. Charles Beebe, Father Donald Henderson, and Msgr. James Swaner highlight appointments affecting 33 priests announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC.

New pastors have been assigned to 11 parishes, while temporary administrators were named to four additional faith communities. Chaplain transitions have been announced for Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Alleman High School in Rock Island, and college ministries at Illinois State University, Normal, and Augustana College, Rock Island.

The complete list of appointments is found here. The changes take effect on Wednesday, June 8.

Profiles of the three retiring priests and their celebration plans, when applicable, can be found by clicking on their names below.

Msgr. Beebe, 71, has been pastor of St. Joseph, Roanoke, and St. John, Benson, since 2003.

Father Henderson, 72, is completing a year as parochial vicar at three Peoria parishes — St. Mary Cathedral, Sacred Heart, and St. Bernard.

Msgr. Swaner, 80, has been pastor of St. Mary, Utica, also since 2003.

NEW PASTORS

Named to succeed Msgr. Beebe in guiding the Roanoke and Benson parishes is Father Eugene Radosevich, who will continue to serve as pastor of St. Luke, Eureka, and chaplain of the Salve Regina Newman Center on the campus of Eureka College. Ordained in 1990, Father Radosevich has been at his current assignments for eight years. He has also served as pastor of parishes in Downs, Ransom, Streator, Cambridge, Galva, Woodhull, Havana, Manito and Camp Grove.

In Rock Island, Father Anthony Co will become pastor of St. Mary and Sacred Heart parishes. The parishes’ former administrator, Father Jerry Logan, died Feb. 9.

Ordained in 2005, Father Co has served for three years as pastor or administrator of St. Patrick Parish in Andalusia.  He also had sacramental care of Augustana College in Rock Island.

Father Charles Klamut, pastor of St. Ambrose Parish in Milan, will now also be pastor of the Andalusia faith community. He also has experience as pastor of St. Mark Parish, Peoria, and is a former chaplain of Peoria Notre Dame High School. He was ordained in 1999.

SUCCEEDING FRANCISCANS

With the Franciscan friars returning the care of St. Mary Parish in Bloomington to the diocese, Bishop Jenky has appointed Father Gregory Nelson to be that parish’s new pastor. Father Nelson has been pastor of St. Paul Parish in Danville since 2005 and is the vicar of the Danville Vicariate. Ordained in 1997, he has also served as pastor of parishes in Monticello and Bement.

Succeeding Father Nelson as pastor of St. Paul Parish in Danville is Father Bowan Schmitt. Since 2014, Father Schmitt has been pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Mendota, as well as St. Theresa, Earlville, and Sts. Peter and Paul, Peterstown. A former chaplain of Schlarman High School in Danville, he has also served as pastor of parishes in Philo, Bongard, Pesotum, Marseilles, Ransom, and Hoopeston since his ordination in 1997.

The faith communities in Mendota, Earlville, and Peterstown will now be served by Father Peter Pilon. Since 2010, Father Pilon has been pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Wapella, and chaplain of Central Catholic High School in Bloomington. Ordained in 2000, he is a former pastor of parishes in Odell and Campus and a former chaplain of Marquette High School in Ottawa.

CHAPLAIN CHANGES

The new chaplain at Central Catholic is Father Dustin Schultz, who will also serve as administrator of St. Patrick, Wapella. Father Schultz has been parochial vicar at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Peoria since 2014, and is a former chaplain of Marquette Academy in Ottawa. He was ordained in 2008.

Meanwhile, Father Jeremy Freehill has been named chaplain of Alleman High School and of campus ministry at Augustana College, both in Rock Island. Ordained in 2013, Father Freehill had been parochial vicar at St. Pius X Parish in Rock Island and part of a chaplain team serving Alleman the past two years.

Father Johnathan Steffen, who has been part of the sacramental team at St. John Paul II Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal for two years, has been named chaplain of that Newman Center. He will also take on duties as administrator of St. Mary Parish in El Paso.

Father Donald Roszkowski, pastor of the El Paso parish for three years, has been named administrator of St. Ann Parish in Peoria.

Father Robert Spilman continues to recover from injuries sustained in a March 17 auto accident. Father Paul Carlson, who has been parochial vicar of St. Hyacinth, St. Patrick, and Holy Rosary parishes in LaSalle, has been named administrator of Nativity of Our Lord, Spring Valley. In short time, once the health of Father Spilman improves, the long-term leadership of the parishes of Nativity of Our Lord, Spring Valley, and St. Mary, Utica, will be determined.

 

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