Profiles of the three priests granted senior status after decades of service

The three priests granted senior status early this summer by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, have offered diverse service to the Diocese of Peoria — and beyond — during their combined 134 years of active priesthood.

The Catholic Post interviewed Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, P.A., Father David Heinz, and Father Michael Pakula for profiles of their life and priesthood. The resulting stories can be accessed by the links below.

  • Msgr. Rohlfs, 70, will continue to live at St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota, where he assists with spiritual direction and teaches a class or two each semester. His retirement was effective on June 17.
  • Father Heinz, 70, who has served as pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Bartonville for 18 years, will move to an apartment on Peoria’s north side. His retirement is effective July 8.
  • Father Pakula, 76, pastor of St. Malachy Parish in Geneseo since 1995, is preparing to reside in a small house just eight blocks from the parish church. His retirement is also effective July 8.

We thank these priests for their long service and for the privilege of sharing just a small part of their stories. We wish them health, much happiness, and many more years.

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