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Father Matthew Abu B. Cole, SMA, marking 25 years since priesthood ordination

Father Matthew Abu B. Cole, SMA

MOLINE — A missionary priest of the Society of African Missions, Father Matthew Abu B. Cole, SMA, came to the Diocese of Peoria in 2017 to serve as the parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish here. Father Matthew was born in Liberia, West Africa, and claims the Archdiocese of Monrovia as his home diocese. He […]

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Father Martin Mwongyera — 25 years of ‘extraordinary actions’ of priesthood

Father Martin Mwongyera

Father Martin was born and raised in Nyakishenyi, Rukungiri District, in the southwestern part of Uganda. His home parish is Mary Mother of the Church, Nyakishenyi, in the Diocese of Kabale. He began his studies for the priesthood at St. Thomas Aquinas National Major Seminary in Katigondo, Masaka, Uganda, and received a bachelor’s degree in […]

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Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi — Mass, the love of people bring joy for 25 years

Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi

Father Deus came to the Diocese of Peoria on Dec. 10, 2013, to serve as a chaplain at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville. The medical center was purchased in 2018 and is now known as OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he is manager of the pastoral care department. Born in Kabale, […]

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Father Daniel J. Wilder — 9,125 memorable days during his 25 years of priesthood

Father Daniel J. Wilder

None of his classmates at Saranac Lake Central High School in Saranac Lake, New York, were surprised when Father Wilder went into the seminary after graduation. He had been an altar server right up until his senior year and was active on the youth council for the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York. But after two […]

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Father John Thieryoung — bringing Christ to others through 25 years of priesthood

Father John Thieryoung

Father Thieryoung said if someone hadn’t told him it was his 25th anniversary of ordination he wouldn’t have noticed. “It doesn’t seem like 25 years,” he said. He will celebrate with Mass at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, at St. Catherine Church in Aledo, where he is the pastor. A reception will follow. While […]

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Father Robert D. Spilman — from ‘Grandpa’ in seminary to marking 25 years a priest

Father Robert Spilman

Father Spilman had been out of school for 25 years when he began his studies for the priesthood. He called it an eye opening experience. “But you have a lot of good times, too,” he said, recalling with a laugh that the other seminarians called him “Grandpa.” His age and a career in banking gave […]

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Msgr. James E. Kruse — celebrating sacraments sustains joy through 25 years

Msgr. James E. Kruse

Not only is Msgr. Kruse celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on May 25, but his father, Deacon Fred Kruse, marked the 30th anniversary of his ordination as a permanent deacon on April 27. They serve together at St. Mary of the Woods in Princeville, where Msgr. Kruse is pastor. Born […]

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Msgr. Stanley L. Deptula — 25 years of priesthood influenced by Fulton Sheen

Msgr. Stanley L. Deptula

As executive director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, Msgr. Deptula has worked long and hard to see that the work and heroic virtues of the sainthood candidate are known around the world. The relationship doesn’t stop there, however. “Fulton Sheen has changed my priesthood. I feel truly that he is my diocesan brother, […]

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Msgr. Brian Brownsey — 25 years of fatherly care for faithful of all ages

Msgr. Brian K. Brownsey

Msgr. Brownsey quips that at 58, he must be the oldest Newman Center chaplain in the country. But he wouldn’t trade his ministry to the college students at Bradley University and Illinois Central College for anything. “I love it,” he said. “It perks me up and keeps me going.” Msgr. Brownsey said his affinity for […]

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