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Fr. Jeffery Small, ordained 25 years ago, is now serving as a hospital chaplain

Born in Racine, Wisconsin, Father Jeffery Small attended St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee from 1986 to 1989. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a minor in theology from Marquette University in 1989, and completed studies for the priesthood at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Father Small has served as parochial vicar […]

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Prior to ordination 25 years ago, God had called Fr. Thomas Gibson ‘Suddenly’

HOOPESTON — After attending vows ceremonies and ordinations for three older brothers, Father Thomas Gibson had no intention of becoming a priest. That changed “Suddenly” as he was preparing for his senior year at the University of Notre Dame. “I worked as a stockbroker during the summers. The summer before senior year I actually landed […]

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Clergy appointments, Diocese of Peoria

Following is the official list of clergy appointments announced in May 2018 by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria. TO SENIOR STATUS Father Carl LoPresti, from pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Chenoa; St. Joseph Parish, Colfax; and St. Mary Parish, Lexington, to senior status Msgr. Ernest E. Pizzamiglio, from pastor, Immaculate Heart of Mary […]

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Msgr. Pizzamiglio to senior status after 52 years of priestly service, 28 in Galesburg

GALESBURG — As Msgr. Ernie Pizzamiglio prepares to move to senior status at age 84 and after 52 years of priestly service, he repeatedly sums up his feelings with one word: Gratitude. That’s not surprising for someone who begins each day with the prayer: “Thank you, God, for this new day. May I glorify you […]

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Not really ‘retiring,’ Father Carl LoPresti will continue ministry among the sick

CHENOA — Father Carl LoPresti may be starting life as a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria on June 13, but he doesn’t consider it to be retirement. “My plans are to live in Fairbury and continue my ministry among the sick, the shut-ins, people in hospitals and nursing homes, and perhaps even expand […]

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