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Commissioned song, quilt among parish’s surprises for Msgr. Merdian on jubilee

Msgr. Merdian thanks Rita Kirk, Karen Boyle and Kate Elliott for their work on the quilt made to mark the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — With St. Pius X Church filled with family, friends and current and former parishioners from as far away as Louisiana and Chicago, Msgr. Mark Merdian thanked God for his 25 years of priestly ministry on June 3. “I love being a priest, if you can’t tell,” he told them with a smile. […]

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Fr. Ted Pracz to mark golden jubilee with April 24 Mass at Holy Family, Danville

Fr. Ted Pracz

HOOPESTON — He consented to be interviewed for his 50th anniversary of ordination, but Father Ted Pracz asked that the story be short and to the point. “God deserves the thanks and the glory,” he said simply. And that’s how Father Pracz will observe his golden jubilee on Sunday, April 24. He plans to celebrate […]

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Father Santa to celebrate jubilees during March 6 Mass at Holy Cross, Champaign

Father Joseph Santa Bibiana, SDB, hands out keychains with an image of St. John Bosco after a vocations presentation for students from Holy Cross School, Champaign. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — As he left home to enter the Salesian community, Father Joseph Santa-Bibiana told his parents that he was planning to stay unless they sent him home. That was 63 years ago. This year Father Santa is observing the 60th anniversary of his profession as a Salesian and the 50th anniversary of his ordination […]

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