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Fr. Brokaw tells the story of his chalice that was blessed at ordination vigil

During a vigil service on May 26, the eve of Father Lee Brokaw's ordination to the priesthood, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, consecrates the chalice the new priest will use at his Masses. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While he completed his studies for the priesthood at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Father Lee Brokaw served as a deacon at St. Benedict Parish in Baltimore. Not only did he gain experience he needed for his priestly ministry there, but he found the chalice and paten to use at the Masses that […]

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Fr. Brokaw as described by his family: a caring leader who loves people, the Lord

Father Brokaw offers a prayer of blessing for his parents, Patrick and Brenda Brokaw of St. Patrick Parish, Raritan, during a reception at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria following the ordination Mass on May 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

What kind of a priest can St. Matthew Parish in Champaign expect when newly ordained Father Lee Brokaw arrives in a few days as parochial vicar? Here are a few of the words that those who know him best — his parents and three sisters — used to describe him: Dedicated. Conscientious. Caring. Self-giving. A […]

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Diocese of Peoria ‘blessed with joy’ as Father Lee Brokaw is ordained, assigned

Newly ordained Father Lee Brokaw poses with Bishop Jenky for the traditional photo on the steps of the Bishop's Home after the Mass of Ordination. Also pictured are, from left, Father Timothy Hepner, vocations director for recruitment; Msgr. James Kruse, vicar general; Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, of St. Bede Abbey; Msgr. Paul Showalter, vicar general; and Father Patrick Henehan, vocation director of formation. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Proclaiming the Diocese of Peoria “blessed with joy,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, ordained Father Lee W. Brokaw to the priesthood in ancient rites witnessed by a standing-room-only crowd during a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 27. In an instruction during the Rite of Ordination, Bishop Jenky urged Father Brokaw […]

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Deacon Lee Brokaw, Raritan native, to be ordained to the priesthood May 27

Deacon Brokaw was raised on his family's farm in Raritan and earned degrees in agriculture economics and crop and soil management from the University of Illinois before entering the seminary. A tractor and planter provide the background to this photo taken on May 12 as he assisted on the farm prior to his ordination to the priesthood on May 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

RARITAN — No priest reaches ordination day alone, and Deacon Lee Brokaw is well aware that his faith and vocation have deep and widespread roots. “My whole family has been really supportive,” said Deacon Brokaw, the son of Patrick and Brenda Brokaw of St. Patrick Parish in Raritan, who will be ordained to the priesthood […]

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