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Diocese’s vicar general, 3 pastors are granted senior status effective June 13

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has granted senior status to (from left) Msgr. Paul Showalter, Msgr. Ernest Pizzamiglio, Father Carl LoPresti (upper right) and Father Robert Spilman. Msgr. Showalter, who has served as vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria for 14 years, was given the title vicar general emeritus.

Msgr. Paul Showalter, 77, vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria for 14 years and former pastor of parishes in Peoria, Rock Island, and Nauvoo, will move to senior status effective June 13. He has been granted the honorary title of vicar general emeritus by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, “as a sign of my […]

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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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Father Riordan to senior status; former teacher brought that skill to parishes

Father Patrick Riordan is pictured outside St. Patrick Church in Tolono. Since 2013, he has also served as pastor of St. Joseph, Ivesdale. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

TOLONO — A casual retracing of Father Patrick Riordan’s career path would indicate he began as a teacher and then took a new road into seminary and the priesthood. A conversation with the Streator native, who at age 70 is being granted senior status effective June 14, clarifies it was a case of paths merging. […]

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Msgr. Ramer to senior status; listening has been key to his pastoral approach

Msgr. James Ramer stands outside Our Lady of the Lake Church in Mahomet, where he has served as pastor for seven years. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAHOMET — As a pastor and throughout his 31 years of priestly life, Msgr. James Ramer has tried to be a good listener. “I like to listen to what people have to say,” he told The Catholic Post last week from his office at Our Lady of the Lake Parish here, “then try to make […]

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Msgr. Pricco granted senior status; has guided Macomb parish nearly 40 years

Msgr. Richard Pricco, pastor of St. Paul Parish in Macomb since 1977, is pictured with a tabernacle in the parish rectory. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MACOMB — When Msgr. Richard Pricco came to Macomb in 1977 he reassured members of St. Paul Parish, who had seen a rare revolving door of priests that year, that “I’m going to be here for five years.” Nearly 40 years later, still guiding St. Paul’s and approaching his 80th birthday and 55th anniversary of […]

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Father Harold Datzman, OSB, granted senior status; will return to St. Bede

Father Harold Datzman, OSB, is in St. Joseph Church in Peru, which he has refurbished with the help of parishioners. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Expressing his gratitude for years of “generous service to the Diocese of Peoria,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has granted senior status to Father Harold Datzman, OSB, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Peru. Father Harold, 78, will return to St. Bede Abbey and be succeeded by Father Jacob Rose, who has been […]

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Fr. Henderson to senior status: Brought Christ to all in varied assignments

The news that Father Donald Henderson has been granted senior status will make Catholics in at least 20 parishes around the Diocese of Peoria fondly recall his time with them. “I’ve had many, many parish assignments,” acknowledged Father Henderson, 72, who also served on the faculties of Catholic high schools in Peoria and Danville during […]

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Msgr. Beebe to senior status: educator, pastor, and longtime guide of diaconate

ROANOKE — As a young boy growing up in Lacon, Msgr. Charles Beebe felt a calling to the priesthood. His father, Joseph, thought that would be a difficult path and suggested he consider becoming a dentist like his uncle on the East Coast. Though for a few years, when asked what he wanted to be, […]

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New assignments for 33 priests are announced; three granted senior status

Msgr. Charles Beebe, Father Donald Henderson, and Msgr. James Swaner have been granted senior status by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, effective June 8. (Catholic Post photos by Tom Dermody)

The granting of senior status to Msgr. Charles Beebe, Father Donald Henderson, and Msgr. James Swaner highlight appointments affecting 33 priests announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. New pastors have been assigned to 11 parishes, while temporary administrators were named to four additional faith communities. Chaplain transitions have been announced for Central […]

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