Msgr. Dan Deutsch, Pastor
It is with great joy that I begin my time with you as your new pastor at St. Patrick Parish. With this first opportunity to talk to you as your pastor, let me express my gratitude to Msgr. Steve Knox for agreeing to succeed me in Rockford as the new Vicar for Clergy and as Pastor of St. Bridget. My hope as we begin together is that as a parish family we can continue the work that Msgr. Knox has begun. So many great things are happening here at St. Patrick. Let us build on that success. My goal is to help us fall more in love with Christ and His Church. In following Msgr. Knox’s lead, our Catholic mission and the stirrings of our own hearts through the Holy Spirit, we can continue to discern the direction the Lord calls us.
My plan is to continue to do what Msgr. Knox has been doing as I take time to get to know all of you and this beautiful parish that I am so fortunate to again call my home. What I have learned so far from Msgr. Knox is that everything is first rate: from staff and volunteers, to councils, committees and commissions. And the programs that are myriad and all encompassing! But mostly, it is the families of St. Patrick that make it such an engaging and vibrant place. Please be patient with me as I try to learn about the parish and all the great things the Lord is doing here. And thank you for your patience with me as I learn your names, which will take me some time.
I am grateful to be coming to you and to be coming home. My parents, Bernie and Pat, and my siblings, nieces and nephews, many are members of St. Patrick and attend Mass here. My dad, Bernie was baptized here nearly 84 years ago, as were my three brothers and two sisters and I. We all attended St. Patrick Grade School and received our sacraments here at St. Patrick. I graduated from St. Edward High School. Frs. Ryan, Roberts, Dempsey and Linster were my pastors as I grew up. I celebrated my first mass here 25 years ago in the downtown church. And now I get to come home and continue the celebration with all of you.
Peace, Msgr. Deutsch, email@example.com
Fr. John Kladar, Parochial Vicar
For the last two years, many of you have known me as Seminarian John, and this last year as Deacon John, but on June 1st I was ordained a priest by Bishop David Malloy at St. Peters Cathedral. While I am the same person, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the hands of Bishop Malloy I am happy to present myself to the parish as Father Kladar. It has been a joy to be a part of this parish the last two years. I look forward to furthering my involvement in the parish as your priest here at St. Patrick’s.
Here is a short reminder of my background. I am from Rockton, IL, a small town about twenty minutes north of Rockford. My home parish is St. Peter’s South Beloit. I was home-schooled for eight years and went to Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford. In 2011, I joined the seminary and spent three years in Nebraska at St. Gregory the Great Seminary. After this, I studied theology for three years in Rome at the Pontifical North American College, at which point I was called home and started my time here at St. Patrick’s. I have three younger sisters and my parents who still live in Rockton. My family is very close, and they are pleased with my assignment. They have loved how this parish has welcomed me and helped me in
my preparations for ordination.
The past several months, I have been curious about my assignment. On the recommendation of a priest friend, whenever I would wonder in curiosity concerning which parish would be my first, I would stop and pray for the people at that parish. Unbeknownst to me, I was praying for the people I have been blessed to live and pray with for the last two years. St. Charles feels like home to me, and I am very much looking forward to continuing to work and pray alongside all of you. I will continue to pray for you, and please pray for me!
I want to thank Msgr. Knox, Fr. Manno and Fr. Sarmiento for being such great examples to me during our time together at this parish and I look forward to working with and continuing to learn from Fr. Gonnella and Msgr. Deutsch, as well as serving all of you!
Father Jack Reichardt, Parochial Vicar
Praised be Jesus Christ!
I am overjoyed to be assigned to St. Patrick Parish for my first priestly assignment. I was ordained a priest in June 2020 for our diocese by Bishop Malloy.
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It is great to be back at St. Patrick’s for another year. For those of you who do not know, my name is Grant Colborn. I am a Seminarian for the Diocese of Rockford, and I am entering my first year of Theology at Mundelein Seminary, which means in four years, God willing, I will be ordained a priest of Jesus Christ. I was fortunate enough to be assigned to St. Pat’s earlier this year when Mundelein suspended classes because of the coronavirus pandemic. I was also here this past summer as St. Pat’s was my summer assignment. Now, both Ian and I have St. Patrick’s as our Teaching Parish which means the two of us will be here on the weekends assisting at Mass and other parish programs such as religious education and Confirmation prep.
A little bit about myself. I am from a small town on the west side of the diocese called Pecatonica. I went to school at Pecatonica High School before attending St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA where I received my B.A. in Theology. I was a part of the track and cross-country teams both in high school and college and I am still an avid runner today. I enjoy sports, especially Chicago Cubs baseball and I am constantly practicing the virtue of patience while watching the Bears play football. I love music, movies, the Peanuts comic strip and my favorite television show is Parks and Recreation. I look forward to getting to know each one of you as I journey toward the priesthood. Peace, Grant firstname.lastname@example.org
Pax et Bonum St. Patrick’s Parish,
My name is Ian Ordoñez. I am a 2nd Year Seminarian studying for the Diocese of Rockford. I was born in Puebla, Mexico on June 11, 1995. I was raised in Woodstock, IL. Although I lived in Woodstock for the greater part of my life, as a family, our home parish was the Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry. After graduating from Woodstock High School, I attended McHenry County College for the first two years of my collegiate studies, and then transferred out to the University of Wisconsin in Madison for the latter two years. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology and English. After college, I worked at the UW- Hospital, under the Cardiac Anesthesia team.
Some of my hobbies and interests include playing soccer and tennis, strumming the guitar here and there, writing some poetry, enjoying the outdoors, watching good movies, and listening to good music. I enjoy learning about the saints and have a particular devotion to our Blessed Mother, St. Francis of Assisi, St. John Paul II, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and St. John the Baptist. I look forward to serving you all to the best of my ability.
May God bless you all now and forevermore. Ian Ordoñez email@example.com