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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Robert Gonnella, Parochial Vicar
Fr. Gonnella was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Rockford on Saturday, May 13 by Bishop Malloy at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford. Fr. Gonnella began his priestly ministry here at our parish on June 1, 2017.
I am honored to be joining St. Patrick Parish for my first priestly assignment! St. Patrick has been my home parish since 2002 and I am very excited to be coming there to serve the community as a priest. It has been an incredible journey toward the priesthood, and I thank God every day for the chance to be His priest. I have always been attracted to the priesthood, even from the time I was a boy. I heard the Lord’s call more clearly in high school, but did not decide to go to the seminary until I was in college. I finished my undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Aurora University, and then went straight into the seminary from there. For the last six years I have been at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN, studying philosophy and theology.
My heart is filled with joy as I enter into priestly life. St. John Vianney once said, “The priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus.” I am overcome with humility and wonder at the opportunity to bring the love of the Heart of Jesus to the parish. Please keep me in your prayers and be assured of my prayers for all of you. God bless!
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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!
Fr. Jorge Loaiza, Parochial Vicar
Fr. Jorge Loaiza is very happy to be serving the Hispanic community at St. Patrick Church in Downtown St. Charles and at St. Joseph Church in Elgin.
He was born in Medellin, Columbia and was ordained to the priesthood in Columbia on November, 1998 for the Diocese of Arauca-Arauca.
He arrived in the USA in 2009 to work in the Diocese of Rockford which had a fast growing Hispanic community. For two years he served in Aurora. In December of 2011 he came to serve at St. Patrick Parish.
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Deacon Jack Reichardt
I am so blessed to be assigned here for this summer and throughout the next year as I continue my studies at Mundelein Seminary for the priesthood. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and to begin to serve you as a newly ordained deacon.
I was raised in Rockford, IL, and attended Catholic school there from K-12 at my home parish, Holy Family, and then at Boylan H.S. I am the oldest of three kids and my parents just recently celebrated their 30th anniversary. Some of my favorite hobbies are playing sports like soccer, basketball and running, as well as hiking and reading. Before entering seminary, I attended the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and was pursuing a degree in secondary education.
My call to the priesthood came rather unexpectedly. To put simply, I was at Mass while in the fall semester of my freshman year of college. All of a sudden, in the midst of the homily, I knew I had to be a priest and pursue that call. It was an intensely profound moment, and one that words always fail to capture. I saw no vision and heard no words, yet in the depths of my soul and heart a fire of love for Christ, his Church and priesthood had ignited, and it refused to be extinguished. Four months after this beautiful experience I applied and was accepted to the seminary. Since then, this fire of love has only continued to fan into flame.
On Saturday, June 1st, I was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate by Bishop Malloy alongside now Fr. John Kladar, who was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood. Following my summer here at St. Patrick’s, I will return to seminary for my final year of school prior to priestly ordination. I am truly so blessed to be on this journey and to be a part of your parish in this special way. email@example.com
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