Msgr. Steve Knox, Pastor

Msgr. Steve Knox was born in McHenry, IL and ordained for the Diocese of Rockford in 1989.   His served as an associate pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul in Cary from 1989-1992.   His next assignment was as associate pastor at St. John Neumann Parish in St. Charles from 1992-1995.   His first assignment as pastor was at the Newman Catholic Student Center at Northern Illinois University.   He served as pastor from 1995-2004.   From there he became pastor as St. Mary Parish in Huntley, serving from 2004-2014. Bishop Malloy assigned Msgr. Steve to be pastor of St. Patrick Parish on July 1, 2014.

“I’ve enjoyed all my parish assignments over the years.   It brings me great joy to help people grow in their relationship with God and with the Church. I’m happy that Bishop Malloy has assigned me as pastor of St. Pat’s.   I look forward to serving this faith community for many years!”


Fr. Kyle Manno, Parochial Vicar

Fr. Manno grew up in Palatine, Illinois with two loving parents and the youngest of four children.  He went to Northern Illinois University where he studied music. During his time in college, he started taking sign language classes at the local parish with a priest.  While taking classes with him, he  discovered that priests and the faith are much more enjoyable than he ever thought.  After much prayer, he decided to apply to the seminary.  He finished his studies and graduated from Northern with a Music Education degree and was soon accepted to Mundelein Seminary where he spent two years studying philosophy and another four years studying theology.  During his time in seminary he was able to study Spanish in Mexico, as well as in El Salvador while in an orphanage with 250 kids. He served as a deacon at Saint Rita of Cascia in Aurora, Illinois.

June 5, 2016, he was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.  “I can honestly say, that was the happiest day of my life.  I cannot imagine doing anything else. I am so excited to be here and I want all of you to know that you can contact me for anything you need.  Never think that I am too busy, because the priesthood of Jesus Christ and my life is not about me, it’s about the people of God.  As a deacon, I was ordained to serve.  As a priest, I was ordained to give up my life so that all of you can get to heaven. So never hesitate to email or call. I am so excited that all of you will be teaching me what it means to be a priest of Jesus Christ!” or (630) 338-8002

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! or (630) 338-8003


Fr. Jorge Loaiza, Parochial Vicar

Fr. Jorge Loaiza is very happy to be serving the Hispanic community in St. Charles and 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.