Bishop Reflects On Part Of His Job

There are pastoral changes within the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. Bishop Daniel Jenky has made some reassignments.

Jenky tells 1470 & 100.3 WMBD it's one of the more challenging duties he has as bishop.

“Assignments are always complicated,” Jenky says, “and as soon as they're done God likes to remind me he's master of the universe and He'll throw a curve ball.”

“Making assignments, and I have a great personnel board,” Jenky explains, “is a complicated business and you cannot make everybody happy.”

Among the recent assignments is that of Monsignor Mark Merdian, who goes from president of Peoria Notre Dame High School to pastor of St. Pius X parish in Rock Island.

Jenky also recently assigned four newly ordained priests. Those included Father Kyle Lucas of Peoria Heights, who is parochial pastor of Blessed Sacrament parish in Morton. Lucas graduated from Peoria Notre Dame High School in 2005.

The other newly ordained priests and their assignments include:

Father Chase Michael Hilgenbrinck of Normal, parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in Moline; St. Mary and St. Anne parishes in East Moline; Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Silvis; and chaplain team member at Alleman High School in Rock Island.

Father Corey John Krengiel of Lemont, parochial pastor at St. Columbia parish in Ottawa and St. Mary parish in Grand Ridge.

Father Matthew Robert Hoelscher of Amarillo, Texas, parochial vicar of St. Matthew Parish in Champaign and St. Boniface parish in Seymour and chaplain of The High School of Saint Thomas Moore in Champaign.

While the new priests are a welcomed addition to the Diocese, Jenky says he's pleased with the number of women who serve the Church.

“We're so blessed with religious women,” Jenky says. “It's growing. It's like the Church you and I grew up in.”

There are at least a dozen women's religious communities within the Diocese of Peoria.

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