Peter Chineke and Austin Quick, two seminarians from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois were among those bestowed ministries with fellow students at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana.
Chineke was received into the ministry of acolyte by Archbishop Charles Thompson of Indianapolis. An acolyte assists a deacon or priest in the celebration of Mass by attending to the needs of the altar and may distribute Communion as an auxiliary minister. As an acolyte, Chineke may also be entrusted with the public veneration of the Blessed Sacrament.
MANITOWOC, Wis. — Father Richard Jeske, OFM, died on Feb. 13, at St. Mary’s Home at Felician Village in Manitowoc, Wis. He was 85 years old.
Father Richard was born on July 20, 1932, in Cleveland, to Gustav and Paula (Friedl) Jeske. He belonged to Our Lady of the Angels Parish and attended grade school there. After six years of seminary training in Westmont, he was received into the Franciscans of the Sacred Heart Province (headquarters in St. Louis) in 1952 and made his solemn profession in 1956. He was ordained a priest on June 24, 1959 in Teutopolis.
ST. LOUIS — Father Sylvano Pera, OFM, died Feb. 6 at St. Louis University Hospital. A retired priest of the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, St. Louis, he was just a few days away from his 92nd birthday.
He was born Feb. 10, 1926 in Memphis, the son of Louis J. and Ida (Pisani) Pera. Father Sylvano entered the Franciscan Order July 4, 1945 and was ordained a priest June 24, 1952 in Teutopolis by Bishop William A. O’Connor.
Five college students from a parish in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois were among those who shared $3,000 in the Father Yunker Student Assistance Fund this academic year.
Diocesan recipients include Matthew Banaitis who attends Illinois Wesleyan University and is the son of Karen and Joseph Banaitis of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Chatham; Austin Dierkes, who attends the University of Alabama, and his brother Adam who attends Southern Illinois University Carbondale. They are sons of Kathleen and Alec Dierkes of Chatham and members of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Also honored were Brooke Metzger, a student of Illinois College and Nicholas Metzger, who attends Illinois State University. Their parents are Ramona and Michael Metzger and are also parishioners of St. Joseph the Worker in Chatham.
The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) is offering four $500 scholarships to recognize outstanding Catholic female high school seniors. Applicants will be judged on how they exemplify the SDCCW’s mission values of leadership, faith and service.
DECATUR — St. Teresa High School is looking at bringing international students to the the school and greater Decatur community.
Development director Brandon Barney says they are searching for families to host international students that will be arriving next Fall.
GLEN CARBON — After concluding Mass celebrating Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 29, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki blessed the newly-completed band room, robotics lab, classrooms and fitness center at Father McGivney Catholic High School in Glen Carbon. Then the school had a surprise for the bishop.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Father John (Jack) E. Linnan, CSV, died Jan. 15 at the Viatorian Province Center here. He was 83.
Father Linnan was born April 3, 1934 in Springfield, the son of John and Mary Ellen (Radigan) Linnan.
Novice Joseph Wagner professed his temporary vows as a Benedictine monk in a ceremony on Jan. 20, at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Ind.
He has completed his novitiate, a year of prayer and study of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the profession of vows, he chose a religious name. Novice Joseph is now Brother Stanley.