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Sunday, 30 April 2017 13:11

Bishop Paprocki, priests to gather for annual jubilee celebration

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Priests in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will join Bishop Thomas John Paprocki for the annual priests’ jubilee celebration on Tuesday, May 9 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center at Lake Springfield.

Silver jubilarians this year are Father Rodney Schwartz and Father Donald Patrick Gibbons. The golden jubilarian this year is Msgr. Michael Kuse. Celebrating 55 years of service this year are Father Philip Kraft, Father Ronald Trojcak, Father Jerry Wickenhauser, MM, and Father Joseph Zimmerman, OFM. Celebrating 60 years of service are Father Louis Schlangen, Father Henry Schmidt and Father Kenneth Rosswog, OFM. Celebrating 65 years is Father Sylvano Pera, OFM. And finally, celebrating 70 years is Father Vincent Elsen, OFM.

Priests in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will join Bishop Thomas John Paprocki for the annual priests’ jubilee celebration on Tuesday, May 9 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center at Lake Springfield.

Silver jubilarians this year are Father Rodney Schwartz and Father Donald Patrick Gibbons. The golden jubilarian this year is Msgr. Michael Kuse. Celebrating 55 years of service this year are Father Philip Kraft, Father Ronald Trojcak, Father Jerry Wickenhauser, MM, and Father Joseph Zimmerman, OFM. Celebrating 60 years of service are Father Louis Schlangen, Father Henry Schmidt and Father Kenneth Rosswog, OFM. Celebrating 65 years is Father Sylvano Pera, OFM. And finally, celebrating 70 years is Father Vincent Elsen, OFM.

This year’s presenter is Father James Mason, a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D., and president-rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. He has a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and worked as a prosecutor in Minneapolis. He later attended the Pontifical North American College in Rome and received a degree from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas-Angelicum, Rome. He has a certificate in spiritual direction and retreat ministry at the Institute of Priestly Formation in Omaha, Neb., where he served on the board and taught a course on the spirituality of the diocesan priesthood.