The Seven Priests and Their Diocese History

Copley News Service
May 30, 2002

John C. Anderson, 69, ordained 1959.

Assignments: St. Catherine's, Aledo, 1959-1965; St. Mary's, Canton, 1965-1971; St. Rose, Rushville, 1971-1973; co-pastor St. Edward's, Chillicothe, 1973-1975; pastor, St. Edward's, Chillicothe, 1975-1985; member of team ministry, St. Philomena's, Peoria, 1985; pastor St. Philomena's, Peoria, 1986-1993; also vicar, Northwest Peoria vicariate, 1991-1993; director, Propagation of the Faith, 1993-2002, director of Holy Childhood Association and Mission Co-Op Program, 1993-1995, and diocesan director of cemeteries, 1993-2002; executive director King's House of Retreats, Henry, 1995-2002; and chaplain, St. Joseph's Home, West Peoria, 2000-2002; retired in April.

Walter A. Breuning, 73, ordained in 1954.

Assignments: St. Patrick's, Urbana, 1954-1959; St. Anthony's, Atkinson, 1963-1967, also St. Mary's, Hooppole, 1966-1967; St. Augustine's at St. Augustine, and St. Patrick's, Raritan, 1967-1973; St. Mary's, Henry, 1973-1999, and St. Joseph's, Henry, 1986-1999; retired, 1999.

Edward E. Bush, 70, ordained 1957.

Assignments: St. Thomas, Peoria Heights, 1957-1981; Sacred Heart, Moline, 1981-1983; St. Patrick's, Colona, 1983-2002; retired in April.

Robert J. Creager, 74, ordained 1954.

Assignments: Sacred Heart, Moline, 1954-1960; chaplain, U.S. Armed Forces, 1960-1961; St. Malachy's, Geneseo, 1961-1964; St. Mary's, Keithsburg, 1964-1970, also diocesan director of Boy Scouts of America during that time; St. Mary's, Pesotum, 1970-1974; St. John the Baptist, Clinton, 1974-1983, also St. Patrick's, Wapella, 1975-83; St. Patrick's, Ottawa, 1983-98; retired 1998.

Norman Goodman, 73, ordained in 1960.

Assignments: Sacred Heart, Moline, 1960-1962; St. Patrick's, Lincoln, 1962-1971; St. Patrick's, Lincoln, 1971-1975; St. Patrick's, Lincoln, and St. Mary's, Atlanta, 1975-1978; Holy Family, Lincoln, St. Mary's, Atlanta, and St. Columba's Mason City, 1978-1997; prelate of honor 1993; vicar Lincoln Vicariate 1994; retired 1997.

Richard Slavish, 68, ordained 1959.

Assignments: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Galesburg, 1959-1967; Sacred Heart, Moline, 1967-1969; chaplain, east Moline State Hospital, 1969-1971; St. Mary's Cathedral, 1971; St. Theresa's, Alexis, and St. Aloysius, Wataga, 1971-1992; Sts. Peter and Paul, Nauvoo, and Sacred Heart, Dallas City, 1992-1994; St. Francis, Kewanee, and St. John's, Cambridge, 1994-1996; sabbatical 1996; St. Anthony's, Matherville, and St. John's, Viola, 1996-2002; retired in April.

Gregory Plunkett, 57, ordained 1988.

Assignments: St. Columba's, Ottawa, 1988-1990; Immaculate Concept, Carthage, and St. Mary's, West Point, 1990-1995; St. Catherine's, Aledo, St. Mary's, Keithsburg, and St. Therese, New Boston, 1995-2002; withdrawn from ministry in May.


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