Alumni Priests Celebrate 25 and 50 Years of Priesthood

Posted on April 7, 2017

Please join us in congratulating and celebrating the Golden Jubilees of Mundelein Seminary Class of 1967 alumni priests and the Silver Jubilees of the Class of 1992. We pray in gratitude for their 50 and 25 years of service as priests, respectively.

A Mass of Thanksgiving was offered today on campus in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated by Cardinal Blase Cupich, Chancellor and Archbishop of Chicago, with concelebrants Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Father John Kartje, Rector/President, along with our jubiliarian priests. Friends and family of our alumni priests and the seminary community were in attendance.

Concelebrant Bishop Kicanas had multiple reasons to celebrate today. He was ordained in 1967 and served as the Rector of Mundelein Seminary from 1984-1995. That unique timing gave our Silver Jubiliarians a chance to reunite with their rector as he gathered with classmates for their Golden Jubilee. In addition, his 105 year-old mother Eva was present, along with sisters Cathy and Barbara, nieces Amy and Teresa, and nephews Paul, Karl and Steven.


Mundelein’s Chairperson for the Department of Pastoral Theology and Canon Law, Father Raymond Webb, was also celebrating his 50th year of priesthood with family.

This year’s upcoming Ordination Class of 2017 saw special significance in today’s celebration. “What makes the Jubilation Mass even more exciting for those of us about to be ordained priests is that the priests we are serving today for their 25th anniversary are the very same priests we will be celebrating with for our 25th and their 50th anniversaries. It really helps bring a spirit of continuity to the celebration,” said Deacon Gregory Bim-Merle of the Diocese of Gary, IN.

Please offer a prayer of thanksgiving for our priest celebrating jubilees of their priesthood this year, as well as continue to pray for our men who are preparing to be ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Alumni Priest Jubilarians

Reverend Richard E. Bulwith
Reverend Thomas E. Cima
Reverend James W. Dougherty (Joliet)
Reverend Frank Falco, O.S.M.
Reverend James E. Flynn
Reverend Edward G. Grace
Reverend Eugene W. Gratkowski
Reverend Martin J. Hebda
Reverend John E. Hennessey
Rev. Msgr. William J. Hitpas (Belleville, IL)
Reverend Stephen J. Humphrey (Belleville, IL)
Reverend Jan Kaplan
Reverend John J. Keehan
Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas
Reverend Richard J. Kozak
Reverend Michael R. Kuse (Springfield, IL)
Reverend Daniel P. McCarthy
Reverend John Pawlikowski, O.S.M.
Reverend Alan Phillip, C.P.
Rev. Msgr. Wayne F. Prist
Reverend Richard G. Ross (Joliet, IL)
Reverend Donald Senior, C.P.
Rev. Jack Wall
Reverend Raymond J. Webb


Reverend Simon Braganza (Chicago)
Reverend Charles J. Fladung (Davenport)
Reverend Alejandro Garrido (Chicago)
Reverend Martin G. Goetz (Davenport)
Reverend Jeffrey S. Grob (Chicago)
Reverend Timothy A. Haberkorn (Kansas City, KS)
Reverend John P. Hutter (Philadelphia)
Reverend Jerome J. Jacob (Chicago)
Reverend Jeff G. Johnson (Marquette, MI)
Reverend Robert W. Jones (Rockford, IL)
Reverend Brian D. Kaskie (Jackson, MS)
Reverend Thomas J. Krieg (LaCrosse, WI)
Reverend Jerry D. Lasley (Davenport)
Reverend Edward J. Lewis (Greensburg, PA)
Reverend Thomas A. Loomis (Winona, MN)
Reverend Michael D. Lott (Louisville, KY)
Reverend Keith N. Lunsford (Kansas City, KS)
Reverend Gordon A. Mann (Evansville, IN)
Reverend Joseph P. Nguyen (Chicago)
Reverend John L. Pietramale (Omaha)
Reverend Joseph S. Popelka (Salina)
Reverend Rodney A. Schwartz (Springfield, IL)
Reverend Michael J. Shanahan (Chicago)
Reverend Brian J. Shepley (Davenport)
Reverend Lawrence J. Sullivan (Chicago)
Reverend Jeremy Thomas (Chicago)
Reverend Gerald P. Volz (Kansas City, KS)
Reverend Kevin R. Weber (Salina)
Reverend Daniel R. Whiteside (Chicago)