Fr. Max1Fr. Max Striedl, Pastor

Originally from Batavia, Fr. Max completed his undergraduate studies at Purdue University, and four years later felt called to the priesthood.  He studied at Mundelein Seminary, and was ordained for the Diocese of Rockford by Bishop Doran on May 25, 1996.  Fr. Max says: “I absolutely love being a parish priest!  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  I feel honored and humbled every day that the Lord would ask me to do this work for Him.  It is truly a blessing and a joy, and I’m so happy and excited that He has allowed me to serve this wonderful Parish Family of St. Mary.”

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Fr. Plutarco “Pluth” Rodriguez, Parochial Vicar

God is always the answer and everything happens for a reason.  Fr. Pluth is from the Diocese of Maasin in the Philippines.  “I am so grateful for my priesthood and am very happy to come to this parish because I know that God cleared the way for me.  Thank you for your prayers, your open hearted attitude and your loving concern.  Let us fill this place with joy and gladness with God’s grace.”

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Fr. Jerome Koutnik, Parochial Vicar

How I love offering Holy Mass in our beautiful church – it is my life’s newest best joy and privilege!  You have been so amazingly hospitable to me and shown such welcome.  I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and feel so much like I am home.  The respect and loyalty you have here for priests is legendary, and I hope to maintain your trust and together deepen our faith in our Beloved Lord and His Mother.  I am excited to be considered as the newest member of the largest, most spacious and best parish in the Rockford diocese.

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