St. Patrick's ChurchSt. Patrick Church

 A Parish in the Diocese of Rockford 

612 Highland Ave.
Dixon, IL 61021

815-284-7719 phone
815-284-4758 fax

St. Patrick Church email

June 4, 2017

Dear St. Patrick’s Family,

                I cannot tell you how big of a smile I had on my face just 5 seconds ago when I wrote “Dear St. Patrick’s Family” because I am so thrilled to be able to call you MY family!  A parish is such a special thing to a priest, and I look forward to getting to know all of you and to grow closer to Christ together.  I know that you will have much to teach me and I hope and pray that I can help you as well. 

                I guess this would be a good time to tell you a little about myself!  I grew up in Elgin, about an hour and fifteen minutes away from Dixon.  I graduated from Larkin High School in 2003, and I headed straight into seminary after that – although I hadn’t really considered priesthood all that much until that summer immediately before entering. I attended St. Gregory the Great seminary (Fr. Sehr and I overlapped there for 3 years!) and after graduating from there in 2007 I was assigned to study Theology in Rome. Finally I was ordained in 2011 and after 6 years of priesthood I’m now excited to be here with all of you as your new administrator.  I should also mention that for the past 4 years I have been the Vocation Director for the Diocese, which means that I’m in charge of vocation promotion (let me know if any of your middle school or high school aged kids are interested in our summer vocation camps!) as well as being in charge of the formation of our wonderful seminarians (like Max Oswalt!)  Because I am still going to be the Vocation Director, which will require me to be in my office in Rockford once a week in addition to various trips that I have to take throughout the year to visit the seminaries, the diocese is sending us another priest! I am thrilled to be able to tell you that Fr. Colin Easton, who was ordained just 3 weeks ago, is an incredible man with a huge heart.  I’m very excited to be able to team up with him to be able to do all we can to keep all of the hearts of this parish burning brightly!

                I simply want you all to know that my whole goal of my time here is simply to journey with you, side by side so that we can all fall deeper in love with Christ each and every day.  So let me begin my time here by simply saying thank you in advance for your prayers and thank you for the adventures that we will take together.

God Bless you,

Fr. Romke

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First Communion

to our First Communicants who received the Sacrament of Holy Communion on April 14, 2018!
Jessica Ardis
Ariella Ashley
Teague Bray
Kyara Chavez
Charles Connors
Aubrey Devine
Aracely Flores
Jade Grossmann
Miles Grot
Jason Hemmen
Desmond Kelly
Kyle Lahey
Isabella Lanning
Abigail Levan
Alana Lorenzen
Mindy Lorenzen
Braelynn Melsness
Brooks Palmer
Jackson Palmer
Beckham Rock
Mason Schaefer
Lola Schwarz
Trevor Simpson
Brennan Summers
Tatiana Velasco
Ryann Wadsworth
Tyson Williams
Brady Zeller-Rosinski

From the Desk of Father Romke

It is truly a joy to be the administrator of St. Patrick parish here in Dixon!  From the time that I joined the diocese as a seminarian in 2003, as an 18 year-old who had just graduated from High school in Elgin, up until the day before I arrived here and began calling St. Patrick’s my home, I heard people speak about how loving, caring, and vibrant this parish is.  As I made my way through 4 years of Philosophical Studies at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Nebraska, followed by 4 years of studying Theology in Rome, I wondered with great anticipation what parishes I would serve as an associate priest after my ordination in 2011, and ultimately what my first parish as administrator would be.  I served as an associate at Holy Cross Parish in Batavia and St. Bridget Parish in Loves Park along with being the Diocesan Director of Vocations since 2013.  When the time came that the bishop entrusted me with shepherding my own parish, and I was told I’d be coming to St. Patrick Parish in Dixon, I was thrilled and humbled to be asked to minister to the people of such a great community and parish.  Know that I am ready and willing to help everyone and anyone however I can so that we can all continue to grow in our love and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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