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


February 4, 2018

Dear Parish Family,

Catholic Schools Week has now come and gone, but for all of our current students, our adults who are alumni, as well as all who are currently involved in the running of the school, the effect that our parish school continues to have is astonishing!

I cannot tell you how many people in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s tell me about how they know that their experience in Catholic school as a child formed them into who they are today and gave them the foundation of faith that they have relied on each day as they’ve gone forward in life.  As I mentioned in my homily last week, our Catholic Faith is not something that most people experience out and about as they go about their days.  For all of our kids who attend St. Mary’s or Newman High School, we CAN say that the Faith is something that forms them explicitly each day.

Selfishly I’ll also add that I love our school because it gives me an opportunity to spend time with the kids daily, and visiting them is often the highlight of my day.  My hope and prayer is that if the kids see that priests are normal people who deeply care about and who want what’s best for them, then later in life when things get tough, they’ll remember that a priest was there for them when they were growing up and so they’ll turn to a priest who can help them in that moment.

It truly was a great Catholic Schools Week that was just capped off with a beautiful Mass with Bishop Malloy on Friday!  I also want to encourage all parents to prayerfully consider sending their kids to St. Mary’s school.  If you would like to know more about the school or better yet if you would like a tour, please don’t hesitate to call myself at the parish or our principal Jean Spohn at the school.

Let me finish by thanking all of you for your prayers and support of our school.

God Bless,

Fr. Romke

From the Desk of Father Romke

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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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