Fr. Stephen Willard

Father Willard was born at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria on September 9, 1966. He has two brothers and his father living in Peoria and a sister in Leroy, Illinois. During childhood, Father Willard lived in Peoria Heights and attended St. Thomas the Apostle Church and School. In 1981, he graduated from St. Thomas and proceeded to the Academy of Our Lady/Spalding Institute for high school. Following high school, he entered the Seminary for the… Read Full Post

Fr. Achilleus Tegamaisho

Father Achilleus Tegamaisho was born in Bukoba, Tanzania, on February 17, 1965. He was ordained as a priest on September 29, 1996, marking the beginning of a lifelong journey in service to the Church. In his current role as Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria, starting in 2023, he brings his spiritual guidance and pastoral care to the parishioners. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Parochial Vicar of St. Thomas the Apostle… Read Full Post

Fr. Thomas Taylor

Father Taylor is a seasoned priest currently in Senior Status, affiliated with the Diocese of Peoria. Born on September 22, 1952, in Wroughton, England, Father Taylor’s journey in the priesthood has been marked by a commitment to service and a diverse range of pastoral experiences. Father Taylor became the Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent de Paul in 2016. In 2022, Father Taylor entered Senior Status, marking a period of reflection and continued availability for pastoral… Read Full Post

Ms. Sarah Hogan

Miss Hogan is honored to be the Principal of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. She has been an educator since 2003 after earning her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Bradley University and Masters in Teaching and Leadership at St. Xavier University. She is currently completing her principal preparation program at Illinois State University. St. Vincent de Paul is home to Miss Hogan in more ways than one. Not only has she spent her… Read Full Post

Mrs. Suzie Babovac

Mrs. Babovac (Mrs. Suzie) is a teacher in first grade at St. Vincent de Paul and has been in education since 1991. She is a proud Bulldog, having earned her BA in Elementary Education from Butler University. Mrs. Suzie is a lifelong member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, and is an alumna both of St. Vincent de Paul School and Bergan High School. Mrs. Suzie exercises her Catholic faith daily in her classroom and… Read Full Post

Mrs. Jennifer Barber

Mrs. Barber is a Preschool Aide in the 4-year old room in the afternoons. She had worked in the Latchkey Program at Northmoor School for 7 years. She has been at Saint Vincent de Paul since 2016. Her husband, Steve, works at the Post Office. They have 6 beautiful children. Chelsea lives in Rome, GA with her husband, Stefan. She works from home for Chick-fil-A in advertising and Stefan is a high school principal. They… Read Full Post

Mrs. Kathy Barnett

Mrs. Kathy Barnett is the administrator and head teacher of the preschool program at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. She has had more than 25 years of experience in early education in addition to the 11 years she spent at home with her four children. Kathy was born in Chicago and raised in Peoria; she graduated from St. Philomena grade school and Bergan High School. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in… Read Full Post

Mrs. Marci Betts

Mrs. Betts is a teacher in the 3 year old preschool program. She has worked in Early Childhood since 2007. Mrs. Betts has been a St. Vincent de Paul parish member since 1978 when she was in first grade. She is a graduate of SVdP, Peoria Notre Dame, and Eastern Illinois University. Mrs. Betts has been married to her husband, Sam, for 18 years. He is a Physical Therapist and is the Director of Rehabilitation… Read Full Post

Mrs. Lisa Buck

Mrs. Buck is the administrative assistant at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School.  She has worked in the office for the principal and teachers since 2005. She attended St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO for 4 & ½ years where she graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Therapy degree. That ½ year was a summer in which they were required to complete dissection of the human body! She loved it! She worked as a… Read Full Post

Ms. Michelle Carew

Ms. Carew is the PE teacher at St. Vincent de Paul. She has spent the majority of her life involved in athletics either playing or coaching. Having grown up in Iowa she now enjoys living in Peoria. Her four children have been brought up in the Catholic faith and have attended and are currently attending Peoria Notre Dame and their home parish, St. Marks. Ms. Carew brings her Catholic faith into the gym daily through… Read Full Post

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