Six are New Pastors in Rockford Diocese
May 31, 2018
Father Carl Beekman, St. Mary, Sycamore
 
Father Carl Beekman will be the new pastor at St. Mary Parish in Sycamore beginning June 18.
 
Born in Terre Haute, Minn., he attended Bedford North Lawrence High School in Bedford, Ind., Indiana University, the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette), St. Joseph Seminary and Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.
 
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas G. Doran on May 20, 2000, at the Cathedral of St. Peter.
 
From June 2000 to June 2003, he was parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles and taught religion at St. Edward Central Catholic High School in Elgin. From June 2003 to June 2004, he was the administrator of St. Catherine Parish in Prophetstown and St. Ambrose Parish in Erie. 
 
He was then parochial vicar at St. Rita Parish in Rockford from July 2004 to August 2005, when he became parochial vicar at St. Flannen in Harmon, St. Mary in Walton and St. Patrick in Amboy. In October 2006 he became those parishes’ administrator, and then pastor in July 2008. He served the three parishes until June 2010.
 
He became director of vocations for the diocese in May 2010, and also administrator of the Cathedral of St. Peter in July 2011, serving in both positions until February 2012, when he became rector at the Cathedral, until July 2014. Since then, he has served as pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Cary.
 
Father Thomas Doyle, St. Anne, Dixon
 
Father Thomas Doyle is now the pastor of St. Anne Parish in Dixon.
 
Born in Rockford, Father Doyle attended Boylan Central Catholic High School, Rockford College, and Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.
 
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas G. Doran on May 24, 2008 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford.
 
He began his priestly service as parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in West Dundee and St. Mary Parish in Gilberts, from June 2008 to August 2009. He then became assistant principal and director of the Religious Studies Department at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, serving in that position from August 2009 to June 2017. He served also during that time in parishes, first providing clergy assistance at St. Catherine Parish from August 2009 to August 2010; then was administrator of St. Patrick Parish in Hartland from July 2011 to June 2017. 
 
In June 2017, Father Doyle became the administrator of St. Anne Parish in Dixon. He became its pastor on May 14.
 
Father John Evans, St. Thomas the Apostle, Crystal Lake
 
Father John Evans becomes pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Crystal Lake on June 18.
 
Born in Bristol, Conn., he attended St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Ind., Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. 
 
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas G. Doran on May 16, 2009, at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford.
 
He first served as parochial vicar at Holy Cross Parish in Batavia, also teaching at Aurora Central Catholic High School from June 2009 to June 2012. He then became parochial vicar at St. Bridget Parish in Loves Park and taught at Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford from June 2012 to July 2013.
 
He then became the administrator at St. Rita Parish in Rockford, and became pastor there in April 2014.
 
Father Ruben Herrera, St. Patrick, Rochelle
 
Father Ruben Herrera is now the pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Rochelle.
 
Born in Zihuapoloya, Guerrero, Mexico, Father Herrera earned his GED from Elgin Community College, and attended St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami and Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas G. Doran on May 20, 2006, at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford.
 
He has served as parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish in Rockford, from June 2006 to June 2007, and at St. James Parish in Belvidere, from June 2007 to June 2009.
 
He also has served in that position at St. Joseph Parish in Elgin, from July 2009 to June 2011; at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Aurora, from July 2011 to June 2012; and at Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry, from June 2012 to April 2017. 
 
He became administrator at St. Patrick Parish in Rochelle in April 2017, and its pastor on May 14, 2018. 
 
Father Joseph Jaskierny, St. Mary, Pecatonica
 
Father Joseph Jaskierny, J.C.L., is now the pastor of St. Mary Parish in Pecatonica, in addition to his work as Adjutant Judicial Vicar in the Diocesan Tribunal.
 
Born in Aurora, he attended Kaneland High School in Maple Park, Loyola University in Chicago, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Neb., and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He completed his studies in canon law, earning a Juris Canonici Licentia degree, at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 2017.
 
He was ordained a priest on May 21, 2011, by Bishop Thomas G. Doran at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford.
 
Father Jaskierny began his priestly service as parochial vicar at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Cary, serving there from June 2011 to July 2014, also teaching at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock. He served as an associate master of ceremonies for the diocese from October 2013 to August 2015.
 
He was parochial vicar at Holy Family Parish in Rockford from July 2014 to August 2015 before beginning full-time study at Catholic University of America. 
 
In June 2017, Father Jaskierny became the administrator at St. Mary Parish in Pecatonica and Adjutant Judicial Vicar in the tribunal where he is also Defender of the Bond and Advocate.
 
Father Keith Romke, St. Patrick, Dixon
 
Father Keith Romke is now the pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Dixon, effective May 14.
 
Born in Elgin, he attended Larkin High School there, St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Neb., and Pontifical North American College in Rome.
 
He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas G. Doran at St. Peter Cathedral in Rockford on May 21, 2011.
 
He served as parochial vicar at Holy Cross Parish in Batavia from June 2011 to February 2013, also teaching at Aurora Central Catholic High School. He became Director of Vocations in February 2013, serving in that position to the present. He served also as parochial vicar at St. Bridget Parish in Loves Park from February 2013 to June 2017, when he became  the administrator at St. Patrick Parish in Dixon.