Father Gary Beckman
Father Beckman became pastor of St. Wenceslaus on July 1, 2013. A Burlington native, he attended Catholic schools there. He studied at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, followed by Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., and graduated from St. Ambrose University with a degree in criminal justice. After working in law enforcement, he studied theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and completed theology studies at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. On June 3, 1995, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Franklin at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Fr. Beckman was parochial vicar at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bettendorf from 1995-98 and Holy Family in Davenport from 1998-2000. He served as pastor of Assumption & St. Patrick in Charlotte and Ss. Mary & Joseph in Sugar Creek from 2000-04. He was sacramental minister of St. Joseph in DeWitt from 2000-01, and was pastor of St. John in Houghton and St. James in St. Paul from 2004-13.