Father Gary Beckman

Pastor

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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.

Deacon Chris Kabat

Permanent Deacon

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Deacon Kabat was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacon on July 8, 2017, and serves our parish of St. Wenceslaus, covering duties in serving at Mass, baptisms, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, funeral liturgies, and high school youth ministry.  He also serves the Diocese of Davenport on the Marriage and Family Life Committee.  His ministry focus is on strengthening family, building up the Sacrament of Marriage, and providing education and resources to the harmful effects of pornography.  Deacon Kabat has been a member of St. Wenceslaus Parish since 2008 and is married to his wife, Julie.  They have three boys: Nathan, Noah, and John.

Patricia J. King

Parish Secretary

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Julia Camilletti

Youth Ministry Coordinator

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Julia Camilletti and her husband, Stephen, moved to the Iowa City area in 2017 and have happily called St. Wenceslaus home to their growing family ever since. Julia graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2016 and taught first grade prior to moving to Iowa. She is delighted to coordinate events, continue teaching in a different capacity, and to see the many ways the Holy Spirit pours forth grace to the youth of the parish.

Kelsey Steffen

Choir Director

Kelsey Steffen and her husband Thomas joined St. Wenceslaus parish in 2013.  They have loved the family atmosphere the parish exudes and welcomed their own son Peter to the parish in November 2015. Kelsey is a former middle school teacher, now stay at home mom.  She has been cantering for many years, and in her younger years was a four-year All State singer.  She is looking forward to reviving the St. Wenceslaus choir and would love to have parishioners of any age and talent join. As St. Augustine said, "He who sings, prays twice!"