Deutsch leaving Holy Cross Church to work for bishop
By Linda Girardi firstname.lastname@example.org February 11, 2013 4:54PM
Bishop of the Rockford Diocese the Rev. David Malloy
Updated: March 13, 2013 6:25AM
While the world is still in shock about Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement of his resignation as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, the faithful in Batavia are feeling changes closer to home.
“I am very sad that Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate is coming to an end,” Rev. Monsignor Daniel Deutsch said Monday. “He has been an amazing Pope. I have the greatest love and respect for his great humility. To step down cannot be an easy decision. With his health issues, he has put the needs of the Church ahead of his own.”
Deutsch had his own announcement to parishioners over the weekend, that he is leaving Holy Cross Church at the end of the month due to a reassignment.
“Can I have a few minutes to explain?” Deutsch asked parishioners, after Saturday’s Mass.
Deutsch said Bishop David Malloy of the Rockford Diocese has asked him to come and work with him as his Vicar for Clergy and Vocations, managing day to day needs of priests and making their assignments.
Deutsch said he also will be working with the Vocation Director in his work of bringing vocations to the diocese, while retaining pastoral duties that he cherishes as a priest. Deutsch said he will be returning as pastor at St. Bridget Parish in Loves Park, his first parish as a priest 18 years ago.
Deutsch was appointed to lead Holy Cross in 2001 and saw a need for a Catholic school. He received the blessings from then Bishop Thomas Doran to oversee the complexities of building a new school on the church campus. Holy Cross Catholic School, for pre-school through 8th grade, opened in the 2008-2009 school year.
Parishioners also learned their Parochial Vicar Rev. Keith Romke is also leaving Holy Cross to accept a reassignment from the bishop as the new Vocation Director for the Rockford Diocese.
Deutsch told parishioners Romke’s appointment within the diocese was most notable for someone early in his priesthood. Romke completed his first full year as a priest this past summer. Deutsch said while Romke will be doing much travel in his new duties, he will also be with him at St. Bridget as the associate pastor.
Their reassignments require them to serve near the Rockford Diocese, he told parishioners.
Deutsch said one of his best friends will be coming to Holy Cross as the new pastor. Monsignor Aaron Brodeski is completing his duties as Vocation Director for the diocese and leaving his parish at St. Mary in Woodstock, he said. Deutsch said he and Brodeski have been in a prayer group for the past 14 years.
Deutsch wrote in a letter to parishioners in Sunday’s church bulletin the last 12 years at Holy Cross have been “the best of my priesthood and my life.”
“…I simply have fallen in love with all of you as we have learned to love Jesus more. These years have also brought me to a new chapter in my life,” he said.
Parishioners wiped tears from their eyes and gave their pastor a standing ovation. Deutsch looked out to his congregation with a smile and nodded as if to say, “…Not necessary.”