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Priest Holding Book
Vocations From Our Parish - Priests

The Stringtown Parish community had its first native sons ordained as priests on June 4, 2005. These two young men are Fr. Robert Zwilling and Fr. Matthew Elie.

Fr. Robert, son of Herman and Ethel Zwilling, graduated from Olney Central College in 1998 and St. Joseph College Seminary of Loyola University in 2001, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He received a Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Divinity in 2005 from the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. His first assignment is as Parochial Vicar at St. Mary Parish, Mt. Vernon, Illinois; St. Michael Parish, Radom, Illinois, and St. Barbara Parish, Scheller, Illinois.


Fr. Matthew, son of Pat Elie and Karen Elie, attended Loyola University of Chicago, There he received his Bachelor of Science Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in clinical psychology. From 2000 to 2004, he attended graduate school at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. There he received his Master of Divinity Degree. His first assignment is as a Parochial Vicar at St. Peter Cathedral, Belleville, Illinois.

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