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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 was as a Parochial Vicar at St. Mary Parish, Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Father Robert's Assignments:

2005 St. Mary The Immaculate Conception Parish - Mt. Vernon

2006-2010 St. Michael the Archangel Parish-Radom

2006-2010 St. Barbara Parish - Scheller

2010-2014 St. Theresa of Avila Parish - Salem

2010-2014 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish - Kinmundy

2014-Present St. Mary Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish - Mt. Carmel

2014-Present St. Sebastian - St. Sebastian


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 was as an Associate Pastor at St. Peter Cathedral, Belleville, Illinois.

Father Matthew's Assignments:

2005-2007 Associate Pastor Cathedral of St. Peter - Belleville

2007-2023 Pastor Blessed Sacrament Parish - Belleville

2015-2023 Pastor Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish - Belleville

2023-Present Administrator St. Damian Parish - Damiansville

2023-Present Administrator St. Bernard Parish - Albers

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