Galesburg Catholic 

Galesburg Catholic Parishes

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Our parishes are blessed to have priests from the Diocese of Peoria, for a list of religious orders in our diocese please visit

Pastors by Parish:

Corpus Christi/ Immaculate Heart of Mary/St. Patrick/Sacred Heart:

Fr. Lee Brokaw-Parish Administrator

Fr. Jacob Rose-Parochial Vicar

St. Aloysius/Chaplain at OSF St. Mary Medical Center:

Fr. Deus-Dedit B. Byabato -Pastor

Other Priests who help in our Church Community:

Msgr. Ernest Pizzamiglio 

Father Patrick Riordan

The Beautiful Hands of a Priest.

We need them in life's early morning,
We need them again at its close;
We feel their warm clasp of true friendship,
We seek them while tasting life's woes.
When we come to this world we are sinful,
The greatest as well as the least.
And the hands that make us pure as angels
Are the beautiful hands of a priest.

At the altar each day we behold them,
And the hands of a king on his throne
Are not equal to them in their greatness
Their dignity stands alone.
For there in the stillness of morning
Ere the sun has emerged from the east,
There God rests between the pure fingers
Of the beautiful hands of a priest.

When we are tempted and wander
To pathways of shame and sin
'Tis the hand of a priest that will absolve us.
Not once but again and again.
And when we are taking life's partner
Other hands may prepare us a feast
But the hands that will bless and unite us,
Are the beautiful hands of a priest.

God bless them and keep them all holy,
For the Host which their fingers caress,
What can a poor sinner do better
But to praise Thee who chose thee to bless
When the death dews on our eyes are falling,
May our courage and strength be increased
To see, raised above us in blessing
The beautiful hands of a priest.


This poem was passed down orally in Ireland and around 1963 was given by Fr. Crowley of Dunsallagh to the Clare singer Tom Linehan who recorded it in song.