BATAVIA – After 12 years at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Monsignor Daniel Deutsch is leaving the parish to become the vicar for clergy and vocations for the Diocese of Rockford.
Deutsch will leave the church at the end of February and start new responsibilities Feb. 25. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but discussed his departure on the church’s website.
“Let me start by saying that the last 12 years have been the best of my priesthood and my life,” Deutsch said in his “From the Pastor’s Desk” column. “The experiences that we have had to draw closer to Christ together have shaped me in ways that I will always marvel at and for which I will always be grateful. I simply have fallen in love with all of you as we have learned to love Jesus more.”
In his new job, Deutsch said he will manage the day-to-day needs and issues as they relate to priests and will be responsible for making their assignments to parishes. In addition, he will help the vocation director in his work at bringing vocations to the diocese and also will be the pastor at St. Bridget Parish in Loves Park.
Along with Deutsch, the Rev. Keith Romke also is leaving the church to become the vocations director for the diocese.
“It is a logical and exciting move that makes sense,” Deutsch said. “He is the sensible choice for anyone who has experienced his gifts and enthusiasm for the Lord.”
Holy Cross’ new pastor will be Monsignor Aaron Brodeski, who is finishing up his time as vocations director and pastor at St. Mary Catholic Church in Woodstock.