Clergy

Pastor: Msgr. Stanley L. Deptula

Email: msgrdeptula@stmatt.net

Born in New Jersey and raised in Florida, Msgr. Stanley Deptula was ordained a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria on May 25, 1996. He served in parishes in Moline, Wenona, Lostant and Minonk. He also served as the assistant director of the Newman Foundation of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. From 2004 to 2008 he served as Chaplain and Director of the St. Joseph Newman Center at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. He was named Vice-Chancellor and Director of Divine Worship for the Catholic Diocese of Peoria in 2004.  Bishop Daniel Jenky, C.S.C. appointed Msgr. Deptula as the Executive Director for the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation in April of 2008.  He was named Chaplain to His Holiness in 2009.   He was made Rector of the Cathedral, Pastor of St. Bernard in 2013 and added two more parishes as pastor, Sacred Heart and St. Joseph in Peoria, IL in 2015.   Monsignor Deptula was named Pastor of St. Matthew parish in Champaign in 2018.

Parochial Vicar: Fr. Lee W. Brokaw

Email: frbrokaw@stmatt.net

Fr. Lee Brokaw was born on January 23, 1986 and he grew up on a family grain and livestock farm in West-Central Illinois near the town of Raritan with his parents, Patrick and Brenda, and his three sisters, Sarah, Theresa, and Mary. 

He attended Joliet Junior College from 2004-2006 on a livestock judging and agriculture scholarship and then transferred to the University of Illinois where he earned his Bachelors in Agriculture Economics in 2008. It was during this time at the U of I, being involved in Nabor House Fraternity, the College of ACES, St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and focus (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) that Fr. Brokaw was first introduced to idea of God calling him to the priesthood after a few conversations with Monsignor Greg Ketcham and Fr. Luke Spannagel. This thought did not immediately strike a cord with him as his plans after college were fixed upon getting married and working for a seed company while farming. Following his graduation from the U of I, and considering the investment from the focus missionaries while he was a student, Fr. Brokaw accepted a position as a focus missionary and served a year at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS and then two years at Missouri State University. It was during his time with focus that Fr. Brokaw returned to the idea of the priesthood during daily holy hours with his team and he discerned God was indeed calling him to enter seminary.

Fr. Brokaw was blessed to be sent by Bishop Jenky to Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD and he considers his six years at the Mount (2011-2017) as some of the best and most formative years of his life. He earned a Master’s of Divinity and a Bachelor’s of Sacred Theology (STB) through the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. 

Fr. Brokaw enjoys helping on the farm, exploring the great outdoors, traveling with his family, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and the Fighting Illini!

Parochial Vicar: Fr. Michael Pica

Email: frpica@stmatt.net

Born in Peoria, IL April 2, 1989, Fr. Michael Pica was raised in Galesburg, IL, for almost 10 years and Champaign, IL, until graduating from Centennial High School in 2007. He comes from a family of five boys, three older brothers: Matthew, Nicholas, and David, and one younger brother Mark. 

After high school he attended Bradley University (2007-09) before discerning a possible vocation to the priesthood. He entered Seminary in 2009, and attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota for three years before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He then continued his studies for priestly formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD (2012-16).  

He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria on May 28, 2016 and was assigned to St. Patrick of Merna in Bloomington, St. Mary in Downs. He served these parishes from 2016-2019. 

He enjoys cycling, running, and soccer, and is a fan of the Chicago Cubs. He is also excited to be chaplain at the High School of Saint Thomas More.

Deacon Bill Scott

Bill was born on August 31, 1959 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He graduated from Villanova University in 1981; St. George’s University School of Medicine in 1985 and University of Oklahoma Health Sciences in 1993. He met Jacqueline D’Souza while in college in Pennsylvania and was married on August 1, 1987 at Exultation of the Holy Cross Church in Buttonwood, PA.

Bill completed his training in Family Practice at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 1989 and worked as a Family Practitioner in Boyertown, PA until December 1990. He then moved to Oklahoma City where he enrolled in a Fellowship program in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and earned a Masters in Public Health Degree at the University of Oklahoma in 1993. That same year he was hired by Carle Clinic in Urbana as head of the Occupational Medicine Clinic. In 2000 he joined OSF St. Francis Healthcare in Peoria, IL as Regional Medical Director of their Occupational & Preventative Medicine program. In January 2011 he returned to Carle Hospital in Urbana as Department Head of Occupational Medicine.

His wife, Jackie, was born in Nairobi, Kenya. One of 11 children, she immigrated to the U.S. and attended Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA, graduating with a B.F.A. degree in fine art. She worked for several years until having their first child. While raising their children she attended several bible studies and volunteered extensively in the schools as well as the parishes they attended. Jackie’s bible study experience included leadership and coordinating studies and she worked at St. Jude Parish in Peoria for three years as the coordinator of their Adult Faith Program until relocating to Champaign in 2011 for Bill’s job. She is blessed to be able to continue facilitating studies at St. Matthew Parish as well as serving as the Head of the Parish Welcome Committee and Office Receptionist.

Bill and Jackie have two daughters, Sarah and Joella, both in college at this time.

Bill has participated in the Church as lector, Extraordinary Eucharistic minister, parish council member, Knights of Columbus, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He has an interest in missionary medicine and has made several medical mission trips to Central America (Nicaragua).

He looks forward to serving the Lord in the Church. His particular interest is in Health Care Ministry. Both Jackie and Bill are very interested and active in Adult Faith Education.