MONSIGNOR MICHAEL KUSE, PASTOR
After serving at Saint Mary’s Parish from 1996 to 2006, Fr. Mike became the founding pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in 2006. Previous to coming to Quincy, Fr. Mike began his priestly ministry at Christ the King Parish in Springfield , then moved to Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Collinsville . Decatur became his home while serving at Saint Patrick Parish and Saint Thomas Parish. During this time he taught religion at Saint Theresa High School in Decatur. Leaving Decatur in 1980, he was assigned to Saint Anthony Parish in Effingham. In 1981 he became the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Villa Grove, Saint Michael Parish in Hume and Saint Thomas Parish in Brocton. He returned to Effingham in 1984 to become the Pastor of Saint Anthony Parish. Following that assignment, he became the Director of the Ministry to Priests Program in January of 1987. In May of 1988 he also took on the responsibility of being the Director of Vocations for the diocese. Our Saviour Parish in Jacksonville became his next pastorate in July of 1989. Following his term of six years, he moved to Saint Mary Parish in Quincy.
Fr. Mike served as a member of the College of Consultors for the diocese from 1984 until 2009. While Director of Vocations, he was elected to be the President of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors from 2005-2007. He was a member of the Diocesan School Board 1982 until 1994. He was elected Chairperson of the Diocesan Presbyteral Council from 2001-2204.
Currently in the city of Quincy, Fr. Mike is Dean of the Quincy Deanery, Spiritual Advisor for the Ladies of Charity, Moderator of the Deanery Council of Catholic Women, Board Member for the Advocacy Network for Children, represents the Catholic Clergy on the Chaplain’s Executive Committee of Blessing Hospital and is the representative of the Quincy Clergy on the Quincy Notre Dame Board of Directors.
Fr. Mike was born in Quincy to Maurice and Shirley Kuse. He has one brother, Greg and his wife, Joyce. Two nieces, Angel (Bruce) Venvertloh and April (Rich) Sibbing. Four great nephews and one niece. Saint Rose of Lima was his Church of Baptism. He attended Saint Boniface Grade School and Parish, Graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School. He took his philosophical and theological studies at Mundelein Seminary and was ordained in 1967.
“It is a joy to be back in Quincy and a pleasure to be the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish. The spirit of our parish family is truly a gift to enjoy and offer to others. My priesthood is formed by the people of this parish and for this I am very grateful. Let us rejoice always and pray without ceasing”.
PHYLLIS SCHULTE, FINANCIAL SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER
Phyllis Schulte began working at Blessed Sacrament Parish in February 2009. She works part time – usually 15-20 hours per week. Phyllis previously worked at John Wood Community College for 31 years and retired in January 2008.
Phyllis is a 40 year member of Blessed Sacrament (St. Mary’s) parish. Away from work, she enjoys time with family and friends, likes to read, play computer games, watch baseball, travel, and flower gardening.
"I believe the parish community of Blessed Sacrament has many reasons to be thankful, and I am grateful to be a part of the staff and hopefully in some small way be an asset to the parish.”
CHRIS REICHERT, PRINCIPAL BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Chris Reichert is the Principal of Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. She has been the principal of Blessed Sacrament School since the parish was newly created in June 2006. She was previously the principal of All Saints Catholic School for 4 years and prior to being the principal she taught at All Saints Catholic School for 13 years as the fourth grade teacher. Chris received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University in 1989 and her Masters in Administration from Quincy University in 2004.
Chris is married to Joe Reichert. They have two sons, Zachary, who attends the United States Military Academy in West Point New York and Nicholas who attends Quincy Notre Dame High School. Their family has been life long members of the Quincy community.
“It has been a true honor to be a part of the educational learning process of the students at Blessed Sacrament School. I believe that when a parent chooses our school that they are entrusting me and my staff with their most precious gift, their child. It is a gift that I am very privileged to receive. I am so thankful for our school parents and parish for supporting Catholic education and our school. Thank you for believing in us.”
LORI QUEVILLON, SCHOOL SECRETARY
Lori Quevillon has been school secretary since 1994. I have experienced many changes over the years. It’s been a great journey being able to work with so many wonderful people as well as get to know so many awesome families and children over the past 16 years.
Lori is married to Pat. Together they have four children, Jessica (married to Matt Loos), Phil, Justin and Audrey. Pat & Lori also have 3 grandchildren.
“I have a great love for children and enjoy being a part of their lives as well as watching them grow from year to year”.
Deacon Terry Ellerman, Pastoral Associate
Deacon Terry joined the Parish Staff in June of 2007. In July, 2009, he accepted a full time position as Pastoral Associate. Prior to this time he was principal of Quincy High School. Deacon Terry’s duties include Youth Ministry, Parish School of Religion, Confirmation Preparation, Marriage Prep, Visiting the Homebound, etc. Deacon Terry is married to Regina Ellerman and they have 4 children (Aaron, Amy, Luke, Bridget) and 6 grandchildren. Deacon Terry has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Theology. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
“I am fortunate to be working in a parish which is always trying to meet the needs of the parish and community. Working with youth has been the focus of my professional career and I continue to work at involving and engaging our young people (and their parents) on their journey of faith. If there is anything I can do to help, please call or visit me in the parish office (222-2759 or 242-2467).”
STEVE BUCKMAN, MUSICIAN/DIRECTOR of ADULT CHOIR
Steve Buckman became the musician/director of the adult choir in September 2004. He had been involved in music ministry since 1987 when he played piano and electronic keyboards at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Quincy (later All Saints, and now Blessed Sacrament). He moved to Los Angeles in March 1988 to earn a BA in music from the Grove School of Music, and to pursue a career as a professional musician. He worked in Las Vegas from 1991-2003 as a freelance musician, and was active in music ministry at Prince Of Peace Catholic Church while living there.
In addition to his work at Blessed Sacrament, he also continues to work as a freelance musician and provides music ministry at St. Peters and for Quincy Cursillo as requested. During the week he works days producing video and music product for KHQA TV. He has a wife Dottie, a grown daughter Kayla, and a granddaughter Cassandra.
“Working as director/keyboardist with the adult choir has been the most satisfying form of music ministry that I could imagine. ‘God gave us music that we might pray without words’. The author of this quote is unknown, but that's how I approach instrumental music at Mass. And I sincerely hope that's how the congregation hears and relates to it - as prayer and praise without words.”