Father David Sabel, Pastor
Father David Sabel is the Administrator for St. Mary's, Pontiac, St. Joseph's in Flanagan and St. John's in Cullom. He was ordained on May 23rd. 2009 at St. Mary's Cathedral in the Peoria Diocese. Born on May 2, 1953 in Rock Island IL, his home parish while growing up was Sacred Heart Parish in Rock Island. As an adult, his home parish was Our Lady of Guadalupe in Silvis, IL. He was the Youth Director there for 20 years and loved it.
His parents are Ervin and Mary Sabel (both deceased), and he has ten brothers and sisters. (He loves his big, Catholic family!) Before becoming a priest, he taught Special Education for 18 years. He specifically dealt with students with behavioral needs. While it was challenging, it was a great fit for his academic style. He loved the kids.
Father David was also a Union Plasterer for about ten years after college. His first assignment is here at St. Mary's, St John's and St. Joseph's. He loves the parishioners he has met and he looks forward to what ever the Holy Spirit has planned for his priesthood. His Second assignment came in July 2013. He was named Pastor of St. Mary's Parish, Pontiac, IL, St. Joseph's Parish, Flanagan, IL, St. John's Parish, Cullom, IL, and St. Paul's Parish, Odell, IL.