Staff Member: Rev Carl Beekman

Rev Carl Beekman

Phone: 815-965-2761

On June 15, 2022 Father Carl Beekman became the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, one that has been served by Franciscan priests for 89 years.

Father Beekman was born in Terre Haute, Ind., and attended Bedford North Lawrence High School in Bedford, Ind. He also attended Indiana University, the University of Southwest Louisiana and St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington, La. He studied philosophy at St. Joseph Seminary, then theology at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. Much later he studied at Catholic University of America, earning a master’s degree in financial management in 2018.

He is a convert to Catholicism and, prior to entering studies for the priesthood, served in the Marine Corps and as director of finance for The Private Group, Inc.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas G. Doran at the Cathedral of St. Peter on May 20, 2000.

Father Beekman served as parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles, and as a religion teacher at St. Edward Central Catholic High School in Elgin from 2000-2003. He was the administrator at St. Catherine Parish in Prophetstown and St. Ambrose Parish in Erie from June 2003-June 2004, before becoming parochial vicar at St. Rita Parish in Rockford until August 2005. From then until September 2006, he was parochial vicar at St. Flannen Parish in Harmon, St. Mary Parish in Walton, and St. Patrick Parish in Amboy, before becoming administrator then pastor at those three parishes until June 2010.

Additionally, Father Beekman served on the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission beginning in February 2002.

He became diocesan director of vocations, from May 2010-February 2012, serving also as administrator at the Cathedral of St. Peter from July 2011-February 2012 when he became rector there until 2014.

Father Beekman served as pastor at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Cary from 2014-2018.

He has served since then as pastor at St. Mary Parish in Sycamore.

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