Priest Profiles: Father David Steinle


Name: Father David Steinle

Age: 58

Years ordained: 30

Current assignment: Pastor of Ss. Mary & Patrick Parish, West Burlington, and St. Mary Parish, Dodgeville; Dean of the Keokuk Deanery


How did you know you were being called to the priesthood?

During my senior year at the University of Iowa I felt my future in broadcast media ownership would be less than fulfilling. I believe at this time in my life God was challenging and calling me to serve the church as a priest. I was employed in broadcast media sales for two years following college graduation and then fully realized my desire and willingness to enter the seminary. It was then that Bishop Gerald O’Keefe accepted me as a candidate for the priesthood and I entered the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

Aside from your ordination Mass, what was your most memorable Mass?

I really don’t have one memorable Mass but many “most” memorable Masses.  These memorable Masses for me were the annual Assumption High School Baccalaureate Masses held at Sacred Heart Cathedral during my assigned years at Assumption. Having completed Catholic school education, our seniors assembled in the cathedral along with a packed crowd of parents, family and friends to worship. These were very special and memorable Masses for me.  And, I must add, they were exceptionally special when Father Joe Roost played the organ!

What is most rewarding about being a priest?

Leading my congregations in worship, celebrating the sacraments and being involved in the lives of people. 

What is most challenging about being a priest?

The declining number in the work force of the priesthood, which causes the workload to continually increase, is a huge challenge.  Finding time to accomplish required tasks as well as allowing time to spend with people becomes at times a frustrating challenge.

What is your favorite Scripture passage?

Luke 6:37 — “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

What is your hobby?

When I was growing up I had hobbies such as golfing, water skiing, music and scouting.  Unfortunately I do not now pursue these activities.  I greatly enjoy being with people in various situations and settings. 

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