Another milestone on the journey to the priesthood


Bill Roush and Guillermo Treviño, seminarians for the Diocese of Davenport, will be or­dained transitional deacons on June 7 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport. Each seminarian recently made a profession of faith and oath of fidelity; Roush at his home parish, St. Mary’s in Iowa City, and Treviño at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill.
Roush, 60, is a third-year theology student at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis. A native of St. Mary Parish in Iowa City, he is a convert to Catholicism. He has two adult daughters. His wife, Cindy, died in 1997. Before entering the seminary, he worked for Monsanto Corporation in Muscatine for 25 years.
He has said he feels called to the priesthood because: “I have had many influential people in religious life who have been mentors for me, especially during my times of desolation, and recognizing that I could be that person for others gives me great pleasure. I know what it has meant to me to have these people in my life. I will never forget the feeling of contentment that filled my soul when Father Ken Kuntz (former pastor of St. Mary’s) asked if I had ever considered seminary.”
Treviño, 28, is in his third year of theology studies at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill., and a native of St. Mary Parish in Moline, Ill.
Before entering the seminary, he studied journalism and political science at Black Hawk College in Moline and reported for Hola America, a Spanish-language publication in the Quad Cities. His family includes his mother and two sisters; his father is deceased.
Treviño has said that Father Rudolph Juarez, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Iowa City, and Father (now Bishop) Robert Gruss, former diocesan vocations director, helped the seminarian decide to discern a calling to the priesthood.
During the June 7 Mass, deacons Kevin Anstey, Bob Cloos and Chris Young will be ordained priests for the diocese.

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