Father Timothy Regan will remain as a full-time chaplain at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and Father Gregory Steckel will retire. The changes are effective May 1.
Father Steckel, 69, was ordained by Bishop Gerald O’Keefe on July 12, 1981, at St. Anthony Church in Davenport. Father Steckel served at St. Joseph Parish-Sugar Creek, Mercy Hospital-Davenport, Our Lady of Victory Parish-Davenport, St. Peter Parish-Buffalo and St. Boniface Parish-Farmington. He served at St. Mary Parish-String Prairie, East Moline Correctional Center-East Moline, Illinois, and St. Peter Parish-Cosgrove, St. Mary Parish-Oxford and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He served at the U.S. Penitentiary-Leavenworth, Kansas; Federal Prison Camp-Yankton, South Dakota; Ss. Mary & Joseph Parish-Fort Madison; Sacred Heart Parish-Fort Madison and the merged Holy Family Parish-Fort Madison and St. Joseph Parish-Montrose. He served at Sacred Heart Parish-Lost Nation, Sacred Heart Parish-Oxford Junction, St. James Parish-Toronto, St. Bernadette Parish-West Branch and St. Joseph Parish-West Liberty. He has been chaplain at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since 2018.
During a leave of absence, he received training in Clinical Pastoral Education at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. While ministering at the East Moline Correctional Center, Father Steckel took one day each week to assist the late Father Dan Mannhardt as chaplain at Genesis Hospital in Davenport. On Sundays during that time, Father Steckel celebrated Sunday Mass and made Communion rounds at the hospital in Rock Island, Illinois. On Fridays, he celebrated Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Rock Island.