Audio: A Visual Pilgrimage through the Holy Land
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Msgr. Kevin Holmes
Msgr. Kevin D. Holmes was born in Janesville, Wisconsin on August 14, 1957, the son of the late Ernest and Phyllis (Vogel) Holmes. He attended St. Patrick School, Janesville; Holy Name Seminary (High School), Madison; and the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, where he received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy. He finished his seminary education with four years at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, where he was ordained a deacon at St. Michael Church on April 4, 1983.
Fr. Holmes was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1984, by Bishop Cletus F. O’Donnell at St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison. Since ordination he has served as parochial vicar of Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary, Sun Prairie and of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Madison; and as pastor of Holy Redeemer, Madison; St. Michael, Dane; and St. Aloysius, Sauk City, where he also served the Hispanic Community of Sauk County, and as administrator of the parishes of St. Mary, Merrimac and St. Camillus, Durward’s Glen.
Msgr. Holmes has also served the Diocese of Madison in various other capacities. He is currently a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, the Diocesan Planning Commission, the Presbyteral Council and the College of Consultors, as well as Bishop Morlino’s delegate on the Board of St. Paul University Catholic Center. He served for seven years on the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal, and is currently serving as Judge Delegate for the local investigation of a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, whose cause for beatification is pending in Rome. Msgr. Holmes has taught in the Education for Parish Service program at Edgewood College, and in the Diocesan Lay Institute.
In March 2007, Bishop Morlino announced that Rome named him Prelate of Honor, with the title Monsignor. He is also a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and Chaplain to Knights of Columbus Council 6568 at the University of Wisconsin.
Since fall 2006, Msgr. Holmes has served as Rector of St. Raphael Cathedral Parish, and Pastor of the linked parishes of Holy Redeemer and St. Patrick.
Fr. Scott Jablonski
Fr. Scott grew up in Appleton, WI. After graduating from high school he moved to Madison, WI to attend the University of Wisconsin, where he obtained a B.A. in psychology. Following his time in Madison he spent 2 years living in Colorado, where he came back to the Catholic Church that he was baptized in as a child (after previously spending time both in secular and Protestant Christian "circles"). While in Colorado, and in response to an invitation from the Lord Jesus to follow Him more fully, Fr. Scott applied to seminary for the Diocese of Madison so that he could wholeheartedly discern a calling to the priesthood.
After being accepted by Bishop Robert Morlino as a seminarian for the Diocese he spent his first 2 years attending St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN where he studied philosophy. Afterwards, he spent 3 years studying in Rome where he obtained a S.T.B. (Bachelor's degree in Sacred Theology) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas ("The Angelicum") while residing at the Pontifical North American College ("NAC"). He then finished his last year of seminary in Detroit at Sacred Heart Major Seminary before being ordained a priest in June of 2014.
For his first appointment Fr. Scott was assigned as the Parochial Vicar in Watertown, WI, at St. Bernard and St. Henry Catholic Churches. After 2 years in Watertown he was named Pastor of Blessed Trinity Parish in Lodi and Dane beginning in July of 2016. He also serves as the Director of Continuing Formation of Priests for the Diocese of Madison.