QUINCY -- Deacon Patrick O'Toole will conduct a mission focusing on "God's Call to Discipleship: Healing Division and Building Unity" at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
O'Toole will speak at all parish Masses the weekend of Dec. 2 and 3, with the actual mission Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 3 through 5, beginning at 7 p.m. in the parish church. Masses on Saturday are at 4 and 6:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
O'Toole was born in Kansas City, Kan., and is the oldest of six children. He and his wife, Danielle, are parishioners at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Morrisonville, Ill., where they live with 10 of their 14 children. In the fall of 2004, he walked away from a six-figure salary in the restaurant industry to work full time in parish ministry. In 2008, he completed his master's degree in theological studies at Quincy University, and in 2009, he was ordained to the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Springfield. He is director of the Villa Maria Catholic Life Center and hosts "Running on Empty," a radio program dedicated to examining the declining influence of Christian values in American society. He regularly speaks throughout the Midwest at conferences, parish missions and retreats.