About Father Peck
Before being ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill in 1994, Fr. David Peck graduated from DeSales University and spent a year at the Jesuit University in Bogota, Columbia teaching Mathematics. He studied Canon Law at Catholic University in Washington DC for a couple of years, then received his MBA from New York University and spent 10 years in business on Wall Street. He completed his master of divinity degree at Mundelein University in 1994. He is also certified as a Retreat Master and Spiritual Director of Ignation Exercises from Creighton University.
Father Peck began an association with St. Edward Central Catholic High School where he served over the years as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent. He became secretary to Bishop Thomas G. Doran and Diocesan Master of Ceremonies in 1998. Later that year he became Diocesan Director of Pilgrimages, and the following year he became director of the Pro-Life Office for the diocese. He was appointed pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Rochelle, Illinois in 20 01, and later pastor of St. Rita Parish in Rockford, Illinois in 2011 and Dean of the Rockford Deanery in 2012.
In 2013, Father Peck moved and serves as Pastor to his current parish at St. John Neumann Church. He continues to serve as spiritual director for Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher. He was instrumental in the rechartering of the Rockford Chapter and also in establishing a St. Charles Chapter of Legatus for which he is currently Chaplain. He is also an instructor for the Diaconate Program. Over the years he has served as chaplain for both the police and fire departments of Rochelle, Elgin, Rockford, Cherry Valley and St. Charles. He also continues to serve as a Pilgrimage leader. Father has been instrumental in developing the St. John Neumann Church Prison Ministry which includes; prayer groups, Saturday Masses, GED help, basketball and soccer coaching for the Illinois Youth Correctional Center.