OSF Saint Luke Medical Center

Kewanee, Illinois

Spiritual Support

Our chapel is located on the second floor as you walk toward the in-patient area.  The chapel is open 24 hours a day for staff, patients, and visitors for prayer and meditation.  Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu (Fr. John), PhD is our Chaplain. He is responsible for providing spiritual care and celebrates weekly Mass at OSF Saint Luke.  To contact him, call Saint John Paul II Parish at (309) 852-4549.

Deacon Marty VanMeltebeck serves as Director of Pastoral Care.  As Director of Pastoral Care, Deacon Marty is available for patient visits, family support, crisis assistance, grief support ministry, and prayer.  Pastoral Care services are available for all our patients, visitors, and employees.  Deacon Marty is at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center Monday-Friday noon-3:00pm.  To contact him, call (309) 852-7899.

Mass Schedule:

Thursday | noon

About Fr. John

Father-John-Spiritual-Suppor.jpg Father John, Chaplain Fr. John is a priest of the Diocese of Peoria.  Originally from the Northwestern part of Tanzania, East Africa, Fr. John was ordained in 1995 and served as Parochial Vicar at several schools and parishes in Tanzania, East Africa and the United States. Fr. John has a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.S. in Mathematics, and a PhD in Mathematics.  While earning his advanced degrees, he served as Campus ministry and Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Parochial Vicar for numerous parishes before being named Pastor of Saint John Paul II Parish.

About Deacon Marty

Deacon-Marty-Spiritual-Support.jpg Deacon Marty, Director of Pastoral Care Deacon Marty is a graduate of Kewanee High School and is a Vietnam Veteran, serving a three-year tour of duty in the Army serving in medical (MASH) unit.  He also worked in the accounting department at a local manufacturer and owned a small business.  Deacon Marty was in the second class of ordained Deacons on November 18, 1979, celebrating his 35th anniversary in 2014.  In 2009, he became Notary-Auditor for the Tribunal, Diocese of Peoria.  Deacon Marty serves the Saint John Paul II Parish, Kewanee where he was Director of Religious Education for many years and currently teaches the RCIA and RCIC programs.