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2018 Jubilarians: Archdiocesan deacons

Deacon Robert Depyper; Deacon Norbert Gawedzinski; Deacon Robert S. Penberthy; Deacon Gerard “Jerry” Stoverink; Deacon John S. Stoverink

25th ordination

Deacon Robert DePyper


Birthplace: Marshall, Minn.

Age: 77

Education: Lynd (Minn.) Public School; Tracy (Minn.) Area High School; College of St . Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., bachelor’s in social studies with English minor

Family: wife: Millie; children: Jeff, Steve, Jeremy and Bekah; nine grandchildren

Service in the archdiocese: Assisted the pastor at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Hazelwood, 1993-2000

Secular career: Retired from the State of Missouri and the Diocese of Jefferson City

About Deacon Robert DePyper: Deacon DePyper taught high school in Minnesota and Missouri, was in management in the restaurant business and worked for the Missouri Division of Family Services. He was pastoral administrator for three parishes in northeast Missouri and then at St. Michael’s in Russelville, Mo., and he served as deacon at Immaculate Conception Parish in Owensville, Mo., all in the Diocese of Jefferson City.

Deacon Norbert Gawedzinski


Birthplace: St. Louis

Age: 83

Education: St. Liborious School, St. Louis; De Andreis High School, St. Louis; Washington University, St. Louis; University of Alabama.

Family: wife: Barbara; son, Kevin; three grandchildren

Service in the archdiocese: Assisted the pastor at Our Lady of Loretto Parish, Spanish Lake, 1993-95

Assisted the pastor of St. John Parish, Imperial, 1995-2017

Secular career: Retired from Boeing Aircraft as lead engineer.

About Deacon Norbert Gawedzinski: Deacon Gawedzinski served in the U.S. Army at Redstone Arsenal from 1958 to 1960, then four years in the Army Reserves. He started bereavement ministries at Our Lady of Loretto and St. John parishes.

Deacon Robert S. Penberthy


Birthplace: St. Louis

Age: 74

Education: High school

Family: wife: Linda; daughter Amy Lynn Williams; three grandchildren

Service in the archdiocese: Assisted the pastor, Most Precious Blood Parish, Mehlville, 1993-96

Assisted the pastor, St. George Parish, Affton, 1996-2017

Secular career: Dental technician, 19 years; maintenance electrician, Marriott Pavilion Hotel, 21 years.

About Deacon Robert S. Penberthy: Deacon Penberthy served in the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary) for 19 years. His hobbies include flying drones and watch-making and repair.

Deacon Gerard “Jerry” Stoverink


Birthplace: St. Louis

Age: 65

Education: Good Shepherd School, Hillsboro; Hillsboro High School

Family: wife: Diane; daughter: Sherri; four grandchildren

Service in the archdiocese: Assisted the pastor at Sacred Heart Parish, Crystal City, 1993-present

Served on Deacon Council for five years and Deacon Personnel Board for four years

Secular career: Currently director of religious education at Sacred Heart Parish

About Deacon Gerard Stoverink: Deacon Stoverink is on-call chaplain at Mercy Jefferson Hospital, chaplain for the Crystal City Fire Department, spiritual advisor for Sacred Heart Legion of Mary and Sacred Heart St. Vincent de Paul conference and advocate for the archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal.

Deacon John S. Stoverink


Birthplace: Fort Knox, Ky.

Age: 61

Education: Master’s degree in business administration and computer resource management

Family: wife: Joanna

Service in the archdiocese: Assisted the pastor at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis Parish

Secular career: Manager airport information technology security systems and network operations

About Deacon John Stoverink: He is a certified cyber-security professional.

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