Fr. Daniel Mirabelli to celebrate 50 years in the priesthood


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Posted Online: May 14, 2010, 4:31 pm
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Press release submitted by Alleman High School

For many alumni and friends of Alleman High School, when you say the word "Alleman," one of the things that comes to mind might be a "little ole priest."

That "little ole priest," Fr. Daniel Mirabelli C.S.V., is celebrating his Golden Jubilee (50 years) of being an ordained priest this year. Of his 50 years in the priesthood, Fr. Mirabelli has served at Alleman for 44 of those years.

Fr. Mirabelli has touched hundreds of lives through his teaching, development work, and priestly duties. '70 Debbie Johnson Schwiebert says, "Fr. Mirabelli is an example of committed love in action. His love of the church, his caring manner, the way he lives the Gospel values and his devotion to Alleman High School is apparent in every single thing he says and does."

"How blessed we are to have Fr. Mirabelli as our 'little ole priest'," she continued. "He has nurtured us, guided us, and coached us to be our best selves and the best alumni for Alleman High School."

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Father attended Fenwick High School and graduated in 1950. Upon graduation, he entered the Clerics of St. Viator (Viatorians) in January 1951. Fr. Mirabelli was a Viatorian Novitiate from 1951-1952 and entered St. Ambrose College in January 1952. He graduated from St. Ambrose in 1955 with a bachelor's degree in History. He taught at Spalding High School in Peoria for three semesters, and, in the fall of 1956, entered the Viatorian Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He earned his master's degree in history from Loyola University and master's degree in sacred theology from the Viatorian Seminary in 1960. After his ordination in 1960, Fr. Mirabelli taught at St. Benedict's in Chicago and attended DePaul University for coursework in Pastoral Counseling. Father was then assigned to St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, where he taught and served as business manager.

In June 1966, Father Mirabelli came to Alleman beginning his tenure as business manager and teacher. He taught a variety of courses in social studies, religion, English, and Latin. In 1991, he was appointed Director of Development. Father has served as the ticket manager since 1971, bookstore manager since 1966, and Booster Club moderator since 1970. On the weekends, he assists with Masses at many parishes, but currently at Christ the King parish in Moline, Illinois.

In 1989, Father received the Teacher of the Year award from the Alleman National Honor Society. He was presented with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal from Pope John Paul II in 1993, the Sandy Ninninger Award from Kiwanis International in 1995, and was inducted into the Alleman Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

In May 2004, Father received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from St. Ambrose University, and was honored as Citizen of the Year for the City of Rock Island in 2007. Father is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Rock Island Kiwanis, and the Rock Island and East Moline Rotaries.

"For 50 years of answering Christ's call to serve, Fr. Mirabelli has helped teach, inspire, mentor, and motivate hundreds of young people, parents, staff, and community leaders," said '82 Mike Ethington, former cross country coach for Alleman. "He is truly the wind beneath the wings of Alleman. He is the sparkle that gives Alleman that 'Touch of Class'."

Pat Krueger Hodge, Class of 1968, said, "We know Alleman wouldn't be the school it is today without Fr. Mirabelli; and the impact he has had on the lives of all the students and the Quad Cities community is immeasurable. He has touched our hearts as only the 'little ole priest' could."

Alumni and Friends are invited to a special reception to honor Fr. Mirabelli. Join us from 1:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 6 at the Believers Together Center, Christ the King Parish, 3205 60th Street, Moline, Illinois.















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