Fr. Alphonse Spilly, 50th Anniversary

Fr. Al Spilly, a native of Whiting, Ind., was ordained on June 3, 1967. He has been involved in education and communications for the wider Church.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood are pleased to announce the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Alphonse Spilly, C.PP.S.

Fr. Spilly, 77, a native of Whiting, Ind., entered the Society in 1953 and was ordained on June 3, 1967. He has been involved in education and communications for the wider Church.

After his ordination, Fr. Spilly was named an instructor at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. In 1968, he began advanced studies at the University of Chicago and earned a doctorate in biblical studies in 1977. 

In 1970, he was elected to the Society’s senate. He was named director of the theologate and of formation in 1972. He also taught at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill.

In 1984, he was appointed a special assistant to Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago. After the cardinal’s death in 1996, he served as special assistant to Francis Cardinal George for two years and then served as director of the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

In 2002, Fr. Spilly joined the faculty of Calumet College of Saint Joseph as an associate professor of religious studies. He chaired the newly established social justice committee while assisting at four parishes in Whiting.

In 2013, Fr. Spilly moved to Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, Tex., where he became a special assistant to Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S., of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Fr. Spilly moved to St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio, earlier this year, and continues to work for Archbishop Garcia-Siller.

Fr. Spilly’s anniversary, along with the milestone anniversaries of 11 other Missionaries of the Precious Blood of the Cincinnati Province, signifying hundreds of years of ministerial service to God’s people, will be celebrated in a special liturgy on June 30 at St. Charles Center.

“We look to these priests and brothers who are celebrating their anniversaries this year as examples of those who have faithfully listened to God's call,” said Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., provincial director. “They have said ‘yes’ to that call, and that in turn has led them to minister to the people of God in many ways, in many places. Their lives of service inspire us all.”