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Fr. Gabriel Bullock

March 25, 1934 June 10, 2016
Fr. Gabriel Bullock
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PERU –Reverend Gabriel (Gary) Bullock, O.S.B. monk and priest of St. Bede Abbey in Peru, IL, died Friday afternoon, at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, Lacon, after an extended illness.

He was born March 25, 1934, the son of Roy E. and Jane Morris Bullock, in Peoria, Illinois. He attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School and was a graduate of Spalding Institute where he was salutatorian of his class. After two years at the junior college at Saint Bede, he entered the monastery novitiate in 1954. He took his solemn vows on July 11, 1955, and was ordained a priest May 28, 1961. He received a B.A. in philosophy from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame.

Fr. Gabriel served on the faculty of Saint Bede Academy as an English and religion teacher, and as moderator of the school newspaper and the yearbook. He performed weekend pastoral ministry to many parishes in the Illinois Valley and was active in the Illinois Valley Clergy Council. He was in demand as a retreat director, and served as confessor to the Academy students and to adults in spiritual direction.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Sharon Haney. He is survived by his siblings: Dave (Carol) Bullock of East Peoria; Sue (Joe) Thierer of Peoria; Mary Beth (Fred) Roedl of Bloomington, IN; Paul (Marti) Bullock of Dunlap; Dan (Laura Merrill) Bullock of West Newton, MA; Theresa (Pat) Chambers of Peoria; and 20 nieces and nephews. Memorials may be directed to Saint Bede Abbey.

His body will be received at the St. Bede Abbey Church on Tuesday, June 14 at 4:00 p.m., and visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. with a prayer vigil at 5:15 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the church, with interment in the abbey cemetery. Burgess Funeral Home in La Salle is in charge of arrangements.

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