Msgr. Dan Hermes
Born on a farm near Dixon, Illinois, Monsignor attended St. Meinrad Seminary, in Indiana and was ordained a priest for the Rockford Diocese on May 17, 1969. He has experienced a wide variety of assignments, including priest-chaplain at the Newman Center at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL and founding pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in St. Charles, Illinois - one of the largest parishes in the Rockford Diocese. He was also a pastor at Holy Family parish for 12 years in Rockford where he, Ellie Nelson and Jeanne Leezer wrote the Light of the World retreat.
Active in both Cursillo and SINE, Monsignor was inspired by Evangelii Nuntiandi and the teachings of Popes Paul VI and John Paul II regarding the central place of Evangelization in the life of the Church. Monsignor co-founded Light of the World Evangelization Ministries in response to the call for parish-based evangelization.