I grew up in southeastern Wisconsin and was named after a priest, Fr. Stephen Peil, my mom’s uncle. Raised with six sisters and brothers by my late parents, Eugene and Margery, I attended Catholic grade and high school, then the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. I studied Business, and then Biology. I additionally studied Pre Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and attended Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. I became a transitional Deacon at St. Andrew the Apostle in Gladstone before being ordained a priest by Bishop Robert Finn on June 3rd, 2006. Prior to being appointed Pastor of Cathedral of St. Joseph in 2018, I was appointed Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Lexington, then appointed the Pastor of Coronation of Our Lady Parish in Grandview.
I grew up in small town Salisbury, Missouri, where I attended St. Joseph Grade School and Salisbury High School. I have two older sisters and a younger brother. The first time I recall wanting to serve God as a priest was in second grade - my mother had taken me to the first Mass of a priest. Shortly after, another priest started teaching us all religion in the catholic school. Attending Mass offered 5 times a week by this priest and having him teach me three days a week was very influential! In High School, I was uncertain if I was called to the priesthood - but continued coming to Mass at least twice a week. By the end of my senior year of high school, I decided to accept a football scholarship to Benedictine College. During that year at BC, I made many lifelong friends - but also returned to a more frequent reception of the sacraments and a more routine life of prayer than a public school offered. During the course of that year, I discerned to enter the seminary.
I spent three years at St. Gregory the Great seminary in Seward, Nebraska (where I joined Fr. King) and graduated with a degree in the Liberal Arts and Philosophy. Upon completion of my time in Nebraska, I moved to Kenrick Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where I received an STB and a Masters in Divinity. But perhaps the greatest part of seminary was not the academic side (although I enjoyed that). Rather, spending the time with other men who were discerning the same vocation as me fostered many close friendships. On top of this, striving to make a daily Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament and immersing myself in the liturgy made a real connection between the Truth I encountered in the classroom, my daily life, and the chapel.
I look forward to serving as your new parochial vicar! (If I look familiar to you, it is because I was here as a seminarian two summers ago)! Another interesting fact, 80 years ago, my great-great uncle - Fr. William Schumann was ordained a priest for the diocese of St. Joseph. He was ordained in this Cathedral and then was stationed here for the first few years of his priesthood. I am excited to follow in his footsteps and the footsteps of so many priests and religious.
In addition to serving at St. Mary’s and the Cathedral, I will be the chaplain for Missouri Western State University. I will also be teaching some of the religion classes at the Cathedral school. Please feel free to email me anytime- email@example.com - I am excited to be serving as your priest.
Degree: BS in Psychology (Personnel Emphasis)
Graduate & Retiree of Missouri Western State University
Experience: Dental Assistant in CA; Secretary, Bookkeeper, Purchasing Agent in CA; Secretary and Benefits Coordinator at Missouri Western State University for 28 years; Parish Secretary at Cathedral for 15 years.
Family/Personal: I was born and raised in Southern California. My mom, Marjorie Davis, was an alum of Cathedral. I married Randy Teschner in 2002. Children: Dominic CDeBaca, Nicole CDeBaca, and Courtney Eiberger, all Cathedral and Bishop LeBlond High School alumni. Grandchildren: Isabela, Ava, Jackson, Gabriela, Althaea, Brooklyn, Carson, Teresa, and Sebastian. Jackson graduated from Cathedral School and is now a student at Bishop LeBlond High School. Gabriela and Althaea attend Cathedral School.
Degree: BA in Philosophy from Rockhurst University; MMUS in Organ Performance from University of Missouri-Kansas City
Professional Certification: Associate of the American Guild of Organists
Experience: Music Director, St. Augustine's Church in Kansas City, MO; Queen of the Apostles Church in St. Joseph, MO; and Cathedral of St. Joseph in St. Joseph, MO; Music Teacher, Cathedral School in St. Joseph, MO
Personal: Second of four children. Retired from the Army Reserve. Boy Scout Leader.
Preston comes to us from Kansas city with over seven years of experience. Before working for our Diocese, he studied in the seminary for four years.
Preston has been married to his wife, Mary, for eight years, and has a four-year-old son, Joseph.