The Mass was celebrated by Fr Alexander Millar, assisted by Frs Kyle Lucas as deacon, and Michael Pica as subdeacon; since this was Fr Millar’s first Solemn Requiem, Fr Jacob Valle served as assistant priest. The current bishop of Peoria, the Most Reverend Daniel Jenky, attended from his episcopal throne; more photos can be seen at his blog. Music was provided by The Saints Gregory and Romanos Guild; the vestments which were used formerly belonged to H.E. Joseph Schlarman, who served as the Third Bishop of Peoria from 1930-51.
This reminds me of an event from two years ago in my home diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, where Bishop Thomas Tobin arranged for a Solemn Pontifical in the traditional rite to be celebrated for the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of Ss Peter and Paul. It is very heartening to see bishops not just taking care of historical church buildings, but also working to preserve the great liturgical patrimony for which they were created. For this, we offer our special thanks to Bishop Jenky. It should also be greatly encouraging to us all to note how young the clergy who actually celebrated the Mass are; all of them were ordained within just the last two years.