Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
First, a little about myself. I am a Chicago native; I was born and raised in River Forest, just a few miles west of downtown. I attended St. Luke Elementary School in River Forest, Marmion Academy in Aurora, and college at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Around the end of my senior year in high school, I began the very serious discernment to ﬁgure out if God was calling me to the Priesthood. The call persisted, and after college, I entered the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary. I was ordained a Priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 23, 2009.
For the last ﬁve years, I have served as the Associate Pastor at Queen of the Rosary Parish in Elk Grove Village. When our Pastor was diagnosed with cancer last April, I volunteered to extend my ministry at the parish for an additional year or two, to help him ease back into parish life. Ultimately, he decided to resign as Pastor in February, meaning that I would have to look for a new assignment as well.
When I called my good friend, Rev. Paul Stemn, he mentioned that St. Pat’s and OLH had talked about sharing an Associate Pastor, but at that stage it was merely a dream. Well, a few meetings and phone calls later, the dream is now a reality!
I hope you will ﬁnd me to have a very positive personality, with a deep love for Jesus Christ rooted in prayer, and a powerful desire to share that relationship with Christ with as many people as possible. I plan on being a ﬁxture in the parish schools, as well as working with ongoing adult education, formation, and evangelization eﬀorts. I have a profound reverence for the Sacred Liturgy, as well as for the Sacraments of the Church, especially Confession! My prayer is that we will help each other along this journey of life, constantly giving ourselves more and more to our loving God.
Now, logistically speaking, I am not sure if perhaps I bit oﬀ a little bit more than I can chew… so I ask you for your patience with me as well! I will be living at OLH with Father Paul, but will have my oﬃce over at St. Pats. I will be splitting my time between both parishes, and will not be able to shake hands after every Mass (I have not yet mastered bi-location, but I promise to keep working on it!). Also, I will be meeting MANY new people over the next few months, so I encourage you to re-introduce yourself to me as often as possible! If you would like to expedite the process of me getting to know you, dinner invitations are always appreciated! So, I ask you for the three big P’s: be patient with me, be proactive, and pray for me.
The weekend of July 1st-2nd (this weekend), I will introduce myself at all the Masses at OLH. On July 8th-9th, I will do the same at St. Patrick’s. After those initial weekends, I will be worked into the regular rotation at both parishes. Thank you for this opportunity to serve you as your Priest. Until we meet face to face.