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"The Deacon, the Priest and the Priestly People"

Monsignor Paul McPartlan will speak on "The Deacon, the Priest and the Priestly People" at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 at the Univeristy of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, 1000 E. Maple Ave., Mundelein.

Monsignor McPartlan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster (UK) and Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at the Catholic University of America. He is also the 2016-2017 Chester and Margaret Paluch Lecturer at Mundelein Seminary.

The lecture will be held at the Conference Center (Building 400).

Tickets are $10. Deadline to register is March 22. Register online at or call (847)  970-4830.


Exploring the Diaconate

     The Institute for Diaconal Studies will be hosting Exploring the Diaconate sessions throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago.
     IDS inivtes all men who feel the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit at attend the sessions. It will be a time to pray, discuss and learn more about the discernment process and the formation program that aspirants and candidates pursue.

    Here are the upcoming sessions:

  • Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m., at the Office of the Diaconate, 816 Marengo Ave., Forest Park.
  • Vicariate I: Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist, 502 S. Park Blvd, Streamwood. Meeting in the Parish Center.

     For more information, call Deacon Bob Puhala, IDS director, at (847) 837-4564.

     The Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral will also be offfering several "Exploring the Diaconate" sessions. The schedule is as follows:

  • March 2 and 23 at 7 p.m. at St. Philomena, 1921 N. Kedvale Ave., Chicago
  • March 14 and 21, April 24 and 25  at 7 p.m. at University of St. Mary of the Lake,  1000 E. Maple Ave., Mundelein
  • March 15 and 29, and April 26 at 7 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament, 3745 S. Paulina, Chicago

       For more information, call Nelly Lorenzo, director, at (847) 837-4557.


Deacons meet with Bishop Manz


Bishop John Manz, far right, episcopal vicar for Vicariate IV, offers his homily during the Mass for deacons and wives on Jan. 28 at St. Eulalia Church in Maywood.

Deacon Richard Hudzik, Vicar for Deacons, updates those gathered after the Mass.

Close to 60 deacons and wives attended the Vicariate IV meeting with Bishop Manz.

(Photos by Deacon Hans Goeckner)


Diaconate Convocation 2017

Mark your calendars for the overnight Diaconate Convocation 2017 on June 9-11, 2017 at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook.

The Convocation will include keynote speakers, workshops, a Saturday evening banquet and Mass with Cardinal Blase Cupich on Sunday morning.

We are in need of volunteers to make the Convocation a success. There is also a special need for musicians, cantors and singers.

If you are willing to help out, please call Deacon Dave Brencic at the Office of the Diaconate, (708) 366-8900.


Diaconate retreats at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House

Here are the dates for the Diaconate retreats at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House:

March 3-5: Fr. Mike Ahlstrom -- Deacon Couples retreat

March 24-26: Margaret Burk -- Deacon wives and widows retreat

March 31-April 2: Fr. Ezequiel Sanchez -- Spanish Deacon Couples retreat

May 5-7: Deacon Dennis and Ronnie Mudd -- Deacon Couples retreat

May 12-14: Fr. Mike Knotek -- Deacons retreat

May 19-21: Fr. Kevin Hays -- Spanish Deacon Couples retreat

All retreats begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and conclude before lunch on Sunday.

Call the Stritch Retreat House at (847) 566-6060 to reserve a place. You must also call Stritch 24 hours in advance -- or Thursday during the day -- if you are canceling.



List of Spiritual Directors

The Office of the Diaconate has compiled a list of Spiritual Directors who are willing to meet with deacons and wives of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

When meeting with the Spiritual Director make sure to ask what the stipend for their service will be.



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Deaths in our community

Patricia Szostak, wife of Deacon Jerry Szostak, class of 2013, died Feb. 16, 2017
Carol Winter, wife of Deacon Edward Winter, class of 2003, died Feb. 10, 2017
Deacon James Cozzo, class of 2002, died Feb. 4, 2017
Deacon Robert O'Keefe, class of 1984, died Jan. 31, 2017
Mary Kay McGorey, wife of Deacon Tom McGory, class of 1979, died Jan. 30, 2017
Julia Hernandez, wife of Deacon Sigfredo Hernandez, class of 1986, died Jan. 26, 2017
Nelda Dunn Foggie, wife of Deacon Willie Foggie Jr., class of 1986, died Jan. 6, 2017
Theresa DeBellis, widow of Deacon Francis DeBellis, class of 1984, died Dec. 30, 2016
Petra Maldonado, wife of Deacon Melquiades Maldonado, class of 1972, died Dec. 26, 2016
Bill Murata, father of Shawn Tiemeier, wife of Deacon David Tiemeier, class of 2006, died Dec. 25, 2016
Deacon James Sanford, class of 1986, died Dec. 22, 2016
Deacon John McMahon, class of 1983, died Dec. 21, 2016
Deacon Gene and Carol O'Hern, class of 1999, died Dec. 12, 2016
Deacon Miguel Perez, class of 1993, died Nov. 26, 2016
Deacon James Davis, class of 1977, died Nov. 9, 2016
Deacon J. Brendan Foley, class of 1989, died Nov. 8, 2016
Anton Neu, father of Deacon Andy Neu, class of 2001
Candace Rottman, wife of Deacon John Rottman, class of 2002, died Oct. 24, 2016
Deacon Sabino Sanchez, class of 1997, died Oct. 24, 2016
Deacon Terris Albano, class of 1999, died Oct. 13, 2016
Marites Negron, wife of Deacon Miguel Negron, class of 2015, died Oct. 7, 2016
Jeanne Bell, wife of Deacon Kenneth Bell, class of 1978, died Sept. 30
Deacon Norbert Lesnieski, class of 1972, died Sept. 23, 2016
Deacon Michael Romano, class of 1974, died Sept. 15, 2016
Deacon Roberto Rivas, class of 1994, died Sept. 11, 2016
Deacon William Reinert, class of 1994, died Aug. 27, 2016
Deacon Benito Centeno, class of 1972, died July 31, 2016
Deacon James Temple, class of 1984, died July 27, 2016
Mirasol Rehor, wife of Deacon Timothy Rehor, class of 1992, died July 21
Angel Mercado, son of Deacon Gilberto and Martha Mercado, died July 15
Deacon William Dunn Jr., class of 1988, died July 8, 2016
Deacon George Fitterer, class of 1975, died June 29, 2016
Deacon Stanley Kozloski, class of 1992, died June 28, 2016
Jeanette McKinnis, wife of Deacon William McKinnis, class of 1990
Deacon Peter Hajdu, class of 2014, died June 6, 2016
Deacon Phillip Ontiveros, class of 1993, died June 3, 2016
Deacon Ramon Morales, class of 1991, died June 1, 2016
Deacon John Ficker, class of 1994, died May 29, 2016
Betty Howland-Gildea, wife of Deacon Frank Gildea, class of 1993.
Gerania Debord Baez, wife of Deacon David Baez, class of 2003
Deacon Salvador Cornejo, class of 1978, died April 14, 2016
Mary Lou Sullivan, wife of Deacon Bill Sullivan, class of 1977, died April 12
Deacon Kenneth Jenney, class of 1996, died April 8, 2016.
Deacon John Leonas, class of 1979, died April 7, 2016.
Deacon Carl Olsen, class of 1978, died March 30, 2016.
Deacon Gilberto Mercado, class of 1985, died March 27, 2016.
Deacon Jaime Juarez, class of 1974, died March 25, 2016.
Deacon Ignacio Ortega, class of 1991, died March 21, 2016.
Deacon Thomas Morgan, class of 20015, died March 19, 2016.
Deacon Francisco Roman, class of 1976, died March 6, 2016.
Deacon Joseph Walsh, class of 2009, died March 3, 2016.
Deacon Charles Moran, class of 1976, died March 2, 2016.
Vera Kasimatis, wife of the late Deacon Jerome Kasimatis, class of 1982.
Elisa Mendiola, sister of Rosa (Deacon Armando) Herrera, class of 1996.
Jerome Skaja, brother of Deacon Larry Skaja, class of 1987.
Virginia Pineiro, wife of Deacon Ismael Pineiro, class of 1993.
Eleanor Piontek, wife of Deacon Richard Piontek, class of 1986.
Maritza Cintron, daughter of Maria and Gilberton Cintron, class of 1975.
Deacon Ray Ward, class of 1989, died Jan. 15.
Agatha Foley, wife of deceased Deacon Edward Foley, class of 1980, died Jan. 15, 2016
Deacon Victor Janowski, class of 1983, died Jan. 10, 2016
Vera Forbes, wife of deceased deacon Gerald Forbes, class of 1975

         Please keep all the faithful departed and their families in your prayers.

Updated 2/16/17


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