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Spanish Mandated Reporter Training

The Mandated Reporter training in Spanish will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at the Diaconate Office, 816 Marengo Ave. Forest Park. 

To register , you must call the Office of the Diaconate at (708) 366-8900 AND the Office for Protection of Children and Youth at (312) 534-5254 and ask for Judy. OPCY needs your name so they can print your certificate of completion.



Learning about evangelization

      Sherry Weddell, author of "Forming Intentional Disciples," will present an all-day workshop from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at St. John Brebeuf Parish, 8305 N. Harlem Ave., Niles. The program is sponsored by the Office of New Evangelization.
      Cost is $60 ($50 if you register before May 1). Group discounts available. Register online:


2016 Diaconate Convocation

      “A Status Report on the Year of Mercy: How am I doing?” will be the theme of the 2016 Diaconate Convocation on Saturday, June 11 at St. John Brebeuf Parish, 8305 N. Harlem Ave., Niles.

      Father Francis Hoffman (Father Rocky), the executive director of Relevant Radio will be the keynote speaker. Twelve workshops focusing on aspects of the Corporal Works of Mercy also are planned.

      Awards for outstanding ministry by deacons and wives will be part of the day's program.

      Here is the full schedule:

      7:30 to 8:30 a.m.          Registration/Continental Breakfast: Ministry Center
      8:30 to 9:00 a.m.         Morning Prayer and Welcome: Ministry Center 
      9:00 to 9:45 a.m.          Reverend Francis Hoffman, Keynote 
      9:45 to 10:00 a.m.        Break 
      10:00 to 10:30 a. m.     Q and A with Fr. Hoffman 
      10:45 to 11:45 a.m.      Workshops: School and Ministry Center 
      Noon to 1:15 p.m.        Lunch: Ministry Center 
      1:30 to 2:30 p.m.          Workshops: School and Ministry Center 
      2:45 p.m.                      Ministry Awards and Closing Prayer: Ministry Center

     Attached are descriptions of the workshops and a registration form.



The cost of the Convocation is $10 a person. Send checks and your workshop registration form to the Office of the Diaconate, 816 Marengo, Forest Park, IL 60130.

Payments also can be made online at:

Select My Gift Basket, search for Office of the Diaconate and Diaconate Convocation 2016 should come up.


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.



Diaconate Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Diaconate Council consists of Deacons Chuck McFarland, vice chairman, left; Dennis Robak, treasurer; George Kashmar, chairman; Bill Stearns, immediate past chairman; and John Gaughan, secretary. Also serving on the committee are Deacon Richard Hudzik, Vicar for Deacons; Fr. Michael Ahlstrom, Vicar Emeritus; and Deacon Dave Brencic, associate director.


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Death of Betty Howland-Gildea

We are saddened to announce the death of Betty Howland-Gildea, wife of Deacon Frank Gildea, Class of 1993. She was 87.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9  p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Brady-Gill Funeral Home,   16600 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, Il 60477.

The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 9300 W. 167th Street, Orland Hills, IL. Internment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.


Death of Gerania Debord Baez

We are saddened to announce the sudden death of Gerania Debord Baez, wife of Deacon David Baez, class of 2003. She was 62.

She and David had been married 34 years and they have two children -- Rebecca Lynn Baez and David Christopher Baez.

Funeral services were held in Colorado where the family resides. A special bilingual memorial Mass for Gerania will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at St. Lambert Parish, 8148 N. Karlov, Skokie, IL sponsored by St Lambert's Spanish Prayer group.

May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.


Deaths in our community

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
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

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

Updated 5/23/16


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