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St. Francis Day Dinner

The St. Francis Day Dinner, the Diaconate Community's major fundraising event, will begin at 4 PM on Sunday, October 12, at Elmcrest Banquets, 7370 W. Grand Avenue in Elmwood Park.

Cost is $35 per person. To reserve a seat, send in a reservation and check (payable to the Diaconate Council) to: 816 Marengo, Forest Park, IL 60130 or call (708) 366-8900.

Raffle tickets for the dinner are $5 a chance, 6 for $25. 


Women's Day of Reflection

"Empowerment -- Roles of Women in the Church" hosted by Women of the Diaconate Community and presented by Fr. Bernard Kennedy, OFM, Saturday, Nov. 8, at St. Celestine Church, 3020 N. 76th Court, Elmwood Park. (Note change of location).

Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. Day will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. Feel free to bring a friend. RSVP by Nov. 1. For more information, call Marge Colgan at (708) 456-6787 or Terry Coffey at (708) 442-3345.


Exploring the Diaconate

The Institute for Diaconal Studies will be holding Exploring the Diaconate sessions from September to February for men who want to learn more about the discernment process and the Diaconate formation program.

Vicariate I: Sept. 25, 7 to 9 p.m., St. Mary of Vernon Parish Center, Indian Creek

Vicariate II: Dec. 4, 7 to 9 p.m., St. Philip the Apostle Social Room, Northfield

Vicariate III: Nov. 6, 7 to 9 p.m., Old St. Patrick's Fr. Jack Wall Mission Center, Chicago

Vicariate IV: Oct. 9, 7 to 9 p.m., St. Barbara Prairie Rooms A-B, Brookfield

Vicariate V: Nov. 13, 7 to 9 p.m., St. Julie Billiart Great Hall, Tinley Park

Vicariate VI: Oct. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Hall, Chicago

 Other: 2 p.m. Jan. 25, Feb. 15 and March 8, University of St. Mary of the Lake Prist Center, Building 201 P

For more information, contact Deacon Gerald Nora, or (847) 837-4548



Ordination anniversaries

Congratulations to all those deacons who are celebrating the 25th and 40th anniversary of their ordination.

Class of 1974 
Ellsworth Cordesman
Oswaldo Cunalata
Thaddeus Lisowski
Michael McLynn
Arthur Metallo
Michael Murray
Edward O'Leary
James O'Malley
Emiliano Rodriguez
Michael Romano
Peter Wasielak
Norb Weitendorf

Class of 1989
Robert Brauch
Walter Crane
Benjamin Diaz
Brendan Foley
Adolfo Lopez
Gregorio Lugo
Benedict Michalowski
Ron Morowczynski
Carlos Nazario
Stephen Norys
Raul Nunez
Norberto Ojeda
Joseph Panek
Richard Pizzato
William Pyrek
Dennis Ranke
Milton Rodriguez
William Rueth
Michael Slajchert
Robert Tomasso
Juan Valdivia
John Vidmar
Raymond Ward
Mark Zwolski

May God continue to bless your ministry as you serve the Church and its people.



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 Deacon Thomas Meehan

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Deacon Thomas Meehan, class of 1979. Deacon Meehan died Sunday, Aug. 31. He was 87.

Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 8925 S. Kostner Ave., Hometown. A memorial mass will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto.

Deacons are encouraged to attend the Mass and be seated as an order while vested in alb and white Archdiocesan stole.

Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Genanne Meehan, 8762 S. Kildare, Hometown, IL 60456.

Please pray for Deacon Meehan and Genanne and their family. May the soul of Deacon Meehan and all the faithful departed rest in peace.



Deaths in our community

Please pray for all the faithful departed in our Diaconate Community and among our families and friends.


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