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Exploring the Diaconate

The Institute for Diaconal Studies invites all men who feel the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit to attend an Exploring the Diaconate session. It is 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:


Feb. 21: St. John the Evangelist, 502 S. Park Blvd., Streamwood, 7:30 p.m. in Parish Center. Vicariate I

Feb. 28: St. Cajetan, 2443 W. 112th St., Chicago, 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall (school basement), Vicariate V

March 14: SS. Peter & Paul, 12433 S. Halsted St., Chicago, 7:30 p.m. in social center behind church, Vicariate VI

March 21: St. Aloysius, 2300 W. Le Moyne St., Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Gonzaga Hall, 1510 N. Claremont Ave., Vicariate III

April 11: St. Thomas the Aposte, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago, 7:30 p.m. in parish hall, Vicariate VI

April 18: University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IDS Office, 7:30 p.m. in Prist Center, Building 201P

For more information, contact Deacon Bob Puhala at (847) 837-4564, or visit

Application deadline for 2018-19 Aspirancy Path is May 1, 2018.


Buckets of Hope for hurricane victims

Hope’s on the Way will again respond to the hurricanes in recent months with a goal of 1,000 Buckets of Hope filled with14 cleaning items.

Following is a list of the 14 items.

• 2 liquid household cleaner 12 to 16 oz. cleaner to be mixed with water (NO BLEACH).

• 1 dish soap 16 to 28 oz. bottle any brand.

• liquid laundry detergent 2 – 25 oz. or 1 – 50 oz. bottle.

• 1 can of air freshener (aerosol or pump).

• 18 cleaning wipes or reusable wipes. (No terry cleaning towels).

• 7 sponges (no cellulose due to mold issue).

• 5 scouring pads ( no pads of any kind that will rust).

• 1 scrub brush- plastic or wooden handle (no toilet bowl or kitchen brushes).

• clothes line ( 2 - 50-foot or 100-foot cotton or plastic).

• 50 clothes pins.

• 2 pair of disposable waterproof gloves (rubber or plastic).

• 1 pair of work gloves- leather palms necessary.

• 24 heavy-duty trash bags (30 to 45- gallon size).

• 5 dust masks

NOTE: We find that most items are $1 at Dollar Tree stores.

For those wishing to make a monetary contribution to support the purchase of cleaning supplies, $30 is the average cost of a bucket with lid and 14 cleaning items.
Checks should be made out to Hope's on the Way and mailed to:

Office of the Diaconate
Hurricane Assistance 
816 Marengo Ave.,
Forest Park, IL 60130



Diaconate Retreats

The following retreats have been scheduled at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House.


March 16-18: Deacon couples retreat led by Fr. Mike Ahlstrom
April 13-15: Deacon wives and widows retreat
April 27-29: Spanish couples retreat led by Fr. Ezequiel Sanchez
May 4-6: Deacon couples retreat led by Fr. Mike Knotek
May 18-20: Deacon retreat led by Fr. Kevin Hays
June 1-3: Deacon couples retreat led by Fr.Bob Miller
June 8-10: Spanish couples retreat led by Fr. Jamie Mueller

All retreats begin with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday and will conclude on Sunday before lunch.
To register for a retreat, call (847) 566-6060. For more information, visit


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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Exploring the Diaconate
Start Date/Time: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 7:30 PM
End Date/Time: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 9:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority

Exploring the Diaconate for inquirers at the Office of the Diaconate, 816 Marengo Ave., Forest Park

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Deaths in our community

Regelia Ibarra, wife of deceased Deacon Juan Ibarra, class of 1978, died Jan. 23, 2018
Lina Navarro, mother of Deacon Raymon Navarro, class of 2006
Deacon Thomas McGorey, class of 1979, died Jan. 29, 2018
Deacon William Mages, class of 1978, died Jan. 26, 2018
Deacon Richard Baum, class of 1981, died Jan. 23, 2018
Deacon Peter Meehan, class of 1991, died Jan. 15, 2018
Deacon Russell Anderberg, class of 1979, died Jan. 12, 2018
Mary Ann Debnar, wife of Deacon John Debnar, class of 1987, died Dec. 6, 2017
Deacon Donald Telposky, class of 1975, died Nov. 19, 2017
Deacon Donald Palmer, class of 1999, died Nov. 8, 2017
Deacon William Lehman, class of 1988, died Nov. 3, 2017

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

Updated 2/13/18


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