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 SPIRITUAL NEEDS Minimize

Spiritual Direction

Every member of the Diaconate Community is highly encouraged to have a spiritual director they meet with regularly. Regularly usually means once a month. This is how we maintain ourselves to be spiritually healthy. Our deacons and wives deserve to be at their spiritual best. So do the people they serve. The Office of the Diaconate maintains a list of list of spiritual directors willing to serve deacons and their wives. You can email or call us if you would like us to send you a copy of the spiritual directors.

Below is the list of Spiritual Directors who are available:

 

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 Prayer Requests Minimize

Deceased         

           Your prayers are asked for those who have recently gone to the Lord:

Deacon Ted Lisowski, class of 1974; Maria Lazcano, mother of Deacon Ivan Lazcano, class of 2011; Deacon John Zurawski, class of 1986; Deacon Benito Velasco, class of 1986; Deacon Philip Bertolani, class of 2003; Deacon Roman Revering, class of 1984; Deacon Duke Vemich, class of 1976; Deacon Michael O'Malley, class of 2002; Dorothy Tryba, widow of Deacon Edmund Tryba, class of 1972; Patricia Gniech, wife of Deacon George Gniech, class of 1986; Patricia Szostak, wife of Deacon Jerry Szostak, class of 2013; Carol Winter, wife of Deacon Edward Winter, class of 2003; Deacon James Cozzo, class of 2002; Deacon Robert O'Keefe, class of 1984; Mary Kay McGory, wife of Deacon Tom McGory, class of 1979; Julia Hernandez, wife of deceasd Deacon Sigfredo Hernandez, class of 1986; Bill Murata, father of Shawn Tiemeier, wife of Deacon Dave Tiemeier, class of 2006; Petra Maldonado, wife of Deacon Melquiades Maldonado, class of 1972; Deacon James R. Sanford, class of 1986; Deacon John McMahon, class of 1983; Deacon Eugene and Carol O'Hern, class of 1999; Lynne Manning, mother of Deacon Pete Manning, class of 1991; Deacon Miguel Perez, class of 1993; Deacon James Davis, class of 1977; Deacon J. Brendan Foley, class of 1989; Candace Rottman, wife of Deacon John Rottman, class of 2002; Deacon Sabino Sanchez, class of 1997; Deacon Terris Albano, class of 1999; Marites Negron, wife of Deacon Miguel Negron, class of 2015; Jeanne Bell, wife of Deacon Kenneth Bell, class of 1978; Deacon Norbert Lesnieski, class of 1972.

Sick     
           Among the sick, we commend to your prayers: Deacon Juan Garza, Deacon Juan Ponce de Leon, Deacon Tom McGorey, Deacon David Brothers,  Deacon Bill Krueger, Cathy Brunner, sister of Carla Benzschawel and Deacon Todd Benzschawel, class of 2013; Deacon Rudy Hess; Rebecca Sattler Thies, daughter of Deacon David (Class of 1986) and Terry Sattler; Mark Morgan, son of the late Deacon Tom Morgan and his wife Dolores; Carolyn Beil, wife of Deacon Frank Beil; Deacon Melquiades and Petra Maldonado, Deacon Ron Gronek, Deacon Richard and Ruth Flam, Deacon George Lambert, Pola Damian, wife of Deacon Eugene Damian;  Perry Shaw, father of the late Deacon Jeff Shaw; Deacon Donald Telposky,  Liz Ortiz, daughter of Deacon Eddie Ortiz; Betty Richardson, wife of Deacon Leonard Richardson; Deacon Norberto Ojeda, Phyllis Peters, mother of Deacon Bruce Peters; Deacon Ronald Weiner, Deacon Robert O'Keefe, granddaughter of Armando and Rosa Herrera;  Michael Lettieri, Deacon Phil Bertolani, Deacon John McMahon, Marianne Kubat, daughter of Deacon Marvin and Peg Kocar, Nathan Kucera, Steven Birkenmeyer, Peg Kocar, Mary Ann Duderstadt, Rebecca, Sattler, daughter of Deacon David Sattler, Guillerma Ranola, mother of Deacon Rod Ranola; Christy Millett, daughter of Deacon James Langwell, Rita LaCoursiere, Deacon Romeo Munoz, Sylvia Michalowski, wife of Deacon Ben Michalowski,  Deacon Jorge Rozo, Deacon Gerald Zych, Tom Hayden, Sr., Helen Brauch, wife of Deacon Robert Brauch, Deacon Herbert Drazba, Deacon Daniel Patino and his wife Maria Patino, Douglas Stearns, son of Bill and Ann Stearns, and Deacon David Sattler.

  To add someone to the sick or deceased list, please call the Diaconate Office at (708) 366-8900.

 Updated 6/21/17

 

  

 GENERAL RETREAT INFORMATION Minimize

Another retreat season is upon us, as we enter into a new planning year, a new school year, a new fiscal year — all times to grow closer into God.

Listed below is the calendar for Stritch-organized retreats (which is to say, there are other retreats, which deacons attend but which Stritch only hosts and does not organize). In putting these retreats together, know that it is our highest priority to locate retreat leaders who will feed you well spiritually.

Please call, fax, write or email to make your reservations. Rooms are available on each of the retreats listed below. For the Spanish language retreats, remember that you can register for those either through Stritch or through the Diaconate Office

2016 Dates

Dec. 9-11: Fr. Mike Ahlstrom -- Deacons and wives

The Cardinal Stritch Retreat House has a website that contains detailed information that is found at

 
If you need to download a retreat reimbursement form, click
 
  

 REMEMBER OUR DECEASED Minimize
 
A full necrology of permanent deacons is included in the Order of Prayer for the Liturgy of Hours (Ordo) for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
 
2017
Deacon Ted Lisowski, class of 1974, died June 21, 2017
Deacon John Zurawski, class 1986, died May 22, 2017
Deacon Philip Bertolani, class of 2003, died May 14, 2017
Deacon Benito Velasco, class of 1986, died May 13, 2017
Deacon Roman Revering, class of 1984, died May 3, 2017
Deacon Duke Vemich, class of 1976, died April 13, 2017
Deacon Michael O'Malley, class of 2002, died April 11, 2017
Deacon James Cozzo, class of 2002, died February 4, 2017
Deacon Robert O'Keefe, class of 1984, died January 31, 2017
 
2016
 
James R. Sanford, class of 1986, died Dec. 22, 2016
John McMahon, class of 1983, died Dec. 21, 2016
Eugene O'Hern, class of 1999, died Dec. 12, 2016
Miguel Perez, class of 1993, died Nov. 26, 2016
James Davis, class of 1977, died Nov. 9, 2016
J. Brendan Foley, class of 1989, died Nov. 8, 2016
Sabino Sanchez, class of 1997, died Oct. 24, 2016
Terris Albano, class of 1999, died Oct. 13, 2016
Norbert Lesnieski, class of 1972, died Sept. 23, 2016
Michael Romano, class of 1974, died Sept. 15, 2016
Roberto Rivas, class of 1994, died Sept. 11, 2016
William Reinert, class of 1994, died August 27, 2016
Benito Centeno, class of 1972, died July 31, 2016
James Temple, class of 1984, died July 27, 2016
Mitchell Szady, class of 1979, died July 24, 2016
William Dunn, Jr., class of 1988, died July 8, 2016
George Fitterer, class of 1975, died June 29, 2016
Stanley Kozloski, class of 1992, died June 28, 2016
Peter Hajdu, class of 2014, died June 6, 2016
Phillip Ontiveros, class of 1993, died June 3, 2016
Ramon Morales, class of 1991, died June 1, 2016
John Ficker, class of 1994, died May 29, 2016
Salvador Cornejo, class of 1978, died April 14, 2016
Kenneth Jenney, Jr., class of 1996, died April 8, 2016
John Leonas, class of 1979, died April 7, 2016
Carl Olson, class of 1978, died March 30, 2016
Gilberto Mercado, class of 1985, died March 27, 2016
Jaime Juarez, class of 1974, died March 25, 2016
Ignacio Ortega, class of 1991, died March 21, 2016
Thomas Morgan, class of 2005, died March 19, 2016
Francisco Roman, class of 1976, died March 6, 2016
Joseph Walsh, class of 2009, died March 3, 2016
Charles Moran, class of 1976, died March 2, 2016
Raymond Ward Jr., class of 1989, died Jan. 15, 2016
Victor Janowski, class of 1983, died Jan. 10, 2016 (excardinated)
 
2015
 
Curba Merrill, class of 1977, died Dec. 20, 2015 (excardinated)
Eugene Rodriguez, class of 1989, died Nov. 24, 2015
Samuel Howard, class of 1997, died Nov. 4, 2015
John O'Neill, class of 1978, died July 29, 2015
Charles Leone, class of 1988, died April 16, 2015
Raymond Deabel, class of 1979, died April 6, 2015
Ellsworth Cordesman, class of 1974, died April 5, 2015
Steven Moore, class of 1994, died March 30, 2015
Alfred Gaspari, class of 1997, died Feb. 21, 2015
Maximiliano Carrizales, class of 1988, died Feb. 12, 2015
Frank Foys, class of 1982, died Feb. 8, 2015
Serafin Molinaro, class of 1976, died Jan. 22, 2015
Jorge Rozo, class of 1992, died Jan. 20, 2015
 
2014
Thomas Stubstad, class of 1992, died Dec. 27, 2014
Eugene A. Heckathorne, class of 1990, died Dec. 24, 2014
Thomas Hayden, class of 2000, Dec. 13, 2014
James A. Wills, class of 1993, Dec. 8, 2014

Vitas Paskauskas, class of 1999, Dec. 1, 2014
John Schwarz, class of 1978, Nov. 17, 2014
Carlos Perez, class of 1972, Oct. 31, 2014
John Porter, class of 1975, Oct. 29, 2014
Thomas Meehan, class of 1979, Aug. 31, 2014
Daniel Dietsch, class of 2007, Aug. 15, 2014
Warren Allen, class of 1979, Aug. 1, 2014
Roman R. Flores, class of 1972, July 17, 2014
Kevin Reynolds, class of 2003, July 2, 2014
Andrew Repak, class of 1972, April 23, 2014

2013
Fred Spitzzeri, class of 1975, Dec. 29, 2013
Thomas Coffey, class of 1988, Dec. 21, 2013
Willie Cooper, class of 1980, Dec. 19, 2013
John W. Harrington, class of 1987, Oct. 17, 2013
Mario Tamayo, class of 2001, Oct. 12, 2013
Robert Gagnon, class of 1984, Oct. 11, 2013
James Kwasigroch class of 1972, August 31, 2013
Thomas B. Ewers class of 1972, August 24, 2013
Michael Karnoski class of 1979, August 22, 2013
Arthur DeLuna class of 1993 -- August 19, 2013
Isaac McBride, class of 1983 -- August 15, 2013

Joaquin Varela, class of 1998, July 5,2013
Elliott Bell, class of 1972 -- June 1, 2013

Paul Gilbert class of 1992 -- May 30, 2013
Jose Zapata, class of 1987, -- May 29, 2013

John Flanagan class of 1978 -- May 28, 2013
Thomas Bresler class of 1997 -- April 26, 2013
Roberto Figueroa class of 1989 -- April 19, 2013

Jospeh Swiderski, class of 1977 -- March 29, 2013
Philip Disparte class of 1980 -- March 12, 2013
Thomas Maloney class of 1988 -- March 6, 2013
Matthew Hennessy class of 1974 -- February 4, 2013
Wieslaw Zadruzny class of 1989 -- 2013

2012

Victor Lacoursiere class of 1989 -- December 29, 2012
Harold R. Neiman class of 2006 -- December 22, 2012
James Platt class of 1972 -- December 2, 2012
Ed Condon class of 1998 -- November 26, 2012
John D. Perkowitz class of 1974 -- November 22, 2012
Louis Lekan class of 1976 -- November 5, 2012
Angelo Marotto class of 1975 -- September 22, 2012
Thomas Woytas class of 1989 -- September 19, 2012
Armand Ferrini class of 1986 -- September 1, 2012

Wilmer Hatch class of 1980 -- August 11, 2012
William Maurer class of 1996 -- July 15, 2012
Robert Sassetti class of 1985 -- July 11, 2012
Ronald Schultz class of 1980 -- June 10, 2012
Jose Zapata, class of 1987 -- May 29, 2012
Manuel Del Llano class of 1996 -- May 27, 2012

Tommy West class of 1982 -- May 4, 2012
Richard Stojak class of 1985 -- April 23, 2012
Joseph Lewis class of 1972 -- April 19, 2012
Henry Burke class of 1976 -- April 4, 2012
Michael Murray class of 1974 -- March 24, 2012
Peter Lagges, Jr. class of 1990 -- March 10, 2012
Rosalio Ramirez class of 1980 -- March 8, 2012
Herman Benthey class of 1989 -- February 16, 2012
Vernon Hart class of 1994 -- February 10, 2012
James Kenney class of 1978 -- January 25, 2012
Joseph Lewis class of 1972

2011
Edward Scarbalis class of 1986 -- December 24, 2011
Jerome Kasimatis class of 1982 -- November 17, 2011
Jorge Gutierrez class of 1977 -- November 9, 2011
Edward Sweich class of 1978 -- October 30, 2011
John Simmons class of 1989 -- October 27, 2011
Marion Omiatek class of 1994 -- October 21, 2011
Everett "Bud" Helmer '72 -- October 10, 2011
William Conway '77 -- October 2, 2011
Robert Matthews '96 -- August 6, 2011
Peter Liberti '76 -- August 1, 2011
Alfred Bouey '01 -- July 7, 2011
Edward Kaczmarek '78 -- June 24, 2011
Mel Both '06 -- May 25, 2011

James Dwyer '88 -- April 18, 2011
Phil Fragassi '92 -- February 15, 2011
Richard Jay '83 -- January 21,2011
Redondo Newhall '76 -- January 6, 2011
Bernard Kut, '80, January 15, 2011

2010

Max Jinkens '88 -- December 23, 2010
Zygfryd Oborski '79 -- November 28, 2010
James Whittle '72 -- October 27, 2010
Edward Zimmerman '88 -- September 14, 2010
Richard Zborowski '80 -- August 29, 2010
Thomas Solon '72 -- August 23, 2010
Benjamin G. Aurelio, '98 -- August 1, 2010

Robert Devereux, '77 -- July 30, 2010
Robert Crandall '79 -- June 29, 2010
Robert Monica '93 -- June 18, 2010
William Barker '72 -- January 18, 2010
William Thesing '98 -- December 24, 2005

Last updated 6/21/17