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Deacons, wives learn about Archdiocese's plans for future

Tim Weiske, of the Planning and Development Department, on Feb. 6 outlined the plans the Archdiocese is formulating as it looks to a future with fewer priests and pastors. Nearly 150 deacons and wives gathered at St. Bernardine School to hear the presentation.

Tim Weiske, of the Planning and Development Department, left, with Deacon Richard F. Hudzik, Vicar for Deacons, at the meeting Feb. 6.
(Photo by Deacon Hans Goeckner)


Deadline nears for Jubilee for Deacons trip

The deposit deadline for the Rome trip to celebrate the Jubilee for Deacons is February 12.

The Office of the Diaconate in conjunction with Aviatours is hosting the pilgrimage to Rome May 26-31. Deacons, wives, family and friends are invited to join us. The cost is $2,588. This includes airfare, hotel, most meals, taxes and tips.

An extension to Florence, Assisi and Venice costs an additional $851.

For more information, call Deacon Dave Brencic at (708) 366-8900 or Deacon Dennis Robak at (847) 902-0031.


Day of Reflection: A Call for Social Justice and Social Action

All deacons and wives are invited to a Day of Reflection: A Call for Social Justice and Social Action from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 20, at St. Agatha Church, 3151 W. Douglas Blvd., Chicago.

The day is sponsored by the Black Deacons of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Familes and friends are all invited to attend.


Special award for Hope's on the Way


Deacon Joe Winblad, chairman of the Hope's on the Way board, far right, shows off a plaque the group received for its remodeling of the kitchen and dining areas of Zacchaeus House. On hand for the presentation at the Zacchaeus House benefit Dec. 5 were Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry, along with Deacon Dan Troy, Don Krengiel, Deacon John Vidmar and Deacon Dave Brencic who all assisted in the various phases of the remodeling project.


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.



St. Stephen Symposium 2015


Fr. Albert Haase, OFM, left, addressed more than 250 deacons and wives at the St. Stephen Symposium 2015 held Nov. 14, at Divine Providence in Westchester. Fr. Albert spoke on "The Spiritual LIfe as a Journey of Transformation." Deacons and wives across the archdiocese, below, enjoy lunch during the Symposium. 








Deacon Keith Strom, director of the Office for the New Evangelization, led a workshop entitled "Praying It Forward: The Power of Prayer in Renewing Parishes and Making Disciples."

Photos by Deacon Hans Goeckner


Exploring the Diaconate

Exploring the Diaconate sessions are being planned for men who are discerning a call to the Diaconate.

The dates and locations are:

March 3, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: USML/Building 201P

March 31, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. USML/Building 201P

April 7, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: St. Aloysius, Parish Center Gonzaga Room.

No pre-registration is necessary. If a man is married, he should bring his wife. For more information, contact Deacon Bob Puhala, the director of the Institute for Diaconal Studies,
(847) 837-4564 or visit

Application deadline for the 2016-2017 Aspirancy Path is May 1, 2016.




New retreat dates for 2015-2016

Check out the new retreat schedule for deacons and wives at Stritch Retreat House. New dates have been added starting in October 2015 through June 2016.

Find the schedule under the Needs tab.


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 Eleanor Pionek

Eleanor Piontek, wife of Deacon Richard Pionek, class of 1986, died February 2, 2016. Richard is a Chicago deacon who has been working in the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

There will be Chicago area visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Modell Funeral Home, 12641 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen.  A prayer service will be  held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the funeral home followed by a graveside service.

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



Deaths in our community

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, 82, widow of Deacon Gerald Forbes, class of 1975
Mildred Oborski, widow of Deacon Zygfryd Oborski, class of 1979, died Dec. 28. 
Deacon Curba Merrill, class of 1977, died Dec. 20.
Ernestina Ponce, wife of Deacon Antonio Ponce, class of 1988, died Dec.14.
Deacon Eugene Rodriguez, class of 1989, died Nov. 24.
JoAnn Immekus, mother-in-law of the late Deacon Kevin Reynolds, died Nov. 15.
Deacon Samuel Howard, class of 1997, died Nov. 4.
Alessandra Foti, daughter of Deacon Frank and  Silvia Foti, class of 2009.

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

Updated 2/8/16


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