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Diaconate Skills Survey

The Diaconate Office is inviting all deacons and wives to complete the skills survey.
We want to gather data about our levels of education, our job skills, our professional certificates and licenses, as well as information about who speaks which languages. Further, a key component is to ask what ministries deacons and wives are engaged in.

The information will be used for several purposes:
• We will find out who might be approached for or interested in various ministries.
• We will find out who might be able to serve the Church with a particular skill set as Renew My Church continues.
• We will find our in what areas most of us are doing our ministry and thereby be better informed about where we might focus ongoing formation initiatives.
• We might be able to create "A Diaconate Yellow Pages" for those who are interested in listing their businesses.

The link--for both men and women--is the following:

Enter your data, men and women. As the project unfolds and the data comes in, we will give you reports on gross numbers. That is, we will keep your individual data private but will want to announce to the community numbers such as how many of us are engaged in this ministry or that, how many of us speak this or that language, how many have degrees, licenses or other credentials.


Diaconate Convocation 2017

     "Were Not Our Hearts Burning Within Us," is the theme for this year's Diaconate Convocation 2017 June 9-11, 2017 at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook.

     To feed and stoke that fire within us, we have invited two very gifted speakers for our keynotes and have arranged for a variety of workshop presentations on evangelization, Scripture and homiletics. Part of this packet is a full description of the workshops.

     Saturday morning’s keynote is Our Restless Heart: Embracing our joyful journey to God,” by Father Tom McCarthy, O.S.A. Father Tom is an experienced preacher, teacher, administrator, and retreat director. He ministered at St. Rita of Cascia High School in Chicago for 21 years and is currently vocations director for the Midwest and Eastern Provinces for the Augustinian Order. Father Tom notes St. Augustine’s famous line, “…our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in thee.” Father Tom asks how we might proclaim the Gospel with joy knowing that everyone seeks to rest in the Lord.

     Father Dennis McManus will be our Sunday keynote speaker. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of Mobile and a professor of liturgy at St. John the Evangelist Seminary in Boston, as well as serving as a professor at Georgetown University in the Department of Jewish Studies. Fr. McManus served for nine years as Associate Director in the Secretariat for the Liturgy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., and in 2010 Pope Benedict XVI named him as Consultor to the Congregation for Divine Worship and Peritus for the same Congregation’s commission on liturgical translation. Father Dennis will retrace for us the advice of Pope Francis to begin preaching and teaching by observing the preacher/teacher’s internal conversation with God—how are God and I “getting along?” and how can I use that as a starting point in the ministry of the Word?

     Our Convocation will enjoy a Saturday evening banquet when the annual Ministry Award winners will be announced. The Convocation will conclude Sunday morning with Mass celebrated by Cardinal Blase Cupich.  

    Cost and registration:

     Friday night, June 9, is optional and there will be an abbreviated schedule of early registration, a Taize evening prayer and a cash bar social. You must sign up for the social separately. The cost for Friday is $20 per person. Please indicate on the registration form if you are attending the Friday evening social.

     The cost of 2017 Convocation is $85 per person for early bird registration through May 19. After May 19 to June 1 (when registration closes), registration will be $100 per person. The fee for the Convocation does not include the cost of the hotel room.

     To register for the Convocation and the workshops, fill out the attached form and mail it with your check to the Office of the Diaconate, 816 Marengo Ave., Forest Park, IL 60130. Make your check payable to the Office of the Diaconate.

     Paying online: Payment also can be made at GiveCentral -- Go to the Donate tab and search for Office of the Diaconate. Clicking on the Diaconate symbol will take you to a page with options for paying for the Convocation and the Friday social. Enter the amount, choose one-time payment and Add to Gift Basket and then check out. From there, follow the prompts for credit card information and payment. If you do not have a GiveCentral account, choose “Give as a Guest.” If your payment is made electronically, you must still mail in your workshop selections.

     Hotel information: We have been able to secure a room rate of $89 plus taxes at both the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook and the Courtyard by Marriott (just five minutes down the road). Details on how to get your hotel room are in this package on the sheet marked “Accommodations.” There are only a limited number of rooms reserved, so reserve now.

     Deadlines: Reserving a hotel room -- May 19. Convocation registration closes -- June 1.

     We are still in need of volunteers to make the Convocation a success. There is also a special need for musicians, cantors and singers.

      If you are willing to help out, please call Deacon Dave Brencic at the Office of the Diaconate, (708) 366-8900.

      Registration form: /Portals/113/Convocation%202017%20registration%20form.pdf  

     Workshops: /Portals/113/Convocation%202017%20workshop%20descriptions%20rfh%20edit%203_24_17.pdf

      Presenters: /Portals/113/Convocation%202017%20workshop%20presenters.pdf

      Hotel accommodations:/Portals/113/Convocation%202017%20accommodations%20update_032917.pdf


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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Death of Deacon John Zurawski

We are saddened to announce the death of Deacon John Zurawski, class of 1986. Deacon Zurawski died May 22, 2017. He was 75 and ministered at St. John Vianney in Northlake. 

Arrangements are pending.

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


Death of Deacon Roman Revering

It is with sorrow that we announce the death of Deacon Roman Revering. Deacon Revering, class of 1984, died May 3, 2017. He was 81.

The wake will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at St. Cletus Church, 600 W. 55th St., LaGrange. The funeral Mass will follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Cletus.

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


Deaths in our community

Deacon John Zurawski, class of 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
Patricia Gniech, wife of Deacon George Gniech, class of 1986, died March 27, 2017
Dorothy Tryba, widow of Deacon Edmund Tryba, class of 1972, died March 26, 2017.
Patricia Szostak, wife of Deacon Jerry Szostak, class of 2013, died Feb. 16, 2017
Carol Winter, wife of Deacon Edward Winter, class of 2003, died Feb. 10, 2017
Deacon James Cozzo, class of 2002, died Feb. 4, 2017
Deacon Robert O'Keefe, class of 1984, died Jan. 31, 2017
Mary Kay McGorey, wife of Deacon Tom McGory, class of 1979, died Jan. 30, 2017
Julia Hernandez, wife of Deacon Sigfredo Hernandez, class of 1986, died Jan. 26, 2017
Nelda Dunn Foggie, wife of Deacon Willie Foggie Jr., class of 1986, died Jan. 6, 2017
Theresa DeBellis, widow of Deacon Francis DeBellis, class of 1984, died Dec. 30, 2016
Petra Maldonado, wife of Deacon Melquiades Maldonado, class of 1972, died Dec. 26, 2016
Bill Murata, father of Shawn Tiemeier, wife of Deacon David Tiemeier, class of 2006, died Dec. 25, 2016
Deacon James Sanford, class of 1986, died Dec. 22, 2016
Deacon John McMahon, class of 1983, died Dec. 21, 2016
Deacon Gene and Carol O'Hern, class of 1999, died Dec. 12, 2016
Deacon Miguel Perez, class of 1993, died Nov. 26, 2016
Deacon James Davis, class of 1977, died Nov. 9, 2016
Deacon J. Brendan Foley, class of 1989, died Nov. 8, 2016
Anton Neu, father of Deacon Andy Neu, class of 2001
Candace Rottman, wife of Deacon John Rottman, class of 2002, died Oct. 24, 2016
Deacon Sabino Sanchez, class of 1997, died Oct. 24, 2016
Deacon Terris Albano, class of 1999, died Oct. 13, 2016
Marites Negron, wife of Deacon Miguel Negron, class of 2015, died Oct. 7, 2016
Jeanne Bell, wife of Deacon Kenneth Bell, class of 1978, died Sept. 30
Deacon Norbert Lesnieski, class of 1972, died Sept. 23, 2016
Deacon Michael Romano, class of 1974, died Sept. 15, 2016
Deacon Roberto Rivas, class of 1994, died Sept. 11, 2016
Deacon William Reinert, class of 1994, died Aug. 27, 2016
Deacon Benito Centeno, class of 1972, died July 31, 2016
Deacon James Temple, class of 1984, died July 27, 2016
Mirasol Rehor, wife of Deacon Timothy Rehor, class of 1992, died July 21
Angel Mercado, son of Deacon Gilberto and Martha Mercado, died July 15
Deacon William Dunn Jr., class of 1988, died July 8, 2016
Deacon George Fitterer, class of 1975, died June 29, 2016
Deacon Stanley Kozloski, class of 1992, died June 28, 2016
Jeanette McKinnis, wife of Deacon William McKinnis, class of 1990
Deacon Peter Hajdu, class of 2014, died June 6, 2016
Deacon Phillip Ontiveros, class of 1993, died June 3, 2016
Deacon Ramon Morales, class of 1991, died June 1, 2016
Deacon John Ficker, class of 1994, died May 29, 2016
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
Mary Lou Sullivan, wife of Deacon Bill Sullivan, class of 1977, died April 12
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
Vera Forbes, wife of deceased deacon Gerald Forbes, class of 1975

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

Updated 5/15/17


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