Father John Chrzan St. Gilbert Weekly Pastor Message (847) 223-4731

Dear Parishioners,

I'd like you to please join me this weekend in welcoming the latest addition to our parish clergy,  Deacon Adam Blatt.  Having been ordained to the diaconal order by Cardinal George last spring, Deacon Adam just began his fourth and final year of seminary training at Mundelein, and will be ordained to priestly service in the Archdiocese of Chicago in May, 2015, at Holy Name Cathedral.

The seminary recently made what in my opinion is a welcome policy change, which is that Chicago archdiocesan seminarians spend their entire final year of studies as deacons and may serve in parish settings such as ours where they minister to the people of God, preach the Gospel and contribute to the life of the community while gaining valuable ministerial experience, itself immensely instructive and formative.

Deacon Adam is a native of the picturesque city of Newnan, Georgia, which is located about 40 miles southwest of Atlanta.  Though not a particularly large town, Newnan is the setting of such popular movies as Fried Green Tomatoes and Pet Sematary Two, and is home to several star athletes including St Louis Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree and pitcher Will Smith of those incredible Milwaukee Brewers!

Himself an alumnus of Life Teen, to which he attributes his interest in priesthood and credits with inspiring his vocation, Deacon Adam looks forward to ministering to the entire Saint Gilbert parish community, and is especially excited about working among the teens in our Life Teen/TGIF ministry alongside youth minister Kathleen Faurbo and volunteers.

Although his time here is limited to just a few months before he's permanently assigned to a parish in the archdiocese.

                                                 Peace,

Fr.  John