I am the youngest of five siblings. My parents were both from the town of Lucban, Quezon in the Philippines. They are both deceased now. My father came from a farming family but was able to study to become a civil engineer. When he immigrated to the U.S., civil engineering became his line of work until he retired. My mother finished high school in the Philippines and was the one who stayed at home to tend to the needs of the family. She managed to do some sideline work as a babysitter.
After my father managed to petition the rest of the family to come to the U.S., we settled on the Northwest Side of Chicago—the Albany Park neighborhood—and we became members of the parish of St. Edward. I am a product of the Chicago Public School system, having attended CPS throughout elementary and high school. After high school, I entered the seminary system and completed my bachelor’s degree through Niles College Seminary and continued on to the major seminary of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. I was ordained in 1996.
Since ordination, I have had six assignments prior to coming to St. Julie. I served at St. Pascal in the Irving Park neighborhood as associate pastor (1996—2000), St. Isaac Jogues in Niles, IL as associate pastor (2000—2003), the parishes of St. Francis of Assisi/Our Lady of the Angels and St. Peter Canisius, both in the Austin neighborhood, as pastor of both parishes (2003—2007), associate pastor at St. Bartholomew in the Portage Park neighborhood (2007—2012), pastor of St. Thomas of Canterbury in Uptown (2012—2016), and pastor of St. Margaret Mary in West Ridge (2016—2020). St. Julie is now my seventh assignment as a priest and my fourth time as a pastor.
What people will eventually come to know about me is that I am a huge Star Wars fan and have been since I was about seven years old. I also do a good amount of bike riding and have already found some of the bike trails in this area. When I am unable to bike ride, I do a little running and I have actually run the Chicago marathon twice.
I am looking forward to the years I will serve as pastor of St. Julie. As I have mentioned on various occasions, every Catholic parish ought to fulfill two mandates—to pray well and to teach the faith. I am excited to share our faith lives with one another, growing and learning through our various life experiences and even the cultural expressions of our common faith.
I am married to Sheila, our Director of Human Concerns; we have 5 children and 8 incredible grandchildren. We have been parishioners of St. Julie for over 40 years.
I was ordained a Deacon in May of 2004 and have served here at St. Julie since then.
I currently assist at Mass, perform Baptisms and Weddings, and help with many of our Outreach and Human Concerns ministries. I help with our Faith Formation program, previously as a catechist and grade level coordinator, and currently in a variety of aspects within the program, as requested. I currently serve as the Spiritual director for our St. Vincent DePaul conference. My wife Sheila and I are the co-leads for the Parish reopening team.
I was active in Youth ministry for almost 20 years with my wife prior to moving over to Human Concerns. I have recently taken over the running of the day to day operation of the Tinley Park Food Pantry.
Coordinator of Parish Prayer Life
I have been a parishioner at St. Julie Billiart since 1974. My husband Mark and I were married in June, 1994. We live in Tinley Park and have a lovely little kitty named Gracie.
I did my undergraduate work at Loyola University of Chicago where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. I went on to earn a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Governors State University.
My background includes working with abused women and children at a local domestic violence agency where I was Counseling Coordinator and responsible for supervising all direct client services. I have also done crisis intervention and private practice counseling.
My present duties as Sacramental Coordinator include assisting families in planning the funeral liturgy, arranging for and assisting families preparing for Baptism and Marriage, coordinating the Ministers of Care and assisting at liturgies.
Director of Human Concerns
I am married to Deacon Ed or as folks like to say, “You’re Deacon Ed’s wife!” I am. Happily. We are parents to five wonderful children, who grew up and have given us eight amazingly perfect grandchildren.
Our family have been parishioners of St. Julie for over 40 years. This is our faith home. It has been the absolute best place to raise our children.
I was the Youth Minister for 20 years before taking on the role of Human Concerns Coordinator in 2016. This has allowed Ed and I to work with Parish Outreach, Peace and Social Justice Concerns, all Life issues and several other ministries.
We most recently co-led the parish Reopen Team.
God is Good!
Office Aide (Faith Formation of Youth)
I became a member of St Julie Parish in 1997 when my family moved to Orland Park. In 1999, I began teaching as a catechist to journey with my eldest daughter in her Religious Education studies. As a mother of 6, my journey with my children and as a catechist in religious formation continues. Consequently, in June 2015 I was hired to work part-time. I have a passion for Religious Education and a love for the children of St Julie Parish.