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Dear Parishioners,

I’d like to announce to you that Cardinal Cupich has appointed Fr. Ed Pelrine the new pastor of St. James!

Fr. Ed, ordained in 2001, is currently serving at Mundelein Seminary as Vice Rector, Director of Spiritual Formation, and Dean of Admissions. He has previously served as pastor of Queen of the Rosary in Elk Grove Village (2007-2015); associate pastor of St. Celestine Parish in Elmwood Park (2003-2007); and associate pastor of St. Cajetan Parish in Chicago (2001-2003). He has served the diocese as a member of the Presbyteral Council (2011-2015) and the College of Consultors (2014-present)—so he’s official.

I’m sure there’s much more to say, but I’ve only got so much room, and I want to give him a chance to say it when the time comes! Fr. Ed will begin his term as pastor on July 1. Remembering how warmly you received me nearly two years ago, I’m confident he will feel right at home with a community of faith as loving and vibrant as this one.

Please join me in praying for Fr. Ed and for our St. James community!

Peace, Fr. Ryan