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My family’s history at St. James starts in the early 1940’s when my mother and father attended Mass together. I’m the ninth of ten children. All of my older siblings attended St. James School for some of their school-age years, while I attended District 25 and 214 schools – Ridge Elementary, Thomas Junior High, and Arlington High School. I was baptized and celebrated First Communion (with Fr. Zavaski presiding) here at St. James. After high school I went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on May 16, 2004, by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George. After ordination I was assigned to my sponsoring parish, St. Mary in Buffalo Grove. Later we relocated to Arlington Heights, and I requested a transfer to St. James.

I feel it is important for the Deacon to bring the Gospel out of the worship space and live the Gospel in his everyday life with his family and friends. I strive to be the visible Servant Jesus. Every day, all day, I look forward to being as close to a Servant Jesus to all people as best I can. My mission in life is summed up by Matthew 20:28: “Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as ransom for many.”

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