Administrator: Rev. Daniel Jankowski
Welcome to St. Hilary
WELCOME, FATHERS !
From Fr. Dan Jankowski
I grew up on the South side of Chicago, attended Quigley South, Niles
College of Loyola, and was ordained at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary,
Mundelein, in 1973 by Cardinal Cody. At times it is hard to imagine
where the years have gone. Tempus fugit, as they say. Nevertheless, I
have been blessed with over 40 years in the priesthood. My Diocesan
assignments include: St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Benedict the
African, Holy Rosary, Catholic Charities, and Our Lady of Lourdes.
In 2003 I retired from the U. S. Army Chaplaincy, having served 26
years in the military. During my years of active duty, I was fortunate to
work with varied cultures, having served in Europe, Asia and the USA. I fulfilled my
remaining military years as a reservist, during which time I also completed a Doctoral
Program in Clinical Psychology. Following Illinois licensure, I was assigned to Catholic
Charities, where I directed the Family Mental Health Center and provided counseling at
Effective 1 July 2014, I am assigned to St. Hilary’s as Administrator for a duration of
approximately three months. The loss of Fr. Eddy is not only felt at St. Hilary’s, but
resonates throughout the Diocese. He was a gifted and endearing pastor, and his shoes —
both literally and figuratively — will be difficult to fill. His leadership was known by what
he did. Fr. Olsen described his qualities best as he wrote in his farewell message, “He has
been a great model of kindness mixed with strength, forgiveness mixed with
encouragement, and intelligence mixed with wisdom.” That is the Fr Eddy I recall from our
days at the seminary, and that is how we remember him today.
Following this position, I will return to my assignment at Our Lady of Lourdes. If the
parishioners of St. Hilary’s are as pleasant and welcoming as the people I have met during
my moving-in process, this will indeed be a wonderful experience, and I will again be
blessed. A clergy friend of mine, when asked about his assignment, would simply say,
“Everyone has to be somewhere.” God works in mysterious ways. We rarely know why
God calls us nor where He calls us. It is here where I am now called and it is good to be
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From Fr. Tom Libera
I am Fr. Tom Libera and look forward to joining you and Fr. Dan
Jankowski as a resident priest after August 1st. I finished as pastor of St.
Athanasius in Evanston two years ago. Most recently I served as
administrator of St. Joan of Arc Parish in the Skokie-Evanston area. You
are now in my prayers.