Administrator: Rev. Daniel Jankowski
Deacon: Mr. Donald J. Wehling
New Pastor Selection Update
From Fr. Dan Jankowski, Our Administrator
THE PROCESS OF SELECTING A NEW PASTOR
FOR SAINT HILARY PARISH
Thank you to all who participated in the Town Hall Meetings on September 16th.
For those of you who were unable to attend these meetings you nmay still share your input. Below is a link to the questionaire that was used during the meetings. Please feel free to print out, fill out and return to the parish rectory.
The process of determining where a priest will serve as a pastor in the Archdiocese of Chicago
is prayerfully and carefully facilitated by the Cardinal, the Vicar Bishops of each Vicariate, the Deans,
a priest who coordinates priest placement activities full-time and the Priests’ Placement Board which
consists of eight Archdiocesan priests. Members of the Priests’ Placement Board meet weekly from September through June and
are in frequent communication with all of the parties mentioned above. The process is focused on determining how the Holy Spirit
is calling particular priests to serve the needs of specific parishes in the Archdiocese in carrying on the ministry of Jesus Christ.
The process involves a great deal of consultation with many people.
The process is outlined in brief below:
1. The Priests’ Placement Board has scheduled a Parish Consultation at St. Hilary Parish for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.
Two members of the Priests Placement Board, the Vicar Bishop, the Dean, and a representative from Human
Resources from the Archdiocese have three separate meetings with the following groups in each parish:
a. 4 pm – meeting with the staff
b. 5 pm – break for a light meal with staff and/or the parish leadership
c. 6 pm – meeting with parish leadership (members of Parish Council, Finance Committee, etc.)
d. 7 pm – meeting with all interested parishioners in a Town Hall format to discuss the strengths and
challenges of the parish and the qualities needed in their next pastor. Input from parishioners is
very important in the process.
2. A Parish Profile is compiled from information received at the parish meetings along with information regarding the
parish’s financial status and other facts about the parish. Prospective pastors who are interested in the parish get a copy
of this parish profile to help them in their discernment.
3. Priests who are seeking to become pastors complete a profile outlining their specific talents and skills and how the Holy
Spirit is calling them to serve at their next assignment.
4. The Priest Placement Board will make a recommendation to Fr. Ronald Kalas (Vicar), Msgr. Jim Kaczorowski (Dean)
and Cardinal George on which priest they recommend to become the next pastor of St. Hilary Parish. Cardinal George
makes the final decision about whom he will appoint as new pastor of St. Hilary.
If you have any further questions regarding the priest placement process, please contact the Priests’ Placement
Office at 312-534-5270. Please pray for the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit in the process of selecting a
new pastor for your parish, as well as for an increase of vocations to the priesthood!
St. Hilary Church Chicago, IL
TOWN HALL MEETING AT ST. HILARY
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Cafeteria
Officials of the Archdiocese will be at St. Hilary to seek input from parishioners on the qualities
needed in your new pastor. Please come to this meeting and provide information which will be used
to select the new pastor of our parish.