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Clergy Appointments

Bishop Ronald A. Hicks has made the following appointments, which are effective on July 1, 2023
(unless otherwise noted). 

Clergy Appointments


  • Fr. Brad Baker as Pastor of Holy Family, Shorewood
  • Fr. Tomy Chellakandathil as Administrator of St. John Vianney, Lockport (effective March 1, 2023)
  • Fr. Shaun Cieslik as Pastor of St. Mary of Gostyn, Downers Grove
  • Fr. William De Salvo as Pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul, Naperville
  • Fr. Raymond Flores, OSA, as Pastor of St. Jude, New Lenox (effective January 1, 2023)
  • Fr. John Honiotes as Pastor of St. Mary, Minooka
  • Fr. John Lindsey as Pastor of Visitation, Elmhurst
  • Fr. Michael McMahon as Pastor of St. Joseph, Manhattan
  • Fr. Matthew Nathan as Pastor of St. Pius X, Lombard
  • Fr. Tuan V. Nguyen as Pastor of St. Peter the Apostle, Itasca
  • Fr. Nestor Sanchez as Pastor of St. Mary, Paxton, Our Lady of Lourdes, Gibson City, St. Joseph, Loda
  • Fr. Binu Varghese, OPraem, as Pastor of St. Philip the Apostle, Addison (effective January 1, 2023)

Parochial Vicars

  • Fr. John Abulag at St. Joseph, Downers Grove until September, then move to St. John the Baptist, Winfield (50%) & Deaf Ministry (50%)
  • Fr. Robert Basler, OSA, at St. Walter, Roselle
  • Fr. Jose Cerna at Sts. Peter & Paul, Naperville
  • Fr. Asirvadam Dandu at St. Mary of Gostyn, Downers Grove
  • Fr. James Guarascio at St. Mary Immaculate, Plainfield
  • Fr. Michael Groth at Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, Joliet
  • Fr. Juan Jose Hernandez at St. Mary, Mokena (50%) & Diocese of Joliet Tribunal (50%)
  • Fr. Ramon Sida III at St. Isidore, Bloomingdale
  • Fr. Michal Twaruzek at St. Raphael, Naperville (effective October 2023)

Newly Ordained

  • Fr. Jeremy Leganski at Immaculate Conception, Elmhurst
  • Fr. Alex Lorang at St. Thomas the Apostle, Naperville
  • Fr. Frank Pusateri at Our Lady of Mercy, Aurora
  • Fr. Jared Rutnicki at Sts. Peter & Paul, Naperville

Second-Term Pastors

  • Fr. Sebastian Gargol at St. Rose, Wilmington & St. Patrick, Wilton Center
  • Fr. Doug Hauber at Assumption, Ashkum, St. John the Baptist, L’Erable, St. Peter, Clifton, Sts. Mary & Joseph, Chebanse
  • Fr. Patrick Mulcahy at St. Mary Immaculate, Plainfield

Special Assignments

  • Fr. James Olofson has been assigned as Formation Advisor at St. John Vianney College Seminary.
  • Fr. John Phan will be serving in San Diego Diocese and will be on loan from the Diocese of Joliet.


Congratulations to:

  • Fr. James Olofson — STL Spiritual Theology Pontifical Angelicum University
  • Fr. Juan Jose Hernandez — JCL work completed awaiting graduation date Catholic University

Senior Status

  • Fr. Steve Bondi
  • Fr. Dong Bui
  • Fr. Joseph Kappilumakkal Mathai
  • Fr. James Schwab
  • Fr. Reynaldo Treyes

Special Welcome To

  • Fr. Thomas Benzes, OPraem, will be assigned to St. Isidore but residing in religious community at St. Philip the Apostle, Addison
  • Fr. John Rickert, FSSP, will be assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph, Rockdale