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On the Journey - Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame partners with Catholic dioceses and parishes to address pastoral challenges with young adults.

The ECHO program exists as one of the leading initiatives within the institute. It is a two-year service-learning program which offers participants the opportunity to earn an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and to serve the Church by working in a parish in a leadership role.

The ECHO apprentices engage in leadership in a variety of parish ministries. Each apprentice is formally matched with a parish mentor to help guide their ministry experiences and assess their professional development.

Three years ago, our parish was part of bringing this program to the Joliet Diocese along with three other parishes in the diocese. Tricia McCarthy, served in our parish community for two years. She graduated from Notre Dame on July 29th and will begin her professional life at Elon University as a Campus Minister, this fall.

Holy Spirit Catholic Community has again been matched with an ECHO apprentice who will begin the two-year service program at our parish later this month. We look forward to welcoming our next young, catechetical leader. More information will be provided in next week's bulletin.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today, it pleases me to welcome Deacon Carlos Rubio and his wife Cecilia to our parish community. Carlos and Cecilia moved to Naperville a couple of years ago, so they could be close to their son and grandchildren. They moved here from El Paso, Texas, where they were active parishioners of Our Lady of the Valley for many years, and both served as liturgical ministers. Carlos' example in parish life, pastoral leadership, and his dedication to God and Church were recognized by his fellow parishioners who nominated him for the diaconate program in his diocese. Carlos was ordained in 2008 and was assigned to his parish where he served for several years.

Deacon Carlos brings many years of experience in teaching the faith, counseling couples and preparing parishioners for the Sacraments. He also has an extensive business background, a BS in Civil Engineering, a MS's in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering; and a MS's in Theology from Loyola University. In addition to serving as a deacon in the diocese of El Paso, Carlos also served there as the Associate Chancellor. I asked Deacon Carlos to share a little bit about his discernment process with us and this is what he said:

"The diaconate program in El Paso had been suspended for many years before I started this path. I had not thought about becoming a Deacon until my fellow parishioners nominated me to the program. I believe it is important to help people understand the significance of a Catholic life and to help them come closer to God. This is something we are all called to do. Right? I realized I could do more than what I had been doing. Since I became a deacon, sharing the significance of our faith and helping people come closer to God is not just something I do, it's who I am called to be".
—Carlos E. Rubio

We are pleased to have Deacon Carlos in our parish community. I ask that you pray for him and his wife, Cecilia, and I trust that you will give them a warm welcome.

On the journey,
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski