Holy Spirit Catholic Community Pastoral Staff
Fr. Dennis Lewandowski
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Fr. Dennis Lewandowski Biography
Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski, was born in Chicago and was ordained a priest in September 1985, at Saint Mary's Cathedral in Lansing, Michigan. He served the diocese of Lansing as a pastoral associate for several years before moving back to Chicago in 1990 to be near his family. Father was appointed as the pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Community by Bishop Peter J. Sartain, in July 2009. He has served three different parish communities in the diocese of Joliet.
Fr. Dennis enjoys being the pastor of a dynamic and diverse community; what he relishes the most is celebrating the sacraments of the Church and nurturing spiritual fellowship. He has a secondary M.A. degree in Organizational Development from Loyola University. When he finds the time, he enjoys watching University of Michigan football and White Sox games; and when weather permits, he likes playing an occasional game of golf and sailing.
Director of Faith Formation
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Roberta Balsewicz Biography
Roberta joined the staff at Holy Spirit in 2011. She has over 25 years of experience in Religious Education and has participated in training and certifications in a variety of areas such as RCIA, Adult Faith Leadership, Bible Study, Catechetics, Generations of Faith Mentor Training, Marriage Preparation, Protecting God’s Children, and Spiritual Leadership for Retreats. Most of all, she hopes to assist adults and families in weaving their faith life throughout everyday living.
Roberta has a BA in Organizational Leadership from Benedictine University and she is a mentor with the Notre Dame ECHO program. Roberta is married to Brian and they have two adult sons. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and reading.
Director of Religious Education
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Jane Ehrlich Biography
Jane joined the staff at Holy Spirit in September 2014, as RE director for Grades One through Ninth. She served on the staff at St. Raphael Church in Naperville, Illinois from 1991-2014. Before moving to Naperville, she was a Catholic School teacher and Coordinator of Religious Education in Monona, Wisconsin, for many years. Jane is married to John and they have two grown children and two grandchildren. In her free-time, she enjoys reading, walking, and traveling.
Kathy Ford, RN
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Kathy Ford, RN Biography
Kathy Ford has been the parish nurse and coordinator of pastoral care since 2000. She has been a nurse since 1981 and brings to Holy Spirit a caring and listening presence along with her expertise of balance of health, wellness and spirituality. Kathy is married to Marty and they have two beautiful daughters, Sarah and Katie.
Dcn. Carlos Rubio
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Dcn. Carlos Rubio Biography
Deacon Carlos Rubio and his wife Cecilia became parishioners at Holy Spirit Catholic Community in the fall of 2016. They moved from EL Paso, Texas to Naperville to be close to their son and grandchildren. He was ordained a deacon in 2008 and served the parish of Our Lady of the Valley in El Paso for many years.
Deacon Carlos garners many years of experience in teaching the faith, counselling couples and in Sacrament preparation. He has 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 as their Associate Chancellor.
Sister Catherine Stewart
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Sister Catherine Stewart Biography
Sister Catherine Stewart, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Springfield IL. She joined the parish staff of Holy Spirit Catholic Community as Pastoral Associate, in June 2018. Sister Catherine will assist in the overall management of the parish; help direct pastoral services and collaborate with parish staff and parishioners to continue building a vibrant faith community.
Before joining Holy Spirit, Sister worked as an Associate Professor at Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI; and prior to her position there, Sister was a Social Division Chair at Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL; an Associate Professor, a Vice-President and Dean for Academic Affairs at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, IA. She also taught primary, Junior High and High School levels, and was a K-8 Administrator for several years.
Sister Catherine has presented at several national and state conferences and published several books. She holds a Master’s in Elementary Education with a specialization in reading from the University of Illinois-Champaign; an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN; and holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Sarasota, FL.