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Second Homily

Dear Parish Family of St. Thomas of Villanova,

Last weekend Archbishop Blase J. Cupich ordained his first priests for the Archdiocese of Chicago at Holy Name Cathedral. The newly ordained fourteen priests; their place of origin and their parish assignments are:

Pawel Adamus (Poland)
St. Ferdinand Parish, Chicago

Matthew Robert Alexander (Hoffman Estates)
St. Mary of the Annunciation Parish, Mundelein

Adam Martin Blatt (West Virginia)
Prince of Peace Parish, Lake Villa

José M. Careaga (Mexico)
Our Lady of Charity Parish, Cicero

Nicholas Evan Cavallari (Northfield)
St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish, Oak Lawn

Michael William Grzesik (Michigan)
St. Mary Parish, Lake Forest

Matthew Leonard Heinrich (Chicago)
SS. Faith, Hope, and Charity Parish, Winnetka

Nicholas John Kostyk (Chicago) Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Glenview

Julio Lam (Cuba)
Most Blessed Trinity Parish, Waukegan

Jarosław Adrian Maciejewski (Poland)
St. William Parish, Chicago

Michael Robert Olson (Deer Park)
St. Christina Parish, Chicago

Lukas Oduor Ouda (Kenya)
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Chicago

Robert Douglas Regan (Berwyn)
St. Julie Billiart Parish, Tinley Park

Piotr Pawel Samborski (Poland)
St. John Brebeuf Parish, Niles

Also, your St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Priests are celebrating their priestly Anniversaries:

Father Ray Yadron
52nd Anniversary Ordained May 1, 1963

Father Tom Rzepiela
43rd Anniversary Ordained May 10, 1972

Father Jim Presta
29th Anniversary Ordained May 24, 1986

Father Wojciech
Oleksy 4th Anniversary Ordained May 21, 2011

Father Martin Luboyera
2nd Anniversary Ordained August 10, 2013

Please remember your priests in your prayers!

Priests need as many prayers as you do—and Pastors need even more! Pray for all priests that they may truly understand their Priesthood and live out their lives in Ministry and in the love of the Lord. On behalf of your Parish Priests, thanks for being a part of our wonderful St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Family and a significant part of our priestly lives.

As you heard at today’s Mass, we have received “the news” from the Archdiocese of Chicago! Father Wojciech Oleksy will be the Associate at St. Josaphat Parish in Chicago effective July 1. Also effective July 1, our new Associate will be here— Father Marcin Zasada who is currently the Associate at St. Ferdinand’s in Chicago.

Your Pastor,


Rev. Thomas R. Rzepiela 



Pastor Fr. Tom

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