St. John Brebeuf Parish Office

Our Parish Office is currently closed to visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is located in the Fr. Thomas P. May Parish Ministry Center at 8305 N. Harlem Ave, Niles, IL 60714.

Phone:  847-966-8145

Email:  Office@sjbrebeuf.org

Who Was St. John Brebeuf?
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Pastor, Rev. Michael G. Meany

Fr. meany best photo everI am the fourth of six children of Charlotte and Arthur J. Meany, Jr., a baby boomer, who was raised in Evergreen Park, Il. I attended Quigley Seminary South High School and then Niles College Seminary of Loyola University earning a BS in Psychology.

 

I was ordained a priest in 1980 by Cardinal Cody for the Archdiocese of Chicago. My first assignment was at St. Mary Star of the Sea, near Chicago's Midway Airport, for five years and then returned to Quigley Seminary, serving on the faculty for five years as guidance counselor, psychology and religion teacher. Over four summers, while at Quigley, I attended the University of San Francisco and earned a Master's in Applied Spirituality before going on to St. Raymond de Pentafort, Mount Prospect as Associate Pastor.

 

After three years at St. Raymond, I was appointed pastor of St. Clotilde, 8400 South Calumet, in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood, an African American parish with a school of 270 students. I was there for five and half years. Then I was appointed pastor of St. Damian, Oak Forest, a parish with 4500 families and a school and religious education program of 800 students each.

 

In the fall of 2001 I was on a mini three-month sabbatical at the North American College, Rome and then continued pastoring at St. Damian. In 2008, I returned once again to the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree.

 

In July of 2011, I was appointed pastor of St. John Brebeuf. In June of 2016, I took time for a six-month Sabbatical; traveling, visiting with family and attending classes in Oakland, California. In January of 2017, I was enrolled in the Advanced Pastoral Leadership Program, 4.0 at the Institute for Ongoing Formation, University of St. Mary of the Lake, in partnership with Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

 

I'm now in my second six-year term at St. John Brebeuf Parish. It's good to be here!

 
Associate Pastor, Rev. Przemek Tomczyk

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Fr. Przemek Tomczyk was ordained on May 20, 2017. On July 1, 2017, he joined St. John Brebeuf Parish as Associate Pastor. 
 
Fr. Przemek is originally from a little city called Kolo in Poland. It is located at the central part of the country. He comes from a family of five -- his parents, him, and two younger brothers. His mother, Ewa, is an English teacher in a grade school in Poland, and his father, Cezary, works in a company that produces parts of heavy-duty tool equipment. His younger brother, Leszek, is married with children and his youngest brother, John, is pursuing the priesthood in a religious order of the Missionaries of the Holy Family.
 
Fr. Przemek's journey to the priesthood started early, as an altar server in his local parish. He often met with priests, and their example led him to think about becoming one. Before entering the Seminary he explored his passion for journalism, pursuing a degree in journalism at Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow, Poland. He enjoyed the life of a student, but the Lord was continuously reminding him about the priesthood. 
 
As the initial excitement about journalism faded, his passion for the priesthood grew. He entered the Diocesan Seminary in Cracow. After two years he had the opportunity to come to Chicago to study when a priest from Bishop Abramowicz Seminary came to Cracow's Seminary and invited him and fellow seminarians to consider coming to Chicago.
 
Fr. Przemek decided to give it a try, and landed at O'Hare Airport on August 11, 2012. The date marked the beginning of an exciting journey -- five years of formation in Bishop Abramowicz Seminary and Mundelein Seminary, which led to his appointment as an Associate Pastor of St. John Brebeuf.
Deacon Andy Beierwaltes

Picture 016Deacon Andrew (Andy) Beierwaltes was ordained to the Diaconate by Francis Cardinal George on May 25, 2008.  He has been a member of SJB Parish since June 1964. His duties include serving as the Spiritual Director to the SJB St. Vincent de Paul, Holy Name Men's Club, Youth Ministry, Scouting, Lectors -- and much more.  Deacon Andy also serves on the Parish Finance Board.

 

Andy is a 1973 graduate of St. John Brebeuf School and a 1977 graduate of Notre Dame College Prep.  He also earned a B.S. in Finance from DePaul University in 1981. In 1985 he became a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) from the American College.  He has been employed as a Financial Consultant at AXA Advisors, LLC from May 1981-Present.

 

Andy and his wife, Maggie were married at St. John Brebeuf Church in May in 1982. Maggie and Andy have four children: Julie, Drew, Kristen and Evan. To contact him, email ajbeierwal@aol.com

Pastoral Assistant, Mac Karaban

Maciek (Mac) Karaban began as Pastoral Minister/Pastoral Associate in 2014.

 

He acts as Director of Religious Education Program. Responsibilities include creating and coordinating catechetical program for RE, sacramental preparation for SJB School, RE, The Nicholas Copernicus School of Polish Language and Culture, and GLADD Program, coordinating Children Liturgy of the Word, and creating Adult Faith Formation Program with emphasis on marriage formation.

 

Mac is originally from Poland. He is married and he and his wife have a son.

 
Director of Music & Liturgy, Marek Rachelski
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