St. John Brebeuf Parish Office

Our Parish Office 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. Jason Torba

IMG_9965 fr. Jason March 2020I was born in the town of Nisko, Poland on April 12, 1965, to Janina (nee Ryczko) and Kazimierz Torba. Currently my parents are retired and live in the small village of Kamionka Dolna, Saint Mary Parish in Krzeszow, county of Podkarpacie (southeastern Poland where I grew up).

I was educated as follows:

1972 to 1980 - attended elementary school in Krzeszow

1980 to 1985 - attended and graduated from high school in Nisko

After graduating, I applied for admission to the Lublin Seminary (in southeastern Poland) which is a part of the Catholic University of Lublin. At that time, it was the only functioning Catholic University in the entire communist sector of Eastern Europe. I completed my seminary studies, and on May 18, 1991, I was ordained (along with 53 other classmates) into the priesthood.

1991-1998: After my ordination, my first assignment was with CARITAS (Catholic Charities) in the Lublin Archdiocese where I worked until my departure to the U.S. in 1998. While working for CARITAS, I also attended and completed specialty studies in philosophy at the Catholic University of Lublin. During the time that I worked for the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center, I also assisted at a number of churches on Sundays.

In 1997, my superior Archbishop Jozef Zycinski, summoned me to his office for a meeting. During my visit with him, he asked me if I might be interested in leaving Poland to work for the Archdiocese of Chicago. August 30, 1998: After the formalities between Archbishop Zycinski and Cardinal Francis George were finalized, I arrived in Chicago and was assigned to St. Constance Church on the northwest side of Chicago.

One of the purposes of my trip to the U.S. was to serve Polonia (a large Polish community in Chicago). In the first weeks after my arrival I saw that I was not only needed in the Polish community but in the English speaking community as well. After my first week here, I signed up for English language classes at Truman College. Then I decided to take an advanced course in the English language at the University of Illinois (Chicago campus).

At the beginning of 2003, I made the decision to become a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and my request was accepted by Cardinal Francis George. I was given a new assignment for my incardination process to an only English speaking Parish, St. Mary in Evanston, beginning July 15, 2003, until January 30, 2006.

On February 1, 2006, I received a new calling from the Archdiocese to move to St. Ferdinand Parish. On June 9, 2006, I was officially incardinated into the Archdiocese of Chicago. Then on July 1, 2006, Cardinal Francis George appointed me as the Pastor of St. Ferdinand Parish in Chicago, where I have served for the last 15 years.

As most of you may already know, a few months ago in February, Archbishop Cardinal Blasé Cupich, appointed me as the Pastor of St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles, effective July 1, 2021.

I believe that my previous experience, 7 years in the Archdiocese of Lublin in Poland and 23 years in the Archdiocese of Chicago, 15 of those years as a Pastor, have prepared me to lead the plentiful and richly diverse body of Catholics in this new community of St. John Brebeuf. I believe that my working among Americans and other ethnic groups has contributed positively to my own personal enrichment and faith. The people I have served have helped broaden my understanding of the diverse expressions of different cultures' love of and devotion to our one true God by keeping alive their traditions, language, and customs as an important part of their faith.

In my ministry, I would like to share with you what I have learned in my family home - a deep and faithful love for God, country, and other people. I hope that I may lead you, the people of this Parish community to God.


Urodzilem sie 12 kwietnia 1965 r. w Nisku, woj. Podkarpackie. Moi rodzice, Janina i Kazimierz mieszkaja w miejscowosci Kamionka Dolna w Parafii Krzeszów, tam gdzie sie wychowywalem.

W latach:

1972-1980 uczeszczalem do szkoly podstawowej w Krzeszowie

1980-1985 uczeszczalem do szkoly sredniej – Technikum Elektroniczne w Nisku

w 1985 r. po ukonczeniu szkoly sredniej wstapilem do Seminarium Duchownego w Lublinie, które jest czescia Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego.

18 maja 1991 r. otrzymalem swiecenia kaplanskie wraz 53 moimi kolegami

Bezposrednio po swieceniach zostalem skierowany do pracy w Caritas Archidiecezji Lubelskiej, gdzie pracowalem, az do mojego wyjazdu do USA w 1998 r. W tym samym czasie odbylem studia specjalistyczne z filozofii w KUL oraz pomagalem w wielu Parafiach lubelskich: Matki Bozej Zwycieskiej (Kosciól Powizytkowski), Sw. Jana Chrzciciela w Dysie i Matki Bozej Fatimskiej.

Na zaproszenie Arcybiskupa Chicago Francis Kardynal George zostalem skierowany przez Arcybiskupa Lubelskiego Józefa Zycinskiego do pracy w Archidiecezji Chicago. Moja pierwsza parafia w Chicago byla Parafia sw. Konstancji, w której poslugiwalem w latach 1998 -2003.

Glównym celem mojego przyjazdu byla pomoc duszpasterska i sluzba wsród Polonii. Szybko jednak zorientowalem sie, ze jestem tez potrzebny wsród ludzi poslugujacych sie jezykiem angielskim, dlatego rozpoczalem od razu nauke jezyka angielskiego w Truman College, a nastepnie w University of Illinois, Chicago campus.

Na poczatku 2003 r. podjalem decyzje przeniesienia sie i pozostania w Archidiecezji Chicago. Kardynal George przyjal moja prosbe i zostalem skierowany do pracy w angielskojezycznej Parafii pw. Matki Bozej w Evanston, gdzie poslugiwalem do 2006 r. Po inkardynacji do Archidiecezji Chicago zostalem mianowany proboszczem parafii sw. Ferdynanda w Chicago, gdzie pelnilem swoja posluge kaplanska jako proboszcz przez 15 ostatnich lat.

Od 1 lipca 2021 roku zostalem mianowany przez Kardynala Blase Cupich proboszczem Parafii sw. Jana Brebeuf w Niles.

Ufam, ze moje wczesniejsze doswiadczenia , 7 lat w archidiecezji lubelskiej w Polsce i 23 lata w archidiecezji Chicago, w tym15 jako proboszcza, przygotowaly mnie do kompetentnej sluzby w tej wieloetnicznej wspólnocie sw. Jana Brebeufa. Wierze, ze moja posluga duszpasterska wsród Amerykanów i innych grup etnicznych pozytywnie przyczynia sie do mojego osobistego ubogacenia oraz pomaga mnie i ludziom, którym sluze budowac jedna rodzine ludzi wierzacych, chwalacych jedynego prawdziwego Boga.

Osobom pochodzenia polskiego chcialbym pomóc zachowywac i przekazywac nasz polski jezyk, tradycje i kulture oraz patriotyzm, które sa tak gleboko zwiazane z wiara i zakorzenione w naszej polskiej glebokiej religijnosci. Tak jak mówil w jednym ze swoich przemównien sw. Jan Pawel II, „aby przybywajacy tutaj do Stanów Zjednoczonych Ameryki, Polacy oraz ich dzieci i wnuki nie zapominali nigdy – Ojczyzny, rodziny, Kosciola, wszystkiego co wyniesli z domu rodzinnego – wielkiego bogactwa i dziedzictwa duchowego naszego narodu”.

W mojej posludze bede chcial sie dzielic z wami tym czego nauczylem sie w domu rodzinnym – glebokiej i wiernej milosci do Boga, Ojczyzny i drugiego czlowieka. Mam nadzieje, ze pomoge wam, parafianom tej wspólnoty, przyblizyc do Boga.

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.
Fr. Slawomir Kurc, Associate Pastor

Fr Kurc photoDate of Birth: December 21 in Ropczyce, Poland

EDUCATION:

Elementary School: Grammar School Name Mikolaj Kopernik in Ropczyce. (1975 – 1983)

Secondary School: High School Name Wincenty Witos in Ropczyce. (1983 – 1988)

Seminary in Przemysl, (1988-1994)

CREDENTIALS:

Masters in Theology and Philosophy on Catholic University in Lublin 1994

Ordained as a Catholic Priest in the Cathedral of Rzeszow by Bishop Kazimierz Gorny, 1994

 

EXPERIENCE:

Twenty-five years of experience priest.

Chaplain in a Hospital in Gorlice, 1994 ( July – August – two months)

Priest at the oldest sanctuary in the Rzeszow Diocese called Our Lady of Trust. Sent to work with young people. Specializing in youth ministry, 1994-1997

Priest at All Saint’s Parish in Kolbuszowa. I organized the Millennium Youth Day trip to Rome and other youth groups, 1997-2000

Priest at St. Hedwig Queen of Poland Parish. Specializing in developing new youth groups, 2000-2002

Director of the Catholic radio station in Rzeszow called “Radio Via”; where I was responsible for producing and directing the radio program, 2002-2004

Chaplain for the Rzeszow Police Department, 2002-2004

Priest at St. Daniel Church in Chicago serving the Polish and American communities, 2005-present

Priest for Sunday masses at St. Turibius Church in Chicago, 2007-2015

Clergy jubilee on May 05, 2019 St. Daniel the Prophet Church at 1:00 PM

Currently, Associate Pastor of St. John Parish in Niles.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Fluent in Polish; some Russian, German, Latin, Greek, and I am currently taking classes in English

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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