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Pastoral Staff

Father Christopher Ciomek- Pastor Father Christopher Ciomek- Pastor
I am very happy to be appointed pastor of St. Peter Damian Parish. I look forward to be your servant-leader and pray that God will help me be good spiritual father to our parish family.

I was born in Poland. My parents have both passed on, my father in 1995 and my mother in July 2016. I am the youngest of six children.

I came to the United States in 1988 and earned Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University, Master of Divinity from University of St. Mary of the Lake, and Doctor of Ministry in Practical Biblical Theology from Barry University.

I was ordained a priest in 1998 and served as full-time associate pastor first at St. Monica Parish in Chicago and then at St. Theresa Parish in Palatine. In 2004 I was assigned to Mundelein Seminary as full-time faculty and asked to be an Associate Dean of Formation and Director of Chicago Seminarians.

As your pastor, I will try my best to be present and work together with you for the good of our parish. May we be blessed as we strive to grow in our relationship with God.
Fr. Curtis Lambert- Priest in Residence Fr. Curtis Lambert- Priest in Residence
I would like to introduce myself to the parish community of St. Peter Damian. I am Father Curtis Lambert, a life-long resident of the Chicagoland area. I grew up in Maywood, IL and attended St. Eulalia Grammar School. I am the oldest of four. My father who was a deacon died this past March 13th. My mother who is 91 years old resides in Plainfield. This past January my parents celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. I have two brothers and one sister. One brother lives in Wisconsin, my sister in Michigan and my other brother in Elburn, IL. At fourteen years of age I entered the seminary: Quigley North High School, Niles College Seminary and finally St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein. I was ordained by Cardinal John Cody on May 8, 1974.

My first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Basil Parish on the south side of Chicago which is no longer in existence. From there I went to the north side to St. Bartholomew on Addison, then on to Melrose Park to Sacred Heart Parish. From there I went south again to St. Michael Parish in South Chicago. In September of 1995 I was asked to be pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on the north side. It was a parish of true diversity: Hispanic, Filipino and Anglo. After twelve years at Lourdes I moved as pastor to the suburbs at St. Alphonsus Liguori in Prospect Heights. After eleven wonderful years of serving that community I can finally retire and enter another phase in my life.

I am truly excited about the prospect of becoming a part of the community of St. Peter Damian. Fr. Chris invited me to join him and I couldn't turn him down. I look forward to meeting you and in ministering with you as far as I am able. I feel that God is guiding me to St. Peter's and I want to trust that it will be a good move for all of us.
Father Ron Kunkel- Weekend Sacramental Minister Father Ron Kunkel- Weekend Sacramental Minister
Assistant Professor in the Department of Dogmatic Theology at Mundelein Seminary.

B.B.A., University of Notre Dame; S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome; S.T.L., Pontificial Athenaeum of Saint Anselm, Rome; S.T.D., University of Saint Mary of the Lake. Former Director of Liturgy, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago. Member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, The Society of Catholic Liturgy and The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.
David Sattler- Deacon David Sattler- Deacon
I am a native of Toledo, Ohio. I graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and came to the Chicago area in 1970 to take a job. I met my wife, Terry, here. We have been married 43 years and have five children and seven grandchildren. Terry and I entered diaconate formation in 1983 and I was ordained a deacon in 1986. We have served in this parish ever since.

I left the corporate world in 2001 and attended Loyola University full-time for two years, graduating in 2003 with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies. After a year’s CPE residency, I worked eleven years as a chaplain at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, retiring in 2015. Terry and I have been at St. Peter Damian over 40 years and we both look forward to continuing to serve here.
David Brezinski- Deacon David Brezinski- Deacon
Dave started working at the age of 13 for his father’s business. He later worked for Illinois Bell/AT&T for 32 years. Following this, he worked for the next 8 years at a communication and security firm before returning to AT&T for 2 years. For the last seven years he worked as the Director of Maintenance at St. Zachary’s in Des Plaines. Dave has been married to his wife Mary for 45 plus years. Together they have one child.

In 2005 Dave was ordained Deacon through St. John the Evangelist. He transferred to St. Zachary in 2008. Dave is now retired and is looking forward to transferring to St. Peter Damian.
Frank Girjatowicz- Deacon Frank Girjatowicz- Deacon
Deacon Frank holds a Master of Arts in Theology and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology. Deacon Frank was ordained in 1991 for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He and his wife and daughter live in Hoffman Estates.

Currently he writes a weekly theological article for a Catholic portal. He has authored a book titled To Believe in God. He enjoys reading, particularly theological and religious books.
Michael Barbarossa- Seminarian- Second Year Theology Michael Barbarossa- Seminarian- Second Year Theology
I am beginning my second year of theology studies at Mundelein Seminary for the Archdiocese of Seattle in Washington. In May 2017 I completed college seminary studies at Gonzaga University and Bishop White Seminary in Spokane, Washington.

I am from the greater Seattle area and the youngest of two boys. As an organist and pianist, I have served in music ministry at various parishes as well as being involved with children's faith formation and R.C.I.A. programs. I enjoy bicycling and hiking with my family, board games and am an avid reader of classic mystery novels.

I am so grateful for the support of my family and friends and I look forward to priestly service, especially through preaching and pastoral care.
Wendy Hendrickson - Faith Formation Coordinator Wendy Hendrickson - Faith Formation Coordinator
I have been a member of St. Peter Damian since 1965. I began volunteering in our parish community in 1975 as a catechist and grade level coordinator.

In 1988, I was appointed part time coordinator for the lower elementary grades. In 1998, I was named full time coordinator of religious education for grades kindergarten through Confirmation. Today I oversee these programs along with Vacation Bible Camp, Children's Liturgy of the Word, Altar Servers and Fund Raising for LLFF.

My hobbies include reading, gardening and antiquing.
I have four grown daughters and I'm proud grandmother of 8.
Pat Juvingo - Faith Formation Administrative Assistant Pat Juvingo - Faith Formation Administrative Assistant
I have been a member of St. Peter Damian since 1981.
I began volunteering for our parish community at the same time as a kindergarten catechist. I currently assist in overseeing various aspects of the religious education program.

I help recruit volunteers, organize fund raisers and oversee the “Virtus” program.

My hobbies include watching classic comedy television shows.
I'm married and have two grown daughters.
Karen Root - Director of Business Services Karen Root - Director of Business Services
I was born in Chicago but moved to Addison with my family in 1966. I attended public schools, graduated from Addison Trail High School and went on to attend Northern Illinois University.

Ron and I were married in 1980 and we have one daughter, Kristen. Kristen was married at St. Peter Damian to Michael and they have a son Dominic. My family has lived in Bartlett and been members of St. Peter Damian since 1987.

I have been active as an REP teacher and Secretary and have been a member of the REP Board. I have been the Ministry leader for Altar Servers since 2001, and am still active in helping REP with First Communion and Confirmation.

I worked for Jewel Food Stores, starting as a clerk in a store and ending my 30 year career with Jewel as a Data Center Supervisor. I went on to work at CUNA Mutual Group as a data entry clerk, M & T Bank as a mortgage funder, NCI Publications as Office Manager/Administrative Assistant, and TR Knapp Architects as Office Manager/Administrative Assistant /Bookkeeper before coming here to St. Peter Damian as receptionist in 2010, and in 2015 director of business services.

Roxanne Sleszynski - Parish Office Receptionist & Coordinator of Youth Ministry Roxanne Sleszynski - Parish Office Receptionist & Coordinator of Youth Ministry
I was born in Chicago in the summer of 1983 to parents who immigrated to the United States from Poland in their early to late 20's. As a first generation born here my first language is Polish followed by English. I have two younger brothers who I am very close to.

My husband Paul and I have been married since June 2007. In July 2013 we welcomed our daughter Lily Grace and our son Lincoln John in April 2016. After working in the Accounting Department of an online college for 10 years I made the decision to stay home and raise my children.

I have been attending church at St. Peter Damian since 2013 and since then have joined many ministries. I am currently involved in Women of Grace, Eucharistic Ministry, Coordinator of Family Ministry, and Coordinator of Youth Ministry. I enjoy giving back to the church whenever I can. St. Peter Damian has become my home away from home. I have made many lifelong friends and hope to make many more.
Joel Hendrickson - Facilities Director Joel Hendrickson - Facilities Director
I'm a member of St. Peter Damian since 1973. I'm the head of maintenance for our parish community since 2005.

I'm responsible for the upkeep and repairs of all the buildings and grounds as well its cleanliness and safety.

My hobbies include fishing and woodworking. I'm the father of four daughters and Papa to my 8 grandchildren.
Kristen Dompke - Precious Tots Preschool Coordinator/ Lead Teacher Kristen Dompke - Precious Tots Preschool Coordinator/ Lead Teacher
My husband and I have been members of St Peter Damian Church since 2004. We have two children who were Baptized here as well. I enjoy teaching Children's Liturgy of the Word at the Sunday 9:30am mass. I love that we are able to share the message of God at a level our youngest parishoners can relate to and have fun interacting with. My husband and I are also Eucharistic Ministers.

I have a BS in Education from Eastern Illinois University and a MA of Education in Administrative Leadership from Concordia University.Throughout my teaching career, I've taught and worked with students from Early Childhood through 6th grade. Since I was 12 years old I have been volunteering or have had jobs that worked with children.

I am honored to be a part of Precious Tots Preschool. I feel it is an important ministry to serve the youngest people of our parish community, because they are the future of our parish. When my oldest child was Baptized, the Deacon told us, "It takes a village to raise a child." I feel we have a supportive village here at St Peter Damian, and I'm grateful that families give us the opportunity to be a part of their village.
Jenny Abraham- Preschool Teacher Jenny Abraham- Preschool Teacher
I am so excited to join the staff of Precious Tots Preschool! Teaching children has been my passion since I was a young girl. In 1999, I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BS in Elementary Education. That same year, I began my teaching career in a local school district. I taught kindergarten, first grade, and second grade throughout my 15 years in the district. I made many wonderful friends and memories there, but noticed my own children growing up too quickly before my eyes. So, in 2014, I decided to leave teaching for a bit and become a full-time mom to my three precious sons. While at home, I went back to school as a student and received an ESL endorsement from National Lewis University. Now that my youngest son is heading to kindergarten this fall, I am looking forward to this fantastic opportunity to teach again.

The Catholic faith is an important part of my life, and I am glad to be able to share it with my students and families.
Tobi Iott- Preschool Assistant Teacher Tobi Iott- Preschool Assistant Teacher
I have been fortunate to be with Precious Tots Preschool since it began in 2014. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a young girl creating worksheets for the neighborhood children. Watching students learn and grow is my passion.

For 10 years I taught a range of grade levels in a neighboring school district. And just prior to staying home to raise my own two boys, I was an administrator working with teachers to develop and enhance curriculum.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Concordia and a Type 75 Administrative Certificate from Concordia. When I am not busy cheering my boys on at one of their activities, I love reading, bike riding, and playing the piano.
Cindy Nylec- Preschool Assistant Teacher Cindy Nylec- Preschool Assistant Teacher
My husband and I grew up on the northwest side of Chicago and decided to move to Bartlett when it came time to raise a family. We were both very active in both the academic and athletic portions of our three children's lives as they grew. I was lucky enough to be able to choose a career that allowed me to stay home when my kids were at their youngest. I was hired at St. Peter Damian in 2015 and love working with the preschool. Since, at the age of three, this is many preschoolers' first organized setting outside of the home, I believe it's important to work with them academically and socially as well as introducing them to our faith in an age-appropriate way.
Julie Wolf- Preschool Assistant Teacher Julie Wolf- Preschool Assistant Teacher
I grew up in Des Plaines and have been living in Schaumburg for the past 14 years. I have been married for 13 years and have two wonderful young daughters. After graduating from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, I went to work for Sears. When we had our first daughter, I became a stay at home mom. I began working as a Preschool Assistant in 2013 and realized that I greatly enjoy working with young children. I am very excited to be a part of the Precious Tots Preschool program and team. In my free time I enjoy being with my family, sewing, crafting, and leading my daughter's Girl Scout troop.
Michele Nanto - Music Ministry Team - Faith Notes and One Voice Ensemble Director Michele Nanto - Music Ministry Team - Faith Notes and One Voice Ensemble Director
My name is Michele Nanto, and I am humbled and honored to serve on the Music Ministry Team at St. Peter Damian.

My BA is in Music/Music Ed from Clarke College, where I received the Music Service award for volunteering as a liturgical planner and musician. After college graduation, I spent a year in Japan, teaching English conversation on a missionary visa for the Church.

Our family became members of St. Peter Damian church in 1988. Before becoming director of music ministry here, I taught music education and private music lessons, and I was a stay-at-home mom, as well as a liturgical musician. Around 2008, I became director of the One Voice Ensemble, and in September 2010, I was asked to become part time director of music ministry here.

In my free time, I love dining out with my husband and our three sons or friends, shopping and reading inspirational books, or playing with our dog, “Sunshine.” It is an exciting and rewarding challenge to serve God’s church through the music ministry at St Peter Damian.
Jennifer Holcomb - Music Ministry Team - Children and Adult Choirs Director Jennifer Holcomb - Music Ministry Team - Children and Adult Choirs Director
I always have been very involved with the music ministry at church since a young age at St. Francis Borgia where I attended grammar school and at Resurrection high school. I graduated with a music education degree from Northern IL University.

I taught music in public school before realizing the true calling of being a church choir director.

I'm Mom to Molly and Charlie. I feel that I have found a home at St Peter Damian.