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Father Christopher Ciomek- Pastor & Dean of Deanery E, Vicariate I Father Christopher Ciomek- Pastor & Dean of Deanery E, Vicariate I
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.
Father Curtis Lambert- Priest in Residence Father 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.
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.
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.
Mariusz Kosla- Deacon Mariusz Kosla- Deacon
Greetings! I am excited to join your parish family and call it home. I have been assigned by our Archbishop to serve the community of St. Peter Damian. I was ordained a deacon by the late Cardinal George in 2010. I ministered for over 18 years at St. John Brebeuf parish in Niles in various capacities including Associate Director of Music and Liturgy, RCIA and Ministry of Care Coordinator, and Art/Environment. Most recently, I served for a short time at St. Zachary parish in Des Plaines.

I grew up on the northwest side of Chicago as the son of Polish immigrants. I am happily married to my wife of 21+ years, Wioletta and we have been blessed with 2 daughters, Natalia 19, and Marcelina 18, both of whom are in college. In the secular world, I hold graduate degrees in both nursing education and pastoral studies-bioethics. I have worked as a critical care RN for 20+ years and currently am on staff as nursing educator at both the Alexian Brothers and Northwestern Medicine Health Systems.

In the Archdiocese I am involved with the Marriage Tribunal in ministering to those seeking annulments as Field Delegate and Associate Judge. I also teach liturgy and chant in the Institute for Diaconal Studies at Mundelein Seminary. I have a deep devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to our Lady of Fatima and have been accustomed to leading many pilgrimages with parishioners to various religious shrines locally and throughout the world. Perhaps, very soon, we will be able to depart on a pilgrimage together. I am looking forward to assisting and supporting Fr. Chris as he shepherds this community along with the parish deacons and staff and getting to know many of you personally so that together we may continue to grow in our faith and love of our Lord and His church.
Seminarian Gregory Clever - 3rd Year Theology Seminarian Gregory Clever - 3rd Year Theology
I felt the call to be a priest as a young child. Thanks to the excellent religious upbringing my family gave me, I entered seminary out of high school and spent seven years in formation. Ath the end of that time, I felt God might be calling me to do something else, so I took two years off to be a teacher which was a great experience. I felt the call to the priesthood again though, and thus this Spring I applied to join the Diocese of Jefferson City, which has brought me here to Mundelein.

I am one of nine children who enjoys sports, reading, the outdoors, and hanging out. My favorite saint is St. Gregory the Great, and I have a strong devotion to Our Lady of the Sorrows. My priest aspiration is to be with the people of God.

Please pray that I am to the Holy Spirit in this time and that I grow in holiness. I would also appreciate it if you would pray for my Bishop, Sean McKnight, my diocese, my family, and my students.
Seminarian Jacob Hartman - 1st Year Theology Seminarian Jacob Hartman - 1st Year Theology
I grew up in a Catholic family and attended Catholic school K - 12, but the idea of becoming a priest never crossed my mind until my junior year of high school. During adoration, at a retreat, I prayed "Lord what do you want me to do with my life?" Right then, the thought of the priesthood came into my head. My initial response was, "sorry wrong number." I ran from the prospect of a priestly calling for about 9 months. Yet, through the influence of priests in my life, I began to realize that I could not keep running from the Lord. I opened myself up to honestly discerning a potential call to the priesthood. During my senior year, I realized that if God was calling me to be a priest, it was because that is what he made me for, and the priesthood would bring me the greatest amount of joy, peace, and happiness in this life. I recognized that I needed to at least take the next step in discernment and enter the seminary. Since that time the Lord has fulfilled that desire, He has given me more joy, peace, and fulfillment than I could ever have hoped to receive. I enjoy baseball, fishing, splitting wood, reading, drinking coffee, and good conversations. My priest aspiration is to walk with people in the joys and sufferings of their life.
Seminarian Jacob Hugo - 3rd Year Theology Seminarian Jacob Hugo - 3rd Year Theology
The first sparks of my vocation story were enkindled after receiving first Holy Communion and I was allowed to begin serving the Mass. As I grew up doing this, I encountered wonderful priests and beautiful liturgies that furthered my desire to be a priest. I played Mass as a young kid, often roping in somewhat disinterested siblings and cousins to be altar servers and deacons. (God bless them for their patience). As I grew up, the desire for priesthood became less of a game and more of a serious life decision; a decision I would weigh carefully as high school drew to a close. Still feeling the urge to pursue the peach and joy I'd felt at the call to priesthood, I made the plunge to enter college seminary. I spent four years at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, MN. There I encountered the Lord in brand new ways. I came face - to - face with my weaknesses and faults and found a loving Father who has never stopped loving me. I think that when we encounter love we want to return it in a similar way. I found the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that burn for the Father and for all His children. As I continue on, I hope and pray that I may be more closely united to that Sacred Heart and lead people to God, and God to people.

My priest aspiration is getting know and walk with the people of God, to turn souls to God in Reconciliation and Spiritual Direction.

Please pray that I may be molded into an effective instrument of the Lord. That I may be open to and retain the education I am receiving, and that I may be always docile to the prompts of the Holy Spirit.
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.
Kinga Smutek - Music Director Kinga Smutek - Music Director
Hello! My name is Kinga Smutek and I feel blessed to serve as Music Director here at St. Peter Damian.

I started playing piano at the age of 6 and singing at the age of 7, taking private lessons in both. As I got older, I became involved in a variety of musical activities. I was in a Polish rock band for 4 years, in which I got to explore varities of music like rock, jazz, pop, and reggae, all while performing in differed states in the US as well as in Poland. I graduated from Bartlett High School in 2017, where I participated in multiple choirs and held roles in the school's musicals. In the Spring of 2021, I graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor's degree in Music - Liberal Arts and a Minor in Spanish.

Being raised Catholic, I have always tried to keep God in the center of my life. Music has allowed me to strengthen my relationship with Him in a transformative way. I have been able to share my musical talents with many parishes in the Chicagoland area. I became musically involved with St. Peter Damian in 2013 when I began attending Polish school. I am grateful to every in the St. Peter Damian community for welcoming me with so much love, and I look forward to this new journey.

I enjoy teaching piano and voice, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and reading.
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.
Karen Foster- Preschool Assistant Teacher Karen Foster- Preschool Assistant Teacher
I have lived in Bartlett and have been a member of St. Peter Damian for over 15 years. I have a Bachelors of Science in Special Education from Northern Illinois University, and earned my Elementary Certification soon after graduating with my Bachelors. I then earned my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from NIU. I taught elementary special education for six years as well as special education for three summers at a neighboring district. Three years ago, I started subbing at Precious Tots. I am excited to join this staff this exceptional staff.
Richard Paulsen- Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation Richard Paulsen- Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation
I am a retired businessman and former graduate business school adjunct professor. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Quantitative Methods and Computers.

Since retirement I have been blessed with many opportunities to serve our Lord and my brothers and sisters in faith. I have assisted Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Joliet by leading their strategic planning efforts over the last nine years and contributing on various committees. The last four years, I have gone on mission to the Philippines with Partnership in Mission. I have been responsible for construction, building houses in one of the poorest areas of the country.

In addition to being Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, I have had a very active role in other aspects of our parish life, including as a member of the Finance Council and Parish Pastoral Council and a youth Catechist.

I am a widower with four adult children and enjoy spending time with my four grandchildren.