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 attended 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. We lost Ron in 2018. I have been the Ministry leader for altar servers since 2001 and joined the staff at St. Peter Damian in 2010.
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.
Facilities & Maintenance
I've been a member of St. Peter Damian since 1973 and have been 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 eight grandchildren.