Fr. Peter Wojcik Pastor
Fr. Peter Wojcik was born in Lublin, Poland. He arrived in Chicago in 2003 to undertake graduate studies in theology at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. As a seminarian, he undertook pastoral assignments in his home parish of Saint John Brebeuf in Niles and Our Lady of the Wayside in Arlington Heights.
Fr. Peter was ordained a deacon by Cardinal Francis George in 2007 and then a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2008. His first assignment as a priest was at Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Wilmette, where he served for four years. During that time, Fr. Peter studied bioethics at Georgetown University and participated in a year-long residency as a hospital chaplain at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
In 2012, Fr. Peter enrolled at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and moved to Saint Clement as a resident priest. For the six years that Fr. Peter lived at Saint Clement, he enjoyed being a part of the community by celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, participating in God Squad and Theology on Tap, and most importantly, by getting to know parishioners. In addition to his studies at Kellogg, Fr. Peter served as a chaplain at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children’s) and engaged in healthcare consulting. After graduating from Kellogg, Fr. Peter was asked by Cardinal George to serve as regional associate superintendent for Catholics Schools where he supported 93 parish schools.
In 2015, Cardinal Blase Cupich appointed Fr. Peter Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis and Youth Ministry and a year later entrusted to him the responsibility of restructuring and then overseeing, with Fr. Ron Lewinski, the Department of Parish Vitality and Mission. This involved supporting 16 different offices of the Archdiocese including: Kolbe House Jail Ministry, Campus Ministry, Liturgical Trainings Publications, and all pastoral agencies of the Archdiocese. He also served as the Cardinal’s Liaison to Ethnic Ministries, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and Archdiocesan Women’s Committee.
In 2016, Fr. Peter joined the Renew My Church team and took responsibility for overseeing the final stage of parish renewal called Building the New Reality. In 2020, as part of Building the New Reality, Fr. Peter began serving as the pastoral leader of the Faith Hub, a movement of pioneers of pastoral renewal across the Archdiocese.
On July 1, 2020, Fr. Peter was named as the pastor of Saint Clement Parish. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities as the Pastor of Saint Clement, Cardinal Cupich has requested that Fr. Peter continue his role of overseeing the spiritual and pastoral movement of renewal across the Archdiocese of Chicago through Building the New Reality, as well as remain the pastoral leader of the Faith Hub.
Fr. Peter teaches negotiation and change management at Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University and is a member of the Alpha US Board as well as the Vatican’s Centesimus Annus pro Pontifice Foundation.