New Pastor Appointed effective July 1, 2020
Dear Saint Clement Parish Family,
Greetings to you. I hope and pray that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.
It is with great joy I share with you the good news that Cardinal Blase Cupich has appointed Father Peter Wojcik as the next pastor of Saint Clement Parish effective July 1, 2020. Many of you already know Father Wojcik as a resident at Saint Clement Parish and as a weekend presider. He is a holy and dynamic priest who brings with him many gifts. Saint Clement Parish will be blessed to have his presence and leadership in his role as the next pastor.
As for me, Cardinal Blase Cupich has invited me to assume the leadership at Ascension Parish in Oak Park effective July 1, 2020. I will be working with Saint Giles Parish and other Catholic Parishes in Oak Park to create a pastoral team and pastoral presence as part of Renew My Church. I will share with you more information in the next few days.
While congratulating Father Peter Wojcik, I invite you to join me in welcoming him as the next pastor at Saint Clement Parish.
Father Rex Pillai
Please join us on Sunday, June 28th from 1-3 p.m. for a "Drive-Thru Sendoff" for Fr. Rex!
Dear members and friends of Saint Clement Parish,
Over the last eight years I have had the great privilege of serving as one of your Sunday presiders, and for six of those years I was a resident at Saint Clement. In those years I learned first-hand that you are a powerful, strong, imaginative and creative community comprised of women and men of faith, who join hands and share your individual gifts and talents, to build a great parish that is apostolic and dedicated to Jesus and to transforming lives in the power of His name. Saint Clement is a strong parish, not because of its history (which makes us grateful), but because of its bold vision to be a place of authentic belonging, prayer and personal transformation, leading to generosity and the care for others.
With the conviction of the Holy Spirit working in our midst and calling us to boldness, I accepted the invitation from Cardinal Blase Cupich to join you as the next pastor of Saint Clement. I am profoundly grateful for this invitation and confident that together we can write another chapter in our parish history, especially in this time of spiritual renewal called Renew My Church. The visionary work of Fr. Fahey, Fr. Hickey, Fr. Simpson, the parish staff and countless lay volunteers set Saint Clement on a strong trajectory of lay ownership and creativity that attracts over 1,200 people every weekend to join in prayer and learning and to participate in community life. Through our excellent Saint Clement School and Religious Education programs, the parish facilitates the formation and spiritual growth of the next generation of Catholics and well-formed citizens.
The parish vision to “strive for deeper holiness, greater communion and wider service” is supported by our anchors of: Belong. Pray. Serve. Give. Learn. With gratitude for what was built and accomplished thus far, I join with you now to continue the mission of building and engaging people in faith and discipleship.
As some of you may know, over the last seven years I worked at the Pastoral Center serving as Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Director of Catechesis and Youth Ministry, leader of the Cardinal Meyer Pastoral Center and finally as a leader of pastoral renewal in our archdiocese called Building the New Reality. As I join you as your next Pastor, I will continue serving as a leader of pastoral renewal and remain the Cardinal’s liaison for Pastoral and Spiritual Renewal of our Parishes. Because of this, our parish community will be supported by the archdiocesan pastoral renewal teams for evangelization, formation, and member engagement as we will help other parish communities embrace and implement the movement of Renew My Church.
Since I learned of my appointment, I have stopped daily at Saint Clement Church for quiet prayer, and in doing so, I experienced a great deal of peace and joy. I clearly heard the voice of Jesus saying to me “do what I have taught you to do, empower the lay, call them to lead and facilitate the spiritual transformation of my people.” This charge and encouragement will surely reflect my focus and plans for the months and years to come as we continue the work of Jesus among us.
I cannot wait to work with you, shoulder to shoulder, in building on our great legacy and in inviting others to encounter Jesus Christ in our midst. Please know of my prayers for you and please also pray in thanksgiving for our exceptional parish staff, and for Fr. Rex, who with a generous heart, responded to the call to be your Administrator, and for whom I pray every single day that his new assignment will be filled with joy and happiness. Please know of my prayers for you as I ask you, in those difficult times of crises and unrest, to join me in praying for our nation and our city.
With every good wish, I remain,
Fr. Peter Wojcik
Video message from Fr. Peter