New Pastoral Staff in Place
St. Luke Parish is pleased to have its new pastoral staff in place. On July 1, Father John S. Szmyd became the parish's 10th pastor after Father Kenneth Fischer retired from the parish. Father Szmyd had been serving as Associate Pastor for a year after having served on the faculty at St. Mary of the Lake University-Mundelein Seminary. Ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1996, Fr. Szmyd spent his first five years as a priest serving as Associate Pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Wilmette.
Father Steven Bauer started as St. Luke's new Associate Pastor on July 1. He, too, came from the Archdiocese of Chicago's seminary faculty, having served as Formation Director at St. Joseph College Seminary in Chicago. Before that, Fr. Bauer had served as Associate Pastor at St. Benedict Parish on Chicago's north side and as Chaplain at the John Paul II Newman Center on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus.
Fr. Leroy A. Wickowski remains in residence, assisting with various ministries. Fr. Wickowski served as Associate Pastor in the parish from 2005 until he retired in 2010 after 44 years of active service in the archdiocese.