Parish Staff

C G H J M P R S

Mrs. Mary Caldrone

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Music Director Work Phone: 847-824-5049
Biography

Mary Caldrone joined the St. Emily staff in November 2017 after serving at St. Zachary in Des Plaines for the past 23 years. However, she is no stranger to St. Emily Parish, having been a substitute for weekend masses, funerals and weddings for a number of years. She and her husband, Bob, grew up in and still live in Mt. Prospect and are the proud parents of four children, ranging in age from 10 to 22 years. Mary brings great energy and enthusiasm to the music ministry at St. Emily and has exciting plans. She welcomes all who wish to be part of this important liturgical ministry.

Ms. Catherine Crino

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DRE, Pastoral Associate Work Phone: 847-299-5865
Biography

Catherine Crino began serving as the Director of Religious Education at St. Emily in 2015. She has worked at various parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago for thirty years, as well as having experience as a classroom teacher, in retirement home administration and employment counseling.  In addition to parish ministry, she has also been a faculty member in various Archdiocesan institutes for ministry training and formation and in the STEP program at the University of Notre Dame.

She is originally from Tucson and lived in Los Angeles for some time.  She has a BA in History from UCLA, as well as completing the Graduate School in Education there. She holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Boston College) in Massachusetts and an advanced certificate in spiritual direction from Loyola University, Chicago.

Ms. Gail Goleas

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Pastoral Associate Home Phone: 847-298-5911 Work Phone: 847-824-5049
Biography

Gail earned the degree of Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago and a Certificate of Studies in Lay Ecclesial Ministry from the University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein. In 2006, she was commissioned by Cardinal George to serve as a Pastoral Associate for St. Emily Parish. She is a Field Advocate for the Chicago Metropolitan Tribunal and a volunteer for Prisoner Visitation and Support, a nonprofit program authorized by the federal government for visitation of all U.S. federal and military prisons.

Mrs. Melissa Hajdu

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Pastoral Minister Work Phone: 847-824-5049
Biography

Melissa Hajdu is a pastoral minister here at St. Emily. She is the Baptismal minister, and the staff liaison for some of the ministries of the parish including Mundelein Seminary Teaching Parish program, Christ Renews His Parish, HUGS, Parish Hospitality Sundays, Parish Liturgy Committee and Intercessory prayer group. Melissa has been a member of the parish for over 20 years and has assisted on the RCIA team since then. She is also a physical therapist, mother of 2 two daughters and grandmother of Cooper and Carter. Her husband served as a deacon here at the Parish.  She organizes our Divine Mercy Sunday and has done study groups at the parish  which usually focus on a particular way of praying, spirituality or a particular devotion. She has various other duties “behind the scenes” at the parish.

Melissa is always looking to help start new ministries here at the parish or bring some enrichment of our spiritual life – ideas welcome!

 

Mrs. Mary Hemmelman

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School Principal Work Phone: 847-296-3490
Biography

I am a graduate of Catholic schools, receiving a Bachelor of Arts, from DePaul University, and a Master of Education, from Loyola University. I have been committed to Catholic school students and parents for thirty-six years as a principal, teacher, and assistant principal. I believe Catholic schools complement the role of the family in nurturing a strong sense of self-worth in the child, enabling each child to meet the challenge of today and tomorrow, and demonstrate responsible stewardship in the community and society.

I have been principal at St. Emily School for eleven years, working with the teachers to develop a complete Curriculum Guide, in conjunction with Archdiocesan frameworks and Common Core State Standards, and raising standardized test scores to National Blue Ribbon standards.

I came to administration after being a classroom teacher for twenty-five years. My comprehensive teaching experience included grade levels third through eighth. While teaching in Florida, I worked, concurrently, with college-bound high school students in Upward Bound, a federally-funded program for disadvantaged students. In addition to full time teaching responsibilities, I was assistant principal for seven years, and curriculum coordinator.

I consider myself fortunate to be part of the excellence that is St. Emily School.

Mrs. Sue Hogan

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Parish Secretary Work Phone: 847-824-5049
Biography

Sue and her family have been members of St. Emily since 1990. In the early years, Sue, Bill and her boys, Patrick and Andrew, were well known in the school and parish, being involved not only at school activities (boys are St. Emily alumni), running fundraisers, Scouts (both boys are Eagle Scouts) and volunteering when needed. Sue is very proud of her family. Her boys are Notre Dame College Prep alumni. Patrick graduated from Valparaiso University, IN with a degree in Meteorology, Andrew graduated from Miami University, OH with a degree in Zoology & Environmental Sciences.

Sue began working part time at the school in the Extended Care program and worked her way up to school secretary. When the job for parish secretary became available, Sue decided it was time for a change, a job which offered new challenges and a flexible schedule.

Sue has taken on the role of Protecting God’s Children site administrator, bulletin editor plus many others. She enjoys helping parishioners with all their needs. If she doesn’t know, she will try to find someone who does. Sue looks forward to assisting you with any of your parish needs.

 

Sr. Danielle Jacob

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Pastoral Associate Faith Formation Work Phone: 847-824-5049
Biography

Sister Danielle is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, an international congregation of women religious, dedicated to the renewal of family and the sacredness of human life. For 22 years, Sr. Danielle served in the education ministry, first as a teacher and then, school principal. Her experiences and skills led her into leadership within her congregation where she served for nine years.

Currently, Sr. Danielle is a Pastoral Associate, working at St. Emily Parish in adult faith formation. In this role, she seeks to find ways to bring educational and spiritual experiences that both affirm and stretch the people of St. Emily. Sister also manages the parish website and Facebook page and is active in the music ministry.

Outside of her official role at St. Emily Parish, Sister works within her own congregation as the technology coordinator for the sisters in the US and also serves as a board member for the congregational corporation that oversees the Sisters’ sponsored ministries. When time allows, she works for other religious congregations in a support role for their major meetings and is occasionally called upon as a motivational speaker by various organizations.

Mr. Matt Janowski

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Maintenance Director Work Phone: 847-824-5049
Biography

Matthew Janowski joined St. Emily Parish as a maintenance director in August of 2016. He has experience in the field of maintenance and building management. Matthew’s responsibilities are to oversee the maintenance department and its employees, and to attend to facility needs for the entire St. Emily campus along with project management.

Matthew has been a dedicated parishioner for many years. After getting married, his wife and two children were also welcomed into the parish. His daughter attends school here at St. Emily and his family is excited to grow with the wonderful parish community.

Matthew’s previous experience in building management and maintenance began with the YMCA and in the retail field. His educational background includes attending Herzing University and graduating from the University of Illinois.

Rev. William Mc Nulty

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Retired

Rev. Gerald Meyer

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Retired
Biography

Father Meyer was one of the founding members of St. Emily Parish.  Before he became a priest, Jerry and his wife, Cathy, raised 10 children who all attended St. Emily school.  Both Jerry and Cathy were very involved in the parish.  Jerry was a lector and a member of the Men’s club.  Cathy was a member of the Woman’s club.  Together, Jerry and Cathy headed up the Pro Life ministry at St. Emily.

In 1988, Jerry’s wife, Cathy died, but Jerry remained involved at St. Emily until he had a second calling.  Jerry gave up his dental practice to his sons and was accepted to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia to become a priest.  Fr. Meyer was ordained in the Diocese of Peoria in 1996.  His first mass was celebrated at St. Emily on Pentecost Sunday in 1996 surrounded by family and St. Emily friends. His first assignment was in Ottawa, IL at St. Francis of Assisi where he was pastor.  He remained there until 2009 when he retired and moved back to Mt. Prospect.  He was welcomed by his home parish, St. Emily, and continues to say mass and hear confessions on a regular basis.  He also helps in surrounding parishes.  He currently serves as chaplain for Heather House at Maryville and is also chaplain for the Mt. Prospect Knights of Columbus.  Since moving back to the area, he also enjoys time with his children and 23 grandchildren.

Mr. David Mika

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Coordinator of Youth Ministry Work Phone: 847-544-5090
Biography

David and his family have been parishioners at St. Emily since the summer of 2003, when they moved here from St. Pascal Parish in Chicago. He is involved in the Music Ministry, an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and has been either a catechist or working as an assistant in the office of the Religious Education Program since 2004.

David has completed the Lay Leadership program at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, and is currently working towards his certification as a Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Coordinator of Religious Education at USML.

Mr. Leonard Mondi

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Operations Manager Work Phone: 847-824-5049
Biography

Len Mondi is Operations Manager at Saint Emily Parish. Len’s responsibilities are to assist the Business Manager in helping the Pastor with the stewardship of the financial, physical and personnel resources of the parish.

Len assists the Business Manager in bookkeeping, makes deposits for both parish and school and forwards Archdiocesan collections. He also posts contributions into the Parish Data system every week.

Len understands and supports the mission of Saint Emily Parish.

Len’s previous experience includes serving as Bus Driver for Seniors and Disabled, Wheeling Township (Sept. 2011-June 2012); Commodities Broker, CME Group( June 1983-Dec. 2010); Purchasing Manager-Operations, Nabisco Brands Inc. (Dec. 1981-May 1983).

Len holds an M.B.A. in International Business from De Paul University and an B.A. from Loyola University.

Len and his wife Milly have been parishioners of Saint Emily Parish since 1987. They have one daughter Megan, who attended Saint Emily School and graduated in 1998. Len has served on the School Board, Parish Council and has been enriched by participating in the Christ Renews His Parish program at Saint Emily. Len and Milly previously worked together on the Baptismal preparation team. Len is currently a Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) team member. Milly previously taught Religious Education for many years and is currently a Eucharistic Minister.

Rev. James Presta

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Pastor Work Phone: 847-824-5049
Biography

Rev. James Presta, STD, ordained in 1986 for the Archdiocese of Chicago, received a BS in Psychology and Theology from Loyola University; and an M.Div. and STL from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.  In 2005, he earned a doctoral degree, STD, at the International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio, which is affiliated with the Pontifical University Marianum in Rome.

From 1996-2010 he served as Rector/President of St. Joseph College Seminary in Chicago.  From 2010 until June 2016, Fr. Presta was the Vice Rector for Administration at Mundelein Seminary, serving as Director of Admissions and Assistant Professor in the Department of Dogmatic Theology.

 

Rev. John Roller

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Retired
Biography

Father John Roller was born in 1934, and he has been a priest for 54 years. From 1989 to 2004 he was a pastor  at St. Thomas Becket Parish. Prior to that he was an associate pastor in six parishes. In 2006 Father came to live and help here and St. Emily’s.

Father Roller was raised in Oak Park and was educated in St. Catherine of Siena school, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and St. Mary of the Lake seminary in Mundelein. After ordination he attended Loyola University for two years to hone counseling skills.

Father Roller loves people, music and prestidigitation (magic), and he hates Lima beans; he insists they should be called by their proper name: Bingo Markers.

Rev. Rafal Stecz

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Associate Pastor Home Phone: 847-824-5049
Biography

Rev. Rafal Stecz is a native of Poland. He was ordained in 2013. Before coming to St. Emily he ministered as Associate Pastor at St. Pascal Parish, Chicago, IL.