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Sr. Danielle Jacob

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

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

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.

Deacon Pavel Jurkulak

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Deacon Home Phone: 847-824-5049

Deacon Pavel Jurkulak was assigned by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich to serve the community of St. Emily in the fall of 2018. Ordained on May 17, 2015, by Bishop Francis J. Kane at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, Deacon Pavel comes to St. Emily after serving for two years at St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles.

Czechoslovakian by birth, Deacon Pavel was born in 1974 in a small town; his mom, Anna, is of Polish heritage and his father, Jan, a Slovakian Highlander (who passed away in August 2017 at the age of 69). Since the age of 6, Deacon Pavel has shown a love for the Church by sharing his time and talent as an altar server along with his older brother Petr. Deacon Pavel is proud of his family’s dedication to the Catholic Church and their commitment to their religious life.

At the age of 19, Deacon Pavel moved to Chicago by himself. Deacon Pavel and his wife, Wioletta, celebrated 21 years of marriage in 2018 and were delighted to share that milestone with their 16 year old son, Patrick. When not serving the People of God in the role of Deacon, he works for the United States Postal Service.

Deacon Pavel was first introduced to St. Emily Parish by Deacon Peter Hajdu when Deacon Pete invited him to the parish for Mass a few years earlier. Mundelein Seminary is where the two men first met when they were both studying at the Institute for Diaconal Studies (Deacon Pete was one year ahead of Deacon Pavel in the program). It was during his participation in the program that he met Deacon Pete and his wife, Melissa Hajdu. He remembers Deacon Pete as a very good friend who supported him on his spiritual journey, teaching him to be a humble and dedicated deacon to the people of St. Emily Parish.