and raised in Lockport, Illinois.Went
to St. Dennis School and Church (where I am now also retired).My education continued at Quigley Preparatory
Seminary in Chicago and St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore (the first seminary in
the U.S and still going).My dad was
from Lockport and my mom was from Buffalo, New York.I had a brother and have a sister - both
May 27, 1967 with 6 other men, I have had 9 parish assignments and 2 education
assignments.In 1976, Bishop Blanchette
asked me to help with deaf ministry.Fr.
Berst had asked me a few times.And one
day, in Minooka, his TTY appeared at my door.That meant he was passing the bat onto me!
the years, in my ministry, I had been involved in these things: Youth Ministry,
Liturgy, Religious Education, Teaching, Deaf Ministry, parish shows. I enjoy
reading, learning, going to movies/plays/opera.For about 30 years I participated in drama groups and performed on the
retirement, I still do Masses, visit the school, do some programs, participate
in some programs and help where I can.Deaf Ministry is still a part of my life: Mass signed every Sunday at
St. Dennis, every 1st Sunday at St. Isidore in Bloomingdale and
every 3rd Sunday at St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield.Also, I participate in Advents and Lent
Confessions in different places. In the deaf, find interpreters at times for
funerals, talks, and the events, sometimes interpret myself, and participate in
the REACH program (a religion ed. program for the special needs people) at St.
Raphael in Naperville. I hope to expand the ministry presence in the Kankakee
Ministry, each year sponsors a picnic for the deaf in the diocese, a retreat
day and some Bible study.The ministry
has sponsored 2 men in the MFP (Ministry Formation Program) for the Deaf
through Chicago Office for the Deaf.We
hope to be sponsoring a few more people.A board has been firmed with representatives from different packs of the
diocese to set and monitor some directions for the deaf ministry in the
grateful to the 6 Knight of Columbus Councils who support the works of deaf
ministry.Without them, much of what
goes on would not happen. Also, much gratitude to the many interpreters in the
Diocese who offer their services in many parishes and continue to teach me.
and Good Things, Fr. Mark
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