Welcome to St. John
the Evangelist Catholic Church
Welcome to our
New Parish Administrator
Fr. Gregg Gorczyca
It is with gratitude to Almighty God that I arrive to serve as your parish priest/administrator here at St. John the Evangelist!
Just by way of a brief bio: I am 37 years old and I am one of two children.
I grew up in a small town called Strzyzow located in southeast corner of Poland. I came to the U.S. in 2001, and my first parish assignment as a seminarian happened to be St. John the Evangelist Parish in Streamwood with Fr. Bob Tonelli and Fr. Fred Pesek - so some of you may still remember me.
After studying English at UIC, I went on to study theology at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, and on May 21, 2005, I was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
My first assignment was to St. Pascal’s Parish in Chicago. In 2009 I was assigned to St. Theresa Parish in Palatine where I spent five years. After that, in 2014, I was assigned to St. William Parish in Chicago. Now, I am very excited to be assigned as your new administrator. I am grateful to Our Lord and our Blessed Mother for this opportunity.
It is a joy to see that St. John’s is an active, prayerful, and faithful parish and school community.
I love being a Catholic priest. In particular I enjoy offering Mass and celebrating other sacraments. I always love talking about the sacramental and devotional life of the Church. It is such a blessing as a priest to get to see how God’s grace is at work in so many people’s lives. I look forward to getting to know you and extend to all of you God’s blessings through the intercession of our patron, St. John the Evangelist.
My friends, as a priest, my greatest duty is to love and serve the people that God has entrusted to my care. I promise to you that I will pray for you every day, most especially at Holy Mass and when I pray the Rosary. I am happy to have the opportunity to minister here and I am looking forward to meeting you all in the months ahead.
Together, it is my prayer that we all come to know and love the Lord Jesus in a deeper way and be converted to the way of life that He calls us to live! Please keep me and Fr. Greg Lorens in your prayers as well. We need and count on your prayers and support as we serve you each day.
Praying for you as you pray for me,
Fr. Gregg Gorczyca