About Our Ministry Commission – Contact Us


The Vicariate V Ministry Commission was formed in 1996 to provide opportunities for training and spiritual growth for the volunteer leadership in Catholic parishes in the southwest region of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Under the leadership of then – Bishop John Gorman, professional pastoral leaders worked collaboratively to bring quality workshops and experiences to the people of God in local parishes.

Since that time, more than 20,000 lay leaders have participated in these formation opportunities, expanding the richness of parish life and deepening their personal spirituality. Today, Commissioners continue to gather as a Vicariate leadership team, to help actualize the Bishop and Deans pastoral plan, to serve as liaisons to local pastors, to read the signs of the times, and to use their gifts and talents to help build vital Catholic parishes.

If you have ideas for trainings or workshops – or if there is a presenter you would love to hear live and in person – please contact the Ministry Commission. Our purpose is to help pastors and the Vicariate Team to serve parishioners, as they journey to BELIEVE, BELONG, and BECOME Catholic disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.

5757 West 127th Street
Palos Heights, Illinois 60463

Ministry Commission Membership

  • Vicariate V Auxiliary Bishop – Most Reverend Andrew Wypych
  • Deanery A – Rev. Anthony Pizzo, OSA
  • Deanery B – Rev. John Noga
  • Deanery C – Rev. Thomas Conde
  • Deanery D – Rev. Dennis A. Ziomek
  • Deanery E – Rev. William Corcoran


CoordinatorKathy McNicholas
Incarnation Parish, Deanery E – kmcnicholas@incarnationcatholic.com

Robbie Anderson
Lifelong Formation Coordinatorrmanderson@archchicago.org

Nicholas Carlson
Parish Vitality Coordinatorncarlson@archchicago.org

Administrative AssistantJeanne Lassandrello
St. Germaine Parish, Deanery D – jlass723@gmail.com

Fr. Kurt Boras
St. Patrick Parish, Deanery E – stpatricklemont@sbcglobal.net

Pat Chuchla
St. Michael Parish, Deanery E – pchuchla@saintmike.com

Fr. Mike Foley
Our Lady of the Woods Parish, Deanery E – mfoley@ourladyofthewoods.org

Sr. Gael Gensler

St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Deanery E – ggensler@sfaorland.org

Missy Keegan

St. Patricia Parish, Deanery D – mkeegan@stpatriciaparish.com

Kim Madonia

Most Holy Redeemer & St. John Fisher Parishes, Deanery C – youtharethefuture@hotmail.com

Jenny Meehan

St. Rita Parish, Deanery A – jenabeeb1026@aol.com

Terry Navarro
St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, Deanery A – tanavarro76@yahoo.com

Sandy Weber

St. Gerald Parish, Deanery D – sweber@stgerald.com

Other Representatives

Marge Garbacz
Franciscan Village, Deanery E – mgarbacz@franciscancommunities.org

Ministry Commission Mission Statement

It is the responsibility of all designated ecclesial leaders in the Vicariate and in the local faith communities to develop ministries, to provide effective training of all who minister, and to provide for continuing development, supervision and evaluation of all who minister.

The mission of the Ministry Commission of Vicariate V is to serve as a resource to these designated ecclesial parish leaders. After regular consultation with them, the Commission develops and provides programs of training, enrichment and development for the Vicariate parish ministers as requested and needed by the designated leaders.

The Commission is also committed to working as an instrument for communication and networking support for other Vicariates and Archdiocesan formation entities.