The goal of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) is to establish and implement the vision of the parish. It is a group made up of the pastor and associate pastor, operations director and selected members of the parish staff and dedicated leaders in parish ministries whom the pastor has invited. Our goal is to organize the administration of the parish in a new way, so as to effectively minister to the people of the parish in the environment of a newly–united parish and fewer priests. We intend to develop leadership within the parish so as to place less administrative demands on the priests and enable them to do the primary job of shepherding for which they were ordained. Precisely because there are challenges and obstacles in the process of transition, the goal of the SLT is to implement a vision that seeks to recognize those difficulties and build the new reality that can use those challenges as a means of growth and transformation, just as the cross is the point of transformation from death into new life.
The purpose of the SLT is to set a vision for the parish and ensure that this “big–picture” vision is made reality by breaking it into details and leading the parish in the process of implementing that vision. Currently, our major goals are to help unify our parish while respecting the traditions that our parishioners have from their previous parishes and to improve regular communication to the entire parish. This team is distinct from the Parish Pastoral Council in that, while the pastoral council seeks to get feedback from our parish and advise the pastor and staff, the SLT is a decision–making body that looks forward and, from the advice of the parish council, seeks to implement a vision with the pastor. The mission, composition, and authority of the SLT can be changed by the pastor depending on the needs of the pastor or the parish.
Get to Know the SLT Members
Jeanne Schneider is a graduate of St. Cyprian School, East Leyden, and attended Triton College. She has been playing at the St Cyprian Guitar Mass since 1970 and serves on the SMTG Liturgy committee. She is married to Harry Schneider who is a member of the Men’s Club. They have a daughter and a granddaughter (who attends SMTG Religious Ed and is looking forward to making her First Communion this spring).
Lynn Loftus is married to Stephen, and has two children and two grandchildren. She taught at St. Celestine School for seventeen years and St. William School for three years. She earned her BA from Northeastern Illinois University and her Masters in Education from Dominican. She has been a St. Mother Theodore Guerin parishioner for one year and a St. Celestine parishioner for 30 years prior.
Sheila Klich is beginning her second year as principal of St. Celestine School. She has 24 years of experience in schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from DePaul University, a Master’s degree in Teaching Reading from Northeastern Illinois University, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. She has also done Certificate work through Loyola University’s All Are Welcome Program, which focuses upon inclusive education in Catholic Schools.She lives with her family in the Schorsch Village neighborhood. Her family includes her husband, Mark; her daughter, Riley; and her tuxedo cat, Dante. She enjoys reading, running, and Notre Dame Football.
DeAnne Shallcross graduated from St. Peter Canisius grammar school and Notre Dame High School. Married to Kevin Shallcross, they are parents of two and grandparents of three. DeAnne is Vice President of Advance Equipment Mfg. Co. She and Kevin have been parishioners of St. Mother Guerin for one year, and before that, of St. Cyprian.
Fr. Brendan Guilfoil grew up at St. Theresa parish in Palatine and graduated from Fremd High School. He began seminary at St. Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University Chicago and graduated from The Catholic University of America. After that, he studied theology at Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained in 2013 and was previously assigned to St. Mary in Lake Forest and St. George in Tinley Park before coming to St. Mother Theodore Guerin this past July. He is also an instructor with the Institute for Diaconal Studies and the Lay Formation Institute of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Deacon Miguel Negron is a graduate of St. Adalbert grammar school, Gordon Tech High School and Devry Institute of Technology. He was ordained a Permanent Deacon to the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2016. He is a part time hospital chaplain with a focus in hospice ministry. He is married to Marites (deceased) and is the father of Tiffany (Frank Cavello), Michael, and Brittany.
Jay Castrogiovanni, born and raised in Chicago's St. Daniel the Prophet parish and school, attended Marmion Military Academy, Loyola University, and Governor's State University. He's been married to Donna for 31 years and they have three children. Jay had a long career with Walgreens before working for our parish as the Operations Director.
Kim Hagerty graduated from St. Juliana grammar school, St. Scholastica High School, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has a Masters in Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. Married to Patrick (now a Sunday bus driver!), they have had three children and are grandparents of four. Kim is the Communications Coordinator for the Sisters of the Living Word and the parish bulletin editor. She and Pat have been parishioners of St. Mother Guerin for one year, and before that, of St. Celestine and St. Pascal.