Meet the Cathedral Staff

Clergy

 

Very Rev. William G. Dewan

Cathedral Rector
Fr. Bill was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago.  He has two brothers and a sister. Fr. Bill spent 13 years in formation with the Augustinians—including earning an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a graduate degree from Catholic Theological Union--before coming to the Diocese of Joliet.

In the summer of 1985, he was assigned to St. Raymond.  For a year, he worked at the   Cathedral as the final phase of his formation, being ordained to the diaconate in November, 1985 and to the priesthood in June, 1986.   During his first time on staff, he worked closely with Deacon Ed Petak.  In fact, they shared an office and continue to be close friends more than 30 years later.

After ordination, Fr. Bill spent 13 years at various parishes as parochial vicar before being assigned his first pastorate at St. Joseph in Bradley.  That assignment was followed by six years as pastor at Holy Family in Shorewood until he was named Vicar for Priests in 2007.

As Vicar for Priests, Fr. Bill serves as the personnel director for the priests in the Diocese. He’s done this demanding job for 11 years.  Since 2016 he has also served as pastor for Sacred Heart Parish in Joliet.  He’ll continue as Sacred Heart pastor along with being the Cathedral rector.

Rev. David Mowry

Administrator
Fr. David Mowry has been assigned to serve as our parish administrator. Fr. David is just finishing his assignment as parochial vicar at St. Mary Immaculate in Plainfield.  In the fall, he’ll be a professor of homiletics and preaching at Mundelein Seminary,  but he’ll summer with us.  Fr. David was ordained in 2013. 

Rev. Ryan Adorjan

Parochial Vicar
Father Ryan Adorjan is a priest for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet-in-Illinois. He is the parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus and Sacred Heart parish, both in Joliet.

Father Ryan graduated from Oswego High School in 2010, and studied English with an emphasis in writing and Secondary Education at North Central College before entering St. John Vianney Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from St. Thomas. In 2018, Fr. Ryan completed seminary formation at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake – Mundelein Seminary, where he earned a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB) and a Master’s degree in Divinity (M.Div.). He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 2018 by Bishop R. Daniel Conlon.

Father Ryan is a frequent speaker in his home diocese and around the country. He has developed four parish missions: “Become an Evangelist”, “The Theory of Everything”, “Born in Wonder – Welcoming the Christ”, and “Facing Mercy.”

Father Ryan is a regular contributor to Catholic Bytes and the LoveGoodCulture Blog.

Father Ryan may be contacted directly at radorjan@straymond.net.

Rev. Burke Masters

Diocesan Vocations Director, in residence
A native of Joliet, Fr. Burke is the youngest of three sons born to Tod and the late Janet Masters. Fr. Burke was not raised Catholic, but he fell in love with the Eucharist and the Catholic Church while a student at Providence Catholic High School.  He became Catholic his Senior year in high school.  Fr. Burke went on to play baseball at Mississippi State University, where he played in the College World Series. His major league dream did not materialize, so after working as an Actuary, and then as the ticket manager for the Kane County Cougars, Fr. Burke felt the call to become a priest. Fr. Burke was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Joliet in June 2002.  

Rev. Mr. Edwin Petak

Cathedral Deacon and Diocesan Master of Ceremonies
With over 25 years of serving the Cathedral Parish as Deacon, Ed Petak has served in many different capacities including sitting on the Parish Council and Worship Commission. He currently presents our Marriage Preparation course for the engaged and oversees the Ministers of the Altar. In addition, Deacon Ed serves as the Diocesan Master of Ceremonies for all liturgical events at the Cathedral and as Director of the Diocesan Office of the Diaconate.

Rev. Mr. Christopher McCaffrey

Cathedral Deacon

Rev. Mr. John Shea

Cathedral Deacon
Deacon John Shea was ordained in the Cathedral in 2013.  Deacon John is also the Director of Pastoral Services at the Will County Adult Detention Facility; serving as the chaplain to inmates and their families as well as jail staff.  Deacon John is a member of the Diocesan Diaconate Leadership Council. 


ministerial staff
 

Christine Pershey

Director of Faith Formation
As Pastoral Associate, Christine coordinates the Cathedral Adult Faith Formation program, including RCIA, Men’s and Women's retreats,and lifelong catechesis. She also facilitates the Cathedral Religious Education Program, grades K-8.

James Grzadzinski

Director of Music and Organist
James is responsible for directing, coordinating, and overseeing the Cathedral's music program which includes six regular choirs, plus cantors and instrumentalists. He also selects and directs the music for many of the large diocesan liturgical services held here at the Cathedral, and serves as principal organist for Cathedral liturgies, including weddings and funerals.

Jeremy Hylka

Director of Youth Ministry
Jeremy is responsible for overseeing the FOLLOW Youth Ministry Program sponsored by St. Paul the Apostle Catholic and the Cathedral of St. Raymond. FOLLOW is available to all confirmed 8th graders and high school students. Through weekly meetings, retreats, missions, sports and just hanging out as group, he strives to incorporate the teachings students learn in school and from their parents and expand on it.  When not working with the FOLLOW program, Jeremy is a Theology teacher at Joliet Catholic Academy.

 


parish staff

 

Linda Cassineri

Front Desk Receptionist and Sacramental Records
Linda will greet you at the Rectory on Tuesday and Wednesday. She is the first voice you will speak with upon calling the office. She helps maintain our Sacramental books and can help you with copies of Sacramental records.

Eileen Hooks Gutierrez

Director of Development
Eileen serves both the parish and the school as Director of Development. She is responsible for fundraising, stewardship and alumni relations. In addition, she advances and coordinates hospitality for all of the Diocesan events that are held here at the Cathedral.

Ms. Marjorie Hill

Grade School Principal
Ms. Hill is the administrator of our parish grade school.

Pete Pluth

Business Manager
Pete is responsible for the stewardship of all financial operation of the parish.

Danielle Schumacher

Bulletin | Parishioner Records | Website | Weddings | RE
Danielle is responsible for maintaining and updating the parish rolls and parishioner contribution records. She is also the editor of our weekly bulletin and website, primary contact for all weddings and registrar for our Religious Education Ministry.

Karen Slattery

Front Desk Receptionist and Baptismal Registration
Karen will greet you at the Rectory on Monday, Thursday and Friday. She is the first voice you will speak with upon calling the office. She can help you with copies of Sacramental records and is also the primary contact for scheduling a Baptism.

Mary Wheaton

Bookkeeper and Mass Intentions
As bookkeeper, Mary is responsible for bill processing and our Automatic Offering System. She can also help schedule a Mass Intention and is responsible for our Parish Manna Program.

 

 
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