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Rev. Ken Carlson - Pastor

Fr. Ken grew up in Park Forest, IL and graduated from Rich East H.S. where he enlisted in the Air Force in 1986 as a carpentry specialist.  After his discharge he entered the seminary at Niles College of Loyola University where he graduated with a BA in Theology.  He continued his studies at Mundelein Seminary, graduating with a M.Div, and was ordained a Priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 23rd 1998.  He served as Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima parish in Chicago and later at Our Lady of the Ridge parish in Chicago Ridge.  He entered the U.S. Army as a chaplain in 2002 where he served in various military positions, including as pastor of several large Army posts at Fort Hood, Texas, Yongsan, Korea and Fort Leavenworth, KS.  He is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan.  Fr. Ken began his term of Pastor of St. Benedict on January 1st of 2014.  He currently holds the rank of Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. 

 
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Rev. Connor Danstrom - Associate Pastor

Fr. Connor was ordained a priest in 2014, and he is in his first assignment at St. Benedict. He attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and Mundelein Seminary. He grew up in Winnetka, IL, and is the third of four children.

 
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Mr. Ernesto Vargas - Director of Religious Education

For more information on Religious Education and Sacramental preparation, click here.

 
 

MRS. SUE RYS - SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

For more information about St. Benedict Catholic School, visit stbenbi.org

MR. JUAN LIMÓN - DEACON

 

MR. ABUNDIO VALADEZ - DEACON

 

Mrs. Viridiana Alcaraz - Parish Secretary

 

Mr. Roberto Reyes - Maintenance