25 Jan 2020

This Week Letter – January 26, 2020

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From The Pastor’s Desk


Dear Parishioners and Friends,


It has been a while since I wrote my last article in the parish bulletin. It happened because I was waiting for my doctor’s final report on my health to share it with you. As you all know, I experienced a walking problem with pain in my knee. I had knee surgery two months ago and I’m still recovering from that, doing physical therapy every week. Recently I learned that I’m also facing a hip treatment or replacement. I realize that it is going to be a long process, and after all of this, I will have to slow down, and it would be hard for me to resume a pastor’s duties and responsibilities. Being aware that the parishioners shouldn’t be without their shepherd present among them, I decided to resign from the position of pastor of St. Constance Parish. I hope and pray that I will get my strength back soon and that I will be able to continue serving the Archdiocese of Chicago wherever my ministry will be needed.


First of all, I want to thank Cardinal Cupich for the approval of my medical leave. Also, I want to thank the Parish Priests, Deacons and their families, Sisters, staff members, parish and finance councils, church and school organizations, prayer groups, greeters, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers, ushers, organists, choirs, and all volunteers and helpers for their support.

I want to express my gratitude for the opportunity I had to know, work, and pray with the beautiful people of St. Constance Parish. It was a blessing to be in this multicultural community, trying to build unity in diversity. It was an excellent feeling to see many different organizations and groups and still be one family.

I was amazed by the generosity of the parishioners of St. Constance sharing their time, talent, and treasure.

I want to thank you for your great respect and support for the parish priests.

Being with you was, for me, a great lesson of faith and love for Christ and His Church.

I know that when I get well there will be many opportunities to visit the parish and to thank you personally for everything you have done for me.

I want to assure you that you are always in my prayers. Please keep me in yours.


May God bless you,

Fr. Rich Milek