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Meet and Welcome Fr. Greg and Fr. John to St. Mary Immaculate

In the Gym, After all Masses on Saturday/Sunday, June 23/24

Fr. Grzegorz (Greg) Podwysocki
Fr. Greg was born to Jan and Elzbieta Podwysocki, in Nowa Deba, a small town of roughly 15 thousand people in the south east region of Poland on February 18th, 1982; the oldest of five children, two brothers and two sisters.

He attended grade school and high school, both located in his home town, and entered the Major Seminary of the Diocese of Sandomierz in 2001. In 2004, he left his Polish seminary and came the United States of America to study for the priesthood, initially for the Archdiocese of Chicago and then subsequently for the Diocese of Joliet.

Fr. Greg attended the UIC and then applied to SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, MI to continue his studies for the Diocese of Joliet.

He was ordained a transitional deacon at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet in 2007 and a priest on June 7th of 2008. His previous assignments in the Diocese have been as transitional deacon intern at Visitation Parish in Elmhurst, which is also his “adopted” home parish, and as a priest at St. John the Baptist in Winfield, IL and St. Andrew the Apostle in Romeoville.
Fr. John Regan
I am grateful that Bishop Conlon has assigned me to serve as a parish priest at St. Mary Immaculate. I was ordained in 1989 and began serving as a parochial vicar at St. Liborius Parish, in Steger. From 1993 to 2006 I served as the Joliet Diocese vocation director. In 2006 I was named pastor of St. Walter Parish, in Roselle. Since July 2008 I have been on a leave of absence from public ministry. In March of this year Bishop Conlon assigned me to St. Jude Parish, in Joliet, to begin the transition back to priestly ministry. In addition to serving as a parish priest at St. Mary Immaculate, I also work a secular job, currently in a local factory.
I look forward to celebrating Christ’s presence in the daily situations of our lives and sharing the Good News of God’s love and mercy. God is Good … All the Time!
During my leave of absence, I began recovery from a gambling addiction and to face the legal consequences of my actions. I have completed serving most of the sentence from the criminal case against me. The journey of addiction and recovery has been one of incredible grace. Because of my addiction, I know what sin, shame, public humiliation and scandal are. I have experienced and felt them. But because of God’s grace and my 12-step recovery group, I also know what redemption, forgiveness, and God’s mercy are. I know quite personally the amazing grace of another chance. I have a keen interest in the Church’s outreach to those who are seeking a second chance in recovery. If you have any questions about my situation please feel free to ask me.

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