Parish Staff Directory
Fr. Jason Malave
About Fr. Jason
Fr. Jason Malave was born in on the South-East side of the City of Chicago, but grew up in the Marquette Park area through High School. Attending the college Seminary and the Graduate School Seminary, Mundelein Seminary, Fr. Jason was ordained in 1997 and spent his first five years of priesthood serving St. Benedict Parish. In 2002, Fr. Jason was assigned to St. Bartholomew Parish in Portage Park and served there for ten years, eight of those years as Pastor. July 1st 2012, Fr. Jason was assigned as Pastor back at St. Benedict Parish where he has since served as Pastor.
About Fr. Pajor
Fr. Robert Pajor was born in Brzesko Poland. He grew up in a small town Iwkowa which is located about 50 miles away from Kraków. After three years at Tarnów Seminary he came to United States to continue his studies at Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained in 2007 at Holy Name Cathedral. Since his ordination he was serving at St. Thecla Parish in Chicago, St. Ferdinand Parish in Chicago and St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles. July 1st 2015 he was assigned as Associate Pastor at St. Benedict.
Director of Music
(773) 588-648, ext. 5107
Jeremy Kiolbassa is a dynamic and engaging performer, specializing in classical and sacred music. His playing is defined by bold yet tasteful registrations, sensitive accompaniments, and virtuosic improvisations. In high school he had the privilege of singing under the baton of two great conductors, Scott Arkenburg and Gloria Brown. He went on to attend VanderCook College of Music. While there, he was a pupil in the piano studio of Mary Ann Krupa, studied voice with Joseph Martorano (Lyric Opera), and choral conducting and pedagogy with Dr. Robert Sinclair. He currently studies organ performance with Dr. Elizabeth Naegele at Moody Bible Institute. He has been a part of the St. Ben's staff since 2013.
Director of Catechesis
firstname.lastname@example.org(773)588-6484, ext. 1271
Daniel J. Hughes started at Saint Ben's in August 2016. He is currently finishing his Master of Arts in Religious Education at Loyola University and finished the Lay Ecclesial Ministry program with the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2015. He was a Catechist at neighboring Saint Matthias Parish for 8 years.
Originally from New Jersey, Elaine moved to the Chicago area with her husband Pat in 2001. After a career in the insurance industry, Elaine wanted to look for more opportunities to serve God and was encouraged to join the Lay Ecclesial Ministry program sponsored by the Archdiocese. She received her Certificate of Studies in Lay Ecclesial Ministry in 2013 and graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 2016 with a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Spirituality. Her studies enable her to offer Spiritual Direction as well as companion those that wish to do the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. She is in the process of becoming a certified Pastoral Associate and is very excited to be part of the community here at St. Benedict.
Kim McMillan has lived in Chicago and the surrounding community her whole life. She loves the city and it's vibrant community. Prior to coming to St. Benedict Parish, she ministered with St. Celestine Parish. Kim started in youth ministry as a volunteer and grew in competency and experience as she recognized ministry with young people was her calling. Kim received her certificate in Ministry from The Center for Ministry Development and when the Archdiocese of Chicago created Certification for Youth Ministry, she was the first to receive accreditation. She has worked with the National Association of Catholic Youth Ministers and has helped form Youth Ministers through The Institute for Catholic Youth Ministers. Her primary responsibilities include creating a Ministry with the parishioners of St. Benedict'sthat will support and encourage our young people to respond to the call of discipleship and involvement in this community of faith. Kim is married to Kevin and they have three sons.
Director of Finance
Geoff Pautsch, a lifelong Chicagoan, currently lives in Chicago’s Norwood Park neighborhood with his wife Felicia and their three children. Prior to coming to St. Benedict Parish, he worked as business manager at St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Northfield for 10 years. He is very glad to be working in our vibrant and growing parish. His primary responsibilities include overseeing the fiscal needs of the parish which comprise of budgeting and reporting analysis, human resources and payroll, as well as making sure we have open communication and transparency within the parish community and our advisory councils. Geoff is also an accomplished organist.
Ellen Roberts was born and raised in the same house that her father grew up in on the North side of Chicago, near Humboldt Park and now resides in Des Plaines. Ellen has been a part of St Benedict’s Parish for the past seventeen years, starting out by being part of the A&E committee even before she became Catholic twelve years ago. Ellen worked in the Directional Marketing field of Yellow Pages Advertising for good number years until the company she was working with closed. While looking for a full time position she worked part time at St Ben’s Rectory as the Receptionist. Then almost two years ago Fr Jason hired her as the full time Parish Manager. Some of her responsibilities include recording all Sacramental records, contributions and updating all Parishioner information. Additional duties include answering the main telephone line for the entire campus, posting mail, and scheduling events in our calendar system along with other task that may cross her desk. Should you visit the Rectory you will see Ellen’s smiling face as you are greeted or hear her voice should you call St Benedict’s main number.
Barb is very happily married to William who is an alumni of St. BenedictSchool. They have two sons William age 23 and George age 22. Barb’s sons are Alumni of St. Ben’s and are currently enrolled in De Paul University and will be graduating in Juneand Fall 2014. Barb began her career part- time at St. Ben’s on 1/20/1998. Barb was already here on a daily basis serving as Lunch Mom and Room Rep for both of her sons classes. In January 1, 2000 the work load increased and she became full-time and has been here since. Barb works in the Accounting Department and is now the Accounting Manager. Barb’s favorite TV show is NCIS, favorite food is cheeseburgers and French fries, and also loves walking around in the North Center neighborhood.