Deacon Tom Grodek
Deacon Tom Grodek was ordained on 14 January, 2017 by Bishop Michael Burbidge, and was overjoyed to be assigned to serve Holy Spirit Catholic Church, where he and his family have been parishioners since 1992. Deacon Tom and his high school sweetheart Marilyn, Chicago natives, have been married since 1978 and have four children. Maureen is now in heaven, and Bridget, Tom, and Stephen are all married and have six, two, and two children, respectively, for a total of 10 beautiful grandchildren. Deacon Tom graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and served in the Navy for 20 years. Since Navy retirement, he has been a systems engineer supporting the Navy, the Director of Catholic Charities’ St. Martin de Porres Senior Center, and for several recent years a Math, Science, and Religion teacher at Paul VI Catholic High School, where he is happy now to serve as a deacon as well.