A Letter from Fr. Paul Seaman
Dear Friends at Saint Clement Church,
It is my honor to have been named as pastor of Saint Clement by Cardinal Cupich! Saint Clement is one of the “gold standard” parishes. I am excited and hopeful that we will all work together closely to bring God’s joy to a world aching for good news. As I study the Anchors of Saint Clement, it is clear that this is a community on the move, anxious to dig in, serve those in need, and teach the Gospel, all in a spirit of discipleship in Jesus. God has amazing things in store for us!
As for me, I was born on the South Side, first encountering the Risen Christ at my baptism at Assumption Church at 60th and Marshfield. I graduated from Saint Thomas More School, then on to Quigley South High School, Niles College Seminary and finally the University of Saint Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary. I was, as was affectionately known in the seminary, a “lifer.” Cardinal Bernardin ordained me a priest in 1985.
I am one of six children and happy that all of us are still in the Chicago area. My mother died when I was six but God was good to us and my father married an extraordinary woman who continues to care for all of us—no matter how old we get! Dad passed away about five years ago and it was from him that I got the travel bug and a love for jazz. In fact when I was in high school, I teamed up with a couple friends and we started our own jazz band (I played alto sax). The band continues right down to today under the name of The City Lights Orchestra. My only regret is that, for all these years since I left it, the band has done perfectly fine without me!
I served as a deacon at Saint Catherine of Genoa Church in Roseland and began my priesthood at Saint Lawrence O’Toole in Matteson, IL. In 1992, I was named pastor of Saint Emeric in Country Club Hills. In 2003 I administrated Saint Cajetan Church for nine months and in July 2005, Cardinal George named me pastor of his home parish, Saint Pascal. Each parish has been a home of learning and growth. I know that will continue at Saint Clement. Walking in the steps of men like Msgr. Hynes, Fathers Simpson and Hickey, I approach this with awe and humility.
Finally, I love being a priest! I believe the Church is here to help people become true disciples of Jesus and to put our faith in action. Every teaching must have a means in which people can live it out. Every Christian is called to radiate joy, and I believe, every pastor is mandated to help people do that. I can’t wait to begin the adventure the Holy Spirit has in store for us at Saint Clement. Let’s pray for each other.
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