On October 4, 2016, Fr. Ken Simpson—the eighth pastor of Saint Clement Parish—was named as the Vicar for the Pastoral and Professional Development of Priests, a newly formed office within the archdiocese. 

On December 31, 2016, Cardinal Cupich assigned Msgr. Rich Hynes as the full-time Parish Administrator in residence at Saint Clement until June 30, 2017. Saint Clement Parish will now be included in the annual archdiocesan process for the placement of pastors, which extends through the end of March or early April. 

Please make use of the information below to stay informed and to participate during the change in parish leadership. 

Pastoral Selection Timeline

  • December 31, 2016: Monsignor Richard Hynes appointed as Parish Administrator. 
  • January 3, 2017: Saint Clement enters Archdiocesan Pastor Selection Process.
  • February 6, 2017: Parish Consulation at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel.
  • March-April: Cardinal Cupich appoints a new pastor. 
  • July 1, 2017: The ninth pastor of Saint Clement begins his tenure. 

Pastor Placement Process

The process of determining where a priest will serve as a pastor in the Archdiocese of Chicago is prayerfully and carefully facilitated by the Cardinal, the Vicar of Bishops of each Vicariate, the Deans, a priest who coordinates priest placement activities full-time, and the Priests' Placement Board, which consists of eight Archdiocesan priests. 

Members of the Priests' Placement Board meet weekly from September through June to assess the needs of parishes in light of placing pastors and associate pastors at parishes. Careful attention is given to determining how the Holy Spirit is calling particular priests to serve the needs of specific parishes in the Archdiocese. The process is focused on assessing each prospective pastor's talents and skills and matching them with the needs of specific parishes. The input of staff, lay leaderships, and parishioners of each parish is extremely valuable to the process. 

For a more detailed explanation of the process, click here

Meet Our Parish Administrator

On December 31, 2016, Monsignor Richard Hynes was appointed to serve as the Administrator for Saint Clement Parish for six months. His role as administrator includes overseeing the day-to-day operations of the parish and accompanying its parishioners, lay leaders, and staff during this transition. 

Monsignor Hynes will serve as the Parish Administrator until the new pastor begins on July 1, 2017. For more information on Monsignor Hynes, click here

Archive of Updates

The parish has made it a priority to keep all of its members informed during this time of transition. All updates will be cataloged here: