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. After participating in the annual archdiocesan process for the placement of pastor, Saint Clement received word that Cardinal Cupich has appointed Fr. Paul Seaman as the ninth pastor of our parish, effective July 1, 2017!
Please make sure of the information below to stay informed and to participate during the change in parish leadership.
Introducing Fr. Paul Seaman
Saint Clement's Ninth Pastor
Saint Clement looks forward to welcoming Fr. Paul as our next pastor! A native of the South Side, Fr. Paul is presently serving as pastor of St. Pascal, located in the Irving-Austin neighborhood. Until he joins us in July, please keep Fr. Paul in your prayers during his own time of transition. To read Fr. Paul's introductory letter to our parish community, click here.
Meet Our Parish Administrator
Monsignor Rich Hynes
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.
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.
Prayer for Saint Clement Parish
during the Archdiocesan Pastor Selection Process
You have nourished and protected your Church
by providing it with pastors
who are stewards of your word and sacrament.
May the outpouring of your Holy Spirit
guide and direct the placement process
with the light of your divine wisdom.
Confident in your care for us during this time of transition,
strengthen our Saint Clement community,
so we may continue to be a source
of your love and witness in the world.
Saint Clement, Pray for Us!