SERRA DINNER MEETING – September 18
Speaker – FR. MATT PRATSCHER
ST. MICHAEL PARISH, 310 South Wheaton Ave, (Door 8)
Guests are welcome!
John Matyasik: jmatyasik@SerraDuPage.com / 630-947-5672
Please RSVP by September 14
6:15 pm Rosary for Vocations
6:35 pm Mass – Fr. Matt Pratscher, Celebrant
7:15 pm Fellowship
7:30 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Program
Though he calls the suburbs of Chicago home, Father Matt has not always lived here. Because his father served in the Marines, Father Matt was born in Hawaii, and he and his family also lived in Florida and Maryland before moving to Romeoville when he was eight years old in order to be close to family. He grew up in the parish of St. Andrew the Apostle in Romeoville and was active in scouting, athletics and youth ministry. The faith and parish community were always an integral part of life in the Pratscher household. While a sophomore at Joliet Catholic Academy, Father Matt began considering a vocation to the priesthood.
After graduating from JCA in 2000,Father Matt attended St. John Vianney College Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and then Mundelein Seminary in Illinois. Father Matt was ordained a deacon on November 3, 2007, and served the parish of St. Walter in Roselle during his final year in seminary. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Joliet by Bishop J. Peter Sartain on June 7, 2008 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet. Father Matt served as a parochial vicar at Visitation Parish in Elmhurst (2008-2011) and St. Dominic Parish in Bolingbrook (2011-2012) and then as pastor of the parish of St. Francis Xavier in Joliet from 2012 until 2015, when he was sent here to St. John the Baptist in Winfield. On September 14, 2016, he made profession with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Dominic, joining the Dominican Family while remaining a diocesan priest and receiving the benefits of being associated with an order that is known for simplicity, contemplation and preaching.
On his first anniversary of being pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Father Matt and the parish kicked off St. John’s Jubilee Celebration, entering into the parish’s 150th year.