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Dr. Elena Chermak, Director of Religious Education


Hello! My name is Elena Chermak, and I have been at Saint John Fisher for many years, happily serving both the school and parish. I am excited to work with all the children, faculty, and staff as the Director of Religious Education for the school and parish. I am a resource person for religious education and plan the daily prayers, school masses, prayer services, and celebration of the sacraments. I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and, as the 2nd of 8 children, I come from a big family for whom faith is very important. I came to Chicago to earn a Master of Arts in Divinity at the University of Chicago, followed by a Doctor of Ministry degree at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake – (Mundelein Seminary). Working with your children in our wonderful faith-filled-family of Saint John Fisher brings great joy daily. I look forward to an exciting year with the students, principal, staff, priests, teachers and parents of our great community.

Advent Kindness Activity

Posted on Jun 08, 2020

All Saint John Fisher students strive to "Be the Kind Kid" 

At least that is our hope! For Advent this year, teachers asked their students to think of kind deeds they would like to do: in school, at home in their community. Teachers invited students to write these acts of kindness on a piece of "straw" (really yellow or beige strips of construction paper) and to lay those in a manger in front of a nativity scene.

We were fortunate to have our interim art teacher,Ms. Lindsey Surin, paint a beautiful nativity scene for our school.

Thank you, Ms. Surin, and all our students for making advent more hope-filled, joy-filled and loving.Adventkindnessactivitypdf1