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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.

Saint Lucy Day

Posted on Jun 09, 2020

Everyday at Saint John Fisher School starts with a prayer over the P.A. usually led by students. During these prayers we remember the significance of the day, acknowledge the church season, and we "join Catholics around the world" as we say familiar prayers. Later, we say the Pledge of Allegiance, and announce anyone's birthday.

If the day is also an official saint's day, we pray for people with that name, or any derivation of that name. On December 13th, we invited all the Lucys (and Lucias) to lead our prayer.