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Our Priests and Deacons

Father Gabriel Baltes, O.S.B.

Father Gabriel Baltes, O.S.B.

Father Gabriel Baltes was born on April 19, 1958 and was baptized “Brian.” He is the second of three children who were raised in Sandusky, OH. At an early age, he felt the stirrings of a call to the priesthood, and so after the eighth grade, entered Holy Spirit Seminary in Toledo, Ohio from which he graduated in 1976. He continued his seminary studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980.

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Father Ken Zigmond, O.S.B.

Father Ken Zigmond, OSBFather Ken has been a familiar and friendly face at St. Joan of Arc since August 1, 1981.

Since 1954 he has also worked at Benet Academy and its predecessor, St. Procopius Academy, as a teacher and a coach. Father was ordained on June 1, 1957. He has one brother, John.

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Father Don Kocher

Father Don KocherFather Don was raised in Naperville on a 250 acre dairy farm located at Route 59 and North Aurora Road. He is the eldest of six boys and four girls. Father farmed with his dad for three years after high school. In 1951, since he was about to be drafted, Father Don enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for four years. That tour of duty took him to New York State, Texas, Illinois, California, Greenland and Guam.

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Deacon Denis Stucko

Deacon Denis Stucko

Deacon Denis Stucko was born August 15, 1933, in Chicago. He attended St. Hyacinth School in Chicago through fourth grade, then moved to Westmont and attended St. Joseph's School from fifth grade through eighth grade. Denis attended St. Patrick High School in Chicago, and then enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a tail-gunner on B-29's for four years.

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Deacon George Soloy

Deacon George Soloy

Deacon George Soloy and his wife, Jeanine, have been members of St. Joan of Arc Parish since 1968, when they moved to Woodridge from Cicero. George came from a broken family and was raised by his mother and grandmother. He began his journey to Holy Orders as a high school seminarian in 1955 at Quigley Preparatory Seminary in Chicago. His mother died in February of his freshman year, and he continued to be raised by his grandmother and an aunt.

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