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.
After four and one-half years of seminary training, George realized that he needed to experience family life, and left the seminary. Jeanine and George met through her brother, who was a Quigley classmate. They were married in 1963. They have three daughters and six grandchildren, who all live in the Chicago area.
George has always been involved in church life, ever since he received his First Holy Communion. He helped out at the school, convent, and rectory for many years as the parish liturgical Master of Ceremonies, and also as an usher. After his marriage to Jeanine, George volunteered at Our lady of Charity Parish in Cicero, serving as an usher, lector, commentator, leader of song, and CCD instructor. In 1968, he started to help with bookkeeping at St. Alphonsus Parish in Lemont.
At St. Joan of Arc, his service has included Coordinator of Ushers, Coordinator of Perpetual Adoration, Extraordinary Minister of Communion, member of the pastoral council, prayers services at the Devonshire, and a collcetion counter. He instituted the Messengers of Welcome as Diaconate Formation Project, Along with Jeanine, he continues to assist in coordinating weddings.
George was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Joliet on August 22, 2009, by Bishop J. Peter Sartain. He looks forward to continued service at St. Joan of Arc. He continues to work with the Perpetual Adoration Committee, Messengers of Welcome, prayer services at the Devonshire, Consolation and Bereavement Ministry, St, Vincent DePaul Society and the Commission on Divine Worship. He looks forward to other assignments as they present themselves at the wish of the pastor.