Parish Staff

Rev. Gary Graf, Pastor

Fr. Gary Graf is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Prior to St. Procopius, he was pastor of St. Gall Parish in Chicago, and at Holy Family Parish in Waukegan.  Fr. Gary loves working with Spanish-speaking communities, young adults, and those who are in greatest need.   As a young priest, Fr. Gary worked in small villages in Mexico.

Candelario Rodriguez – Deacon

Candelario met Raquel in 1973 and married her in 1975. The couple has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  He took a Bible course at St. Pius, a year of pastoral leadership and four years for the diaconate.  He was ordained a deacon in 1993. He came to St. Procopius more than 10 years ago and serves as a deacon, pre-baptismal class coordinator, and celebrates baptisms. He is currently employed as the building manager for Near North Montessori School.

Silvia Juarez – Business Manager

Silvia- JuarezSilvia Juarez, born in Michoacan, Mexico, is the Business Manager/administrator at St. Procopius Parish.  She graduated from Benito Juarez High School, and has attended National Louis University and Loyola University in Chicago.


 Michael Mesterharm – Development & Marketing


 Teresa Briceño – Office Manager


 Marietta Rotman-Torres – Coordinator of Religious Education


Javier Arteaga – Parish and School Maintenance

javier-arteagaJavier Arteaga is our “chief engineer” in charge of the maintenance/repair of our parish buildings and the care of the landscaping throughout the parish and its properties. Javier was born in Coeneo, Michoacan, Mexico. There is barely a challenge that Javier cannot meet and overcome in the maintenance of the historic buildings of St. Procopius.

Armando Villa – Parish & School Maintenance


Miquita Ibarra – Social Services


Micaela “Miquita” Ibarra, 85, from Michoacán Mexico is a very active and long-time parishioner of St. Procopius.  She has been doing volunteer service at our parish for almost 25 years. Miquita is at the parish 4 days a week. During her time here, she works on organizing the food and clothing banks.  She oversees the preparation of the holiday baskets, organizes the rummage sales, and is one of the key people in the kitchen during our annual kermes.

Guadalupe Paz – Evening and Weekend Office Assistant

guadalupe-pazGuadalupe (Lupe) joined the parish staff in 1999. She currently works as the evening and weekend office assistant. She is a graduate of St. Procopius Grade School and High School. Guadalupe and her family have been parishioners of St. Procopius since the 1950’s.


Cecilia Ruiz – Weekend Office Assistant


Dalia Cabrera – Maintenance