312-578-9501 | www.shannonlawgroup.com APRIL 2019
Without fanfare, Fr. Ken Zigmond said his last Mass at St. Joan of Arc Church in Lisle last month. It was a huge deal for our parish because Fr. Ken has been a priest at St. Joan for 38 years (and a Benedictine monk for over 60 years). During his illustrious career, he coached and taught Latin at Benet Academy and at St. Procopius. His students included Benet grad Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles! I will confess to you that my life is sometimes messy. I have constant concerns and worries about our family, relatives, friends, law firm, clients, and the folks in our community. I cope with the craziness in my life by leaning heavily on my faith. I want to thank Fr. Ken for all his years of service. He had a huge role in strengthening the faith of my family and our parish. St. Teresa of Calcutta said: “Prayer gives us a pure heart. And a pure heart can see God. If you have a pure heart, you can see God in every thing and in every person.” Fr. Ken has a pure heart. He sees God in every person. As such, he sees the good in every person. That’s why the people in our parish constantly leaned on Fr. Ken when they needed advice or reassurance in their lives. They also wanted to involve him in some of their most happy occasions. Michelle and I were thrilled to renew our 25th anniversary vows before Fr. Ken. I got to know Fr. Ken by attending 6:30 a.m. Masses. On occasion, I served Mass for Fr. Ken. I hadn’t served Mass since my St. Paul grade school days back in Yakima. The experience of serving Mass and getting to know a kind, scholarly priest like Fr. Ken strengthened my belief that there are truly good people in this world who can make a huge difference in the lives of others. His homilies are down to earth, and he always adds humor. He understands our humanity, but constantly challenges us to transcend to a greater, more holy way in our everyday lives. Whenever I saw Fr. Ken, he asked about my wife and kids. Despite SAYING GOODBYE TO FATHER KEN ZIGMOND
having to know 4,000 families, he knows my kids’ names and where they are going to school. When I asked for advice, it was always prayerfully given with sensitivity and compassion. I never heard Fr. Ken say a bad word about anyone … ever. How many people do you know whom you can say that about? Faithful, humble, grateful, forgiving, people before rules, serving always, funny, compassionate, brilliant … Christ-like. It is a sad time for us at our parish because we said goodbye to a great role model and living saint. Thank you Fr. Ken for bringing our family closer to God. Thank you for showing us the way to be Christ-like. You have always put God first, others second, and yourself last. Please know that you will always be in our prayers.
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