John McPhee, Deacon
Deacon John (Jack) McPhee and his wife Ellie have lived in the Village of Lake in the Hills since 1968. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Jack was assigned to St. Mary Church in Huntley after his ordination by Bishop Thomas Doran in 1998. He has served as a Truck Stop Chaplain providing a listening ear and caring heart to the many cross-country truckers serving our nation. He is an on-call Chaplain for the Lake in the Hills Police Department. His additional ministries are to the sick and bereaved. In addition to assisting at Mass, preaching and baptizing, he has been involved in the training of Altar Servers, Readers and Lectors.
He attended the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Marquette University and the University of Michigan at Marquette.
Gene Schubert, Deacon
I am Deacon Gene Schubert. I have been married to my wife Syl for 59 years. We were both born and raised in Chicago. We moved to Villa Park in 1954 where we raised our five children – four sons and one daughter. We are the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren. We were both active in our old parish St. Alexander’s in Villa Park for 41 years, serving in hospitals and nursing homes. After studying for the Diaconate program, I was ordained in the Joliet Diocese in 1979. In 1997, we moved to Northern Wisconsin and lived there for four years. I was accepted into the Superior Diocese and ministered in St. Ann’s Parish in Cable, Wisconsin, where I also ministered in the nursing homes and hospitals. Inasmuch as the 8-l/2 hour drive prevented our family from visiting as often as we would have liked, we made a decision to come back to Illinois.
Gene says, “Our family has always been important to us so we decided to move back into the area we call home. We moved to Huntley and are very happy here. We are also pleased to be a part of St. Mary’s parish family.”
Lou Farinella, Deacon
Deacon Lou Farinella was assigned to St. Mary’s on June 24, 2007. He was ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of Chicago on April 19, 1997. Deacon Lou has served as a deacon for 10 years in the parish of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Streamwood. Deacon Lou and his wife Karen reside in Huntley in Del Webb. They have four daughters and ten grandchildren.
Some of the ministries that Deacon Lou has been involved with include: Adult Education, Youth Ministry, RCIA, Scripture Studies, Right to Life talks with Confirmation Candidates and Spiritual Director for Kingdom Weekend Retreats. Deacon Lou and Karen worked together in the Marriage Prep program, Catholics Returning Home, Retreat Masters on Marriage and are mentors for the candidates and their wives in the Diaconate Formation program.
Deacon Lou says, “Karen and I have found St. Mary’s to be a very warm and friendly parish. As I minister to each of you, I pray that I will always see Christ in others and be Christ for others, for this is the essence of His love.”
George Coltman, Deacon
Ordained in the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 28, 2005, George and his wife, Linda, have two children and three grandchildren. They moved to Del Webb in 2007. George graduated from UIC with a B.A. in Finance and Accounting and designed financial systems until he retired in 2002.
George says, “I was ordained a deacon to be like Christ, to serve and not to be served. I am blessed to be assigned to serve the parishioners of St. Mary.”
Policarpo Jimenez, Deacon
Ordained for the Diocese of Rockford on May 24, 2008, Poli and his wife, Mariana, have 3 children–Elias, 24, Rosita, 22 and Isaac, 14. He and his family have lived in Huntley since 2005. Poli has a Real Estate broker’s license and currently is running his own trucking company.
Chris Lincoln, Deacon
I have been married to my wife Barbara for 19 years and we have 3 teenagers; Savannah, Chandler and Tanner. Barbara and I both grew up in Woodridge, IL. We lived in Lisle for the first 7 years of our marriage, then we moved to Cape Coral, Florida in 2000 where we lived for 5 years. Although we enjoyed the weather and the beaches, we longed to return home to the Chicago Area. I was able to transfer back and we moved to Algonquin to be close to my work. We have been members of St. Mary Parish ever since we returned from Florida. I was ordained in the Rockford Diocese on October 6, 2012 by Bishop David Malloy and am proud to serve at St. Mary where I have participated in various ministries including Music, Youth, Homebound, Bible Studies, Haiti, and Pastoral Council.
Chris says, “I have had a great many influences in my life, but none as impactful as my wife and children. My focus in life is to become the best husband, father, and deacon possible. None of which are possible except by the Grace of God. For God, all things are possible.”
Ordained by Bishop David Malloy for the Diocese of Rockford in 2014, Frank has been married to his wife, Nancy, for almost 20 years. He is a native of Florida and works in transportation and logistics. He is a graduate of both the University of Notre Dame and the University of Miami. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve God’s people at St. Mary’s as a Permanent Deacon.
Deacon Jim Conrey and his wife, Annette, have been members of St. Mary since 2003. They were married in 1990, and have two children, one on Earth and the other in Heaven. A convert to the Catholic faith from atheism, Deacon Jim was ordained to the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Rockford on September 24, 2016. Prior to his ordination, Deacon Jim was involved in several ministries at St. Mary, including the Religious Education and Confirmation programs, the homebound ministry, Christ Renews His Parish. That Man Is You and RCIA, which he has led since 2013. He also is a member of St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus and the Pastoral Council. Deacon Jim is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.