Pastoral Council

The Pastoral Council is discerned from the Parish At Large and from the Leadership Communities.  The Council is charged with the responsibility of researching the needs, cares and concerns of the parish community, keeping constant the Mission and Vision for the parish and strategic planning for the community as a whole, assuring collaboration, communication, and synergy among the many ministries and small groups within the parish.

The Pastoral Council consists of 17 members – 2 permanent members being the Pastor and a Staff Representative discerned from the Directors and appointed by the Pastor. There are 15 discerned members – 1 from each of the eight Leadership Communities, 2 students from the Teen Faith Ministry, 2 persons recommended by Council from the Parish At Large discerned by the Pastor, 1 person recommended by the Pastor from the Parish At Large and discerned by the Council, an Archdiocesan Representative and a Knights of Columbus Representative.

The Council meets on the third (3rd) Tuesday evening of each month throughout the year.  Officers and new members are discerned at the October Council meeting each year.  All are welcome to attend the meetings.


2017-2018 Pastoral Council Leadership

Terry Keehan Pastor
Rich Jakubik Associate Pastor
Chad Archer – Chair Deanery Rep
Bob Keller Liturgical Arts
Bill Leece Adult Faith
Luis Gutierrez At Large Council
Barb Knuth At Large Council
Andrew Konopka At Large Council
Jack Shedd At Large Pastor
Rick Zanardo Family Faith
Cattie Tenzillo Academy Staff
Karina Chavez Academy Parent Rep
Joe Ferlita Knights of Columbus
Mike Myers Human Concerns
Bernie Schaeffer Parish Staff
Pauline Carlson Teen Faith Adult
Anthony Piasecki Teen Faith Teen
Alexandra Posey Teen Faith Teen

Chad Archer
Vice Chair (Deanery Rep)

Holy Family has been the foundation of Chad and his wife Roshny’s relationship for nearly as long as they’ve known each other. She invited him to Mass on Easter Sunday 2010, he later joined the choir, and upon getting married at Holy family in 2011 started RCIA and was confirmed at Easter Vigil 2012. They now have two children that have been baptized at Holy Family, one of which has started school at the Academy and enjoys Kid Church. Originally from Clyde, OH, Chad has a degree in Finance from Florida State and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. Today he resides in Palatine and works for Illinois Tool Works as a Global Division Controller. Chad is looking forward to representing the parish as the Deanery Representative and learning more about the broader Vicariate and Archdiocese of Chicago.

Fr. Terry Keehan
Pastor (Staff)

Father Terry became the third pastor of Holy Family Parish in 2009.  He spent most of his childhood in Arlington Heights and attended St. Viator High School.  He went to the University of Nebraska, Omaha on a basketball scholarship and played in the NCAA Div. II Tournament three of his four years.  Before entering the seminary in 1982, Father Terry earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication.  He was employed in pharmaceutical sales and became very involved in the young adult programs at Old St. Pat’s Parish.  He was also instrumental in forming the popular Theology on Tap.  After ordination, Father Terry worked in the Vocation Office, Chicago Archdiocese from 1986 to 1994.  Then he became Associate Pastor, Queen of Angels Parish in Lincoln Square.  In 1999, Fr. Terry was the Pastor of St. Matthias and also became Pastor of nearby Transfiguration Parish where he served until coming to Holy Family.

Bob Keller
Liturgical Arts

Biography to come




Bill Leece
(Adult Faith)

Bill, a dual citizen, was born in Canada. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Loyola of Montréal and his graduate degree at Loyola of Chicago where he met his wife Carolyn; they have a married son who lives in California.

Bill and Carolyn joined the Parish in 2005 and thanks to Pat Brennan became involved in adult education. The following year they were invited to join the Knuth Small Christian Community. Their involvement in adult education, the Small Christian Community, and Holy Family Parish for them has been a blessing beyond all imaginings.

Bill taught in Catholic and public high schools for 35 years and continues part-time work in Illinois high schools, for him another blessing beyond all imagining.

Luis Gutierrez At Large (Council)

Luis Gutierrez, and his wife Daniella along with their three children have been parishioners since 2014. He spent his early years growing up in Spain, until his family decided to move to the United States. After spending about nine years in New Jersey he attended the University of Chicago where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He has worked in finance for the last 18 years, where he earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and currently works for Oppenheimer Inc. & Co. Luis looks forward to continuing the mission of Holy Family, “To engage all in the sacramental life through vibrant worship, life-long learning and passionate community.”

Barb Knuth At Large (Council)

Biography to come

Andrew Konopka At Large (Council)

Andy and his lovely wife, Bernadette along with their three grown children have been members of Holy Family Church since 2006. Andy grew up in the northwest suburbs where he attended Forest View High School in Mt. Prospect. After graduating Illinois State University and obtaining his Certified Public Acountant certification, he spent the following 35 years in various financial leadership roles. Andy is passionate about helping the area less fortunate and needy. He, along with several other colleges, created the Palatine Assisting Through Hope (PATH) organization for the purpose of aiding the area homeless, elderly, and impoverished children. Andy also served as a PADS site director at St. James Church, Arlington Heights and is now sharing his community service enthusiasm with the Pastoral Council.


Cattie Tenzillo
Holy Family Catholic Academy

Biography to come

Holy Family Catholic Academy Parent Rep

Karina Chavez
Holy Family Catholic Academy Parent Rep

Biography to come

Michael Myers
Vice Chair (Human Concerns)

Biography to come.

Joe Ferita Knights of Columbus

Joe Ferlita
Knights of Columbus

Biography to come

Bernie Schaeffer Vice-Chair<br />(At Large-Pastor)

Bernie Schaeffer

Bernie and his wife Mary and their 4 children have been members of Holy Family since 1993. Bernie grew up in Arlington Heights where he attended St. James and St. Viator along with fellow classmate Fr. Terry. After graduating from Marquette University he worked for 34 years at Motorola, Inc. and Motorola Mobility until his retirement in 2012, the last several as head of their global service organization, where he also served on the advisory boards of several industry associations. Bernie also has an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago. In 2015 Bernie joined the Holy Family staff as Director of Development after serving the parish previously as a vice chair of the council and a chair of the annual Gala. Bernie has also been a past president of the Willow Walk Homeowners Association, a member of the Fremd High School Booster Board, and a coach for the Palatine Youth Baseball travel baseball program. Bernie and his family are proud to be members of this vibrant community.

(Teen Faith Adult Rep)

Biography to come.

Alexandra Posey
Teen Faith (Teen Rep)

Biography to come.

Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes