2019 is a year of many transitions at St. Francis. SFX is particularly grateful to three talented and dedicated leaders who retire this summer following decades of service at 9th and Linden.
Marge Kaup, the ever-present face of the school office and heart of our learning community, retires at the end of this academic year. Marge came to us decades ago as the parent of two SFX students and we never let her go! She has invested herself in the success of numerous Principals, including Sister Mary Kay, Mary Aamodt, Suzanne Sullivan, Dan McKenna and currently Colleen Barrett. Marge is known for her warm and mothering ways, her reassuring and loving style, and her ability to run the school office with the perfect balance of professionalism and humanity. Few individuals have left their imprint on SFX as Marge has done. Our teachers, students and administrators look forward to inventing new and creative reasons for her to return for frequent visits to the office next year!
The SFX community expresses its love and gratitude to Sheldon Moore as he looks toward his retirement as Business Manager of St Francis Xavier Parish. Over the past several decades, Shel has worked tirelessly to the benefit of our parish community, and specifically our school families. Every member of our school has benefited from Shel’s dedication, calm demeanor and financial expertise. Whether you planned or attended a parish event, contributed financially, participated in the capital campaign, or read the weekly Sunday bulletin, you benefitted from Shel’s selfless and prolific efforts. We wish Shel happiness and joy in his retirement and look forward to enjoying his friendship over many years ahead at Parish liturgies and community events.
Father Sheridan, Pastor to St. Francis Xavier Parish for 18 years, retired on July 1, 2019. The St. Francis Xavier family is grateful to Fr. Sheridan for his many gifts shared to the great benefit of our parish and school. In particular, Fr. Sheridan is remembered for his quiet grace, kindness and humility. The great success of our parish school is in many ways a product of Fr. Sheridan’s leadership style. He has thrown his unwavering support behind our talented school leaders and allowed them to shine by giving them the space they need to lead, innovate and enable change. Our school is incredibly grateful to Fr. Sheridan for the tremendous impact he has made on our school community. His gentle and generous ways leave an imprint at SFX that will not be forgotten.
Fr. Sheridan joined St. Francis Xavier as Pastor in 2001. He served as Associate Pastor at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago from 1994 until 2001, and as a member of the Academic and Formation faculty of Niles College Seminary from 1977 until 1994. Fr. Sheridan was also Associate Pastor at St. Anne Parish in Barrington from 1972 until 1977. A native Chicagoan, he was ordained in May of 1972 and has served as part-time Spiritual Director at St. Joseph College Seminary since 1994. Fr. Sheridan holds a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, where he also received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL). He received an MA in Applied Spirituality from the University of San Francisco and a Masters of Art in Philosophy from Loyola University, Chicago.
Fr. Sheridan’s strong faith is one of his most notable qualities. He encourages the growth of our students’ faith life through his celebration of regular school masses, in presentations and visits to classrooms, and as Religion teacher to our 8th graders. In his own words, Fr. Sheridan speaks to the importance of our Catholic faith on a personal level. “My motivation for the work that I do is captured by the word fidelity. I strive to be faithful to the Lord Jesus, His gospel, and what He has called me to be and do as a priest.”
We celebrated Fr. Sheridan with an all-school assembly in the gym, where we presented him with gifts and watched a 20 minute video sharing tributes, memories and well-wishes from students. We look forward to seeing Fr. Sheridan on our campus in the coming year as he continues to donate time in his retirement working with our 8th grade religion classes and celebrating masses at St. Francis Xavier Church.