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Congregations and ministries seeking clergy work with the diocese’s transitions office, which posts available openings and updates on this page. Salary and benefit information, can be found elsewhere in this section. The Supply Clergy page has rates and a roster of clergy available for supply work. If you are leaving one diocesan congregation for a position in another, please consult these transition resources.

Clergy Openings

Receiving names for rector, vicar and priest-in-charge (full-time)

To be considered for any of the openings below, please fill out the Clergy Information Form for Transitions for each search for which you would like to apply.

Church of the Holy Comforter — Kenilworth

The Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth is searching for a new rector. Located in one of the North Shore suburbs of Chicago, Holy Comforter blends traditional worship and liturgy with inclusive and open theology where all are welcome. Parishioners are dedicated not only to Sunday morning worship but also to maintaining and strengthening the physical and community foundation of the church. Stewardship and outreach are important components of the holistic church life of the parish community. The music program is varied and robust. Members of all ages have opportunities for formation and fellowship, which has made Holy Comforter a place of warm welcome, especially for young families. There are many seasonal opportunities for outreach in the broader community, and rich traditions during the church calendar that parishioners look forward to each year. The church’s preschool program, All Things Bright and Beautiful, is an integrated ministry of the church and keeps the church grounds lively all week.

The Kenilworth community is located 15 miles from downtown Chicago, and commuters and visitors can easily access downtown from Kenilworth via commuter rail or highway. The shores of Lake Michigan are just a few blocks from the church property, which includes a stately rectory. Top-rated public schools are close by, as well as golf courses, nature trails and excellent shopping and dining.

The next rector should offer informed, theologically sound preaching that is intellectually challenging, and that provide spiritual nourishment for members and promote universal values such as equality and justice without a political bent. Strong leadership skills are a must, including innovative approaches for engaging youth and young families to maintain and build Holy Comforter’s vibrant worshipping community. Pastoral care is a vital part of the rector’s role. To learn more, please visit the church website, download the parish profile  or view the OTM. To apply, please fill out the clergy form for transitions.

Calvary Episcopal Church & St. Mark's Episcopal Church — Lombard & Glen Ellyn

Calvary Episcopal Church in Lombard and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn are partnering together to seek a full-time priest. The position will provide worship, fellowship and educational resources for all ages and share resources and opportunities. Both churches have long histories and are well established in their respective communities. At Calvary, the position will be that of priest-in-charge, providing Sunday and other worship services, overseeing day to day administration of the congregation and providing pastoral care. As an associate priest at St. Mark’s, the focus will be on assisting the rector as needed, particularly with youth ministry.

The congregations at Calvary and St. Mark’s are uniquely different but blend together well. Calvary has one Sunday service at 9:00am, and the small congregation is a tightly knit community who care deeply for one another. Formation is offered for all ages. St. Mark’s has four Sunday worship services with three in the morning and one afternoon service in Spanish. Formation is offered for all ages and there are regular outreach trips to a partner congregation in Mexico. Both congregations service their local communities through various outreach in Lombard and Glen Ellyn.

The ideal candidate will have strong community building skills, excellent time management and organizational abilities, and be open to collaborating with the congregations and their wider communities. Preaching and teaching skills are desired, as is fluency in Spanish and English. For more information visit the Calvary and St. Mark’s websites, view the OTM and parish profile. To apply, fill out the Clergy Form for Transitions.

Receiving names for rector, vicar and priest-in-charge (part-time)

To be considered for any of the openings below, please fill out the Clergy Information Form for Transitions for each search for which you would like to apply.

St. Luke's — Dixon

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dixon, Illinois is looking for a part time rector. The small but committed membership of St. Luke’s seek a compassionate priest to shepherd them as they share their love and gifts within the congregation and community, and who can take the traditional style of worship and current church teachings to a broader, modern audience. During the pandemic, attendance has dipped slightly but the membership base remains committed to the common life at St. Luke’s. During the rector transition the congregation has been well served by their solid lay leadership, who work collaboratively with their supply priest to make sure that daily life of the congregation as well as Sunday worship continues without a hitch. The congregation’s many outreach opportunities, including PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) and Buddy Bags, have offered community support in Dixon but have been paused due to the pandemic. Parishioners are eager to revive these outreaches as it becomes safer to do so. The members of St. Luke’s look forward to having a rector who is energetic, proactive about being involved in visiting parishioners and attending church programs and is an engaged member in the Dixon community. An appreciation of traditional worship and music, with the ability to be flexible, are sought after qualities in the next priest.

Dixon, a rural town in the State of Illinois, is the county seat for Lee County and is located on the shores of the Rock River. With a vibrant and historic downtown area featuring shops, restaurants and entertainment, there is no shortage of activities to choose from. The arts have been a pillar of the community and the local park district and municipal services are of high quality, including the school and library systems. There are many historic sites in the area and there is always something to do.

For more information visit the St Luke’s website, view the OTM and parish profile. To apply, fill out the Clergy Form for Transitions.

Grace Episcopal Church — Galena

Grace Episcopal Church in Galena, Illinois is looking for a part-time rector. The position is 30 hours per week, where the priest will serve a congregation that is open and welcoming to all, high energy and high satisfaction and excels in supporting members in all seasons of life, but particularly in times of need. The members of Grace enjoy living out their faith together both inside and outside of the church building, and in the broader Galena community. Congregation members come from all walks of life-professors, lawyers, shopkeepers, retirees, artists, famers and many other fields create a diverse perspective on faith and life. In addition to outreach in the Galena area such as the food pantry and raising funds for those in need of assistance with medical bills, there are partnerships in the diocesan companion dioceses of Southeast Mexico and Renk, South Sudan. Volunteering is a cornerstone of this faith community.

Grace has a music program which enhances and brings joy to worshippers on Sunday mornings. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the congregation was able to pivot and move their worship online to the Zoom platform. Since then, cameras have been added to the worship space so that services can be live streamed for those at home or far away. Recently, an accessibility project added parking and a new parish house that makes the space open for all. The next rector of Grace should be an energetic member of the community, a preacher, teacher and provider of pastoral care. A priest who values diversity and is open to people from all walks of life is essential.

The Galena area has an increasing population, which is an opportunity for Grace to grow. Located off of the Mississippi River, and very close to the Iowa and Wisconsin borders, Galena’s  efforts to preserve the architecture of the downtown has placed the town on the National Register of Historic Places. and is an attractive getaway town for visitors. There are nature parks, skiing in the winter, multiple golf courses, boating opportunities, and high quality K-12 school district. The arts scene is a point of pride for the town of Galena.

Please learn more by visiting the church’s website, downloading the parish profile, or viewing the OTM. To apply, please fill out the clergy form for transitions.

Receiving names for assistant, assisting and associate clergy

Searches for assistant/assisting and associate clergy in our diocese are managed by the individual congregation. If you wish to apply for a position listed below, please follow the instructions in the posting.

Director of Children and Youth Ministry at St. Luke's Episcopal Church — Evanston

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston is a lively, growing congregation with deep musical roots, a passion for education, and a heart for justice. Following an assessment of needs, the congregation seeks a passionate religious education professional to join their team as Director of Children and Youth Ministry. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated professional experience in building relationships and working with children and families. View a detailed job description here.

This is a part-time position, the composition of which will be determined with the selected candidate. The position has flexibility to work around outside  academic, work, and church schedules. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to the rector, the Rev. Kathryn Banakis, on or before February 27, 2022.

Saint James Cathedral — Chicago

Saint James Cathedral is seeking an Associate Priest for Outreach Ministries. The person appointed will act as the lead staff member overseeing the various outreach activities undertaken by the cathedral and will be the first point of contact and advice in matters pertaining to social justice. They will also have a full role in the liturgical and pastoral life of the cathedral, and, if appropriate, also be the lead pastor in the parish’s extensive work with young adults.

A full job description may be found here. To apply, please email Canon Robert Black and include a resume and cover letter, as indicated in the job description. To learn more about the Cathedral, please visit their website.

Receiving names for non-parochial clergy

Searches for non-parochial clergy in our diocese are managed by the individual organization. If you wish to apply for a position listed below, please follow the instructions in the posting.

There are no openings at this time.

Bishop's Staff Positions

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No longer receiving names

There are no parishes in this phase of the search process.

Not yet receiving names

Each of these congregations will make an announcement when ready to accept names. Check back here for more information.