Legionaries of Christ
The Legionaries of Christ is a religious congregation of priests and students for the priesthood who aspire to make Jesus Christ the model of their lives and to extend His Kingdom by striving for holiness and by means of their apostolic activity.
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Fr. Jason Huynh
Fr. Jason is from Atlanta, GA where he attended Peachtree Elementary school and Pinecrest Academy, before joining the Legionaries’ Apostolic School in Center Harbor, NH, for high school. He began the novitiate in 1999 and made his first profession of vows in 2001 in Monterrey, Mexico. After studying classical humanities in Salamanca, Spain, he earned his master’s in degree in philosophy in 2009, and in 2012 his bachelor’s in theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. He completed his second master’s degree from Holy Apostles College, CT in 2021. Fr. Jason spent three years of internship as a dean of students at the Apostolic School in New Hampshire between his philosophical and theological studies. Since his priestly ordination in December 2012, he has served as vice-rector at Sacred Heart Apostolic School in Indiana and the chaplain for Everest Academy, Lemont. Currently, he is the chaplain for Lumen Institute in Chicago and the local superior of the Legionary community in Chicago.
Fr. Andrew Kolenda
Fr. Andrew Kolenda LC is from Grand Rapids, MI. He is third of nine children in the family. When he was 13, he joined the minor seminary of the Legionaries in New Hampshire, and after graduating from high school there he joined the novitiate. He did his seminary formation in Connecticut, Ireland, and Rome and was ordained to the priesthood in December of 2016. He has worked in Texas, Georgia, Indiana, and Chicago, where he is currently the chaplain for East Lake Academy, a pre-k3 through 8th grade Catholic school.
Fr. Peter Krezalek
RC Heartland Chaplain, Chicago Women's Section Chaplain
Fr. Peter Krezalek, LC was born and raised in Poland as the youngest of three sons. He studied Civil Engineering in Krakow and then moved to Chicago where he graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with BS in Computer Science and from DePaul University with an MBA. At the age of 33 he realized that Jesus' earthly mission was coming to an end at that same age, yet what was he doing for Christ? This realization followed by seven years of re-discovering Christ and eventually leaving the world to follow Him more closely in the religious life. Fr Peter entered the Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, CT, obtained BA in philosophy in Thornwood, NY and theology in Rome, Italy from Regina Apostolorum University and did one year of internship in a vocational work in Louisiana. He was ordained to diaconate in Indiana on Aug. 6, 2016 and his priestly ordination was in Rome, Italy on Dec. 10, 2016. Now he has been assigned to the Chicago community as the chaplain to the Regnum Christi men's and women's sections in Chicago and the Heartland locality (Des Moines, IA; Lincoln and Omaha, NE; Kansas City, MO; and St Louis, MO) www.rcheartland.org
Fr. Michael Vanderbeek, LC
Fr. Michael Vanderbeek, LC was ordained in 2010 and spent the first 6 years of his priesthood as chaplain of Northwoods Catholic School in Spring, TX. He was a member of the national ECYD youth team for 6 years and has spent the majority of his 20 years in the Legion of Christ mentoring adolescent boys and their families. He is currently serving as the chaplain of Everest Academy in Lemont.