After an intense and long time in prayer and discussion with his family as well as Father Matt, Deacon Matt Hahn has come to a very difficult decision to accept the job of Executive Director of Parish Operations at St. James Parish. This transition does not mean that Deacon Hahn will be leaving our school. Deacon Hahn will still be involved with faith formation, academics, and will still maintain general visibility in the hallways and classrooms. His new office will be on the same floor as the upper level grades.

Deacon Hahn also wanted to share this with all the school families. “This decision did not come easily to my family and me. I have enjoyed every second of my affiliation with St. James School. Many deep and lasting relationships have been formed between the students, their respective families, and of course, the outstanding staff and administration at St. James. However, I will remain in close contact with St. James Parish AND St. James School! I do hope that taking on this new responsibility will allow me to assist Father Foley and his staff to continue the important work of ‘Being disciples and Making disciples’ as well as maintaining a strong presence with the students of St. James School.”

With this shift, we are able to keep Deacon Hahn a part of our St. James School and Parish community. This new position makes St. James a viable place to work and to support his family. We are excited for Deacon Hahn to begin his new role with the entire parish and to remain a strong presence in our excellent school.

About Deacon Matt Hahn

My family’s history at St. James starts in the early 1940’s when my mother and father attended Mass together. I’m the ninth of ten children. All of my older siblings attended St. James School for some of their school-age years, while I attended District 25 and 214 schools – Ridge Elementary, Thomas Junior High, and Arlington High School. I was baptized and celebrated First Communion (with Fr. Zavaski presiding) here at St. James. After high school I went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

I was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on May 16, 2004, by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George. After ordination I was assigned to my sponsoring parish, St. Mary in Buffalo Grove. Later we relocated to Arlington Heights, and I requested a transfer to St. James.

I feel it is important for the Deacon to bring the Gospel out of the worship space and live the Gospel in his everyday life with his family and friends. I strive to be the visible Servant Jesus. Every day, all day, I look forward to being as close to a Servant Jesus to all people as best I can. My mission in life is summed up by Matthew 20:28: “Just so, the Son of Man did not come to serve but to serve and to give his life as ransom for many.”