The priests currently assigned as pastors of the three Naperville parishes who provided the funding to establish All Saints Catholic Academy (St. Margaret Mary, St. Elizabeth Seton, and St. Thomas the Apostle) provide the pastoral leadership of All Saints Catholic Academy. They rotate a two-year term serving as Pastoral President in a role that is similar to the pastor of a single parish Catholic school.
Rev. Paul Hottinger - Pastoral President (St. Margaret Mary)
Father Paul Hottinger joined the SMMP family in 2007. Father was ordained in 1975. He has served as Liaison to the Charismatic Renewal in the Diocese of Joliet for 26 years, served as pastor of St. Francis Church, Bolingbrook, and St. Joseph Church, Downers Grove.
Fr. Paul attended the Pontifical College Josephinum School of Theology in Columbus, Ohio, the Institute of Spiritual Leadership in Chicago, and Loyola University. He has taught Scripture courses at St. Francis College in Joliet, the Diaconate program, and adult formation at the parish level. He has worked in the area of spiritual direction and has conducted days of recollection, seminars and workshops on spirituality.
Father is widely read in many academic fields and keeps up with current scientific, economic, philosophical, and sociological books and journals, as well as religious and secular periodicals.
Along with a strong academic study of theology and spirituality, Fr. Paul has a balance of faith issues on the emotional and pastoral level. He is active in the Charismatic Renewal, Cursillo, Recovery Circles Foundation, and community organizing with DuPage United. Father’s own spirituality is Incarnational: Jesus is the Son of God continually incarnate in the community, in the body of the Church. Father lives in openness to the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, not only in his own life, but recognizes and encourages openness to that enlightenment in his staff, pastoral council, parishioners, and all people. He personally pursues and encourages others toward continual growth, study, and prayer seeing contemplation as a way of life. Father understands his role as that of preaching the word of God and invites all to continue Jesus’ mission in the world bringing healing and wholeness to everyday life which includes the family, the workplace, and political life.
Rev. Philip Danaher, (St. Thomas the Apostle)
Fr. Philip Danaher was born and raised in St. Louis. He joined the Society of the Divine Word (Divine Word Missionaries) in 1975. After working two years with the Divine Word Missionaries in Japan (1976 – 1978), he returned to the United States and made his first profession of vows with the Society in 1979. He then attended Catholic Theological Union in Chicago from 1979 to 1983 and was ordained on December 10, 1983. He returned to Japan and, after two years of language studies, was associate pastor at a parish in Tokyo. In 1989, Father returned to the United States and was assigned to hospital ministry in Pittsburgh until 1992. From 1992 – 1996 he was associate pastor at St. Ferdinand Parish in Chicago. In 1996 he joined the Joliet Diocese where he served as associate pastor at St. Philip the Apostle, followed by service at St. Raphael Parish in Naperville from 1998 to 2002, also as associate pastor. Fr. Danaher was pastor of Christ the Servant Parish in Woodridge from June 2002 until January 2011 when he was named pastor of St. Philip the Apostle Addison. Fr. Danaher became the 5th Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle in Naperville in June 2017.
Rev. Scott Huggins (St. Elizabeth Seton)
Father Scott Huggins was ordained in 2001. Prior to being appointed Pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton in July 2016, Fr. Scott served as pastor of Visitation Parish in Elmhurst (6 years) and St. Mary in Paxton/St. Joseph Mission in Loda (3 years.)
Assisting the School in Pastoral Ministry
Rev. William J. O'Shea ("Father Bill")
As pastor of St. Margaret Mary, Father Bill was instrumental in the establishment of All Saints Catholic Academy. Fr. Bill was ordained in1963 and has served at parishes throughout the Diocese. Father Bill retired as pastor of St. Margaret Mary in June, 2007. Now living in Chicago, Fr. Bill frequently visits classrooms augmenting religious instruction and faith formation provided by our teachers.
The pastors of Our Lady of Mercy, Holy Spirit Catholic Community, St. Nicholas in Aurora, as well as pastors and priests of any parish who have children attending All Saints are invited to preside at one of the weekly all school Masses and assist with reconciliation services. Clergy are also encouraged to visit their parishioner students at any time and are welcome to participate in all the programs and activities at All Saints.
Father Mark Bernhard and Father Don McLaughlin (former Pastor from St. Thomas the Apostle, and former ASCA Pastoral President) from Our Lady of Mercy, Aurora also celebrate Mass with our All Saints school community, with Father Mark serving as Chaplain at ASCA.
Name: Fr. Mark Bernhard
Years in Education: 2
Years at ASCA: 2
MA in Philosophy -St. Meinrad
MA in Theology- St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein
Why do you choose to work in a Catholic School?
Catholic education launches children to be life-long disciples of Jesus.
What is your favorite thing about ASCA?
Being able to share the love of Jesus with students and staff.