Fr. Paul Seaman Pastor
Father Paul Seaman was born on the South Side of Chicago in Assumption BVM Church in West Englewood, and comes from a family of six children. Raised in Saint Thomas More Church (known to insiders as “Tommy More”) he graduated from the parish’s grammar school and went on to Quigley Seminary South. Inspired by many priests at the parishes and at Quigley, he went on to Niles College Seminary. During his high school and college years, Father Paul helped found and played sax with a group that evolved into today’s City Lights Orchestra. During summers, he cut grass for the Chicago Park District at Marquette and Hayes Park, the latter being named for one of the pastors at Tommy More. He entered Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary (now Mundelein Seminary) and was ordained a deacon in 1984 and a priest in 1985.
Father Paul’s deacon year was spent in Roseland at Saint Catherine of Genoa Church, under the fine tutelage of Father Paul Burak. His first assignment as a priest was at Saint Lawrence O’Toole Church in Matteson, IL under first Father Richard Sullivan and then later Father Jay Finno. Again, both extraordinary priests who taught Father Paul well. In 1992 at age 33, Father was assigned to the pastorate at Saint Emeric in Country Club Hills. Saint Emeric was a smaller parish of about 800 families in a racial diverse community, just as Saint Lawrence O’Toole was. Both parishes had wonderful, innovative and creative people willing to try new things. Those congregations were important teachers to Father Paul.
In 2004, Father Paul went on sabbatical at the Vatican II Institute in Menlo Park, CA. After that, he was asked to serve as administrator at Saint Cajetan located on the South Side of Chicago. The original ten-week assignment turned into nine months. When that concluded, an unexpected opening occurred at Saint Pascal Church on the Northwest Side. It was at Saint Pascal where Francis Cardinal George first heard his calling to the priesthood. He was even ordained at Saint Pascal’s altar. Saint Pascal, known for its summer carnival and autumn haunted house, became an emotional center point for the Archdiocese when Cardinal George passed away.
Father Paul came to Saint Clement in July 2017. Engaging in the many parish activities and prayer opportunities are priorities. More than what Saint Clement is today, a bigger question is: What does Saint Clement want to become? The work of sharing the Gospel, walking with people on their spiritual journey, inviting people into a deeper relationship with Jesus and welcoming everyone are integral to the life of a priest.
Among Father Paul’s hobbies are listening to jazz, reading history, eating with good friends and travel.
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