Very Rev. Esequiel Sanchez- Rector, has been at the Shrine since March of 2016 where Cardinal Blase J. Cupich appointed him. He has served in various capacities in the Archdiocese and has 25 years of ministerial experience as a priest serving in both, the Hispanic and non-Hispanic Catholic communities. Fr. Sanchez has served on various boards and committees in the Archdiocese and is currently a member of the Sabbatical Board, a Dean for Vicariate I, and a Board member for Presence Holy Family Hospital. His last parish was St. Bede the Venerable Church in Chicago’s South Side. He is fully bilingual (English and Spanish).
Rev. Manuel Padilla- the Vice-Rector, has been serving here at the Shrine since July of 2016. Fr. Manuel joins us after his service at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on Chicago’s North Side. Fr. Manuel has over 19 years of priestly experience in various parish ministries. Most notably at Maternity BVM (Now San Jose Sanchez del Rio Parish), Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and other ministries. His passion is to teach catechetic instruction and leadership. He is fully Bi-Lingual (English and Spanish).
Rev. Giovanny Navarro Sánchez- Vice-Rector, was born in Bogota (Colombia). From a young age he has undertaken activities, studies, and research in the field of youth ministry and leadership development that have helped young people to discover, know and follow Jesus Christ in their vocational discernment to the priestly, religious or lay life. Guided by the Holy Spirit, in his lay life, and in his ecclesiastical ministry, he has carried out a variety of missions for over two decades. He is currently serving in the Archdiocese of Chicago as Vice-Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Fr. Jesus Puentes- Vice-Rector, attended elementary school in Chiquinquira, Colombia. He attended the University of Bogota and the University of St. Thomas of Aquinas, also in Bogota. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Tibu, Colombia, in 1986 by Blessed Pope John Paul II during a papal visit. He incardinated into the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2009. He served as associate pastor (1999-2003) and administrator (2004-07) of St. Bratislava. He also served as administrator of St. Philomena (2007-09) where he served as pastor from 2009-2019.
Groups bringing their own Priests or Deacons:
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is open and available to all pilgrims. We would like to make a special invitation to all priests and deacons to bring their parishioners and community members for a special visit. If a priest from the Archdiocese of Chicago would like to celebrate the Eucharist with his community, he only needs to inform our parish office upon making the arrangements for their visit. We will make all of the necessary arrangements, e.g. vestments, chalices, Missals, etc. We have Missals available in English, Spanish, and Italian.
Groups who visit us from outside the Archdiocese of Chicago are also welcome. We invite all clergy who wish to celebrate the Eucharist here at the Shrine to please provide the requisite “Letter of Good Standing” from your diocese prior to your arrival in order to make your visit special with your pilgrims.
If you have any questions regarding requesting the services of our priests or helping arrange a visit with your parish community, please contact Stephanie Jaramillo, Office Manager, at 847-294-1806 or email at email@example.com