Meet Our People

Our Staff members are characterized by hard work and total dedication to the mission of the parish. They come from different backgrounds but with one thing in common: a total commitment to the work they do. Some are members of our community for many years. Others come from other areas of the city, bringing their invaluable contribution to make Our Lady of the Snows Parish a place where you are always welcome!

Rev. Stanley G. Rataj

Pastor

Bio: Fr. Stan was born in Hoboken, New Jersey (same birthplace of Frank Sinatra).  As a child, he moved with his family to Chicago, where he attended grammar school at St. Roman. There he met Fr. Sulek and Fr. Ryzner, priests who inspired the young Stan to consider the priesthood.  He went to Archbishop Quigley High School, and from there to Mundelein Seminary.  He was ordained to the priesthood in May 9, 1979.  His first assignment was at St. Ferdinand. He would later become the associate pastor of St. Nicholas of Tolentine, where he would eventually become the pastor, totalling 25 years of service to that community.   Fr. Stan came to Our Lady of the Snows in May of 2010 and was officially installed as pastor on October 9th of the same year.  He leads a vibrant parish, with his friendly approach and a deep love for the Church 

Deacon Franco Foti

Pastoral Associate/Director of Religious Education.

Bio: Deacon Franco was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from an Italian family that had emigrated to South America after World War II. He grew up in a strong Catholic family that nourished his vocation to serve the Church. During his youth, he was the leader of groups focusing on peer ministry, catering to the spiritual needs of other youth, first in his home parish and later at the diocesan level. His vocation to the diaconate grew while working as a volunteer at Our Lady of the Snows, where he became a parishioner in 1994. His deep desire to spiritually help other parishioners throughout the years, made him decide to pursue the Permanent Diaconate. He was ordained on May 24, 2009 by Cardinal Francis George. He currently devotes his time in the parish to the every day administrative duties while assisting those who come through the doors pastorally and sacramentaly.

Rev. Italo A. Veltri

Extern resident priest

Bio: Father Italo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from an Italian family.  He was ordained to the priesthood one the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1992.  He decided to spend some time in the United States to learn English and assist pastoraly those parishioners who prefer Spanish.   Fr. Italo also helps in neighboring parishes when they need a liturgy in Spanish.  He has been with OLS for a year already and we hope to continue counting on him in the near future.

Ms. Janette Ayala

Business Manager

Bio:  Janette has worn many hats throughout the years, first with the school and then with the parish.  Among many responsibilities, she was president of the School Board, the Guadalupana Society, and other ministries, as well as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, catechist.  Her current role is that of Business Manager, but she helps a lot in many areas of the parish life.  We are very fortunate to have Janette in our team.