The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) at St. Robert Bellarmine was commissioned in November 2009. The committee was preceded and put into place by a group of six parishioners along with Fr. Neil who formed the “PPC Steering Committee.” The steering committee worked for two years researching the needs of the parish, how parish councils work and developing the structure of the PPC here at St. Roberts. The results of their work are the Mission Statement of the PPC, the Foundation Document that details the structure of the council.
The Mission Statement of the Parish Pastoral Council is as follows:
The St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is a discerning leadership body guided by the Holy Spirit. In partnership with the Pastor and Staff, we strive to listen to the voices of the Parish Community to support existing parish life, to create a unified vision and to plan for the future of our parish.
Members serve on the PPC for 3 year terms. We have included their pictures and a brief bio on this page so that their faces are familiar to parishioners. Our hope is that parishioners will know to approach one of the PPC members if they have concerns or suggestions. Parishioners are also welcome to attend the first half hour of every PPC Working Meeting in order to bring up an idea or concern. Please call the rectory ahead of time to let us know that you will be in attendance.
Trina Eifert is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Communication Design. She worked for the University for 16 years in the publication department and is now working part-time as an office manager for a talent agency in Lakeview. She is the mother of one son who is a 2009 graduate of St Robert Bellarmine with husband, Paul. They have been married for 20 years and parishioners since 1992. They both serve as Eucharistic Ministers. Trina served as SRB’s Parents’ Association President from 2005-09, sings in the 10AM mass choir, and serves as a member of the Parish Pastoral Council.
Dan Gandor serves on the Education Commission. Dan has lived in the parish since 1958. He attended school here at SRB. He and his wife have been parishioners together here for 32 years, their son also attended SRB school. Dan is a DNA analyst with the Illinois State Police. He serves SRB as a Eucharistic Minister, a Lector, and as a member of the PPC.
Pastora Gandor serves on the Education Commission. She came to the United States as a refugee from Cuba in 1969, along with her parents and two brothers. After marrying fellow PPC member Daniel, she became a parishioner at St. Robert Bellarmine. They have one son, Daniel, who graduated from SRB in 1993. She has been employed for 18 years with the Elmhurst Health Care Clinic in the Family Medicine Managed Care Department. She has been involved in a number of Parish organizations and activities and has come to love and admire the priests, nuns and parishioners of St. Roberts for over 30 years, all who have played a role in the spiritual and intellectual growth of her family.
Jane Hearrin serves on the Liturgy Commission. Jane was born on the far Southside, raised on the West Side and has been a member of St. Robert Bellarmine parish for 27 years. She and her husband, James, have four children, three of whom graduated from St. Robert Bellarmine School. Jane is active in the parish in many ways: she has been a Religious Education Catechist for 20 years, she serves on the Liturgy Commission and is a lector and a Eucharistic minister. Jane currently works for the Chicago Public Schools as a Vision and Hearing Screening Technician.