Posted on May 23, 2019 · Posted in Academic News, Blog, General, News, Press Release

St. Laurence High School is excited to welcome Ed Sajdak ‘81 as Campus Minister.

Sajdak has spent the last 35 years in service to the Catholic Church in a wide variety of roles including lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and religious education catechist. Currently, Sajdak is enrolled in the Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, where he is participating in Religious Studies in the Diaconate program and will be ordained a Deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago in May 2020. On top of his pursuit of ordination, he holds a certificate in lay leadership from the University of St. Mary of the Lake and is a certified catechist by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“Having an ordained clergy member on campus will provide endless opportunities and possibilities for St. Laurence students,” said Sajdak. “I look forward to ministering to the spiritual needs of our young men and women, providing anything needed to help them build a strong relationship with God while also encouraging and developing our future faith leaders.”

In addition to his strong resume within the Catholic Church, Ed served as a deputy sheriff in the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for the last 33 years. After graduating from St. Laurence in 1981, he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and his master’s degree in criminal justice counseling and education from Saint Xavier University in 1985 and 1994, respectively.

“The addition of Ed to our staff allows us to bolster the religious offerings we provide to our students,” said St. Laurence High School Principal Jim Muting. “Ed’s service to the Catholic Church over the years truly displays his commitment to Christ. As an alumnus, we know that he will bring that same level of passion to his alma mater, which will undoubtedly bring the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Education to life.”