St. Helena's Episcopal Church
All are always welcome at St. Helena's Episcopal Church Todos son bienvenidos siempre S. Elena Iglesia Episcopal
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7600 Wolf Road, Burr Ridge, IL 60527 | 708-784-6284
Sr. Warden: Maria Giraldo | E-mail:
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Our Leaders

Below you will find a listing of our official leaders. But our leadership is far more than any such list can contain. Most people in the parish find a particular ministry that delights their heart and serves the people of God. Because the Rector (Episcopal-speak for “pastor”) is half-time and the organist/choirmaster is part-time, all work together to manage the affairs of the congregation as part of a baptismal ministry team. The parish is less clergy-centered than most.

Ms. Maria Eugenia Giraldo, Senior Warden. Maria Eugenia (pronounced ooo-hay-nya) is a native of Colombia,  and emigrated to the United States at 15. She has worked for a major bank for the last 25 years. A licenced beutician, she attended Truman Collage and St. Augustine College She has two girls and a dog.
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Ms. Daryce Hoff Nolan, Pastoral Associate. Daryce, a longtime music teacher in both public and private schools, is now a fulltime hospice chaplain. A longtime Episcopalian, she aspires to be ordained a Deacon (a servant ministry that interprets the needs of the world to the Church). She holds a master’s in music form the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s from Trinity Christian College. She and husband Bob, a lawyer, have a son in college. Daryce-Hoff-Nolan
Mr. James Morehead, Organist and Choirmaster (9:30 a.m. service). Jimmy is a superb and lively musician as much at home with gospel or blues as Bach, Anglican Chant, or show music. He is adjunct professor at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and music director of Vox3. He holds a master’s from Roosevelt and a bachelor’s from Duquesne University. james-morehead
  • Vestry and Officers
    • Mr. Todd Landry
    • Mr. Bill Partsch
    • Ms. Maria Rosa Paucar
    • Mr. Pedro Rodriguez
    • Miss Jessica Rodriguez
    • Mr. Dick Mulder,Treasurer
    • Mrs. Maria Nava, Clerk

Leadership in Episcopal parishes is shared by the Rector, Wardens and Vestry (usually lay people). The Rector is in charge of spiritual matters while the Wardens & Vestry control finances, property, and day-to-day operations.  The arrangement is similar to the separation of church and state enshrined in our constitution. Each parish is part of a larger unit called a diocese and headed by a Bishop (Episcopal comes from the Greek word for bishop).

Sounds dull, huh? But our leaders, nationally as well as locally, are anything but dull.

For example, one couple feels called to garden on our beautiful campus; another parishioner delights in collecting food for the poor; another works on the pastoral-care team visiting shut-ins; others prepare the weekly bulletin or monthly newsletter; a group takes care of the building; another group provides an art class at a local nursing home. Thus, we consider ourselves a baptismal-ministry parish , where each member has a unique calling from God that delights his or her soul while meeting the world’s deepest need, as spiritual author Frederick Buechner observes.

Such ministry is more than a way to get things done; it is a way to listen to God and discover the desires in our hearts.

Note: Most of our obscure and sometimes colorful Anglican titles and terms are British in origin. Enjoy them; don’t be put off when you hear someone referred to as the Canon to the Ordinary (COO of the Diocese), the Rector (pastor) or the Archdeacon (head of the deacons, who are ordained ministers engaged in servant ministry).