Joliet

Join the growing number of men who are finding new life in Christ and becoming part of a strong, active brotherhood for Jesus.

Our Mission and passion is to develop men of Christ, who fight the good fight as husbands, fathers, friends and God’s ambassadors in the community.

Our Commitment is to ignite and equip all men within the Joliet Diocese, inviting them to encounter Jesus and become his active and intentional disciples. (Luke 9:23)

Our Work is to strengthen existing parish men’s groups and form new groups where none exist, providing vital resources, teaching, and training as needed and requested.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Nick Weis
Nick Weis
President
A lifelong resident of the area, Nick is a managing broker with Suburban Real Estate, an active leader in the St. Mary Immaculate (Plainfield) Fishers of Men ministry, and an extraordinary minister in marriage preparation and adoration. Nick has been married to Tricia for 28 years and has been blessed with five children and one grandchild. In 2022, Nick was appointed President of Fishers of Men for the Diocese of Joliet and, working with a broad coalition of diocesan representatives from other Catholic ministries to men in DuPage, Kendall, Will, Grundy, Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford counties, has forged a unified team to strengthen and promote existing parish men’s groups, support regular local Catholic Man Night conferences along with the annual regional Men of Christ Conference, and provide vital resources, teaching, and training to ministries to men in the Joliet Diocese.
Rich DuSatko
Rich DuSatko
Treasurer / Finance Director
A financial professional in the energy industry with more than three decades of experience as a CPA leading data analytics, FP&A, audit and cybersecurity efforts, Rich is an active member of St. Mary Immaculate (Plainfield). He is a graduate of the Lay Leader Program at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, devoting himself to service of the church in various capacities, including the lector ministry, Fishers of Men, and BeFormed program. While living in Texas, Rich met his wife Lisa, and subsequently relocated back to the Midwest to be closer to family. Their 27-year marriage has been blessed with three children. His faith journey is focused on growing closer to Christ, helping others on their own journeys, and building unity and collaboration throughout Christianity and the Church.
Matt Trusk
Programs & Events Director
A skilled and trusted real estate broker in the Naperville/Plainfield area for more than 25 years, Matt is a devoted husband, father of three, and active member of St. Mary Immaculate Parish (Plainfield). He has been a critical part of men's ministry across the Diocese of Joliet, starting both the Fishers of Men chapter at St. Mary's and leading the Catholic Man Night series for several years.
John Machak
Leadership Development Director
Recently retired from 33 years in the corporate world, John now has the opportunity to fully apply all of his experiences into parish service and men’s ministry. A cradle Catholic with 19 years of education from wonderful Catholic institutions, he looks back with gratitude at how each step was a formative one in who he is today in his faith. John has been married for 40 years to his best friend, Liz and has been blessed with three wonderful sons and five beautiful grandchildren. He is an active leader at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Naperville, currently serving as Deputy Grand Knight in the Holy Spirit K of C Council while also leading Holy Spirit’s That Man Is You Men’s Ministry. John also has the privilege of bringing Christ to others through his role as a Minister of Care to the home-bound. One of the greatest full-circle experiences for John was his high school Kairos retreat and many years later, the gift of knowing Christ so intimately through Cursillo. He is honored and humbled to serve in his capacity of Leadership Development Director as part of the Men of Christ-Joliet team.
Dave Baugh
Dave Baugh
Secretary / Marketing Director
Since 1996, Dave has served in multiple marketing communications roles across the non-profit, financial, and technology sectors, with deep specialization in executive communications and digital content development. Born and raised in Cleveland, in 1997 he had the incredible luck of marrying his wife Jamie, a Southside Chicago native. In 2000, they moved to the Mount Greenwood area, where they spent more than two decades raising their six children and relishing parish life as members of St. John Cantius (Chicago). Drawn by friends and the beauty of the area, they recently moved to Shorewood, where they are enjoying being new grandparents and proud parishioners of St. Joseph (Rockdale). Dave has a passion for promoting the Catholic faith using skills he continues to develop as part of his professional consultancy.

The MEN OF CHRIST® apostolate is a movement, and your local Dynamic Men’s Group keeps it moving.

Joining a Dynamic Men’s Group in your parish will bring you a step closer to becoming stronger men, fathers, husbands and leaders. Nationwide, men are benefiting from these groups, so now is the time to take the next step. We invite you to contact the leaders of the programs listed below, understand the format and the mission, and even volunteer to help. It’s 90 percent showing up, 10 percent work, and 100 percent about becoming a better man.

When do our Dynamic Men’s Groups meet?

A typical group meets weekly for an hour to 90 minutes. Most run one of the many excellent programs that minister to men including That Man Is You, Follow Me, Fishers of Men, Fit Shepherds and more. Expect a wide age range, fellowship and the beginning of friendships that will help bring you closer to Christ.

NOTE: Be sure to contact the men below to ensure the schedule is current, especially during the summer months.

Sons of Thunder
Sons of Thunder is for all Diocese of Joliet men ages 21-35 working together to restore Catholic masculinity. Each week we meet to grow closer to Christ as better men, fathers, and disciples. Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Plainfield. Sign up for our email updates by clicking below:
Aurora
Our Lady of Mercy
Fit Shepherds
Wednesday
5:30 a.m.
Alex Baier
abaier823@gmail.com
Clarendon Hills
Notre Dame
Fit Shepherds
Wednesdays @ 5 a.m. AND Saturdays @ 7 a.m.
Meet in ND parking lot
Kyle Stern
kstern@healthscape.com
312-523-8557
Darien
Our Lady of Peace
Men's Ministry
Dennis Breier
dennisbreier11@gmail.com
Downers Grove
St. Mary of Gostyn
Word on Fire
Monday
7:00 p.m.
Rick Sparke
ricksparke@yahoo.com
630-969-1063
Hinsdale
St. Isaac Jogues
Men's Ministry
Pat Tishack
pat3440@gmail.com
Joliet
St. Francis Xavier
Men's Ministry
Chris Wieglos
cwqielgos@outlook.com
779-456-9526
Joliet
St. Jude
Fishers of Men
Saturday
6:30 a.m.
Brian Bergmann
bnwbergmann@comcast.net
Lombard
St. Pius X
Men's Ministry
Mike Turner
mturnerep@yahoo.com
Mark Reznicek
Manhattan
St. Joseph
Fishers of Men
Saturday
7:30 a.m.
Tim McGrath
Tim@tmcgrathlaw.com
815-685-5564
Minooka
St. Mary
Fishers of Men
Saturday
Dave Clark
chiefengin@sbcglobal.net
815-955-2928
Mokena
St. Mary
Monthly (Contact us)
Bob Prskalo
bobprskalo@yahoo.com
708-629-9470
Naperville
Holy Spirit
TMIY
Saturday
7:00 a.m.
John Machak
jpm15@att.net
630-828-1347
Naperville
Holy Spirit
Faith Sharing
Saturday
7:00 a.m.
Lupe Alvarez
eldirector@yahoo.com
630-674-7690
Naperville
St. Elizabeth Seton
TMIY
Saturday
6:30 a.m.
Wayne Klein
wklein@kleinconstruction.net
Naperville
Sts. Peter & Paul
Fishers of Men
Saturday
6:45 a.m.
Steve Obendorf
fishersofmensspp@gmail.com
Naperville
Sts. Peter & Paul
Faithful Fathers
Monthly (Contact us)
James Panek
Drew Pultorak
f2.sspp@gmail.com
New Lenox
Saint Jude
Follow Me
Saturday
8:00 a.m.
Dcn. Bill Ciston
815-341-0110
New Lenox
Saint Jude
TMIY
Tuesday
6:30 p.m.
Bob Thompson
815-592-2438
Oswego
St. Anne
Scripture Discussion
Wednesday (Contact us)
Don Oblazney
don.oblazney@yahoo.com
630-518-7387
Plainfield
St. Mary Immaculate
Sons of Thunder
Monthly (Contact us)
Chris Schreck
Chris.J.Schreck@gmail.com
Zack Hernandez
zackhernandez1022@yahoo.com
Plainfield
St. Mary Immaculate
Fishers of Men
Saturday
7:00 a.m.
Tom Ketelhut
tomketelhut@gmail.com
815-878-9717
Plano
St. Mary
TMIY
Saturday
7:00 a.m.
John Lovetere
jlovetere@tiemengineering.com
630-333-6700
Shorewood
Holy Family
Fit Shepherds
Saturday
6:00 a.m.
Bill O'Brien
dude18@yahoo.com
Villa Park
St. Alexander
Fishers of Men
Tuesday evenings
Ron D'Amico
evietech@yahoo.com
630 279 8022
John Schumaker
john.d.shumaker@gmail.com
630-834-9160
Wayne
Resurrection Parish
Scripture Discussion
Monday
7:00 p.m.
Kevin Koster
kakoster1@gmail.com
708-533-6862
John Petrick
J5Petrick@comcast.net
630-643-1549
Westmont
Holy Trinity
Various Ministry Topics - Bonfire and coffee
Saturday
6:00 a.m. - Rotating homes host
Nick Bairer
630-913-0023
Wheaton
St. Michael
Men's Ministry
Brian Hengesbaugh
chicagomensbiblestudy@gmail.com
Daniel Trotta
danieltrotta@comcast.net
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