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KEVIN J. MARZALIK APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
FOR ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

CHICAGO (June 23, 2008) Kevin J. Marzalik has been appointed the new Director of Finance for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The appointment was made by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, and is effective July 5, 2008.

“I am impressed with Mr. Marzalik’s very extensive background, but especially his immediate grasp of the critical relationships between financial realities and local pastoral concerns and sensitivities,” said Cardinal George. “I am confident that he will work hard to make sure that the ongoing financial situations faced by pastors, priests and local ecclesial ministers are understood by the Pastoral Center and local Vicariate office staffs and that creative solutions are developed to assist them.”

“Kevin brings all the requisite skills, background and academic credentials that are needed for this position. In particular, his lifelong involvement with the Catholic Church and understanding of Church teaching and ministry will be a great asset to him in this work” remarked Jimmy Lago, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The appointment is for five years and is in accord with the provisions of Canon Law (c. 494), and Book V regarding the “Temporal Goods of the Church. I welcome Kevin to this critical position as well as look forward to his important contributions to the deliberations within the Cardinal’s curia, the Administrative Council, the College of Consultors and other advisory groups to the Cardinal.”

“I am grateful to Cardinal George for the appointment and for the trust and confidence he places in me to take on this work,” said Kevin Marzalik. “I follow the excellent leadership of Tom Brennan whom I had the privilege of working with very briefly as I assisted the Catholic Missions Office in its transition to improved accounting practices. I will try to put the entire range of financial, marketing and operational experiences I have had in the corporate world to bear on the challenges facing the Archdiocese’s parishes, schools, agencies, ministries and departments. I am truly honored to have this opportunity.”

Mr. Marzalik is a CPA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary High School South. His business experience began in the early 80’s as an auditor with Coopers and Lybrand. He held senior finance positions with McDonald’s Corporation for 11 years as well as with the Marketing Store Worldwide in both administration and finance. Most recently he served as vice president, chief financial and operations officer for Paladin Holdings, Inc., a venture capital-funded firm specializing in a variety of marketing, advertising, and communications opportunities. Mr. Marzalik was awarded the Christifideles Award for extraordinary lay ministry in 2005. McDonald’s Corporation gave him the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in 1989. In addition, he has been part of an African Mission Team for Uganda since 2006. He has been involved in a variety of church-related projects and ministries including finance committee chair of his local parish, and has served as a Confirmation youth catechist and a retreat leader for Engaged Couples Discovery weekends.

Marzalik, his wife Penny and their three sons reside in Western Springs and are members of St. John of the Cross Parish.

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