Welcome to the Community of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton…

Located at 1023 McHenry Avenue in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and ministering to ~2,900 registered families, the Parish of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton has been serving our Catholic Community since 1978.

Parish History

On December 13, 1978, Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill announced the appointment of Father Joseph F. Kulak (1978-1995) as the founding pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. The parish was named in honor of the first native-born U.S. citizen to be canonized a saint. On December 31, 1978, the first Mass for the parish was celebrated in the auditorium of Crystal Lake South High School. Mass was celebrated in this auditorium until a new church was built for the parish.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the construction of a new church on February 1, 1981. The rectory and land were donated by St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Crystal Lake, where many St. Elizabeth parishioners belonged before their parish was formed.

The church was dedicated on April 24, 1982 by Bishop O’Neill. The Mass was concelebrated with Father Kulak, Pastor.

A Eucharistic Chapel that seats 50 is included in the church building and a stained glass window that depicts the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton occupies one side of the narthex, directly behind the baptismal font.

A bronze crucifix in the sanctuary of the church was dedicated on June 3, 2001. The corpus of Christ is six feet tall and weighs over 450 pounds and is mounted on teak wood. The crucifix was donated by Marian Stello in honor of her parents, Cal and Jennie Basile.

On September 9, 2001, under the pastorate of Father (now Monsignor) Thomas J. Dempsey, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the construction of a new two story parish center. Bishop Thomas G. Doran officiated at the ceremony. The new parish center was dedicated and blessed by Bishop Emeritus O’Neill, assisted by Monsignor Dempsey, on March 16, 2003.

The new 34,000 square-foot building is attached to the church and has a large reception hall with seating for 500, a kitchen, meeting rooms (with walls that can be extended or contracted to form larger or smaller rooms), a bride’s room and toddler room, parish offices and a large, still-unfinished area upstairs.

As of July 1, 2007 our pastor is Father Brian D. Grady.

From our entire parish staff, we extend a warm welcome to you and your family…