Staff

Saint Martin de Porres is a Catholic Parish committed to loving everyone always and extending the hope and grace of Jesus to our neighbors near and far. We are one Body in Christ, and we do not stand alone.

Fr. Larry Dowling
Pastor
Rev. Larry Dowling is the pastor of St. Agatha Parish in Chicago’s North Lawndale community, having previously served as pastor at Chicago’s St. Denis Parish and associate pastor at St. James Church in Arlington Heights. He received his Masters of Divinity (1991) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) (1998) from the University of St. Mary of the Lake. He is a ’97-‘98 alumnus of Leadership Greater Chicago. He currently serves as Dean of Deanery III-D. He also serves as Board President for the ACTA Foundation and as Moderator for the Priests for Justice for Immigrants as well as a board member of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union. He is actively involved in local community organizing efforts, criminal justice reform and restorative justice projects, anti-violence and labor issues throughout the Chicago area. He served on the Board of Consultors to the Cardinal and on the Anti-Racism Implementation Team for the Archdiocese. He is also prior board member and president of the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention (ICVP) and Arise Chicago. He has served as Chair of the Association of Chicago Priests (ACP) and as editor of UPTURN, a bi-monthly publication of the ACP. He is a published writer, making contributions to publications of Liturgical Training Publications. He is a speaker on justice issues and on healing the wounds of child and youth sexual abuse. He is an avid reader, backpacker, hiker and bicyclist.
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Fr. Thadeo Mgimba
Associate Pastor
Fr. Thadeo Mgimba was ordained on May, 2008 by Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago. He served his first assignment at Holy Name of Mary Parish in Chicago from July, 2008 through June, 2011. Fr. Thadeo then served one year as administrator of Ascension-St. Susanna Parish and St. Gerard Majella Parishes for one year. He was appointed Pastor of the same communities in 2012 and has served both parishes until February, 2021. He was appointed as a Pastor of St. Martin de Porres on March, 2021.
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Rev. William Pouncy
Deacon
William Pouncy was ordained March 16, 2004, by Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago. He was a member of St. Angelas Catholic Church before merging with St. Martin de Porres Parish. William retired from the United Postal Service on November 30, 2019, completing 30 years of service. His last position held was Manager of Lead Control. His decision to retire was to contribute more time to his ministers. He is currently the Deacon Diaconate Coordinator for Vicariate Three, Chairman of the Liturgy Committee, Director of Charitable Hands Ministries, a member of the Black Catholic Deacons, a member of Knights of Peter Claver and actively participates in the Food Pantry serving those in need. William and Gail have been married for 36 years and have one son Terrence.
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Director of Operations
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Marvin McCurry
Lay Leader/ Church Maintenance
Marvin Darrell McCurry has been a parishioner of St. Martin dePorres Catholic Church when it was established the on the west side of Chicago in the Austin community in 1988 and he’s a former member of St. Mel Holy Ghost Parish where he was baptized in July of 1971. Marvin is the oldest brother of Melissa and Matthew McCurry and uncle to Serell and Senai. He enjoys dinner with family, friends, visiting museums, crosswords, bike riding on the lakefront and traveling. Marvin especially love Jesus Christ and church! “Christ in front of me, behind me, above me, underneath me and in my heart”. Marvin Darrell is a Physical Education teacher at Frances Xavier Warde School for 27 years with Preschool and Kindergarteners with a certification in early childhood. Marvin also received his certification as a Lay Leader at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein where he is currently of service to our parish as President of our parish Federal Credit Union, Men’s Group member, Coordinator for Proclaimers of the Word, Parish Environment, Provident Associate with the Sisters of Providence, Committee member of Parish Council and Liturgy Planning committees. He’s very happy to undertake the newest ministry of reaching out to our shut-in/home bound and those living in other cities and states with Live Streaming. Also he cleans and maintains the sanctuary for Sunday mass and making it a comfortable sacred place for worshipping and gathering Marvin Darrell is thankful for the strength God has given him to undertake the role and responsibilities of keeping our parish a faith, hope, and loved filled community. He loves the parish because they’re his family as well. He has learned and grown so much with the St. Martin dePorres community and so grateful for the love and support shown to him. It’s often said to Marvin “Don’t you get tired” he says: I’m never tired when it comes to working for the Lord. Marvin is also a member of the choir.
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Parish Secretary
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Frank Clark
Maintenance
Frank Clark, worked at Union Station until 1979 when he graduated from High School. He is the oldest of 6 Children. (3 Sisters, Joyce, Rotess and Theresa and 2 brothers Melvin and Eric). His hobbies he enjoys are: Volunteering at the Food Pantry and he is a member of the Men’s Group and an Usher, working on rewiring lamps, making wooden name plates, and collecting cans and doing puzzles, watching TV and eating. He enjoys keeping everything clean and neat when he is cleaning up around the parish and where he lives. After Union Station, Frank worked at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church and then At St Martin de Porres in 2005 until current. He handles clean up and maintaining the grounds around the church and the various other locations of the Church.
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Darryl Petty
Minister of Music
Organist / Pianist for 52 years, American conservatory music, Member of Redeeming Church of Christ
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Emily Dillon
Website and Social Media Administrator
Emily Dillon is a recent marketing graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. Before working at St. Martin de Porres, Emily worked as a student worker in DePaul’s College of Communications Office and Ticket Office as well as a social media manager in the landscaping world. Emily is excited to be working in the Church with the opportunity to invite the community online and share with others the welcoming environment she has experienced with the members of St. Martin.
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Housekeeping
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