Saint Joseph College Seminary



Faculty & Staff

Saint Joseph College Seminary is served by five resident priests who are responsible for different aspects of the seminarians' formation. In addition, five religious and lay faculty members teach eleven in-house courses during the academic year, eleven spiritual directors meet with the seminarians twice a month, and a lay staff of five full-time and two part-time employees attend to the everyday needs of the seminary.

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Very Rev. Peter Snieg, M.Div, S.T.L.

Fr. Peter graduated from St. Robert Bellarmine grammar school in 1977 and attended William H. Taft public high school, graduating in 1981. He went on to Northeastern Illinois University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education/Music in 1985.

In 1989, Fr. Snieg entered the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary to pursue the priesthood. He earned a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in 1992; a year later he was ordained a priest and received a Master of Divinity degree. After ordination, while a resident of St. Martha Parish, he completed a Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

From 1994-1995, he was Associate Pastor of St. Priscilla Parish while also teaching at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary. In 1995, he served as a religion teacher and part-time recruiter at Archbishop Quigley. In 1998, he became the Dean of Formation, and the following year, was appointed Rector of Archbishop Quigley by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George. Following Archbishop Quigley’s closing in the spring of 2007, Fr. Snieg was appointed to Saint Joseph College Seminary as Vice Rector, Dean of Formation and Director of the Quigley Scholars Program in 2007. He became the Rector-President of Saint Joseph College Seminary in 2010 and facilitated the planning and construction of the new seminary building. In 2012, Cardinal George appointed him Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Chicago. After Fr. Snieg had completed his three year term in this position, Archbishop Blase Cupich asked him to return to St. Joseph College Seminary, again as Rector-President.

You may reach Fr. Snieg at 773.973.9700 |

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Rev. Matthew Alexander
Director of Recruitment

Father Matt Alexander was born in 1988 to his parents Robert and Carolyn and grew up in Hoffman Estates as the second of three children.  Fr. Matt attended St. Hubert Catholic School until graduating in 2002 and attended Schaumburg High School until graduating in 2006.  Before pursuing priesthood, he had completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio where he had first found and responded to his calling to be a priest of Jesus Christ.  Fr. Matt entered seminary in 2010, graduated from Mundelein Seminary in 2015, and, shortly thereafter, was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago.  In 2017, Fr. Matt completed his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Mundelein Seminary.  Fr. Matt has previously served at St. Mary of the Annunciation in Mundelein as the associate pastor.  [Fr. Matt enjoys backpacking, canoeing, and playing ultimate frisbee.

You may reach Fr. Alexander at 773.973.8766 |


Rev. Daniel Flens, M.A., M.Div.
Director of Liturgy and Pastoral Formation

Fr. Daniel Flens graduated from St. Mary Magdalene School in 1977. He then entered the archdiocesan seminary system, attending Quigley South Seminary. After graduating from Quigley South in 1981, Fr. Flens continued to Niles College Seminary of Loyola University, where he completed his degrees of English and Philosophy in 1985. Fr. Flens then entered the University of St Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, where he was ordained a transitional deacon in 1988 and a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago the next year by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.

Fr. Flens was associate pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Chicago from 1989-1996. In 1996, he was reassigned to St. Kieran Parish in Chicago Heights, where he served as associate pastor for seven more years. In May of 2003, Cardinal Francis George, OMI asked Fr. Flens to become his priest-secretary. He worked closely with Cardinal George for almost twelve years, until the Cardinal’s death in April 2015. Fr. Flens is now the Director of Liturgy and Pastoral Formations of Saint Joseph College Seminary.

You may reach Fr. Flens at 773.973.9707 |



Rev. Robert Flack, S.J.
Director of Spiritual Life

Fr. Flack was born in Chicago in 1948. After attending Quigley Seminary South, Niles College, and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, he was ordained a priest in 1974 for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

After serving in several parishes in the Archdiocese, he entered the Jesuits in 1983. As a Jesuit, he earned a Ph.D. in demography and urban studies at the University of Washington and has taught at Xavier University in Cincinnati and at St. Louis University. Fr. Flack interned in spiritual direction at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, PA., and has preached retreats, given directed retreats and done spiritual direction at several Jesuit retreat houses. Most recently, he served as Director of the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL.

You may reach Fr. Flack at 773.973.8943 |





Rev. Thomas Regan, S.J., Academic Dean - 773.973.9709 |

Rev. Britto Berchmanns, M.Div., Ph.D, Professor -

Dr. Alberto Bertozzi, Ph.D., Professor

Rev. Timonthy Fiala, M.Div., S.T.L., S.T.D., Professor -

Christian Stirling, Director of





Heladio ChavezHead of Housekeeping - 773.973.9816 |

Pamela Ferrarini, Administrative Assistant to the Rector - 773.973.9706 |

Diana Kozojed, Grant Writer - 773.973.9722 |

Gail Mitchell, Kitchen Manager - 773.973.8724.

Dawn Zamora, Director of Institutional Advancement - 773.973.9720 |

Yuvanka Zavala, Business Manager - 773.973.9710 |