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About Miguel

The Rev’d Miguel A. Briones serves a deacon at both St. Helena’s and at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, IL. Deacon Miguel was invited by Fr. Ethan to join St. Helena’s staff in September 2017. Deacon Miguel’s responsibilities include liturgy and outreach, including planning celebrations, such as quinceañeras, Our Lady of Guadalupe and las Posadas. Last September, Deacon Miguel was a key organizer for the Hispanic Youth Event held at St. Helena’s, which hosted more than seventy-five youth from across the Diocese of Chicago for a day of learning, prayer, and fellowship. The Revd. Miguel serves as treasurer on the board of the diocesan Hispanic Affairs Committee, and has also been a member of the diocesan Anti-Racism Commission for approximately seven years. He has long felt a deep interest in the struggle to eradicate racism in our institutions and communities, beginning with the first anti-racism workshop he attended during seminary.  On October 7, 2017, he was a facilitator of the first anti-racism workshop in Spanish in the Diocese of Chicago at the Episcopal Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Waukegan IL.

Deacon Miguel is a graduate of the Universidad Benemérita de Puebla in Mexico with certification as a public accountant and auditor. He pursued his theological studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston IL. He currently works as a chaplain at the MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL, which has a large Hispanic population.

In August 2016, Deacon Miguel developed a training and leadership plan at the Episcopal Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Waukegan. This plan, grounded in spiritual formation, is now producing fruits with the participation of new and more committed leaders, who are developing their ministries with a vision that allows them to continue growing as leaders. As part of this plan, different activities have been planned and organized, such as a weekly Bible Study and teaching and training in different ministries. In 2015. The Revd. Miguel participated in the creation of a new Hispanic community at the Episcopal Church of San Pablo.