The Faithful Wellspring

Reintroducing the Faith to the St. Tarcissus Parish Community

 Rev. Michael Solazzo was born in Chicago, and raised in North Riverside.  His home parish was Mater Christi.  He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Westchester, as well as Niles College, Loyola University Chicago, and St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.

He was ordained as a priest in 1976.  His first parish assignment was at St. John Brebeuf in Niles.  Later parishes and organizations at which Rev. Solazzo also served include St. Cletus parish in LaGrange, St. Mary parish in Evanston, St. Benedict parish in Chicago, Misericordia Home, Marmion Abbey, and St. Matthias parish in Chicago.  He is currently pastor at St. Tarcissus parish in Chicago and a Benedictine Oblate of St. Scholastica Monastery.



Michael WojciechowskiMichael Wojciechowski was born with a rare genetic bone condition called OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA (OI), which is better known as “brittle bone disease”. As a result of this diagnosis, he has experienced countless fractures and suffers from severe scoliosis that causes debilitating chronic back pain. In spite of this, although the road called life has gotten hazy at times, he has never entirely lost his desire to live and fight to see more of it. Michael pulls his strength from the constant; loving; and attentive care of his mother and father (Lucy and Jerzy/Jerry) as well as his older sister (Anna) for whom he states that there’s simply not enough words available to explain his gratitude and admiration for what bulwarks and gargoyles they’ve been in his life.

“As the old saying goes, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, and those whom said it must’ve had disabled peoples’ and their families in mind because this is certainly so in my case,” says Michael. “I thank the good Lord, everyday, that I have such wonderful people around me. Needless to mention, perhaps, that in light of my daily struggles, my faith has been an absolute pillar and a source of great (personal) inspiration which I continue to draw from in order to “stay strong” in this genuine adventure we (all) call life.” It is for this, as well as many reasons, why Michael has agreed to put his thoughts for everyone to read; comprehend; and, perhaps, share with others because, as Michael says, “I truly believe that our faith is worth knowing and sharing with others. I look forward to dialoging with each and every one of you, if the Good Shepard should bless me with the opportunities to do so. Ad maiorem Dei gloriam!”