Clergy and Leadership
The Rev'd Ethan Alexander Jewett
Fr. Ethan was installed as the parish's 8th Rector by the Bishop of Chicago on October 25, 2017. He was raised Jewish in Tampa, Florida and found the Episcopal Church in 2004 after a twenty-year break from religion. His recent ministry has focused on social justice concerns, such as homelessness, hunger, and immigration.
Fr. Ethan received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Kalamazoo College and his Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago, both in French literature. After leaving university, Fr. Ethan spent ten years conducting public policy, research, and advocacy at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In 2012, he obtained his Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary and his Diploma of Anglican Studies from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.
Fr. Ethan was ordained to the priesthood in 2012, while serving as Curate of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. He then returned to the AAP as Director of Executive Services before serving for a year as Interim Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Chicago. Fr. Ethan continues to have a strong relationship with his home parish, the Church of the Atonement, Chicago.
Fr. Ethan is a self-professed Trekkie and sci-fi nerd. In his free time, he likes to travel, go to the theater, work out at the gym, and bike along the beautiful Chicago lakeshore. He lives in the Lakeview neighborhood with his husband, Jorge Cardona, and their three sugar gliders, Flip Flop, Lollipop, and Cilantro.
The Rev'd Daryce Hoff Nolan
Deacon Daryce, a longtime music teacher in both public and private schools, teaches music at St. John Fisher Catholic School in Chicago. She has also served full-time hospice chaplain. A longtime Episcopalian, she was ordained a Deacon (a servant ministry that interprets the needs of the world to the Church) in June 2017. She holds a master’s in music form the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s from Trinity Christian College. She and husband Bob, a lawyer, have a son in college.
The Rev'd Miguel Briones
The Rev'd Miguel A. Briones serves a 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.
Deacon 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
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. Deacon Miguel participated in the creation of a new Hispanic community at the Episcopal Church of San Pablo.
The Rev'd Harlan "Frank" Showers,
Minister of Music
Frank is a retired Lutheran pastor (ELCA). He has been certified in the work of spiritual direction by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (Bethesda Md.), specializing in group spiritual direction and contemplative group leadership. He is also certified by the Haden Institute (Asheville, NC) with an emphasis in individual direction, the study of mystical traditions, and Jungian dream analysis. He is a practicing organist and choir director with a B.A. in Church Music from Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pa.)
Frank is very interested in the connection of mind, body and spirit. He has translated the Lord’s Prayer from Jesus’ original language, Aramaic, and put body movements to that translation. Twice daily he practices this form of prayer with a friend. He sees prayer as opening one’s whole being to the cosmic energy of God’s love. This energizing love heals, transforms, and connects one to others and the creation., This prayer practice inspires actions to make God’s reign of justice and peace real.
Frank started contemplative prayer groups in Williamsport, Pennsylvania where he ministered for 18 years. He also has started groups in the Chicago area. He is part of a dream group where dreams are shared. Using the insights of C.G. Jung, the group helps its members determine the meaning of their dreams.
This year he begins work at the Claret Center in Hyde Park. The Center provides psychotherapy, spiritual direction and body work such as acupuncture and massage, Frank will be on their staff of spiritual directors.
Frank enjoys the culture of the city, going to concerts and plays as well as taking in Chicago’s many sites of natural beauty. He loves to cook and enjoys the companionship of his dog, Pablo, who is a Jack Russel Terrier and part Chihuahua.
Alejandro "Alex" Luna
Minister of Music
Alex arrived in the United States from Mexico in 1997 in search of a better future. He learned to play the guitar when he was 14 years old and was a member of the music ministry in his native city in Mexico. In 2002, he joined the music ministry at the Church of the Redeemer in Elgin Illinois, and in 2012 he began to serve as part of the music ministry at St. Helena's. Alex currently has two daughters Alexandra and Galilea Luna, works as a CNC machine operator in Elgin, and is a music fanatic!!!