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Pastoral Council Members

Biographical information about each of the members of the Pastoral Council

Who We Are

My name is Justin Abbink. I have been attending St. Edna since 2008 and singing with the SNL choir since 2015. In addition to singing with the St. Edna Choir, I am involved in Vacation Bible School and Snack Theater. As a Parish Council member, I am a liaison to the Worship Commission.


My name is Phil Blomeke. My wife (Allison) has been singing at St. Edna since 2010 and began directing the Children’s Choir in 2015. When we were married in November of 2016, we decided to make St. Edna our home parish. Everyone I’ve met here has been so welcoming, and I was instantly drawn to the multiple ministry opportunities available. Today, I am involved as a Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister and Snack Theater team member. Additionally, I am a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. As part of the Pastoral Council, I am a liaison to the Human Concerns Commission. I look forward to serving God and the people of St. Edna!


My name is Dominic Fernandes. My wife Sandy and two boys, Joshua and Daniel have been members of St. Edna’s parish since 2014. We love how welcoming the parish has been and the wealth of activities that occur in the parish in different areas. We greatly appreciate how the choir at St. Edna’s encourages the congregation to participate. My wife and I lector and our sons take part in the weekly religious education program. As a Parish Council member I look forward to helping the parish on its journey to make its vision a reality.



My name is Kathie Galvani.  My parents were original members of St. Edna’s when we moved to Arlington Heights in 1966 and I was very comfortable coming here when I returned to the area in 1989. I have been a part of the Gardening for God group for a number of years and I have been a helper catechist with the SPRED group for four years.  I have always found St. Edna’s to have a welcoming environment and I am happy to be part of parish committees that foster that environment. This is my first year on the Pastoral Council and I am a liaison to the Parish Life Committee.