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Fr. Matthew Foley R.

Pastor

St. James Parish

Direct Phone: (224) ***-****       

Email: f***@***.org

St. James Parish

820 N. Arlington Heights Road

Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

United States

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Background Information

Affiliations

Board Member
Military Outreach USA

Board Member
The Resurrection Project

Education



Libertyville High School



Marquette University

MLA

Web References (192 Total References)


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Matthew 6:34 is my favorite bible quote: "Therefore do not beanxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will beanxious for itself.
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My favorite Bible quote is "You are the light of the world…" Matthew 5:3-10, the Beatitudes, because they show us the way to live our lives.
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My mission in life is summed up by Matthew 20:28: "Just so, the Son of Man did not come to serve but to serve and to give his life as ransom for many."


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El Nino Rey was founded by Fr. Matt Foley, now pastor of St. James Church in Arlington Heights.
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Foley attended a fundraiser for Salute Inc., the Palatine-based organization dedicated to helping returning military members and their families. He sat beside one of his parishioners and the co-founder of Salute, Mary Beth Beiersdorf, who told him Taylor's agonizing story.
Little did Beiersdorf know that Foley, a veteran himself who came to St. James after four tours in Afghanistan, had traveled on 27 dental missions as part of El Nino Rey.
"I told her I knew some dentists who could help," Foley said.
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The real Matt Foley remembers his friend Chris Farley


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The real Matt Foley remembers his friend Chris Farley
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Matt Foley the motivational speaker lived in a van down by the river. The real Matt Foley - the one Chris Farley named his iconic ""Saturday Night Live"" character after - is head pastor at St. James Catholic Church in Arlington Heights and still misses his good friend, Chris.
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Foley and Farley's close friendship started more than 30 years ago on the rugby field at Marquette University. It continued with backstage visits to ""Saturday Night Live"," phone calls from Mexico to New York, celebrations of Farley's sobriety dates, and prayers when he fell off the wagon. It ended on a cold Wisconsin day in December 1997 when Foley presided over Farley's funeral after the 33-year-old actor and comedian died of an overdose.
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Foley is one of many friends and family members interviewed for a new documentary called "I Am Chris Farley. The film is at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago until Thursday and will play on the Spike TV cable channel Aug. 10.
The documentary is executive produced by Farley's brother, Kevin, and shows the gentler side of the famous comedian that Foley says is truer to his friend's spirit than his rowdy legacy.
Foley met Farley on the first day of rugby practice in 1982.
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Foley was a year older and not sure what to think of the big guy who showed up to practice in nice shorts and a polo shirt with his collar popped.
"He was kind of a prepster. Rugby is a rugged group and I thought he might have a difficult time. But, he fit right in and he was a pretty decent athlete too," Foley remembered.
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"He was really creative in terms of his physical comedy even back then," Foley said. After college the two were on the same traveling rugby team. When Foley was in seminary in Mundelein, Farley would come out to visit him, and they'd play basketball or talk about faith.
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"He was very religious," Foley said. Farley attended daily Mass in college and continued to ask Foley for spiritual guidance as he struggled with addiction later in life.
A few years later Foley was a newly ordained priest working in North Lawndale and Farley was onstage at Second City.
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"My name is Matt Foley and I'm a motivational speaker," Farley began one night when Foley was in the audience.
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"My name is Matt Foley and I'm a motivational speaker," Farley began one night when Foley was in the audience.
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On May 8, 1993, Foley got a call from his old friend. "Matt Foley is going to be on tonight, you've got to watch it," he said.
Foley turned in and heard his name on national TV for the first, but certainly not the last time.
"It was a little shocking," he admitted.
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In real life, Matt Foley is a mild-spoken priest who has spent his career bringing faith to some of the toughest places in the world. He spent six years at a mission in Mexico, eight years in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood and did four tours of duty in Afghanistan as an Army chaplain before he became head pastor of St. James in Arlington Heights in 2013.
When the skit really took off, Foley was in Mexico. He didn't realize how popular it had become until one day when he tried to call Chris.
Close friends and family would use Farley's mother's maiden name when asking for his room at a hotel so the front desk would put them through, a trick Foley knew and used often while he was away.
Foley's call went through, but as soon as Farley heard, "This is Matt Foley," he hung up, assuming it was a crank call.
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Foley got to New York to see "Saturday Night Live" a few times a year and Farley always insisted on bringing him backstage to meet his new friends, like Mike Meyers and David Spade.
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"I don't think David Spade was too happy about that," Foley said.
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It was no secret that Farley struggled with addiction through much of his adult life, but his friendship with Foley was a solace from the glare of fame.
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It was a safe place for him," Foley said.
When Farley achieved his first year of sobriety, Foley flew out to New York and attended his AA meeting with him to celebrate.
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Addiction, said Foley, was a "brutal" thing for Farley.
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"He was very much aware of his struggle, but I think he was a good Catholic in practice because he recognized God's saving grace," Foley said.
During the summer of 1997 Foley came home to Chicago for a visit from his parish in Mexico.
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"That was the last time I saw him alive," Foley said.
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That is very painful," Foley said. "It was a very sad day."
After the funeral Farley's mother asked Foley not to give any interviews. The media was hungry for details of Farley's life and death from anyone close to the comedian in his last days. He obliged.
Last year, though, Foley got a call from Mrs. Farley, who asked him to participate in the "I Am Chris Farley" documentary.
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He was a very good friend," Foley said. "You think about growing old with somebody, but at 33 his life was ended. He's missed so many good things."
Foley wishes Farley could have met his own nieces and nephews, been to his brothers' weddings - which Foley presided over - and finally beat his addiction. Foley wishes Farley could have met his own nieces and nephews, been to his brothers' weddings - which Foley presided over - and finally beat his addiction.
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"Most of us, we're much more complex than people portray us to be," Foley said.
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"He was completely serious, but it cracked me up because it was just the two of us there and he looked so funny with his hands folded," Foley remembered.
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The real Matt Foley remembers his friend Chris Farley


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Fr. Matt Foley: Pastor: Fr. Matt Foley joined Saint James Parish as its pastor in August 2013.


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We welcome our new Pastor, Fr. Matt Foley, to his first year as "host" of Jubilation, and we sincerely thank all who have offered their numerous hours, creativity, and generous donations to make our largest fundraiser such a success!
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Fr. Matt Foley will be the celebrant at the 7:30am Mass in the Church on Veteran's Day, Monday, November 11th.

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