Parish Staff

Father Edward Cronin


Agnieszka Brandys

Agnieszka Brandys was born in Poland. She graduated there with a Master’s Degree in Economics.  Upon arriving in Chicago, she has received the Archdiocese of Chicago Certification as a catechist. She has been working in the parish since 2006. Agnieszka is a Director of Religious Education for children preparing for First Eucharist and Confirmation and she works as an Administrative Assistant at our parish office.

In June 2012, she celebrated her wedding here at St. Helen.

Alex Fries

Alex arrived at St. Helen’s in September of 2013. He is in charge of providing music for all weekend Liturgies, feast days, weddings, and funerals, both Polish and English, that occur at St. Helen’s. Alex plays the organ, piano, and cantors for all masses. He also directs the Liturgical Choir that sings at the 9am mass, the contemporary Praise Team that sings at the 6pm mass, and any other music volunteers. These relaxed and fun groups are always looking for new members.

Allow me to introduce myself! My name is Alex Fries (freeze) and I am the new director of music  here at St. Helen. I am originally from a small town in Ohio called Norwalk, and came to Chicago for college. I graduated in May 2013 from VanderCook College of Music with a Bachelor in Music Education. I’ve been involved in the music ministry since I began playing instruments in elementary school.

If you have questions about the music ministry at St. Helen’s, are interested in becoming involved in the music ministry, or need to discuss music for a special liturgy at St. Helen’s, please e-mail Alex at