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Rev. Daniel A. Smilanic, JCD
Rev. Daniel A. SmilanicPresident 2008-2009

Rev. Daniel A. Smilanic, JCD

Canonical Education:

  • JCD, Gregorian University, Rome, 1995

Archdiocesan Canonical Experience:

  • Associate Professor of Canon Law, Mundelein Seminary (September, 2005 - present)
  • Delegate of the Cardinal to the Archdiocesan Professional Review Board and Promoter of Justice in causa poenale (April, 2003 - present)
  • Metropolitan Tribunal, Archdiocese of Chicago:
    • Adjutant Judicial Vicar (1997 - present)
    • Judge, Advocate. Responsible for the Field Advocate program. Responsible for organizing various study and staff days. Responsible for a regional study day on the instruction of a Clerical Penal Trial. Various other responsibilities (1990 - present)
    • Auditor (1984 - 1985)
  • Illinois Provincial Interdiocesan Appellate Tribunal (1989 - 1991)

Service to the Society:

  • Member of the CLSA since 1987
  • Responsible for researching the procedures in the 1917 Code of Canon Law for impugning the validity of the obligations arising from sacred orders for the Clerical Issues Committee (1990)
  • Reviewed translations for the CLSA committee responsible for revising the American translation of the Code of Canon Law (1994)
  • Chairman of the Marriage Research Committee (1994 - 1997)
  • Presented a seminar on The Publication of the Acts: Canon 1598, ยง1, Doctrine and Jurisprudence for the Simultaneous Conventions of the Canadian Canon Law Society and the CLSA (October, 1995)
  • Presented a workshop on Reverential Fear and Fraud for the CLSA convention (October, 1996)
  • Member of the CLSA Board of Governors (1999 - 2001)
  • Chairman, Marriage Procedures Handbook Committee (2001 - 2005)
  • Co-presented a pre-Convention workshop on Canonical Adjudication of Cases of Clerical Sexual Abuse of Minors for the CLSA convention (October, 2004)
  • Co-presented a pre-Convention workshop on Formal Marriage Nullity Trials, CLSA Convention (October, 2005)
  • Co-Editor, The Tribunal Handbook: Procedures for Formal Matrimonial Cases (2005)
  • Ad hoc USCCB-CLSA Visitation Committee, Diocese of Orlando, Florida (November, 2006)
  • Ex Officio, Budget Committee (2007-2008)
  • President, Board of Governors (2008-2009)
  • Ex Officio, Committee on Convention Planning (2009-2010)

General Canonical Experience:

  • Presentation for the Tribunals of the Province of Michigan "Sexual Abuse of Minors and the Canonical Nullity of Marriage" (September, 2006)
  • Judge in Clerical Penal Trials - various dioceses (2003-present)
  • Canonical Advocate - various dioceses (2003-present)
  • Workshop on Clerical Penal Trials presented by the USCCB, participant (February, 2003)

Archdiocesan Experience:

  • Ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 9, 1973.
  • Assigned as a resident at St. Paul of the Cross parish, Park Ridge, Illinois, (1995-present)
  • Associate Pastor at St. Gall parish in Chicago and Mary Seat of Wisdom parish in Park Ridge (1973 -1984)
  • Archdiocesan Council of Priests, several terms
  • Member of a Principal Certification Interview Board, Archdiocesan School office (1975-1984)
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