Officers Attend Sunday Service & Show Support for Devoted Chaplain
Schaumburg, IL – Illinois State Police officers from various parts of the Northern Region of Illinois attended Sunday service at Saint Marcelline’s Catholic Church in Schaumburg in honor of Reverend Hal Stanger. Father Harold Stanger is a Catholic Priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago and has been serving as an ISP Chaplain for over a decade.
"We all know him as ‘Father Hal’ and he has played an integral role in bringing spiritual support to the men and women of the Illinois State Police and their families through tragedy and despair," said Commander Terry Lemming, Illinois State Police Region I Commander. "He is one of many ISP Chaplains who have committed their lives to serving the community and the Illinois State Police family with comfort, devotion, and guidance," he added.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers, families, friends, and ISP retirees attended the mass in celebration of Father Hal to honor the well respected and often sought-out Chaplain who also shares a great sense of humor for law enforcement. "As you can see, we are joined by the Illinois State Police for mass this morning, but I assure you they're not here for me; perhaps they' re here for some of you,” said Father Stanger as he began the mass celebration. “All kidding aside, these men and women are all off duty, so rest assured there are others patrolling the interstates and keeping our roads safe today," he stressed.
Father Hal has provided guidance and leadership to many ISP officers during extremely difficult times. His strength and positive reinforcement was crucial during an incident which nearly took the life of an ISP Trooper struck on the Dan Ryan expressway. His prayers have been invaluable to Troopers diagnosed with life threatening illnesses, and his words have consoled the families of Troopers who have experienced tragedies in their own personal lives.
The Illinois State Police Chaplain Program is a volunteer program with a statewide network of clergy of various faiths who volunteer their time and talents to help the Department, its employees, and their families with confidential, supportive, and religious needs. Volunteers are not entitled to any type of compensation or other employment benefits.