Barber shaves priest’s Blackhawk beard
By Kitty Conley email@example.com July 9, 2013 12:30PM
The Rev. Tom Mischler, pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Winfield, went without shaving until his team won the Stanley Cup. After the 10 o’clock Mass on June 30, Wayne Borowski of Man Cave Barbers shaved it off. | Supplied Photo
Updated: July 9, 2013 12:42PM
WINFIELD — Like many other diehard Chicago Blackhawks fans, the Rev. Tom Mischler, pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Winfield, went without shaving until his team won the Stanley Cup.
It was a beautiful white beard; he already had the moustache. He also let parishioners vote with their dollars in separate cans for how they wanted him shaved at the end of the playoffs.
The winning cut for the facial hair on Fr. Mischler was to leave the moustache and goatee, raising $111.
It was a long way down for the pork chop beard at $17, and then his normal moustache only for $13 and clean shaven was just $9. The kids might have thought it was a hoot with their change to vote what would happen to their priest’s face, but there were men that were real serious that they wanted him to have that goatee, so the moustache and goatee won.
After the 10 o’clock Mass on June 30, the shaving took place in the parish hall. It was just before Father Mischler was host of a gathering called “Coffee Talk,” where parishioners can come and talk about anything dealing with what was talked about at this Sunday’s Mass or any other subject on faith and what is happening today or in Church history. He did have a following.
Wayne Borowski of Man Cave Barbers made a big deal of the “Shaving of the Beard.” Borowski is also a parishioner. He was having fun.
“I just did it because Father wanted to do it. The money went between two charities,” said Borowski.
At the Man Cave Barber shop they shaved a bunch of beards. According to Borowski, they did 15, maybe 20, beards that were grown to support the Blackhawks. They probably had six the day after the championship final.
The rest were all week long, whenever the men could get into the shop.
“Only Father drew the audience,” Borowski said at first. Then he paused to think about it and added, “however, we did have a fiancée that came in to make sure that the beard was gone before their wedding next month.”
According to Barb Graham from the parish, in total $150 was raised. Half of it went to Sojourner Truth House in Gary and the other half went to help support the seminarian that is working with the parish this summer.
Holy Spirit is lucky to have former award-winning journalist Jeff Burton this year. After a career as a writer, this young man decided that was not the life for him.
He was called to the priesthood and here he is working in Winfield.