Fr. Dindo Billote

Headshots_Fr_DindoBorn in the Philippines on August 12, 1965,  Father Dindo and his two younger siblings were raised in Naperville, Illinois.  There, his parents, Felipe and Dolores, joined St. Elizabeth Seton in 1985.

After graduating from Naperville Central High School, Father Dindo attended the University of Illinois and received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  For seventeen years, he was a Project Manager and Designer specializing in Solid Waste and Landfill Gas Management.

Throughout his career, Father Dindo continued to be a contributing parishioner at St. Elizabeth Seton. He joined the Music Ministry and served as a Cantor at liturgies. He was a member of the Evangelization Committee, helping Catholics grow spiritually and deepen their understanding of the faith, active in the Cursillo Movement, and a facilitator in their Small Faith Group Sharing Communities.

Despite an acclaimed career and a steadfast commitment to his church and various ministries, Father Dindo felt called to serve God in a much more profound way.  After considerable discernment, Fr. Dindo applied to be a seminarian in the Diocese of Joliet and was accepted in 2003.  He completed his theological studies at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary and was ordained to the Priesthood on June 6, 2009 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet, Illinois. He has completed two priesthood assignments as Parochial Vicar at St. Raphael Parish in Naperville, Illinois (2009-2012), and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Bolingbrook, Illinois (2012-2014). He is also a member of the Diocese of Joliet Priest Personnel Board.

Fr. Dindo, a self-taught artist, is passionate about the arts and loves to paint watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings. He is a member of the Naperville Art League, where he has exhibited his work and has received awards for his paintings. His paintings hang in several churches in the Diocese of Joliet. He also loves to sing and is a member of the Diocese of Joliet Priest singing group, Eternity.

Father Dindo was installed as the 8th Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Mokena on August 17, 2014.  He is committed to excellence at St. Mary School and believes in a strong Catholic presence with available priests and religious while also providing a challenging curriculum and faith-based education for all students.