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John Mikan


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About Mikan

Rev. Mr. John Mikan is a Chicago native, who graduated from Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and later the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education. John later attended the Archdiocese of Chicago Diaconate Program at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. He was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2015 and was assigned to Blessed Aloysius Stepinac Croatian Catholic Mission where he assists the Croatian Franciscans of North America to this day. John also served as a Catechist from 2008 to present to prepare the children for their Sacraments at his home parish. John also volunteered as a Deacon for St. Joseph’s in Wilmette from 2015 to 2018 and currently volunteers at St. Catherine Laboure in Glenview.

John has taught Art for the Chicago Public Schools at Goethe Elementary and Lakeview High school, and was the Summer Program Art Teacher at Archbishop Quigley from 1996 to the school’s closing in 2006. John also served as the Campus Minister at Resurrection College Prep under his title “Deacon John” where he expanded the service program, the retreats, and the use of sacraments, introducing Eucharistic Adoration and expanding clergy involvement to create more opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Mr. Mikan would then go on to be an ISA Certified Arborist for SavATree and later Winkler Tree and Lawn Care where he is also the District Manager for the Northern Suburbs.

John began his art career as a teenager for Chicago’s Gallery 37. He has done work for public and private collections and exhibited in dozens of exhibitions. He began doing larger pieces for Catholic churches and Murals while attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has done murals in schools, airports, and on public buildings. His most recent murals in Chicago were featured in the Chicago Sun Times and other international publications. He has a variety of works in multiple Archdiocesan buildings and churches in Chicago and a life size Divine Mercy painting at St. John the Evangelist at St. John’s, Indiana. He currently works on commission for portraits and landscapes, and as a “live painter” at weddings and other events.

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