Paul J. West Jr. is a cradle Catholic and native Chicagoan who first heard God’s call to serve in chaplaincy while  volunteering as a Eucharistic minister at St. Thomas the Apostle in Hyde Park.  He responded to the call by  completing an ACPE Certified Chaplaincy internship and residency in the Advocate Healthcare system.  Paul now serves as Staff Chaplain at Franciscan Health Hospital in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

As a former educator for over two decades, Paul taught religion and scripture courses at four Chicago area high schools and adults at the Chicago Catholic Scripture School. His parish work and extended ministry has included lay preaching, writing and presenting seminars for various institutions and parishes.

Paul and his wife Dr. Joy West are native south siders and parishioners at St. Thomas the Apostle in Hyde Park. They have raised four beautiful daughters who are all hardcore Bears and White Sox fans!!!