About Deacon Allen
Deacon Allen Tatara is a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Ordained in 2009, he serves at St. Hubert Parish in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. He has been involved with teens and young adults for more than 25 years, and is blessed to work alongside his wife, Stephanie, as Youth Ministry Coordinators at the parish.
Deacon Allen is a dynamic and fiery speaker, preacher, storyteller, musician and evangelizer. He loves sharing his God-given gifts in his ministries and is truly humbled to be in service to God and his people. He ministers around the country at diocesan, school, and parish adult and youth events. He has motivated and inspired groups of all ages to a greater awareness of how to recognize God’s presence in their daily lives through his unique blend of storytelling, humor, audience participation, music, and deep-seeded spirituality.
Deacon Allen is also a published author and blogger. He is published in Give Us This Day, one of the most popular Catholic devotionals on the market. His blog, On the Inside; On the Outside, is a collection of writings about how work and the circumstances of everyday life are opportunities for growing closer to God and serving others.
He is also an accomplished songwriter and has had some of his songs recorded by a Nashville recording artist. In his spare time, he is the lead guitarist and a vocalist in The Gold Coast Orchestra, one of Chicago’s most energetic dance bands.
Deacon Allen lives in Hoffman Estates, Illinois with his wife, Stephanie, and their dog, Willy. He is also the proud father of three young adult sons, Joe, Dan, and Nathan.