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2015 Annual Memorial Mass & Awards Ceremony
Ceremony celebrates Vincentians in Chicago who walk in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul and Blessed Frederic Ozanam
Vincentians, friends and family members gathered together on the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul, Sunday, September 27, at St. Pascal Church in Chicago for our Annual Memorial Mass and Awards Ceremony.
We were delighted and honored to have our Spiritual Advisor Monsignor Michael Boland and Assistant Spiritual Advisor Father Gerard Kelly celebrate our Mass and renew our Vincentian commitment again this year. Special appreciation and thanks to our participating Con-Celebrants, the Very Reverend Paul G. Seaman of St. Pascal and Deacon Paul Spalla of St. Mary of the Lake.
Beautiful music and vocals for our celebration were provided by St. Pascal Director of Music Anthony Jurich and the St. Pascal Choir.
Past and present Vincentians were prayed for and honored for their service to the poor in the spirit of our founder Frederic Ozanam and patron St. Vincent de Paul. Awards were presented to several Vincentian members and friends of the Society nominated by their peers for outstanding service.
Council President Bill Soucie and Chief Executive Officer James Lonergan officiated the presentation of awards.
The Ozanam Award was presented to the following Vincentians for their years of outstanding service over and above the ministry of a conference member.
(Front L-R) Judson and Susan McCarthy of Incarnation, Palos Heights (District X); Jack Ennenbach of St. Gilbert, Grayslake (District I); James Cull of St. Stephen, Deacon & Martyr, Tinley Park (District X); Nelida Gonzalez of Our Lady of Grace, Chicago (District VII); Sandra Sanchez of Our Lady of Grace, Chicago (District VII); Pamela Matambanadzo of St. Mary of the Lake, Chicago (District IV). (Back L-R) Rich Meyers of St. Francis de Sales, Lake Zurich (District I); Msgr. Michael Boland, Fr. Gerard Kelly, Deacon Paul Spalla.
The Servant Leader Award is presented to a past or present board member who has shown life-long dedication to the Society.
Mike Herring accepting a posthumous award for his uncle, Joseph Herring of St. Nicholas, Evanston (Past District II President/Board Member)
David Kelliher of Our Lady of the Woods, Orland Park
The Top Hat Award is given to a person or group of people who are not members, but help the Society in extraordinary ways.
Grand Knight Tom Lynch (third from right), and Joe & Jan Graham accepting on behalf of Knights of Columbus Cardinal Stritch Council #3674 – Libertyville
Nadine Mihaljevic accepting on behalf of Libertyville Bank and Trust, A Wintrust Financial Corporation
The Youth Award is presented to a member or group of a St. Vincent de Paul Youth Conference for outstanding service to those in need.
(L-R) Deacon Paul Spalla, Fr. Gerard Kelly, Jeremy Keen and Yessenia Rivera of Queen of Angels, Chicago (District IV), and Msgr. Michael Boland. (Not pictured: Maximilian Michaels of Queen of Angels)
Congratulations to all of our award nominees and recipients! Click here for complete list of 2015 nominees.
Thank you to outgoing officers Jim Cicero, Dist. VI President (not pictured); Ed Stachon, Dist. VIII President (far left); David Kelliher, Dist. X President (far right) for the years they have served on the Board. They have been faithful and true to the poor and have served them with dignity and respect.
Welcome incoming officers Tim Ackerman, Board Member at Large (not pictured), Steve Amann, Dist. X President (far left), Victor Gonzalez, Dist. VII President (far right), Jim Plepel, Sr., Dist. VIII President (second from right), and Kristin McMurray-Schmelter, Board Member at Large (not pictured). Thank you for accepting the three years term as a member of the SVdP board.
Special thanks to Mujeres Unidas (Women United) for providing our meal. Mujeres Unidas provides opportunities for unemployed women in the community to build upon skills they have learned in their lives and help them create job opportunities for themselves. We are proud to have provided an opportunity for them at this year's Annual Memorial Mass and Awards Ceremony.
A Call to Serve
Pope Francis is back home, but his message remains, join the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and live your faith!
Pope Francis may be back in Rome, but there are still people here in our community who need your help! Join the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) and help those in need!
SVdP is one of the world's largest charitable organizations. It offers person-to-person service to those in need in 150 countries on five continents. The U.S. headquarters are located in St. Louis, Mo., and the United States' membership totals more than 160,000.
SVdP provides a variety of programs to assist those in need. In 2014, the SVdP Chicago Archdiocesan Council performed nearly 200,000 service hours to aid those in need and served more than 800,000 people.
Become a Vincentian today and help those in need!
For more information on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, call 312.655.7182.
A Night at the Races
Annual fundraiser to help offset Orland Park Thrift Store operations
St. Anne Conference in Hazel Crest is hosting their 13th annual fundraiser, "A Night at the Races," on Saturday, October 10 at Balmoral Park, 26435 Dixie Highway in Crete, Illinois. Buffet served from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and includes a salad bar, carving station, chef manned pasta station and delicious desserts to satisfy all tastes; making it a winning evening for all.
Cost is just $35 per person ($10 for children 6-10 years of age) and includes parking, admission, program, buffet dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, tax & tip.
Spearheaded by St. Anne Conference Member Jim Austing, "A Night at the Races" started in August 2003 as a fundraiser for the Midlothian Thrift Store (re-opened in Orland Park in 2015) and participating conferences. Since that first year, more than $25,000 has been raised.
"Coordinating this event has been one of the best decisions I've ever made because this is one of the most fun projects I have ever undertaken in my whole life," said Austing.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Dan Moore at 708.748.6794.