Cardinal honors laypeople with service awards

By Catholic New World
Sunday, November 20, 2011

Each year, the Archdiocese of Chicago grants two kinds of awards to lay men and women for their dedication to the church and its ministries. They are the Bishop Quarter and Christi Fidelis awards and were given by Cardinal George Nov. 6 at Holy Name Cathedral. This year’s recipients are:

Bishop Quarter Awards

The Bishop Quarter Award, named for Bishop William Quarter, the first bishop of Chicago, is given each year to one layperson or married couple in each vicariate who demonstrates consistent service to the ministries of the archdiocese’s vicariates. Episcopal vicars nominate recipients.

This following people received this year’s awards:

Vicariate I: Rosi Viquez, Church of the Holy Spirit, Schaumburg. Viquez, a pastormal minister, has been in charge of the Spanish-language liturgies and the religious education program at the parish, She has served on the Archdiocesan Women’s Committee and on an archdiocesan group fighting domestic violence.

Vicariate II: James Serritella, Queen of All Saints Basilica. Serritella, a partner and member of the management committee of the law firm Burke, Warren, MacKay and Serritella, has been a member of Queen of All Saints for 35 years and has provided legal counsel to the archbishops of Chicago for almost 40 years.

He successfully argued the landmark National Labor Relations Board v. the Catholic Bishop of Chicago before the U.S. Supreme Court and was also one of the architects of Cardinal Bernardin’s groundbreaking policies for the Committee of the DePaul University College of Law Center for Church/State Studies. He is the founder and chairman of the board of the Chicago Center for Peace Studies.

He has served on the boards of DePaul University College of Law, Mundelein College, North American College, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and St. Xavier University. He is an internationally recognized expert in First Amendment law and is the editor-in-chief of the basic legal text on the relationship between religion and government, “Religious Organization in the United States: A Study of Identity, Liberty and the Law.”

Vicariate III: Jesus Deleon, St. Procopius. Since becoming president of the Providence of God youth group at age 15, Deleon has worked with youth groups at five other parishes in the Pilsen neighborhood, building a network among them under the name of EMAUS, which at one point had close to 25 youth ministers, 40 volunteers and 150 members. These experiences, plus his years as youth community organizer for The Resurrection Project, led him to his present role as Vicariate III coordinator of youth ministry.

He has created programs for developing youth ministry leaders and parish-based youth programs which have become the model for the entire archdiocese. His Spirit Day confirmation retreat program is being successfully implemented in every deanery of the vicariate.

In an area where parishes have few resources for professional youth programs, Deleon has helped a number of parishes and pastors build successful youth ministry teams. He is working in incremental steps to make sure that every parish in his vicariate and beyond has a successful and sustainable youth ministry. He has also developed the written support materials needed to make these programs work.

Vicariate IV: Kimberly McMillan, St. Celestine, Elmwood Park. McMillan began as a youth ministry volunteer in 1991 and joined the staff four years later. In addition to her many years of parish experience, she has a certificate from the Center for Ministry Development in youth ministry studies, and was the first parish youth minister certified in the archdiocese.

McMillan is a charter member and past chair of the Association for the Advancement of Catholic Youth Ministry and was recently elected to the leadership team of the National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders.

Vicariate V: Therese Navarro, St. Mary, Star of the Sea. In addition to her ministry at the parish, Navarro has played an integral role with the Multicultural Ministry Commission to heighten awareness of issues raised in multicultural parish environments. She brings positive suggestions to address issues and works toward the implementation of those ideas.

Navarro has worked with the diaconate community to assist candidates in understanding the roles of pastoral associate and director of religious education. She looks for ways to enhance her skills and share her knowledge with family and her colleagues in the parish, vicariate and archdiocese.

Vicariate VI: Dr. Michael Koller, St. Victor, Calumet City. In addition to being parish musician and choir director, Koller is a physician at Loyola University Hospital and teaches medicine at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine.

He sees his medical practice as a ministry with particular attention to priests of the archdiocese. Working with the Health Committee of the Vicars for Priests Office some years ago, Koller arranged a program for priests to get annual physical exams and medical counsel to stay healthy under the stress of parish ministries and other duties. This program benefits not only priests, but from a financial standpoint, the archdiocese.

Christifideles Award

The Christifideles Award is given to Catholic laypeople who have, by participating in parish life, demonstrated the personal and ministerial renewal called for by the papal exhortation Christifideles Laici, calling the laity to the “vocation of responsibility for the church’s life springing from the gift and mission of their baptism.” This year’s recipients are:

Vicariate I: Robert Davidson, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Prospect Heights; Carol Dittberner, St. Anastasia, Waukegan; Angela Nordgren, St. Anne, Barrington; Suzanne Hay, St. Bede, Ingleside; Katherine Christerson, St. Cecilia, Mount Prospect; Rommel and Aida Mortel, St. Dismas, Waukegan; David and Suzanne Jackson, St. Edna, Arlington Heights; Leonard Mondi, St. Emily, Mount Prospect; Michael and Emily Skarzynski, St. Francis de Sales, Lake Zurich; Robert and Susan Schoen, St. Gilbert, Grayslake; Christie Krupka, Holy Cross, Deerfield; Frank and Angie Sevilla, Holy Family, Inverness; Jose and Ivonne Paz, Church of the Holy Spirit, Schaumburg; Robert Podgorski, St. Hubert, Hoffman Estates; Jane Femal, St. James, Arlington Heights; Nick and Mary Vitulli, St. James, Highwood; Mary Rybicki, St. John the Evangelist, Streamwood; Roland Catherall and Kathleen O’Connor, St. Joseph, Libertyville; Danuta and Matt Kowalik, St. Joseph the Worker, Wheeling; Barbara Rettberg, St. Julian Eymard, Elk Grove Village; Thomas and Nancy Ophus, St. Marcelline, Schaumburg; Inocente and Maria Aguirre, Santa Maria Del Popolo, Mundelein; Leonard E. and Dorothy L. Schiller, St. Mary, Buffalo Grove; Diane Archibald, St. Mary, Lake Forest; Sue Mahoney, St. Mary of Vernon, Indian Creek; Frank and Patricia Mercurio, St. Matthew, Schaumburg; Carmen Patlan, Most Blessed Trinity, Waukegan; Bob and Bernice Fortini, O’Hare Airport Chapel; Charles and Cathy Roberts, Our Lady of Humility, Beach Park; Julie Nesbit, St. Patrick, Wadsworth; Jean Keller, St. Peter, Antioch; Richard Paulsen, St. Peter Damian,Bartlett; Mark Schurdak Family, St. Peter, Volo; Colleen Kausak, Prince of Peace, Lake Villa; James Strang, St. Raphael the Archangel, Old Mill Creek;Ted Little, St. Raymond de Penafort, Mount Prospect; Elena Reyes, Mission San Juan Diego, Arlington Heights; Carmen and Antonio Casillas, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Des Plaines; John and Marie Burke, St. Stephen Protomartyr, Des Plaines; Ardys Fitzgerald, St. Theresa, Palatine; Bob and Mary Ludtke, St. Thomas Becket, Mount Prospect; Carlos Murguia, St. Thomas of Villanova, Palatine; Barbara Yank, Transfiguration, Wauconda; Dan and Pat Godlewski, St. Zachary, Des Plaines.

Vicariate II: Ismael and Daria Mulero, St. Andrew; Dennis and Verna Reddington, Assumption, Illinois Street; Christine Morrissey, St. Benedict, IrvingPark Road; Mary Cele Doyle, St. Clement; Ronald and Constance Polaniecki, St. Cornelius; Tom and Terri Swiderski, St. Eugene; John and Lisa Iberle, SS. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka; Jim and Mary Helen Daly, St. Francis Xavier, Wilmette; Michael and Ruth Schlee, St. Gregory the Great; Darren Milanowicz, Holy Name Cathedral; Patrick Keeny, St. Ignatius; Michael Murphy, Immaculate Conception, North Park Avenue; Joan Larson, Immaculate Conception, Talcott Avenue; Mark Lindeblad, St. Ita; Lilian and Bernardino Mendez, St. Jerome; John and Julie Dreixler, St. Josaphat; Margaret Grothe, St. Joseph, Wilmette; Kevin Cavanaugh, St. Juliana; Deborah D. Rigoni, St. Margaret Mary; Michael and Susan Anderson, St. Martha, Morton Grove;Donald and Jane Colleton, St. Mary, Evanston; Sandra Solari, Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Park Ridge; James Sweany, St. Mary of the Woods; Jaime and Leonor Rojas, St. Nicholas, Evanston; Tracy Nelson, St. Norbert, Northbrook; Mary and John Horency, Our Lady of the Brook, Northbrook; Brian and Margaret Fergus, Our Lady of Hope, Rosemont; Peggy Sinshack, Our Lady of Mercy; Robert Hicks, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glenview; Mark Miller, St. Paul of the Cross, Park Ridge; Diana Scheeler, St. Philip the Apostle, Northfield; Patricia Steiner, Queen of All Saints Basilica; James and Ann Malone, Queen of Angels; Frank and Suzanne Gerlits, Sacred Heart, Winnetka; Marie Brasher, St. Tarcissus; Jim Ederm St. Thomas of Canterbury.

Vicariate III: Ida Bowles, St. Agatha; Concepcion Rodriguez, St. Agnes of Bohemia; Iluminado Figueroa, St. Aloysius; Terri Janczy, Assumption B.V.M.; Barbara and Matthew Rekar, St. Barbara, Throop Street; Ricardo Cano, St. Francis of Assisi, Roosevelt Road; Nancy Robles, St. Helen; Judy Ciukowski, St. John Berchmans; Juan Carlos Martinez, Our Lady of Tepeyac; Sebastian and Marylin Soto, St. Mark; Thomas and Kathleen Goslawski, St. Mary of Perpetual Help; Daniel and Silvia Torres, St. Michael the Archangel; John and Janet McDonough, Nativity of Our Lord; Juan and Linda Campos, Notre Dame De Chicago; Robert Thorne, Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica; Victorina Rodriguez, St. Philomena; Pablo and Irene Rodriguez, St. Roman; Lucy Moy, St. Therese Chinese Mission; Nora Castillo, St. Wenceslaus.

Vicariate IV: Ronald and Margaret Cairns, St. Bartholomew; Kara Blomquist, St. Beatrice, Schiller Park; Ann Stauffer, St. Bernardine, Forest Park; Donald Carfagnini, St. Celestine, Elmwood Park; Mario and Rose Gutierrez, Divine Infant, Westchester; Libby and Loretta Lodestro, Divine Savior, Norridge; Jacqueline Wagner, St. Domitilla, Hillside; James and Judy Cicero, St. Edward; Mary Ann Barnhart and Andrzej Parada, St. Ferdinand; Alba Zepeda, St. Frances of Rome; Sharon Bresnahan, St. Giles; Ann O’Connell, St. Luke, River Forest; James and Mitzi Puchner, St. Maria Goretti, SchillerPark; Marilynne Higgins, St. Mary, Riverside; Stephen Piszczor, Mater Christi, North Riverside; Maximino and Angelica Montalvo, Our Lady of Charity Church, Cicero; Judy Knorr, St. Pascal; Debbie Young, St. Pius X. Stickney; Daniel G. Manczak, St. Priscilla; Donald Klaput, Sacred Heart, Melrose Park; Barbara Kozuchowska, Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus/Jesuit Millennium Center; Brian, MaryBeth, Marisa, Anthony and Natalie Maite, St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest; Julie Gorski, St. William.

Vicariate V: Rosa Anguiano, St. Adrian; Thomas J. Stuchly, St. Alexander, Palos Heights; Sharon Kostes, St. Alphonsus, Lemont; Robert and Roseann Flammini, St. Bede the Venerable; Betty Redwinski, St. Blase, Argo; Daiva Kisielius, Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis Mission, Lemont; Barbara Bedus, St. Bruno; Kenneth and Helen Jenkins, St. Cajetan; Hanna Drewniak, St. Camillus; John and Mary Kenny, Christ the King; John Mutnansky, St. Christina; Allen Moskal, St. Christopher, Midlothian; Cesar Rodriguez, St. Clare of Montefalco; Tom, Laura, Sara, Emily and Natalie Ruzevich, St. Damian, Oak Forest; Florence Strand, St. Denis; Homer and Anna Marie Talley, St. Elizabeth Seton, Orland Hills; Jim and Marian Ward, St. Francis of Assisi, Orland Park; Angela Brady, St. George, Tinley Park; Maureen Collins, St. Gerald, Oak Lawn; Sylvia J. McKimmey, Incarnation, Palos Heights; Martin Fleckenstein, St. James, Lemont; John Elstner, St. Jane De Chantal; Marian Waldron, St. John Fisher; Ted and Sue Kumzi, St. Linus, Oak Lawn; Joseph Jr. and Thelma LaSalvia Jr., St. Louis De Montfort, Oak Lawn; Steve and Arlene Cullen, Midway Airport Chapel; Vilhelmina Kilikauskas, Nativity B.V.M.; Irene Villafuerte, St. Nicholas of Tolentine; Eileen Boyce, Our Lady of Loretto, Hometown; Annette Wozek, Our Lady of the Ridge, ChicagoRidge; Janette Ayala, Our Lady of the Snows; Pat Dubreuil, Our Lady of the Woods, Orland Park; Steven Fedor, St. Patricia, Hickory Hills; Rosarita Hennebry, St. Patrick, Lemont; Michael and Eleanor Griegel, Queen of Martyrs, Evergreen Park; Helen Mazanec, Queen of the Universe; Thomas and Carol Mooney, Sacred Heart, Palos Hills; Diane Kotovsky, St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr, Tinley Park; Arlene Scaletta, St. Symphorosa; Milton Wright and Wendy Conroy, St. Walter.

Vicariate VI: Joe and Bernice Dee, St. Agnes, Chicago Heights; Sammie and Mabel Wayne, St. Ailbe; Cynthia Henderson and Prentiss Jackson, St.Ambrose; Romayne F. Badyniak, St. Andrew the Apostle, Calumet City; Annette Leber, St. Ann, Lansing; Antonio Ramos, St. Basil/Visitation; Willie Lawrence Jr., St. Benedict the African-East; Theresa Rhea, Corpus Christi; Bernie and Michael Hoffman, Infant Jesus of Prague, Flossmoor; Anthony Mielcarz, St. Irenaeus, Park Forest; Jesse and June Rodriguez, St. Isidore the Farmer, Blue Island; John Hartfield, St. John De La Salle; Tom Sr. and Joanne Ruvoli, St. Jude the Apostle, South Holland; Carmen Tonkovich, St. Kevin; Cora Johnson, St. Kilian; Gizelle Jean-Simon, St. Mary Magdalene; Shirley Y. Howard, Our Lady of Peace; Raymond Skonieczny, Sacred Heart Croatian; Julius and Anna Horvath Family, St. Thomas the Apostle.

Source: Office for the Vicar General