Laypeople honored for ministry to the church

By Chicago Catholic
Sunday, November 13, 2016

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. The Bishop Quarter and Christifideles awards were conferred on Oct. 23 at Holy Name Cathedral. Recipients are:

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

Vicariate I: Sandy DiCaro, Megan Palm and Rebekah Stathakis, St. Raymond de Penafort, Mount Prospect

In August 2012, as another season of Theology on Tap came to a close, new friends lamented that there would be no more such events for young adults until the following summer. Not wanting to lose momentum, they formed a small group that met weekly at Santa Maria del Popolo and this providential undertaking sowed the seeds of networking and enthusiasm to address the spiritual needs of a much larger audience.

Connecting with parish-based ministries at Holy Family, St. Paul the Apostle, Our Lady of Humility, St. Mary of Vernon and St. Gilbert, the organizers created what no single parish could provide: a full-time ministry for all Vicariate I Catholics ages 18 to 39.

These volunteers serve more than 100 of their peers through spiritual and social events.

Vicariate II: Ann McCormick, Queen of Angels, 4412 N. Western Ave.
Ann McCormick lives the corporal and spiritual works of mercy through her service to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Chicago where she serves as a board member and district president.

This past winter, McCormick was instrumental in opening the  society’s Pope Francis Center in the Avondale neighborhood. This center provides social services to  those in need by ending “poverty through systemic change by helping our brothers and sisters who live on the fringe of society help themselves whenever possible and teach them how to forge and change their own destinies and that of their local communities.”

McCormick’s desire to raise up others from poverty is rooted in her faith and lived-out in her vocations, both professionally and in family life. She has a masters of science in nursing and works as a family nurse practitioner. She and her husband, Sean Heath have four children.

Vicariate III: Lina Ruiz, Holy Innocents, 743 N. Armour St.

Lina Ruiz serves as Holy Innocent’s director of religious education and as parish secretary. As a true guadalupana she mothers many families in need of love and care. Furthermore her ministry and generosity in the Vicariate III commission motivates the team to keep moving forward.

Vicariate IV: Rich Daniels,  Most Holy Redeemer, Evergreen Park

For many years, Rich Daniels, leader of the City Light Orchestra, has been generous in sharing his talent with the Archdiocese of Chicago. Daniels is a lifelong Catholic who lives in Evergreen Park with Kathy. The couple has been married for nearly 30 years and have four children.
Daniels grew up in St. Thomas More Parish (2825 W. 81st St. ) and attended Brother Rice High School and DePaul University. 

In 1974, together with two fellow students at Quigley South High School, he formed the band that is now the City Light Orchestra. Daniels and the orchestra travel the country playing songs by the likes of Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Garth Brooks, Ray Charles and others. He is currently the musical supervisor for the hit TV series “Empire.”

Daniels freqently performs at archdiocesan events such as the  annual Christmas Concert at Holy Family Parish. Aside from being a saxophonist, writer, arranger and businessman, he is a dedicated Catholic, who has been involved in a variety of events with the Peace and Justice Office, particularly concerning the rights of workers and immigrants. He is a past board member at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

Vicariate V: Terri O’Neill-Borders, St. Partick, Lemont
As chaplain to the Lemont Police Department, Terri O’Neill-Borders ministers to people in very difficult situations. As founder of the nationally recognized Lemont Hope and Friendship Foundation, she provides healing and help for the poor and inspires hundreds to take action as a conduit of mercy.

In her free time, O’Neill-Borders organizes drives to collect  items such as school supplies, bicycles, clothing and prom dresses. She also offers home repair through the Mission Stay Saturdays Program.

Vicariate VI: Marcella Herndon, Ascension-St. Susanna, Harvey

Marcella Herndon has maintained working relationships in a number of parishes, pastoral agencies of the archdiocese along with the Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver and the Council of Catholic Women. 

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 listed below. Listings are alphabetical by parish. The churches are in Chicago unless otherwise noted:

Vicariate I
Paul and Adrienne Kalmes, St. Anne, Barrington; Cecile Cunningham, St. Bede, Ingleside; Lori Brandt, St. Colette,  Rolling Meadows; Mary McCoy, St. Dismas, Waukegan; Diane Yannotta, St. Edna, Arlington Heights; Lauren Reimer, St. Emily, Mount Prospect; Elizabeth Williamson, St. Francis De Sales, Lake Zurich; Kevin Butler, Holy Cross, Deerfied; Henry Smogolski, Holy Family, Inverness; Jan Grayton, Church of the Holy Spirit, Schaumburg; Eugene Farrell, St. Hubert, Hoffman Estates; Stan and Gerry Stec, St. James, Arlington Heights; Maria R. Ceja, St. James, Highwood; Walter Niemczyk, St. John the Evangelist, Streamwood; Maria Mancera, Mision San Juan Diego, Arlington Heights; Daniel R. Prezell, St. Mary of the Annunciation, Mundelein; Margie G. Chua Lee, St. Mary of Vernon, Indian Creek; Annette Serritella, St. Matthew, Schaumburg; Jerry and Judy Kozenski, St. Peter, Antioch; Marta Kiss, St. Peter, Volo; Jack and Caroline Budz, St. Peter Damian, Bartlett; Timothy and Jennifer Popp, Prince of Peace, Lake Villa; Daniel and Christine Schiffer, Queen of the Rosary, Elk Grove Village; Steve Laky, St. Raphael the Archangel, Old Mill Creek; Timothy and Lorelei McDermott, St. Raymond De Penafort, Mount Prospect; Patricia Weber, St. Stephen Protomartyr, Des Plaines; Maria Goldstein, St. Theresa, Palatine; John and Sarah Wysocki, St. Thomas Becket, Mount Prospect; Kenneth Michaels, Transfiguration, Wauconda; Richard and the late Barbara Ryan, St. Zachary, Des Plaines

Vicariate II
Mark Oles, St. Alphonsus; Bret and Elizabeth Kabacinski, Assumption; James Swanson, St. Athanasius, Evanston; Alan Schoen; St. Benedict; Megan Carroll, St. Clement; Tony and Carol Lupinski, St. Cornelius; Margery Butzen, St. Gertrude; Gerald R. Malone, St. Gregory the Great; John Cannon, St. Henry; Stephanie Mc Intyre, Holy Name Cathedral; John Siebert, Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph; Rosemary Lacey-Herschbach, Immaculate Conception; Donald and Irene Baron, St. Isaac Jogues, Niles; Kathe Gogarty, St. Ita; Magdalena Manzanares, St. Jerome; Dan Byrnes and Christopher Cummins, St. Joan of Arc, Evanston; Georgia and Nolan Burke, St. Josaphat; Susan Couri, St. Joseph, Wilmette; Joann C. Brelin and Deborah Ann Szackowicz, St. Martha, Morton Grove; Michael Purcell, Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Park Ridge; John Kerrigan and Elizabeth Weber, St. Mary of the Woods; Albert and Louise Bruno, St. Monica; Charles and Mary Jane McCarthy, St. Norbert, Northbrook; Terri G. Kaisling, Our Lady of Hope, Rosemont; JoAnne Festle, Our Lady of Lourdes; Kris Mulcahy, St. Peter, Skokie; Margery Fejes, St. Philip the Apostle, Northfield; Nicholas and Katherine Achille, Queen of All Saints Basilica; Guillermo and Mirtha Tenorio, Queen of Angels; Gretchen Dietz, St. Thecla; JoAnne Mikol, St. Thomas of Canterbury

Vicariate III
Doris Hernandez, St. Agnes of Bohemia; Richard Romanowski, St. Aloysius; Dolores Becatti and Judy Lukwinski, St. Barbara; Gail Fuller and Cindy Kilroy, St. Gabriel; Judith Neafsey, Holy Family (Roosevelt Road); Lina Ruiz, Holy Innocents; Joyana and David Dvorak, St. John Berchmans; Veronica Becerra, St. Joseph; Gustavo and Ojilvia Cordero, St. Malachy + Precious Blood; Maria Guadalupe Muñoz, Santa Maria Addolorata; Janice Henry, St. Martin De Porres; Mary Martin Lowe, Old St. Mary’s; Philip Cavin, St. Mary of Perpetual Help; Jaime and Yolanda Hernandez, St. Michael the Archangel; Fe A. Granada, Notre Dame De Chicago; Douglas  McGlendon, Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica; Antonio and Rita Cazares, St. Philomena; Wendy Sin, St. Therese Chinese Mission.

Vicariate IV
Marion, Mary Ellen and Peggy Chrusciel, St. Beatrice, Schiller Park; Donna Gawlas and Kathy Plepel; St. Bernardine, Forest Park; Patricia Rinella, St. Celestine, Elmwood Park; Steve Pawlik, St. Cyprian, River Grove; Leo and Christine Remoquillo, Divine Savior, Norridge; JoAnn Lewandowski, St. Edmund, Oak Park; Bernadette Brosnan and Nicholas and Mary Ann Dardugno, St. Edward; Tadeusz Kulasik, St. Ferdinand; Teresa Helfand, St. Francis Borgia; Billy and Minerva Putman, St. Genevieve; Lorraine Marek, St. Hugh, Lyons; Mary Novotny, St. John of the Cross, Western Springs; Michal Kulik, St. Ladislaus; Elizabeth Strnad, St. Louise De Marillac, LaGrange Park; Andrew P. Caccavari, St. Maria Goretti, Schiller Park; Bill and Jennifer Fangmann, St. Mary, Riverside; Elizabeth Thiesing, St. Mary of Celle, Berwyn; Myrcedes Riebock, Our Lady, Mother of the Church; Leonard and Lizbeth Heinrich, Our Lady of Victory; Sheri Young, St. Pius X, Stickney; Joy Panos Stauber, St. Robert Bellarmine; Ronald Sak and Tomasz Supergan, St. William.

Vicariate V
Barbara Spangler, St. Adrian; Bernadette Strezo, St. Albert the Great, Burbank; Valerie Thoma, St. Alexander, Palos Heights; Brendan and Melissa McGuire, St. Alphonsus, Lemont; Dennis Conway, St. Barnabas; Rafal and Beata Jarosz, St. Blase, Argo; Tony Zordan, St. Cajetan; Dolores Kaczmarski, St. Camillus; Robert and Eileen Kelleher, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Oak Lawn; Raymond and Barbara Perisin, SS. Cyril and Methodius, Lemont; Rose Ann Crowley, St. Damian, Oak Forest; Patricia Glatz, St. Denis; Sister Elizabeth Pardo and Ron and Roselee Hicks, St. Elizabeth Seton, Orland Hills; Jola Bernard, St. Francis of Assisi, Orland Park; David and Sharon Pawlak, St. Gerald, Oak Lawn; Tom and Kathy Higgins, Most Holy Redeemer, Evergreen Park; Ludwig A. Soder, Incarnation, Palos Heights; Jan Trzpit, St. Jane De Chantal; Rita A. Dombrowski, St. Joseph, Summit; Gloria Leone, St. Julie Billiart, Tinley Park; Hank and Midge Montoya, St. Louis De Montfort, Oak Lawn; Paul  and Susan Binkis, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Patricia Marie Mulcrone Walker, Our Lady of Loretto, Hometown;  Judith Paciga and Helene Albano, Our Lady of the Ridge, Chicago Ridge; Margarita and Jose Mendoza, Our Lady of the Snows; David and Jane Kelliher, Our Lady of the Woods, Orland Park; David and Christina Glogowski, St. Patricia, Hickory Hills; Robert and Susan Maciulis, St. Patrick, Lemont; Patricia Mason, Queen of Martyrs, Evergreen Park; Karen Opyd, St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr, Tinley Park; Joanne Tishka, St. Symphorosa.

Vicariate VI
David and Christine Fagan, St. Agnes, Chicago Heights; Robert and Jacqueline Perisee, St. Ambrose; Robert and Mary Schurke, St. Ann, Lansing; Joseph Bradfield and Willie Lawrence, St. Benedict the African; Phyllis F. Armour, St. Dorothy; Adrienne Bonczek, St. Florian; Bernard Lubawy, Holy Ghost, South Holland; Catherine A. Hart, Holy Name of Mary; Leo and Joan Jacko, St. Irenaeus, Park Forest; David and Elizabeth Bowman, St. James; Shirley Brown, St. John de La Salle; Jan and Dan Coffey, St. Joseph, Homewood; Matthew and Ann Marie Gornick, St. Kieran, Chicago Heights; Lloyd and Alice Bearden, St. Kilian; Rosa Rodriguez-Pelaez, St. Michael; Obbie Nephew and Annie Griffin, St. Sabina; Diane Hall and Julie McCauley, St. Thomas the Apostle; Katherine Marrin, Sacred Heart Mission


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