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 Christifideles awards and were given by Cardinal George Nov. 4 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: Joan O’Keefe, Church of St. Mary, Lake Forest. O’Keefe has spent most of her life in the fields of religious education, adult faith formation and RCIA and as a pastoral associate. While living in Cincinnati in 1974, she was appointed by then- Archbishop Bernardin to the U.S. Bishops’ commission to draft the national standards for religious education. She worked in religious education and as a pastoral associate at St. Norbert, Northbrook; St. Julian Eymard, Elk Grove Village; and the Church of St. Mary, which has been her parish for almost 20 years. She founded or helped found the Ministry Commission in Lake County and the Pastoral Associates Council in the archdiocese.
Vicariate II: School Sister of St. Francis Paulanne Held, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glenview. Sister Paulanne has been a School Sister of St. Francis for more than 50 years, all at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. She has been a teacher in the school and sacristan for all parish liturgies, and has cared for the poor and the needy. For more than 30 years, she has spearheaded the parish’s Sharing Program and outreach. OLPH assists four parishes through sharing food, produce, clothing and funding, as well as building bridges among people of different racial and economic groups. For many years, she also has overseen the Needy Family Fund, which assists families and individuals facing unemployment, foreclosure and catastrophic illness.
Vicariate III: Libia Paez-Howard, Good Shepherd. As the Vicariate III catechetical coordinator, Paez-Howard has shown a passion for Christ’s teaching in catechesis. She has been involved in catechetical leadership since 1991, and serves on the representative council of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and on the conference’s Forum for Hispanic Catechesis. She has master’s degrees in pastoral studies and divinity from Catholic Theological Union and was the first Hispanic woman to graduate with a master’s degree from CTU’s Oscar Romero program. She and her husband, Tom Howard, have three children, one is a teacher and two are in college.
Vicariate IV: Dalia Rocotello, St. Mary, Riverside. Rocotello, director of Latino Affairs for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is committed to giving service. She has inspired many people at her parish through the service outreach committee, and has helped the director of religious education develop a program of service opportunities for confirmation candidates. She is on the board of Amate House, a full-time volunteer program for young adults. The daughter of Venezuelan immigrants, Rocotello is bi-lingual and has a strong understanding and appreciation of the Latino immigrant experience, and she spent six months in Mexico in a religious community serving migrant workers. She volunteered with MacNeal Hospice, providing respite care for families of the dying.
Vicariate V: Betty Slad, St. Patrick, Lemont. Slad is a member of the choir, guitar ensemble and family choir; is coordinator of the annual golf outing and parish hospitality events, in addition to serving as lector and member of the parish council.
Beyond the local parish involvement, Slad has coordinated the vicariate’s Girl Scout Marian Medal program and service projects. She also coordinates the Archdiocesan Girl Scout recognition celebration at Holy Name Cathedral and has done so for a number of years.
Vicariate VI: Frederick Shannon, Most Holy Redeemer. Shannon spent the bulk of his career at Brother Rice High School and as principal of Leo High School. He has served in administrative roles in health care, economic development and public relations. Currently, he is director of South Suburban Regional Services for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which serves residents of 31 cities and towns located between Blue Island and Chicago Heights, where a growing number of needy families are evident.
In the past year, the food pantry alone of this south regional office has provided food for more than 9,000 individuals and distributed 26,000 articles of clothing while responding to 9,750 calls for emergency assistance.
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: St. Alphonsus Liguori, Prospect Heights, Joel and Joleen Kragt; St. Anne, Barrington, Mary Bottie; St. Bede, Ingleside, Gilbert Volling; St. Dismas, Waukegan, Joyce Fallos; St. Edna, Arlington Heights, Evelyn Getty; St. Francis de Sales, Lake Zurich, Greta Rusk; St. Gilbert, Grayslake, Bob and Kate Milchuck; Holy Cross, Deerfield, Robert Kunkel; Holy Family, Inverness, Thomas and Laura Toussaint; Church of the Holy Spirit, Schaumburg, Joseph Schmidt; St. Hubert, Hoffman Estates, Joanmarie Wermes; St. James, Arlington Heights, Tom and Diane Adam; St. James, Highwood, Paul and Patricia Mocogni; St. John the Evangelist, Streamwood, Doris Dahl; St. Joseph, Round Lake, Randy and Joy Avena; St. Joseph the Worker, Wheeling, Thuy and Van Nguyen; Mision San Juan Diego, Arlington Heights, Veronica Ibarra; St. Julian Eymard, Elk Grove Village, Daniel and Theresa Storto; Santa Maria del Popolo, Mundelein, Patrick and Gerilynn Reardon; St. Mary, Buffalo Grove, Theodore and Sharon Gressick; Church of St. Mary, Lake Forest, Anthony P. Danielak; St. Mary of Vernon, Indian Creek, Carolyn Grieco; St. Matthew, Schaumburg, Brent and Jean Murphy; Most Blessed Trinity, Waukegan, Patricia Bamford; O’Hare Airport Chapel, Robert and Maryann Smith; Our Lady of Humility, Beach Park, Paul and Amanda Norrish; St. Patrick, Wadsworth, Bryan Grabowski; St. Peter, Volo, Thomas and Teresa Widhalm; and Elizabeth Widhalm; St. Peter, Antioch, John Shaffer; St. Peter Damian, Bartlett, Joel and Wendy Hendrickson; Prince of Peace, Lake Villa, Tom and Cindy Nagelhout, Ben Nagelhout and Sarah Nagelhout; St. Raphael the Archangel, Old Mill Creek, Arthur and Barbara Danz; St. Raymond de Penafort, Mount Prospect, William and Pamela Doucette; St. Stephen Protomartyr, Des Plaines, Judith Cooper and Grace Flynn; St. Theresa, Palatine, Diane Knight; St. Thomas Becket, Mount Prospect, Alicia Marabotti; Transfiguration, Wauconda, Anna Janicki; St. Zachary, Des Plaines, James and Loretta Griseto
Vicariate II: St. Alphonsus, Rose Gavin; St. Andrew, Melissa Mannion; Assumption, Susan Gold; St. Athanasius, Evanston, Dieter Schmitz; St. Bonaventure Oratory, Norma Ehrenberg; St. Clement, Maria Leonard; St. Cornelius, Ryan and Moira Dargis; St. Eugene, Carolyn Edwards; SS. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka, Susan Nelson; St. Francis Xavier, Wilmette, Joseph and Rhona Di Camillo; St. Gertrude, Dorothy Denzler; St. Gregory the Great, Amador and Gina Ibardaloza; St. Henry, Martha Xuan Nguyen Duong; Holy Name Cathedral, Bruce Davis; St. Ignatius, Dan and Stephanie DeCaluwe; Immaculate Conception, Patrick Cummings; St. Ita, Domitila Diaz; St. Jerome, Susan Biver; St. John Brebeuf, Niles, Adam and Ann Zalak; St. Josaphat, Brother Donald Houde, CSV; St. Joseph, Wilmette, Jean Bishop; St. Juliana, Roger and Joanne Hejza; St. Margaret Mary, Maryl Kavanagh; St. Martha, Morton Grove, Jaime and Remedios Maceda; St. Mary, Evanston, Charles Luczak; St. Mary of the Woods, George and Mary Saffa; Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Park Ridge, Julie Due; St. Matthias, Roine and Scott Michaels; St. Monica, Kathleen Wyszkowski; St. Nicholas, Evanston, Mary Moring; Our Lady of Hope, Rosemont, Marie Maggio; Our Lady of Lourdes, Leonor Teran; Our Lady of Mercy, Nick and Sally Scardina; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glenview, Mary Ann Kendall; Our Lady of the Brook, Northbrook, Elda and Charles Sansone; St. Peter, Skokie, John and Angela Graham; St. Philip the Apostle, Northfield, Donald J. Blair; Queen of All Saints Basilica, Edward and Mary Morley; Queen of Angels, James and Marybeth Young; Sacred Heart, Winnetka, Thomas and Mary Doug Brown; St. Tarcissus, George and Laura Hemesath; St. Timothy, Cynthia Shaw; Transfiguration of Our Lord, John Hetland
Vicariate III: St. Agatha, Mary Anderson; St. Agnes of Bohemia, Sylvia Schwister; St. Aloysius, John Latzzis; St. Barbara, David and Geraldine Kaput; St. Francis of Assisi, Cruz Montes; St. John Berchmans, Antonio Acevedo; St. Malachy-Precious Blood, Diana Vidal; St. Mark, Orlando and Milagros Huertas; St. Martin De Porres, Elizabeth Becnel; St. Mary of Perpetual Help, Jimmy Evans; St. Michael the Archangel, Andres and Hermelinda Medina; Nativity of Our Lord, Wanda Dybas; Notre Dame De Chicago, Daniel and Kathy Flens-Kopanke; Our Lady of Grace, Christina Lopez; Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Regina Robinson; Our Lady of Tepeyac, Luis and Ana Salgado; St. Procopius, Michaela Ibarra; St. Roman, Luis Perez; St. Therese Chinese Mission, Sheila and John Lin
Vicariate IV: St. Bartholomew, Sergio and Cecilia Flores; St. Beatrice, Schiller Park, Barbara Piltaver; St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy, Oak Park, Bernard and Marie Wheel; St. Celestine, Elmwood Park, Pauline Cordell; St. Cletus, La Grange, Denise and Jon Parlier; St. Constance, John Reynolds; St. Cyprian, River Grove, Jean Schneider; Divine Infant, Westchester, Rita Raysa; Divine Providence, Westchester, James Boyd; Divine Savior, Norridge, John Caponigro; St. Domitilla, Hillside, Loretta Kieliszewski; St. Edmund, Oak Park, Donald Giannetti; St. Edward, Martin Lane; St. Ferdinand, Betty Hotcaveg; St. Frances of Rome, Cicero, Teresa and Evaristo Ocampo; St. Francis Borgia, Kenneth Grenier; St. Hugh, Lyons, Arlene Houda; St. John of the Cross, Western Springs, Christine Marquett; St. Luke, River Forest, Paul and Clare Faherty; St. Mary, Riverside, Susan Wawzenski; Mater Christi, North Riverside, Pat and George Zdarsky; Our Lady of Charity, Cicero, Alejandro Aguilera; Our Lady of Victory, Joanne Leck; Our Lady, Mother of the Church, Donald and Joyce Mazurkiewicz; St. Pascal, Marty and Kathie Warta; St. Pius X, Stickney, Stanley Zajac; St. Priscilla, Emily Sloan; St. Robert Bellarmine, Celeste and Mike Burke; Sacred Heart, Melrose Park, Jeanne Flyke; Jesuit Millennium Center-Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Wieslaw Glinko; St. Simeon, Bellwood, Martha Meza-Lara; St. Viator, Frank and Mary Pat Serpone; St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest, Anne Barnett; St. William, Debra and Louis DeSalvo
Vicariate V: St. Adrian, Antonio Rodriguez; St. Alexander, Palos Heights, Thomas and Peggy Scanlon; St. Alphonsus, Lemont, Paul and Beverly Malak; St. Blase, Summit, Jose and Aurora Rodriguez; St. Bruno, Jan and Lucy Osuchowski; St. Cajetan, Joan and Bill Nolan; St. Camillus, Renata Komar; St. Christina, Daniel McVicker; St. Denis, Betty Kelsch; St. Elizabeth Seton, Orland Hills, Mary Beth Walter; St. Francis of Assisi, Orland Park, Timothy McCormick; St. Gerald, Oak Lawn, Thomas and Helen Stanton; Incarnation, Palos Heights, Terrence Lee and Mary Stocklen; St. James, Lemont, Christine Slowik; St. John Fisher, Jacqueline Long; St. Joseph, Summit, Betty Koran; St. Julie Billiart, Tinley Park, Michael and Kathy Rubino; St. Linus, Oak Lawn, Al and Janet Janowski; Midway Airport Chapel, Doris Lynn Busiedlik; Most Holy Redeemer, Evergreen Park, Stephen Ligda; Our Lady of Loretto, Hometown, Jacquelyn Watt; Our Lady of the Snows, Maria Kowalczyk; Our Lady of the Woods, Orland Park, George and Sandra Griffin; St. Patricia, Hickory Hills, Harold and Carolyn Budach; St. Patrick, Lemont, James Prew; Queen of Martyrs, Evergreen Park, Bernard L. O’Reilly; St. Rita of Cascia, Jennifer Meehan; Sacred Heart, Palos Hills, Lawrence and Loretta Herm; St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr, Tinley Park, John and Patricia Lisicich
Vicariate VI: St. Agnes, Chicago Heights, Joan Anderson; St. Andrew the Apostle, Calumet City, Bernice Plys; St. Ann, Lansing, Vera Seymour; St. Anne, Hazel Crest, Dorothy Lazuka; Corpus Christi, Carrie Miller; St. Florian, Vincent and Patricia Maccagnano; St. Helena of the Cross, Betty Taylor; Holy Name of Mary, Opal Easter- Smith; St. Irenaeus, Park Forest, John and Therese Goodrich; St. Isidore the Farmer, Blue Island, Albin Kosman; St. Jude the Apostle, South Holland, Valentina and Naresth Perez; St. Kieran, Chicago Heights, Henry and Dolores Dewey; St. Kilian, Dolores Holder; St. Lawrence O’Toole, Matteson, Mary Olney; Our Lady of Peace, Sharon Franklin; St. Paul, Chicago Heights, Americo and Leonora Mattio; St. Philip Neri, Leslie Frazier; Sacred Heart Croatian, Aldo Balzarini; St. Thomas the Apostle, Pat White