Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago

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

DSC 0116Vincentians, 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.

Ozanam awardees

(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

Mike Herring accepting a posthumous award for his uncle, Joseph Herring of St. Nicholas, Evanston (Past District II President/Board Member)

David Kelliher

David Kelliher of Our Lady of the Woods, Orland Park
(Past District X President/Board Member)

The Top Hat Award is given to a person or group of people who are not members, but help the Society in extraordinary ways.

Knights of Columbus

Grand Knight Tom Lynch (third from right), and Joe & Jan Graham accepting on behalf of Knights of Columbus Cardinal Stritch Council #3674 – Libertyville 

Libertyville Bank and Trust

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.

Youth Awardees

(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.

Outgoing officers

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.


Incoming officers

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.

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