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Eighth Recipient of Prestigious Archdiocesan Award

CHICAGO, IL (April 25, 2008) – The Chicago Medallion for Excellence in Catechesis, seven Archdiocesan Catechetical Ministries’ Awards, 130 Catechetical Ministries’ Recognition Awards and the 2008 Polish Youth Ministry Award will be presented at the 13 th annual Catechetical Ministries Awards Banquet, at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, at Drury Lane Theater and Conference Center, 100 Drury Ln., Oakbrook Terrace.

Presenting these awards for outstanding contributions to catechesis in parishes across the Archdiocese will be Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, and Maria Sedano, Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry. Attending the banquet will be Most Rev. Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S., Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, and Mr. Zygmunt Matynia, Consul General of Poland.

“This annual ceremony is special as it honors and recognizes those who exhibit true dedication in their parish communities to the ministry of catechesis,” said Sedano. “Making this year’s event even more special is the presentation of the Chicago Medallion to Pauline Viviano in recognition of her substantial contributions, both locally and nationally, to the field of catechesis.”

Dr. Viviano, associate professor of theology at Loyola University Chicago, is the Chicago Medallion’s eighth recipient in since its 1992 inception, and its first since Most Rev. John R. Gorman, D.D., Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, in 2005 for his longtime support of catechesis in the Archdiocese. Viviano was chosen for her dedicated and long-standing commitment to adult catechesis and faith formation in the field of biblical studies. Since 1999, she has been significantly involved in the Chicago Catholic Scripture School, and has contributed to adult faith formation nationwide with week-long workshops at various universities and diocesan lay ministry training programs.

During the award ceremony, Cardinal George and Sedano will present seven Archdiocesan Catechetical Ministries’ Awards for work that best exemplifies and models the standards of catechetical excellence advocated by the Archdiocesan Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry. The awardees and their parishes are: Pedro Avitia of Maryville - Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, Des Plaines; Michael Baron, James Duff, Sandra Esposito, Barbara Knowles and Donna Urbain of St. John of the Cross Parish, Western Springs; Anna Janicki of Transfiguration Parish, Wauconda; Marie Seaman of St. Linus Parish, Oak Lawn; Dorota Stanek, of St. Hyacinth Basilica Parish, Chicago; Rosemary Whiteside, Our Lady of Victory Parish, Chicago; and Roxanne Wleklinski of St. Ann Parish, Lansing.

The Cardinal and Sedano will recognize 130 catechists, catechetical leaders, priests or supporters of catechesis with Catechetical Ministries’ Recognition Awards, and present the 2008 Polish Youth Ministry Award to Rev. Michal Osuch, C.R., pastor of St. Hyacinth Basilica. These awardees were nominated earlier this year by their peers for contributing to catechetical ministry in the 363 parishes and six vicariates of the Archdiocese in Cook and Lake Counties. Most Rev. Thomas Paprocki, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, nominated Fr. Osuch for his contribution to the establishment of Polish youth ministry in the Archdiocese.

For more information on the awards banquet, please E-mail, or contact the Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry at 312-243-3700.

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