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Archdiocese of Chicago Awards Laypeople for Dedication to the Church and Their Ministries

– The Archdiocese of Chicago annually grants two kinds of awards, the Bishop Quarter Award and the Christifideles Award, to lay men and women for their dedication to the church and their ministries. Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, recently presented these awards to the following parishioners at a ceremony held at Holy Name Cathedral.


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:

Margaret Moser of St. Edna Parish, 2525 North Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights, has served on the pastoral staffs of St. James in Arlington Heights, St. Raymond in Mount Prospect, and for the past nine years at St. Edna. Moser helped develop ministry of care cluster meetings for the deanery and has promoted the ongoing formation of those who minister to the sick, homebound and those in nursing homes. She developed and supported the St. Vincent de Paul model of outreach to more effectively serve the needs of those in need. She also created the Angel Network of Prayer.

Dorothy Mark of St. Lambert Parish, 8148 Karlov Avenue in Skokie, serves her parish in various capacities and has also served on the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, Archdiocesan Parish Council and was a chairperson of Catholic Lay Organizations and the Sesquicentennial Family Life Committee. Mark is a member of the Archdiocesan Women’s Committee representing Vicariate II and volunteers for the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Maria Rivera of St. Aloysius Parish. 2300 West Le Moyne Street in Chicago, has served in leadership and is a longtime member of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Spanish and is a member of the Archdiocesan Women’s Council. She helped translate renewal training programs into Spanish and gives talks and retreats for the renewal. Rivera helped to start a youth prayer group at Precious Blood and is a minister of care at the University of Illinois Hospital.

Mary Ann Rosso of St. Francis Borgia Parish, 8033 West Addison Street in Chicago, serves as vice-chair of the Parish Pastoral Council and as secretary of the Finance Committee and the Praise Capital Project Committee. She serves as a volunteer in other capacities as well. Rosso is a member of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women and has served on the Leadership Day Committee and as part of the Archdiocesan Parish Council.

Maria Magdalena Perales of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, 6200 South Lawndale Avenue in Chicago, is an organizer for the Southwest Organizing Project and involved in immigration, housing and safety issues. She is also involved with the Talleres de Oracion y Vida and in women’s rights.

Lois DeFelice of St. Bruno Parish, 4751 South Harding Avenue in Chicago, has been in ministry for more than 30 years. She is a member of the Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry as the Vicariate VI Catechetical coordinator. DeFelice has ministered as a Certified Director of Religious Education and Lay Ecclesial Minister at St. William, St. Priscilla, St.Cyprian and St. Bruno parishes and has also been a youth minister at these parishes. She served as midwest representative for the National Association of Parish Religious Educators and is a member of the Chicago Association of Religious Educators.


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:

  • Andrea Ricard, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Prospect Heights
  • Eugene and Sally Snarski, St. Anastasia, Waukegan
  • Marilyn and Suzanne Sink, St. Bede, Ingleside
  • Roberta Fry, St. Cecilia, Mount Prospect
  • Michael Brennan, O’Hare Airport Chapel
  • Chester Kolczewski, Midway Airport Chapel
  • Fred and Rosanne Bacaling, St. Dismas, Waukegan
  • Thomas and Angela Helmstetter, St. Edna, Arlington Heights
  • Frank Lombardo, St. Emily, Mount Prospect
  • Barbara and James Haff, St. Francis de Sales, Lake Zurich
  • William Marcell, St. Gilbert, Grayslake
  • Tim O’Brien, Holy Family, Inverness
  • Ted and Tess Mendoza, Church of the Holy Spirit, Schaumburg
  • Lina Szott, St. Hubert, Hoffman Estates
  • Judy and John Cullen, St. James, Highwood
  • Joseph and Maureen Ruane, St. James, Arlington Heights
  • Susan Salvesen, St. John the Evangelist, Streamwood
  • Robert and Kathleen Swieton, St. Joseph, Round Lake
  • Timothy and Susan Dompke, St. Julian Eymard, Elk Grove Village
  • Elaine Enclade, St. Mary, Buffalo Grove
  • Wally Bergen, St. Mary, Lake Forest
  • Allison Hertel, St. Mary of the Annunciation, Fremont Center
  • Gary Schiappacasse, St. Mary of Vernon, Indian Creek
  • Edward and Judette Tummillo, St. Matthew, Schaumburg
  • Betzabe Perez, Mision San Juan Diego, Arlington Heights
  • Michael and Cindy Bruno, Our Lady of Humility, Zion
  • Frank Nickels, St. Patrick, Wadsworth
  • Alex Yang, St. Paul Chong Ha Sang Catholic Mission, Des Plaines
  • Reginald and Irene Krzeminski, St. Peter, Antioch
  • Paula McGuire, St. Peter, Volo
  • Richard and Marylou Hochstatter, St. Peter Damian, Bartlett
  • Bill and Betty Burns, Prince of Peace, Lake Villa
  • Dick and Pat McCloughan, Queen of the Rosary, Elk Grove Village
  • Anne-Marie O’Sullivan, St. Raphael the Archangel, Antioch
  • Carole and John Monaco, St. Raymond de Penafort, Mount Prospect
  • Timothy and Margo Rogers, Santa Maria del Popolo, Mundelein
  • Grace Peterson, St. Stephen Protomartyr, Des Plaines
  • Gail McCuskeer, St. Theresa, Palatine
  • Terry and Joe Lewand, St. Thomas Becket, Mount Prospect
  • Shirley Konczyk, St. Thomas of Villanova, Palatine
  • David and Tina Jakubek, Transfiguration Church, Wauconda
  • Gene and Joan Wright, St. Zachary, Des Plaines

Vicariate II:

  • Elizabeth Grassi, St. Andrew, Chicago
  • Joann Passarelli, Assumption; Chicago
  • Janice Ryan, St. Benedict (Irving Park), Chicago
  • Thomas J. Mc- Carthy, St. Clement, Chicago
  • Donald Feist, St. Eugene, Chicago
  • Tom and Nancy Cooper, Ss. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka
  • Therese Heyek, St. Francis Xavier, Wilmette
  • Martin and Nancy Sullivan, St. Gregory the Great, Chicago
  • Michelle Peltier, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago
  • David and Patricia Canepa, St. Ignatius, Chicago
  • Lucille Dritlein, Immaculate Conception, Chicago
  • Rita LaCoursiere, St. Jerome, Chicago
  • Bart and Carolyn Murphy, St. John Brebeuf, Niles
  • Julie and Larry Krema, St. Josaphat, Chicago
  • Tom Schaefer, St. Joseph, Wilmette
  • Dorothy Wegmann, St. Juliana, Chicago
  • Cookie Krupa, St. Margaret Mary, Chicago
  • Mary Dalcorobbo, St. Martha, Morton Grove
  • Dan and Gayle Clark, St. Mary, Evanston
  • Robert Brunetti, St. Mary of the Woods, Chicago
  • Joan Mattingly, Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Park Ridge
  • John and Mary Tuttle, St. Matthias, Chicago
  • Gordon and Natalie Ziegenhagen, St. Michael (Cleveland Ave.), Chicago
  • Walter Smreczak, St. Monica, Chicago
  • John Schuchert, St. Nicholas, Evanston
  • Steve Gianni, Our Lady of the Brook, Northbrook
  • Angela Maramonte, Our Lady of Hope, Rosemont
  • Shirley Muench, Our Lady of Mercy, Chicago
  • Kathleen Mulligan, Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Belmont Ave.), Chicago
  • Rick Nash, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Glenview
  • Alan and Eileen Samuelson, St. Paul of the Cross, Park Ridge
  • Marge and Steve Clingan, St. Philip the Apostle, Northfield
  • Rachel Hohner, Queen of Angels, Chicago
  • E. Michael and Christine Pompizzi, Sacred Heart, Winnetka
  • John and Nicole McGrath, St. Tarcissus, Chicago
  • Michael Zost, St. Teresa of Avila, Chicago
  • Rita Rattin, St. Thecla, Chicago
  • Rocio Ortega, St. Thomas of Canterbury, Chicago

Vicariate III:

  • Janice Oda-Gray, St. Agatha, Chicago
  • Conchita Sandoval, St. Agnes of Bohemia, Chicago
  • Ismael Santiago, St. Aloysius, Chicago
  • Librada Lopez, Epiphany, Chicago
  • Cecilia and Gerardo Mojica, St. Francis of Assisi, Chicago
  • Eleanore Gorski, St. Helen, Chicago
  • John Malinski, St. Hyacinth Basilica, Chicago
  • Alice Vila, St. John Berchmans, Chicago
  • Domingo Sierra, St. Mark, Chicago
  • Paul and Carolyn Morris, St. Martin De Porres, Chicago
  • Michael and Mary Margaret Crulcich, Notre Dame de Chicago, Chicago
  • James and Kim Norman, Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Chicago
  • Maura Alfaro, Our Lady of Tepeyac, Chicago
  • Haydee Fabregas, St. Philomena, Chicago
  • Marietta Rotman-Torres, Providence of God, Chicago
  • Rosaria Aguirre, Santa Maria Addolorata, Chicago
  • Josefina Contreras, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago

Vicariate IV:

  • George and Marguerite Wenzel, St. Bartholomew, Chicago
  • Geraldine Hoss, St. Beatrice, Schiller Park
  • Johanna Treml, OSF, St. Celestine, Elmwood Park
  • Joe and Frances D’Anna, St. Constance, Chicago
  • Leonard Weigel, Divine Infant, Westchester
  • Peter and Teresita Wang, Divine Savior, Norridge
  • Helen Kwasniewski, St. Domitilla, Hillside
  • Patrick Gallot, St. Eulalia, Maywood
  • Sophie Kass, St. Ferdinand, Chicago
  • Esther Sullivan, St. Frances of Rome, Cicero
  • Ronald and Marie Caronti, St. Gertrude, Chicago
  • Pat and Kathleen Carew Mullaney, St. Giles, Oak Park
  • Ann Karasek, St. Hugh, Lyons
  • Jim and Rose Horvath, St. John of the Cross, Western Springs
  • Michael and Karyn Miller, St. Louise de Marillac, La Grange Park
  • Tony Graefe, St. Luke, River Forest
  • Jean Wesolowski, St. Maria Goretti, Schiller Park
  • Rosanne McGovern, St. Mary, Riverside
  • Delphine Burns, Mater Christi, North Riverside
  • Ray and Jeanette Ruge, Our Lady of Charity, Cicero
  • Katherine Risa, St. Pascal, Chicago
  • John and Lisa, and daughters Jessica, Erin and Lindsey Torphy, St. Piux X, Stickney
  • Evelyn Gale, St. Priscilla, Chicago
  • Edward Stecker, St. Robert Bellarmine, Chicago
  • Barbara Richter, Sacred Heart, Melrose Park
  • Leszek Nowobilski, Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Chicago
  • Elizabeth Hoar, St. Simeon, Bellwood
  • Sergio and Zita Olmos, St. Viator, Chicago
  • Margaret Van Zeyl, St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest
  • Adolpho and Chris De La Pena, St. William, Chicago

Vicariate V:

  • Julia Aguilar, St. Adrian, Chicago
  • Ken and Marie Shipman, St. Albert the Great, Burbank
  • William O’Mara, St. Alexander, Palos Heights
  • Francis Urban, St. Alphonsus, Lemont
  • Ken and Pam Ricci, St. Barbara, Chicago
  • Norman Podell, St. Bernadette, Evergreen Park
  • Esmeralda Rodriguez, St. Blasé, Argo
  • James Cunningham, St. Cajetan, Chicago
  • Lucyna Kaminska and Krystyna Lukasik, St. Camillus, Chicago
  • Mary Lou Mormann, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Oak Lawn
  • Maureen Chausse, St. Christina, Chicago
  • Mary Ann Hanley, St. Christopher, Midlothian
  • Richard and Lavergne Innocenti, St. Damian, Oak Forest
  • Gale Voytas, St. Daniel the Prophet, Chicago
  • Frank Cavico; St. Denis, Chicago
  • Janie Kokotan-Krauss and Susan Rosinski, St. Elizabeth Seton, Orland Hills
  • Frank and Susan Burkiewicz, St. Francis of Assisi, Orland Park
  • Frances Fancsali, St. George, Tinley Park
  • Gerald and Jacqueline Giebelhausen, St. Gerald, Oak Lawn
  • Francisco and Noemi Romero, Immaculate Conception (44th St.), Chicago
  • Kathleen Hohn, Incarnation, Palos Heights
  • Charles Hughes, St. James, Lemont
  • Maryann Kaczorowski, St. Jane De Chantal, Chicago
  • Nevenka Jurkovic, St. Jerome Croatian, Chicago
  • Mary Condon and Sarah Mattson, St. John Fisher, Chicago
  • Pedro and Anita Godinez, St. Joseph (Hermitage Ave.), Chicago
  • Barbara Repinec, St. Joseph, Summit
  • Marty and Judi Haines, St. Julie Billiart, Tinley Park
  • Janice Conta, St. Linus, Oak Lawn
  • Hank Montoya, St. Louis De Montfort, Oak Lawn
  • John Williams, St. Mary of Perpetual Help, Chicago
  • Kathleen O’Brien, St. Michael, Orland Park
  • Francisco and Angela Viramontes, St. Michael the Archangel (Damen Ave.), Chicago
  • Jean Molnar, Mary Lally, Nativity B.V.M., Chicago
  • John and Bernadine McCarthy, Nativity of Our Lord, Chicago
  • Rosa Perez, Our Lady of Fatima, Chicago
  • Linda and Bernie Thome, Our Lady of Loretto, Hometown
  • Brad Grove, Our Lady of the Ridge, Chicago Ridge
  • Jack and Dolores Wilczak, Our Lady of the Snows, Chicago
  • Nancy Macauley, Our Lady of the Woods, Orland Park
  • Tony and Karen Zillis, St. Patricia, Hickory Hills
  • Walter McCarthy, St. Patrick, Lemont
  • Jeanne Marie Casey, Queen of Martyrs, Evergreen Park
  • Norma Paule, St. Rita of Cascia, Chicago
  • Rose Marie Brown, Sacred Heart, Palos Hills
  • Nancy Grabowski, Santa Lucia-Santa Maria Incoronata, Chicago
  • Antoinette Rafferty, St. Stephen, Deacon & Martyr, Tinley Park
  • Christine Doherty, St. Symphorosa, Chicago
  • Jack Christensen, St. Turibius, Chicago
  • Mary Mikel, St. Walter, Chicago

Vicariate VI:

  • Anthony and Rita Campos, St. Andrew the Apostle, Calumet City
  • Arthur Jones, St. Benedict the African-East, Chicago
  • Mary Lyons, St. Benedict the African- West, Chicago
  • Mary Ann Radwan, St. Isidore the Farmer, Blue Island
  • Suzanne Cheefus, St. John de la Salle, Chicago
  • Frank and Dianne Gruger, St. Jude the Apostle, South Holland
  • Rosalinda Ramirez, St. Kevin, Chicago
  • Dorothy Spencer, St. Kevin, Chicago
  • Ned and Shirley Dunbar, Our Lady of Peace, Chicago
  • Shirley Daugherty, St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago
  • Ignacio and Laticia Curillo, St. Victor, Calumet City
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