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Dear Family of Faith, What an honor to have an overview of the many “pieces” or ministries of our St. Benedict Parish. Daily, from moment to moment, I am grateful to have a snapshot of the different pieces of parish life that comprise the whole! In each piece, in each area, in each ministry, God’s grace and love is very much evident. From the kids playing in the playground to the bedside visit of a parishioner who is sick, each piece is a life-giving example of God shining His grace into our lives. It is an honor to witness these moments and an honor to present them to you today. Our Annual Report is a snapshot of the “pieces” of our dynamic and vital parish life. As you reflect on the many pieces, especially the ministries of our Human Concerns Commission, Catechetical Commission, Education Commission, Parish Life Commission, and Spiritual Life Commission, I invite you to reflect on the gifts you have made to keep each of these areas so alive and vital. Thank you for your generosity in that regard. Without your strong sense of stewardship, your desire to give back to your parish for all that God has entrusted to you, we would not be able to stay as vital as we are today. Thank you! Speaking of vitality and stewardship, we have all heard of the invitation to offer our “Time, Talent and Treasure”. I would like to invite you to think about stewardship in a little different way. Can you think about living out your faith with this short reminder, GPS: Give, Pray, and Serve? As we teach our children, GPS is a great way to remember direction to Jesus in our lives. Together with two additional reminders, Belong and Learn, these words have grown into our five St. Benedict pillars. We have been experimenting with sharing these fundamental pillars and have found great success. Do they resonate with you? Belong, Learn, Give, Pray, and Serve? Please share the good news with your neighbor or with someone who is seeking out what we have here at St. Benedict - a strong, faith-filled, prayerful family of faith. So many people desire to belong, so many people desire to know Jesus more deeply and intimately, and so many people desire what we have. Can you be an agent of that invitation? Can you invite others to Mass with you on Sunday? Can you encourage people to dive deeply into St. Benedict Parish and connect to one of the many pieces here ready for connection? Thanks in advance for your contribution to the “pieces” and thanks for helping others to do the same. Our number one mission is to invite people to come to know Jesus more deeply. For the ways that you embark upon that journey and invite others to do the same, thank you! In the service of Christ,

Fr. Jason Malave

Fr. Jason Malave and the St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School Staff

TABLE OF CONTENTS A Letter from the Pastor and Parish Staff





Table of Contents



Capstone Values of St. Benedict Parish & Preparatory School


Pray: Spiritual Life Commission

Serve: Human Concerns Commission Learn: Catechesis




Reaching New Heights: SBPS Strategic Plan


Peaceful Playground: A Necessary Piece of the Puzzle Technology: Pieces of the Puzzle Coming Together Belong: Parish Life Commission

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Parish Transformation Plan Update


Parish Sunday Worship Stewardship (July 2015-June 2016) Forward In Our Faith: Capital Campaign Update


Forward In Our Faith Pledges & Gifts (thru June 2016) Parish & School Financial Report


Important Pieces of the Fundraising Puzzle Investors in Catholic Education Protégé Intern Program



A Return on Your Investment






BELONG Belonging is a fundamental desire of all humans. As Catholic Christians, you were welcomed into God’s

family at Baptism and continue to grow and belong to God’s family in a parish community. With great joy you are welcomed into St. Benedict Parish and all her dynamic ministries. We pray that you invest yourself lovingly and generously so that you have the freedom to give, pray, serve, learn, and belong.

LEARN When it comes to growing in faith, we are truly life-long learners. The richness of our faith demands that

we continue to give time, effort, and attention to learning about our faith. Not only does scripture continue to unfold new meaning each time we read it, but the annual liturgical cycle continues to unfold new pearls of wisdom as we pray our way through each season. Through Bible study, small faith group participation, our Parish Mission, and countless catechetical opportunities, we learn more about the beauty and richness that is our Catholic Faith.

GIVE We give generously of our time, talent, and treasure on a regular basis. In terms of our treasure, we as Catholics are invited to share the gifts that have been bestowed so generously on us. In sharing these gifts, we are offering thanks to God and dynamically supporting our St. Benedict Parish. In addition to ordinary Sunday income, three annual appeals, Forward In Our Faith for campus transformation, The Annual School Fund for annual needs of our school, and The Annual Catholic Appeal for the needs of our Archdiocese, help us grow most profoundly in extraordinary ways.

PRAY The most powerful way that we pray is during Mass every weekend. It is here that we gather around the

Eucharistic table and thank God for all of His gifts and blessings. Our weekend Mass times are Saturday at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12 noon, and 6:30 PM. Around the Eucharistic table is where we are fed and nourished so that we can serve God and practice our faith in Christ. In addition to weekend, monthly Taize prayer services, Tuesday morning devotion, and Holy Days of Obligation help us on our Spiritual journey.

SERVE Service is the natural outgrowth of an active faith life together. There are multiple ways for you to serve our

community and offer your time and talent. The more generously you serve St. Benedict Parish, the more you will feel a sense of belonging. All St. Benedict Parish ministries are grouped together into five dynamic commissions: Spiritual Life, Education, Catechesis, Human Concerns, and Parish Life. The 60 plus ministries all fall under these five organizing commissions to help focus our efforts and be most effective.


SPIRITUAL LIFE COMMISSION MINISTRIES Liturgy Committee: Eucharist Ministry Lector Ministry Art & Environment Committee Liturgy Writers Music Ministry Ushers Family Mass Altar Servers Sacristans 6:30 PM Mass Liturgy Coordinator 6:30 PM Mass Music Director

Christ Renews His Parish Holy Thursday Seder Meal Wedding Coordinators Parish Mission Parish Library Simbang Gabi Centering Prayer Lectio Divina Spiritual Direction Spiritual Dream Group Retrouvaille Women’s Faith Sharing Small Faith Groups


The most powerful way that we pray is during Mass every weekend. It is here that we gather around the Eucharistic table and thank God for all of His gifts and blessings. Singing and music add to our praise and worship of God. The St. Benedict Music Ministry, under the direction of Mr. Jeremy Kiolbassa, has added new music groups and incorporated new prayer opportunities that will help us continue to pray and sing well together. Last year, two new teen ensembles were added. The teen instrumental ensemble, Bass Winds & Fire, and the teen vocal group, The Tone Rangers, are made up of joyful young people in grades 6-12. Both groups, along with our Adult Choir, have added to our prayer at our Sunday Masses. In addition, special holiday and seasonal concerts have helped showcase our beautiful sacred space and acoustics. A new monthly prayer opportunity, Taize Prayer, takes place every first Friday at 7:30 PM in Church. Taize Prayer, named after a town in France, was started shortly after World War II. Amidst the turmoil, a small group of Christians came together in prayer using simple, repeated melodies and silent reflection to hear the voice of God. Today, our Taize Prayer is a combination of reflective music, silence, and scripture. The service takes place by candlelight and icons are placed around the church to create an atmosphere that is calm and contemplative. Music, like all things, is a gift from God. The Music Ministry at St. Benedict Parish is guided by this belief. Our lives as Catholics centers on the Eucharist. The Music Ministry at St. Benedict Parish uses their talents to help us lift up our voices to give praise and glory to God.

5 Jeremy Kiolbassa, Director of Music Ministry

HUMAN CONCERNS COMMISSION MINISTRIES Common Food Pantry Easter Dinner Thanksgiving Dinner Christmas Dinner Health Committee Minister of Care St. Vincent DePaul Society Sharing Parish Respect Life CRS Rice Bowl


Service is the natural outgrowth of an active faith life together. The more generously you serve St. Benedict Parish, the more you will feel a sense of belonging. Benedict’s Sanctuary, the domestic violence committee of St. Benedict Parish, came into existence this past year because of an eye-opening November presentation given by Father Charles W. Dahm, a Dominican priest and the Archdiocesan Director of Domestic Violence Outreach. Father Dahm spoke movingly about the prevalence of domestic abuse in our community and its great impact on individual victims, their families, and our society. This became the motivation for a group of concerned parishioners to form a domestic violence ministry at St. Benedict Parish. This past year, committee members have educated themselves about the facts of domestic violence, including the psychological and legal issues that victims face. Several members have received in-depth domestic violence training. The committee has created informational cards containing domestic violence hotlines and other resources for distribution around the St. Benedict campus. In addition, an informational booth was set up at BenFest to raise awareness about domestic violence in our parish and community. The mission of Benedict’s Sanctuary is to raise awareness, disseminate information, lay a foundation for the prevention of domestic violence, and provide emergency financial assistance to those seeking to leave an abusive relationship. Although in its early stages, this important ministry will provide support and hope to those in our community seeking help. Anyone who is suffering domestic abuse is strongly encouraged to seek help, which begins by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233.

Elaine Lindia, Pastoral Associate After a career in the insurance industry, Mrs. Lindia wanted to find more opportunities to service God. She completed the Lay Ecclesial Ministry program and is enrolled in the Masters of Divinity and Spirituality program at Loyola University Chicago.


CATECHETICAL COMMISSION MINISTRIES Religious Education Adult Education Baptismal Preparation Marriage Preparation Children’s Liturgy of The Word RCIA-Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults SPRED-Special Religious Development Teen Ministry


When it comes to growing in faith, we are truly life-long learners. As our journey continues to unfold, we learn more about the beauty and richness that is our Catholic faith. The St. Benedict Parish Youth Ministry was very active in helping our adolescents connect with their faith. Pope Francis designated this year to be a Year of Mercy for the whole Church. Through the study of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, our Youth Ministry practiced works of mercy and charity in our own community. Our young people cooked dinners for families at the Ronald McDonald House, packaged “manna pacs” at Feed My Starving Children, baked cookies for the homebound of our parish, and served at the annual Simbang Gabi Filipino celebration. In addition, a number of our junior high and high school students participated in a week-long service experience on our campus and attended the Totus Tuus and University of Notre Dame learning experiences during the summer. Our parish Youth Ministry continues to offer opportunities for our youth to explore how God has been merciful to them and how they, in turn, show mercy to others.

Daniel Hughes, Director of Catechesis New to St. Benedict Parish, Mr. Hughes previously served as a catechist at St. Matthias Parish for seven years. He has completed the Archdiocese of Chicago Lay Ecclesial Ministry program and is currently finishing his Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies at Loyola University.

7 Kim McMillan, Director of Youth Ministry Ms. McMillan has over 20 years of experience in parish ministry and completed the Archdiocese of Chicago requirements to serve as Director of Youth Ministry in parishes.

EDUCATION COMMISSION REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: ST. BENEDICT PREPARATORY SCHOOL 2016–2021 STRATEGIC PLAN This year we are embarking on the development of a new five year strategic plan. We are proud of the tremendous growth we have been experiencing through the implementation of the last strategic plan. We know that education is changing and evolving rapidly and we need to be clear and intentional about how we move forward to ensure we’re staying on the leading edge. The key purpose of the strategic plan will make certain that St. Benedict Preparatory School has a clear mission and positions itself to ensure vitality at each level of academic programming with clear goals to support this mission. This will allow us to deliver a world-class Catholic education for years to come. We strive to be proactive and thoughtful in our school’s evolution and have brought in outside perspective and expertise to assist us. The consultant we used has experience with providing direct consultative guidance, research, training programs and materials for Catholic schools across the country. Their datadriven approach engages our parish, school, neighborhood families, teachers and administrators in the development of the strategy that will help shape the future of our St. Benedict Preparatory School. Over the next several months we will seek additional engagement from members of the parish, faculty and faith community as we further refine and develop the foundation of our strategic plan (School Mission and Positioning). These critical steps will shape the future direction of our parish school.

SOME IMPORTANT DATES TO LOOK OUT FOR INCLUDE: • Online surveys – November: We’ll be e-mailing a short online survey to school and parishioner families. This is a preliminary phase of research and will inform the mission and positioning concepts that will be explored further in January focus groups. • Focus groups – Jan 2017: We’ll be hosting 30 – 60 minute focus groups with as many school and parish families as possible to gain insight and feedback into the school mission statements. This will inform the future goals of the school. • Recommendation – Spring 2017: The SBPS Advisory Board will submit a data-informed recommendation to Fr. Jason and Ms. Gemo. The final and comprehensive mission and positioning for the school will be approved and deployed. • Implementation – 2017-18 School Year



• To foster spiritual growth for SBPS students, their families and teachers. • To promote outreach and community service and help maintain a vibrant faith community in which all are invited to learn.



• To provide a secure, robust and reliable technology infrastructure designed to meet the immediate needs and continually evolve to support the educational mission and curriculum of St. Benedict Prep.


• To preserve our strong financial foundation and ensure a continued focus on fiscal discipline and stewardship of the resources that the school receives. • To leverage a data-informed approach that allows us to make informed decisions regarding key aspects of our plans (e.g., tuition, investments in classroom resources).


• To ensure the positive perception of St. Benedict is maintained throughout the community for continued sustainability and growth. • To enable richer and more targeted communication between the school faculty and families and students. • To provide an on-going dialogue between the school and its families to address what’s working and what needs to improve.


• To provide valuable opportunities for students to enrich learning and leadership experience. • To ensure current academic programs are supported, and new, innovative programs are developed.

PEACEFUL PLAYGROUNDS: A NECESSARY PIECE OF THE PUZZLE Giving students time and space to play is an important aspect of a well-rounded school program. Students need to have time to play in order to become better learners. Taking a break from sitting and studying actually helps the brain’s ability to remember, focus and process. But recess is not just important for learning academic concepts, it is also important to learn positive social interaction, problem solving and teamwork. We can say that recess fulfills an important part of our school mission. For many years school parents have wanted to improve the play area for our elementary and middle school students. The parking lot lacked defined play space, the students had to share one basketball hoop, and there was often little or no equipment to play with. The 15 year old preschool playground equipment was in need of updating. The surface of the playground was cracked and dangerous. It was time to give our play spaces a much needed facelift. Thanks to the efforts of the 2016 Ball and Auction Committee and the Home and School Association, along with volunteer parents, work study volunteers and our hard working maintenance team, upgrades were made over the summer and our students couldn’t be more excited! Each year at the annual Ball and Auction, the school community hosts a “paddle raise” after the live auction to help meet a specific school need that teachers and administrators would like to see come to fruition. This year, the B&A committee championed the “Rally for Recess” effort, which raised over $50,000 for the new playground. Half of this money went to the courtyard parking lot play area and half went to the cost of the preschool playground surface. So far, we have invested in new basketball hoops, storage for playground equipment, and an innovative program called Peaceful Playgrounds. Peaceful Playgrounds provides playground stencils, activities that teach positive social interactions, and teacher training in implementing the program. The school administration determined that since we were pouring a new surface, we should also get an updated playground fixture that was more developmentally appropriate and could accommodate more students. Ms. Waldron and Ms. Gemo approached the Home and School Association and asked for a portion of the 2016 Fun Run funds to pay for this new fixture. They agreed, and the result is our new, state-of-the-art preschool playground. In addition, our Director of the Annual School Fund, Janet Gallagher, submitted a grant to the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce Philanthropy Project to help with the cost of our Peaceful Playgrounds initiative. Thanks to Ms. Gallagher’s efforts and the generosity of the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce, SBPS received an additional $3,500 to help fund the Peaceful Playgrounds initiative. Below is the financial breakdown so far for income and expenses regarding the Rally for Recess project. We have more funds to spend, but have delayed implementation of the “soccer court” in the driveway because of the church roof construction. In addition, we will be hosting a contest for students during the second trimester to devise a plan for the remainder of the funds. We are interested in hearing what the students want for recess. We also want to encourage creative thinking, innovation and problem solving in a real, authentic way. What better way to do this than having students help provide input for the courtyard play area! Watch for more information on this exciting, student-centered contest.




Paint for Peaceful Playgrounds


Poured Surface 5 Basketball Hoops

$20,597 $5,455

4 Tables with Seating


5 Benches $2,670 Clips for Securing Benches & Tables $200 Shipping for Hoops & Furniture $974 Discount ($864) Installation of Hoops $1,000 Storage for Equipment $600 Playground Contest $12,000 Soccer Nets $300 Balls $500 Thank You Signs $300 Estimated Total to Date $45,833


Preschool Playground Equipment $23,548 Discount ($864) Shipping $1,196


TECHNOLOGY, ALUMNI AND THE SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD – PIECES OF THE PUZZLE COMING TOGETHER: RON WOJCIK ‘63 PARTNERS WITH HIS ALMA MATER AND DEVRY UNIVERSITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE In order for Catholic schools to be excellent, we must constantly learn how to integrate technology resources to support student achievement and plan for technology infrastructure to be “future ready.” During the summer of 2015, the school administration began partnering with the Academic Excellence Committee of the SBPS Advisory Board to determine upgrades needs to achieve these goals. We found that the faculty and staff had lots of ideas on how to integrate technology in their lessons. However, the unreliable wireless network often led to lesson plan changes that did not depend on technology. Teachers and students were not using technology regularly, not because there wasn’t a desire, but because our network couldn’t support the demand. Further, SBPS also received generous donations for technology from the HSA’s Baby and Kids Garage Sale as well as the 2015 Fun Run. We wanted to be good stewards of these resources and spend the money where it was needed most. When SBPS was first founded, students went to the library and did research using available books, encyclopedias and periodicals as resources. Today, all this information is available at the tips of the students’ fingers via the internet. Students simply enter a key word or phrase and thousands of resource items appear. Additionally, there are online and digital curriculum supports and assessment programs that help teachers differentiate and personalize student learning plans. If not structured and operated well, a school’s information technology infrastructure can be the biggest impediment to the implementation of a technology-based learning environment. For this reason, SBPS is making a concerted effort to ensure that a solid foundation is in place to support the technological needs of the school and provide an effective learning environment for its students. While SBPS is current in its use of modern technology, we have to plan for the future to stay ahead of the curve regarding the integration and implementation of technology in the realm of education. Assisting us in this effort is one of our alumni and current advisory board member, Mr. Ron Wojcik (ES ‘59 & HS ‘63). Since joining the School Advisory Board, Ron has focused on efforts that will improve the school’s educational programs. This directly led to efforts to assist in establishing an adequate technical infrastructure that could be leveraged to improve the curriculum and teaching practices. The first need was to identify academic trends in education and to conduct a complete assessment of St Benedict’s current technological infrastructure. Under Ron’s leadership, an independent assessment was done with the help of Dr. James Karagiannes (Dr. K.), professor at DeVry University. The assessment was done pro-bono as a DeVry University senior project. Not only was an assessment done, but a holistic architecture-based proposal was also developed on a pro-bono basis by Dr. K, Ron, and his IT-knowledgeable sons, Ron Jr. and Douglas. This proposal addressed the full scope of wireless internet, computer and telephone voice environments. The financial investment required within the proposal was much more costeffective than a proposal provided by St Benedict’s then-current computer support company and provided significantly improved ongoing service and support. Partnering with DeVry and using the leadership of the board, the St. Benedict Parish and School saved tens of thousands of dollars in technology upgrade costs. This is a great example of how community partnerships and board efforts do really make an impact on the parish and school.


THE ACTION PLAN PROVIDED BY RON AND DR. K. HAS BEEN MANAGED AND IMPLEMENTED IN TWO PHASES: Phase I has already been completed resulting in extensive savings to St. Benedict: • Enhanced wireless coverage across the entire campus. • Installation of two new high reliability servers, donated through Dr. K.’s efforts, to improve user experience and data accessibility. • Updated all computers Windows 10 and improved printing solutions. • Upgraded the existing Toshiba voicemail system. • Transitioned to an internal three-person IT Department. • Installed a unified wireless network that is seamless and provides for a better learning environment. This effort has established a solid technical base that is now supporting campus-wide wireless and can be leveraged by the teaching staff. Phase II objectives have been identified and earmarked for completion in the fall term: • Telephone plan analysis that provides cost reductions and added eFax • Network security enhancements • Server back-up and implementation of new security strategies • Integrate the public address system with the current telephone system Mr. Louis Karagiannes has been hired as our fulltime Information Technology Director. He now serves as our in-house resident manager of all IT needs for the campus. Additionally, two DeVry students have been hired with the support of the federal Work Study program which covers 75% of their salary. Karagiannes’ proactive approach has already resulted in a highly lauded improvement in trouble ticket resolution and responsiveness to faculty and administrative needs. We have reduced the cost per pupil for tech support, yet increased the overall impact and response time. As the parish and school continue to evaluate costs and stewardship efforts, we feel this is certainly a win-win! With all the important work that still needs to be done, the SBPS School Advisory Board has created a new board-level Technology Committee. This Ron Wojcik ‘63 (left) with Louie Karagiannes committee, made up of current and former school parents who have expertise in the tech field and led by Ron Wojcik and Louis Karagiannes, will continue to evaluate the school’s tech infrastructure along with the school’s overall approach to tech integration in the classroom and curriculum. As the school refines its mission and vision, the technology piece of the puzzle will continue to be evaluated and planned for. As in the past, SBPS is looking to the future and is producing graduates that will leave their mark on the world. With our latest technology initiatives, alumni continue to make a difference at St. Benedict Preparatory School. The impact of alumni involvement and contributions extend far beyond the physical campus of SBPS. If you would like to make a difference and get involved, especially in the area of technology, please contact Ms. Rachel Gemo at


PARISH LIFE COMMISSION MINISTRIES BenFest Ben’s Buds Bingo Boy Scouts Cub Scouts Girl Scouts

Daisies Brownies Facility Committee Holy Name Society Hospitality Knights of Columbus

Ladies Society Oktoberfest RCYA-Young Adult Ministry Welcoming Committee Women’s Book Club


Belonging is a fundamental desire of all humans.

Honoring a Legacy of Quality Catholic Education: Gathered in the Name of Jesus and Celebrating 65 Years of St. Benedict High School.

St. Benedict Preparatory High School is one of only two parish-sponsored high schools left in Chicago. A high school built to serve parish families back in 1950 now serves Catholic and non-Catholic students from 30 different zip codes across the city. This educational ministry allows the parish and school community to evangelize and form young men and women in the Catholic tradition. The high school portion of the parish school has gone through many changes over the past six decades. Last year, we were happy to celebrate and honor 65 years of our legacy. SBPS hosted a number of events to welcome alumni back and generate support in terms of time, talent and treasure. All Class Reunion Mass and BBQ On Saturday, August 15, 2015, 150 alums gathered in the courtyard for our All Class Reunion. Good food, plenty of drinks, and reconnecting with old friends made for a great evening. Current high school parents and students prepared the meal and served the food. It was a great way to kick off the 65th year celebration of the high school. Remembering Opening Day – September 5, 1950 On September 5, 2015, a Mass of Thanksgiving was offered by Father Jason Malave in gratitude for 65 years of blessings and graces received through the institution of our parish high school. Alumni Hall of Fame Induction to Honor Mrs. Laurette Kittler On Saturday, October 24, 2015, SBPS hosted a dinner in the secondary school cafeteria and musical show in the gym featuring SBPS alumni who were involved in Mrs. Kittler’s drama program during her four-decade tenure. Mrs. Kittler and her daughter traveled all the way from California for this once in a lifetime event. Mrs. Kittler presented the first endowment award to a current SBPS drama student. We give special thanks to the cochairs, Rich Paschall ’69 and Bill Bergfalk ’76, along with show producer and director, former SBHS teacher, Mike Teolis ’71, as well as other members of the committee. Homecoming 2015 – Alumni Tailgate Party Besides the Kittler drama program, SBHS is also known for its basketball program. Former SBHS Bengals came out to cheer on our young men and women at the homecoming game on December 4th. Before the games, our guests were treated to a BBQ pork and chili dinner in the secondary school cafeteria and enjoyed reconnecting with other Bengals.


Gathered in the Name of Jesus – 65th Anniversary Liturgy and Reception with Archbishop Blase Cupich On Sunday, May 1st, we closed our 65th Anniversary Year of the High School with a special Mass with Archbishop Cupich presiding. After the mass, we hosted a dinner and a presentation featuring our school musicians and dance students, along with a presentation to Big Shoulders and our high school alumni. It was a prayerful and happy celebration that we will remember for a long time.

PARISH TRANSFORMATION St. Benedict Parish Transformation Objectives • Modernize and unify communications to reach all active, • Re-evaluate and educate all on parish ministries non-active and potential parishioners • Proudly champion our parish preparatory school’s Vision • Re-invigorate and expand adult religious education programming of Excellence 2016 Plan • Establish our catechetical program around life milestones • Support in strengthening Catholic identity across entire block • Connect families to catechesis and Mass • Teach stewardship and increase giving of time, talent, • Become fearlessly welcoming and move people outside and treasure of comfort zone • Design and plan for future capital needs Three years ago, we embarked upon a Parish Transformation process to deepen our relationship with Jesus in the context of our parish ministries. Over the course of the past three years, we have made significant strides in the ten goals that make up our Parish Transformation plan. Thank you for the role you played in implementing these goals and for your continued commitment to strengthening each of these areas in the years to come. Here are five highlights: Goal 3 - Establish Catechetical programs around life milestones For the first time, we were able to hire a Director of Youth Ministry, Mrs. Kim McMillan. With a singular focus of gathering teenagers, we were able to keep inviting our young parishioners to a deeper relationship with Jesus and their parish. Through activities, service, spiritual growth and social activities, they bonded with one another and with Jesus. Similarly, our young adults found new energy and enthusiasm through the work of our former Pastoral Associate, Elizabeth Kustusch-Beard. Working in union with St. Andrew, our young adult population increases significantly and a renewed community was born. This great work continues this year with the support of Mrs. Kim McMillan. And finally, the gift of Sr. Helen Kling to our Pastoral Staff has meant more vitality for our senior parishioners. With the formation of a new Senior Council, Sr. Helen wisely chose to focus on spiritual growth and investment for our seniors, as the social activities are well tended to at the Senior Campus on Western and Irving. Once again, a new community was born. Goal 4 - Connect families to catechesis and Mass The result of a second day of Religious Education means more families and their children involved in our Religious Education. This, in turn, has meant larger First Communion and Confirmation classes and more families committing to the eight year process of Religious Education grades first through eighth. We see great growth in the ministry of Catechesis! Goal 7 - Champion our Parish Preparatory School This past year saw the creation of our new strategic plan for our school. With wide involvement and consultation, we looked to vision what we hope our school can continue to be and become five years from now. Much more on this will be shared as our School Advisory Board continues to develop five year goals. Goal 9 - Teach stewardship and increase giving To date, almost half of our Sunday giving comes through our online portal, GiveCentral. This means that your Sunday giving is regular and consistent and not dependent on travel schedules, soccer schedules, or snow days. Your generosity through GiveCentral allows us to predict cash flow and not get stuck if bad weather happens or vacations happen. Thank you for signing up for GiveCentral and making your Sunday gift, Christmas gift, Easter gift, and special collection gifts online. If you have not signed up yet, do so before you become part of the minority cash givers. Thank you for you powerful generosity. Goal 10 - Design and plan for future capital needs Following the development of the Parish Transformation plan, we embarked upon our Campus Master Plan. The Campus Master Plan identified the significant capital facility needs that face us. This, of course, gave way to the Forward in our Faith campaign. Last year plans were made for the beginning of construction on our new church roof. The process of identifying the scope of work to be done on the Church roof and on the Church tuck pointing needed to be complete before one slate tile could be replaced. The formal bidding process resulted in Mortenson Roofing’s selection as the project contractor. This was the hard work of preparation before the major project could be undertaken. Profound thanks to the Parish Council and members of the Parish Transformation team who helped shepherd these projects. A strong sense of pride and accomplishment fills the hearts of those who participated on the Parish Transformation team. You can clearly see that the roadmap set out three years ago is well on its way to being implemented.

PARISH SUNDAY WORSHIP STEWARDSHIPJuly 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016


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FORWARD IN OUR FAITH CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE Undertaking a major parish-wide Capital Campaign is no small undertaking. It demands that every member of our parish embark on a visionary journey to dream a new reality for our parish for the next ten years! This is no small task but this is exactly what happened in February and March of 2015, with our Forward in our Faith Capital Campaign. We undertook to dream into reality three powerful projects: • Build a new slate roof for our landmark place of worship, our Church, to get her ready to turn 100 years old on March 31, 2017. The cost of this project is $1,600,000. • Completely tuck-point our parish school on Leavitt Street and install new lintels and windows. • Build a new addition to our parish school to house some exciting and innovative educational space. Our parish has never seen a Capital Campaign of this magnitude. It is not one project, but three separate projects that focus on the Church that shapes our hearts and our souls, the place where we grow as a family of faith. Then, it draws its focus onto the buildings that house our Educational and Catechetical ministries, making sure that they are in great shape for the future!! This comprehensive plan for the future captured the imagination of all who heard about the vision! With your generosity and with the help of God, you pledged over $4.7 million dollars toward the vision of those three projects. Your generosity was, quite frankly, shocking and powerfully generous. What you said with your gift is that you can vision the future, you see the need for further growth, and you want to invest and belong to a thriving family of faith. This message was heard loud and clear and this strong movement has propelled us forward to begin the first of these powerful projects. As people fulfill their pledges over the next four years, we will complete the roof project, begin our façade restoration and new window project, and embark on our school building transformation plan. Thank you for your powerful generosity. You have seen a vision into the future, you have embraced that vision, and now we move Forward In Our Faith together. May God continue to bless our vision, our generosity, our building, and our journey Forward In Our Faith. So far, you have fulfilled your pledges, plus interest, to the total of $1,555,874 Expenses to date include: • $79,200 - the first of five gifts to the Archdiocese of Chicago for the “To Teach Who Christ Is” Campaign • $224,734 - general expenses to administer the campaign • $20,000 - gift to our sharing parish, Our Lady of the Snows • $590,782 – payment to date towards cost of the new Church roof Profound gratitude for your generosity!


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Terry & Shirlee Firestone Linda Fischer Tom & Virginia Fiske Brian & Marie Fitzpatrick Edward & Christine Fleming Maureen Flynn Justin & Kathryn Foley Christopher & Jennifer Ford Cordy Fortunado Nicole Foster & Chris Hill Lisa Franqui David & Jennifer Freda David & Pamela Fritzsche Walter & Sara Furie John & Sharon Gaietto Kathleen Gailey Alex & Elizabeth Galiano Janet Gallagher Patrick & Anna Gallagher Kim Gambino & James Smith Emilio Garcera Glorieta A. Gaston Martina Gavigan William & Anna Gay Andrew & Elizabeth Geer Mary Lee Geesbreght Hilda Geldmyer Sally Gilger Joan Gillespie Michael & Gail Giovannelli John & Tracey Glibowski F. Martin Glynn Brian & Molly Goad Edmund & Mary Gobat Gloria Goerner David & Kathy Goetz Consolacion Golloso David & Kristin Gonnella Guillermo & Jessica Gonzales John & Kara Goodwin David & Laura Gould Brian & Laura Grady Christopher & Patricia Graff Amy & Kristopher Graft Christian & Erin Greiner James & Therese M. Grohman Kirk & Angela Grossnickle John & Lisa Gschwind Daniel & Melissa Guilfoyle Adam & Amanda Guillaume Judy Gumler Rita Gumler Peggy Gumler Bojan & Elizabeth Guzina Gabriel Guzzo Suzanne Gylfe Eleanor Haberkamp Stevens & Barbara Haen Kelly Haggerty

Gabriel Hailu & Nighisti Berhe George Hain Alicia & Kenneth Haller Matthew and Jennifer Hallgren Edward & Kelley Halper Matthew & Laura Hamister Sarah Hanson William & Christina Hardin Michael & Iris Hart Cherrie Hartman Barbara Hartnack Janet Haslwanter Chris & Jen Hastings Jim & Rebecca Hauman Alan Hauser & Anne Suh Paul & Karen Hawk Sean W. Hayes & Francisca Vergara Matt & Rosalind Heckman Shawn & Margaret Heneghan Jim & Megan Heneghan Mary Henneman Adam Hennig Eleanor Herkert Melissa & Michael Hevner Daniel Hickey Edgar & Nancy Hillner Angielyn & Ray Hodges Anne Hoellich Gavin Hoffman & Lorraine Egan Kevin & Amy Hogan Rita Holly-Lindsay Michael & Gina Hortatsos Matthew Houlihan Luke & Bridget Howe Chadwick & Charlene Hoyt Casey & Erin Hulliberger Arthur Hundrieser Anne Hunt Greg & Jennifer Hurst Heather Hurst & Michael DiDomenico Colleen Huston Carl & Jean Hybinette Marquita Hynes Esteban & Agustina Ibanez Michael & Rhondi Inman Michael & Jamee Insko Irene Ireland Nilda Irizarry Rosina Istl Marilyn Jerger Froylan I. Jimenez Maggie Johnson Sunil Joseph Marie Jost Emilie Kaim Hans & Maria Kaim Ken & Katherine Kang

James & Katherine Kartheiser Mary Ann Kattner Mike & Danielle Keenan David & Stephanie Keenan Brandon & Susan Kennedy Mary Lou Kestler Ronald & Kimberly Kinn George & Marissa Klatt Jim & Susan Klein Scott & Carol Klemm Brian & Molly Klucznik Beth Knobbe Daniel & Janice Knuckey Frederik & Amy Koning Spencer & Randi Kowal Edward Kozak Todd & Michelle Kramer Timothy & Elizabeth Kramer Samuel & Alison Krauss Thomas & Jeanne Krier Linda Krier Carl & Doris Kriho Kathleen Krueger Karl & Cacinda Kuhn Joseph & Mary Kurczak Mary Bridget Kustusch Santos Labombard Richard & Marcia Lansu Aileen Laracuente Thomas & Julie Lauletta Jack & Kathryn Lavin Margaret Lawlor Peter & Amy Leadstrom Donald & Corazon Lee Russell & Kelly Lee Eugene & Karen Leone Rose Leversha Osborn & Jessie Lewis Bernie Libao Patrick & Elaine Lindia Stacy & Raquel Litherland Leonora Llanes Margaret Long Corazon Lopez Lilliann Lopez Jon & Rochelle Luciano Martin & Linda Lunkes Kathleen Lydon John & Carol Lydon Patricia Lydon JoAnn MacDonald Mickey & Dana MacMillan Ben & Remy Magahis Miguel & Violeta Magnabijon Timothy & Cheryl Mahon Joseph & Anne-Marie Maida Jason Malave John & Mary Mangan Juan & Corazon Marasigan Eddie & Cathy Markul Brian & Liza Martin Todd & Karla Martin Pete & Zenaida Martinez Anthony & Kristin Mateja Fernando & Andrea Matro Fredrick & Brighid Matvias Andrew & Matty May Paul Mbinglo Peter & Amina-Mercy Mbinglo Mike & Becky McCallum Kevin & Megan McCarthy Ross & Shanna McDonald

Ryan & Anne McDonald Rosemary McDonnell Jerry McFarland Jill McGinn-Henderson Todd McGovern & Lisa DallMcGovern Brian & Marisa McHugh Todd & Ellen McIntosh Kevin & Linda McJessy John & Margaret McLaughlin Bernie McNally Brian & Annaliese McSweeney Patrick & Megan Melson Anthony & Ramona Mendes Jillian & Daniel Mendez Kevin & Kitzze Mendoza Larry & Cheryl Menke Minda Menor Lisa Mersereau Alexander & Katherine Messing Marc & Lindsey Milanowski Michael & Apitchaya Miller Rick & Kattie Milton Joseph & Kathleen Minneci Irma Miranda Michael & Linda Misetic John & Janice Mocarski John Morales & Dolores Ponce de Leon Eileen Moran & Eamon Nash Cesareo & JoAnn Moreno Joann Moretti Michael & Tammy Morris Christine Morrissey Mary Most John & Colleen Mueller Peter & Paula Muenzner Matthew & Angela Mulderink Regina Mulhern Melissa Mulhern Melody & Curt Mullenix Mary Ann Murphy James & Jeanette Murphy Beth Murphy Sean & Patti Murray Matthew and Dana Murray James & Mara Myers Rodalfo Nabong John & Brittany Nanry Mark & Neymi Nehring Eric & Amy Nelson Anne Neumann Dee Noesen Patrick & Erin Nolan Janet Nolan Sean & Brooke Noonan Mary C. Nordloh Christopher & Heather Nordloh Dan Notter & Haley Carlson Amy & Thomas Novicki Max Nutkowitz & Colleen Sullivan Louis Nutoni Joseph & Angelique Obiri James Ochoa & Susan O’Keefe Ryan & Catherine O’Connell Michael & Elizabeth O’Connor Thomas & Elly O’Donnell Chad & Aimee Ogren Ronald & Christa O’Keefe Alan & Teresa Osinski Gerald & Gloria Ottesen

Scott & Amy Paeth Justin & Agnes Pagsisihan Jon & Annie Palak Steve & Linda Palfi Leonardo & Maria Paradiso Erich & Robyn Parker Patrick & Jennifer Patras Joseph & Rose Pattison Kimberly Payne & Scott Berg Nicholas & Colleen Pelino Tony & Laura Pellikan Ricardo & Jo Ann Pena Concepcion Perez & Irma Owens David & Lisa Periolat Richard & Jennifer Petrillo Michael & Katherine Pfeffer Chris & Paula Pienton Robert & Ramona Piske Scott Pitts & Jennifer Ryan David & Christine Polanic Christina Polito Rebekah & Stephen Polutnik Matthew & Rima Ports Joseph & Mercedes Prause Precision Excavation Janet & Jeff Preston Mariiusz & Halina Pydych Jaime & Magdalena Queroz Rowan & Delia Quinain Peter & Anne Quinn George & Kimberly Radich Elisabeth Rapp John & Catherine Rebel Arturo G. & Belinda Recinto Sandra Regnier David & Allyson Regnier James & Agata Reilly David & Lynn Retford Ellen Reynolds Robert & Marta Rhyner Jeffrey & Carol Rich Tom & Kelly Rieckelman Greg & Anne Rief Timothy & Sally Roach Mary Roche David Rodriguez Julio & Yesenia Rodriguez Jose & Bethany Ronchetta Theresa Roniere Ronald & Lara Rooney Hans & Anna Roos Bob & Jeanne Roth Michael & Julie Rothweiler Ben & Sarah Roxworthy Daniel & Jennifer Russell Chris & Amie Ryan Harry & Bonnie Ryan Janice Ryan Patrick & Beth Ryan Ceannaich & Shawna Ryan Thomas & Isabelle Ryan Matt & Rachel Saccaro Eleazar B. & Teresita B. Sagun Matthew & Darlene Sagun Jose & Maria Salas Timothy & Tracy Samonds Pedro & Sylvia Sanchez Kathleen Sanchez Mark & Maureen Sanders Vinod Sanghrajka Paul & Rose Sanpedro Raymond & Gabrielle Sansonetti

Frederick Sanzenbacher Kathleen & Patrick Schaefer Anton & Maria Schall Matt & Charleen Scherer Dolores Schillizzi Christian & Melanie Schlachter Donald & Marion Schmitz John & Emily Schmitz John Schmitz Daisy Schmookler Olive Schneider William & Barbara Schneider Alan Schoen Barbara Schroeder Daryl & Megan Schumacher Dan & Cyndi Schuman Steven Schwartz & Elizabeth Briggs Kent Seger Daniel & Julie Semenak Francesco & Bridgett Sessa John & Amanda Sharkey Christopher & Kara Sheaffer Eliot & Aggie Sherwin Dmitry & Maureen Shifrin John Shirey & Carmina Pereja Mary Shurba Michael & Traci Silius Laela Skaer Kirk Smid John & Malissa Smith Abraham & Eden Sobrepena Dino & Sylvia Solver Frank & Kirsten Sorensen Kerry Porter & Christopher Sorvino John & Lisa Souter Peter & Jennifer Sparacino Jason & Britt Staley Andy & Julie Stanglewicz Gary Stark Russell Starr Brian & Karla Stearns Ryan & Stephanie Stecz Jeff & Amy Stern Margaret Stevens Michelle Stevens Steve & Molly Stewart Scott & Emily Stiglicz Brett & Amy Straley Johanna Strecker Sookra & Yolanda Sukhu Mark & Patrice Sullivan Sean & Susan Sullivan Faith Swanson Brian & Samantha Szopinski Karen Tabbert Thomas Tansor & Aileen Blake Paul & Erica Tayaban Patrick Terrien Joan Theis Michelle Thelin George & Caitlin Tobin Margie Tomlinson Brian & Carrie Tracy Patrick S. & Tami Tray Thomas & Mary Frances Trucco Ricardo & Nora Trujillo Doug & Nora Trybula The Tsiao Family George P. Tuballes Helen Tubog-Gabaisen

Jennifer Turner Tim & Fiona Urquhart Victor & Carmen Valdez Nelia Valera Todd Van Dyke & Jennifer DeMay Jason & Elizabeth Vantine Christopher & Heidi Vassalotti Gloria Vergara Jose & Yanitsa Villagomez Steffen & Kristin Villarreal Luz Viloria Guido & Marisa Volpe Beverly Wallin Daniel & Catherine Walsh The Walsh Foundation Joy & Larry Walton Carly Waltz Thomas & Maureen Ward Steven & Kara Warmbir Daniel J. Weber John & Ilona Weber Estela Weber Chris Weber Andy & Mary Eileen Weber Walter Weglinski & Kendra Ensor Nicholas & Christina Weidman Tom & Mary Weirath Stephen & Michele Welsh George & Gertrude Wersching Robert & Jane Wharton Joan Wilcox Amy Wilkins Brett & Tammi Williams Quentin & Lydia Williams Maureen Wilson & Rich Madl Dan Wiltgen & Kristine Lantz Charles & Rosemarie Wimberly Michael & Dorothy Winn Margaret & Walter Winsor Josephine Wischler John & Michele Wittenborn Brian Wittenwyler & Jill Corcoran Marianne Wojak Edward & Barbara Wolke Howard & Collette Wong Wayne Wong Kenneth & Patricia Woodhouse William Wooten & Anni Braverman Patricia Wrona Stephen & Rohini Wurth Gisela Wysgalla William & Nicole Yankowski Gregory Zadell Matt & Elizabeth Zakaras Robert & Rita Zeitner David & Colleen Zinck Molly Zurek







16/17 Budget

Collections $ 798,433 $ 805,164 $ 821,300 Religious Education Tuition and Fees 68,016 60,000 60,054 Lease and Rental Income 32,080 32,055 33,455 Fundraising 32,519 39,000 46,085 Bequests 5,919 0 550 Annual Catholic Appeal Rebate 41,771 81,016 60,000 Miscellaneous 87,257 91,600 80,413 Total: $1,060,761 $1,111,971 $1,103,955

CHURCH EXPENSE Salaries and Benefits $ 565,488 $ 602,714 $ 626,629 Parish and Religious Education Office 76,075 76,583 64,449 Liturgical and Church 11,000 16,956 35,132 Utilities 61,212 62,042 55,633 Building Maintenance and Repair 32,330 39,491 23,423 Archdiocesan Assessments 130,089 126,200 121,124 Property and Casualty Insurance 84,876 83,496 75,620 Miscellaneous 29,550 37,241 30,494 Total: $ 971,363 $1,044,723 $1,051,761 Net Church Operating:

$ 89,398 $

67,248 $


16/17 Budget

Archdiocesan and Sharing Parish Collections $ 83,101 $ 72,570 $ 71,500 Build Our Future Collections 48,190 49,361 50,000 Forward in Our Faith 229,261 1,048,308 850,000 Total: $360,552 $1,170,239 $ 971,500


Archdiocesan and 72,570 $ 71,500 Sharing Parish Distribution $ 83,101 540,350 90,339 43,800 Capital Improvements 32,980 30,232 35,230 Parish Vehicles 218,000 91,951 1,650,000 Forward in Our Faith $ 874,431 $ 285,092 $1,800,530 Total: Net Parish and School Extraordinary:

$(513,879) $ 885,147 $ (829,030)



Tuition $5,937,514 $ 5,985,967 $ 5,989,611 Fees 355,638 260,502 276,600 Fundraising 572,336 340,827 345,000 Outside Funding Sources 100,485 109,300 125,000 Endowment and Scholarship Appeals 123,701 131,461 114,200 Miscellaneous 122,257 100,268 114,000 Total: $7,211,931 $6,928,325 $6,964,411


Salaries and Benefits Instructional Administrative Food Service Field Trip/AGORA Utilities Building Maintenance and Repair Property and Casualty Insurance Miscellaneous Total:

129,840 124, 356 122,760 272,118 227,830 232,238 $6,868,344 $7,320,225 $6, 842,590

Net School Operating:

$ 343,587 $(391,900) $ 121,821

Net Parish Operating:

$ 432,985 $(324,652)

$5,441,937 $ 5,794,449 238,028 280,324 256,634 270,650 101,423 114,882 68,008 135,792 165,978 292,572


$ 5,566,576 227,500 122,150 94,400 63,000 163,966



Cash Balance (June 30, 2015) Net Church Operating Net School Operating Net Church and School Extraordinary Change in Parish Ministry Holding Change in Accounts Payable Change in Prepaid Tuition Liability Net Transfers to Restricted Saving

$ 258,086 67,248 (391,900) 885,147 52,220 251,824 (18,615) (846,466)

Cash Balance (June 30, 2016)

$ 257,544 $1,378,796

$ 532,330 846,466


$ 174,015


FIGURING OUT THE MISSING PIECES TO THE FINANCIAL PICTURE Since 2012, St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School has experienced a positive financial picture. Our blessings were magnified and amplified, and we sought to take advantage of this situation. We paid off our debt and loans to the Archdiocese of Chicago; invested in our parish campus long-term plan with our master planning project; kicked off a very successful capital campaign called Forward In Our Faith; started two “rainy day” savings accounts for facilities and school needs; and started a parish educational endowment which now exceeds over $140,000 in principal funds. The parish Religious Education and School programs saw unprecedented growth in population and the registered families in the parish grew to 3,200. The church was so full that an additional Sunday mass was added to accommodate all churchgoers. Fast forward to 2015-2016: The housing market started to heat up, and some parish and school families decided to move out of state, seeking new paths. Because of this, there was a small decline in enrollment in the parish school, as well as some other financial factors that led to a significant parish and school deficit for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. While the numbers on the preceding page tell a “black and white” story, it is necessary for us to explain the factors that led to this deficit and the efforts made by the parish and school leadership to address these issues. Reason #1: SBPS did not accurately budget for tuition and fees at the beginning of the fiscal year. Money from tuition and fees accounts for 80% of our total budget and is really important to get it right. • A change in fee structure led to a miscalculation in income and expenses. All fees, with the exception of the registration and new family fees were rolled into tuition last fiscal year. Some of these fees were double-counted as income. • The projected tuition on which we based the budget income was not calculated accurately. This was due in part to a lower than anticipated amount donated by outside funding sources. Further, the budget reflected some scholarship income listed twice. There were also inaccuracies projected for parishioner, multi-child and employee discounts. • At the end of the fiscal year, there was approximately $55,000 in delinquent tuition and fees not collected. This amount is slightly higher than in past years. We are also still trying to collect $44,000 in delinquent tuition from the 2014-2015 school year. Some families moved out of the school throughout the year which also lowered the collectable tuition. Reason #2: St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School experienced a drop in net fundraising proceeds for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. • Fund Our Future (FOF) was down by $45,000 from budget. We budgeted $120,000 for FOF with a reasonable expectation for it to come in based on historical trends. The budgeted number was a drop of $25,000 collected in the previous year (2014-2015). The funds were to be used to pay for teacher retention programs (graduate coursework assistance, meal cards and substantial employee discounts) plus an unusually high investment in textbooks grades PK-8. Many of these expenses were incurred in the summer well in advance of the income. • Ball and Auction 2016: We projected net income of $250,000 after expenses, Fund-a-Need reserves and the 10% fundraising allocation to Build Our Future. The 2016 Ball and Auction raised $210,250 after subtracting Fund-a-Need ($50,000+) and 10% Build Our Future transfer of $22,000. • BenFest 2015: BenFest 2015 raised $31,164 for the parish and school. Due to bad weather over the BenFest weekend, this amount fell short of the budgeted $48,000. Reason #3: Salary and Benefits were not in-line with student population and teacher: student ratio. • Student/teacher ratio (particularly in the secondary school) was not in line with financial best practices. Several classes had students/teacher ratios that were smaller than budgeting guidelines. • Hiring decisions were made in May and June 2015 based on inaccurate income projections. It is difficult to reduce salary costs once teacher contracts are signed.


What is being done to avoid this situation in the future? What is the plan to begin paying back the reimbursement from our savings for the 2016-2017 fiscal year? • A realistic budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year has been created using lessons learned from the previous year. We have planned a significant net profit in order to reimburse a portion of the loan we borrowed from our parish reserves. • Staffing reductions have been made. Fortunately, this did not compromise the overall school programming and course offerings. We “right-sized” the school staff. • The school leadership has planned a more aggressive recruitment, admissions and retention plan for this current school year to stabilize and grown enrollment. • The school advisory board is streamlining fundraising efforts to reduce the amount of “donor-fatigue” that is reported. • The finance office will conduct regular tuition audits with the goal of reviewing the work of the tuition office to ensure projected tuition is realistic. • A reduction in day-to-day business expenditures that does not affect quality of the mission or sacrifice any quality in education: • New printers/copiers contract reducing our monthly expenses • Better stewards of our printing with a revision of the copy codes • Encourage better stewardship of our utilities, maintenance and office supplies • Update of our phone/voicemail system with the intention of eliminating the cost of phone lines • A revision of the chart of accounts to enable transparent reporting We hope this accounting of major financial influences from the 2015-2016 fiscal year, as well as the explanation of our proactive plan to change the financial landscape for the current year, is clear and transparent to all who support St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School. We know that we are charged with being good stewards of all our gifts and we acknowledge this important responsibility.


Each year, St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School relies on the generosity of alumni, school families, parishioners, community members, foundations, and friends to help us remain innovatively mission driven. We are truly grateful for the many parish and school leaders and volunteers who give so generously to make all our events a great success! BenFest $31,164 (July 2015) Proceeds from this annual summer festival in honor of our patron, St. Benedict, are divided between the parish and school. Two-thirds of the proceeds go to support the school. BenFest and Bingo are the two parish activities that support our parish school. Many thanks to BenFest Chair Jennifer Petrillo, the BenFest Leadership Committee, and the many volunteers for their coordination of this event. We also give a big round of applause to the BenFest 2016 committee who raised over $55,000 this past summer. What an amazing improvement over last year. Thank you! 2nd Annual Bell Tower Open $7,062 (Fall 2015) In an effort to support our parish and school endowment for Catholic education, several parishioners organized and hosted our Second Annual Bell Tower Open golf tournament. A mix of golf, laugher, friendship, and fun goes a long way to support an important cause – affordable Catholic education for parish families. Thanks to Pete Quinn, Dave Keenan, Max Nutkowitz, Alfredo Alvarez, and Jeff Remotigue for their leadership. We hope this becomes an annual fall event classic. The 8th Annual Baby and Kids Green Garage Sale $30,000 (Fall 2015) The Home & School Association’s Baby and Kids Garage Sale does so much good for our school and community. Families can donate used goods and clear space in their homes, neighbors from all around Chicago can get great deals on baby and kids merchandise, left overs go to Catholic Charities and the funds raised go back to the school. Last year’s profits helped support the cost of interactive projectors in our school. Home and School Association FUN RUN $104,000 (Fall 2015) The Home & School Association leadership took a brave step last year and changed their signature fundraiser from the annual Wreath and Wrap Sale to the Fun Run. That brave decision really paid off! The HSA raised well over $100,000, with almost two-thirds of the funds coming from relatives, friends and neighbors from across the nation and the world. The funds raised helps support the operating costs of the HSA, plus teacher Christmas bonuses, classroom needs, teacher appreciation activities and more. Last year’s proceeds helped fund new laptops for K-5 teachers, additional interactive projectors, wireless upgrades across the campus and new water fountains in the elementary school building. Thanks to the HSA, all classrooms grades PK-3 have interactive projectors and teachers in grades PK-5 have new laptops. And that is A LOT of teachers and classrooms. Bingo $24,907 (2015-2016) Each Tuesday, parishioners and community members gather to play Bingo in the gym. This weekly event helps to support the high school scholarship program. Thanks to Daralis Oliver and the BINGO volunteer regulars who make this fundraiser a success. Congratulations on a fine year! OktoberFest $17,989 (2015) Carnival Rides, Bier and German Music in the courtyard means only ONE thing! It’s OktoberFest at St. Benedict! This family affair brought in much needed funds for parish needs. Thanks to the OktoberFest 2015 Committee for a fun weekend and a successful fundraiser! Pajama Jam: Athletic Fundraiser $7,809 (January 2016) Each year, the St. Benedict Athletic Association, hosts a fundraising party for music lovers and revelers alike. Last year’s Pajama Jam funds, combined with Fund Our Future funds, supported the replacement of the gym roof and new wall padding in the gym. Thanks to Jeff Remotigue, Eric Brusca, Chris Deakins, and the Friday Night Men’s Basketball group for spearheading the 2016 event. Thank you!


St. Benedict Prep 15th Annual Ball and Auction Speakeasy Casino $286,500 (March 2016) Thanks to Ball and Auction Co-Chairs, Kathy Goetz and Tricia Canty, last year’s event at Germania Place was one of the most successful since its inception 15 years ago with over 550 attendees. Net proceeds from this gala event were $236,500. Ten percent of the proceeds were directed to the Build our Future facilities savings and over $50,000 went to the Rally for Recess Fund which helped fund upgrades for the courtyard playground and the preschool playground surface. The rest of the funds went to support the school program and curricular costs. Congratulations on a job well done! Fund Our Future $74,782 (2015-2016) This annual school parent appeal strives to fill the gap between tuition and the cost to educate each student at the parish school. Parents are invited to make a donation and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the school. We’ve been growing the Fund Our Future parent appeal for ten years and this important school fundraiser has seen great success. In 2016-17, we are changing the name to Annual School Fund so that it would not get confused with the Forward in our Faith capital campaign. We also hope to stress that this parent appeal is an annual fundraising effort to close the gap between tuition and the cost of a SBPS education. Build Our Future Fund $41,000 (2015-2016) As we continue to be good stewards of our blessings and gifts, 10% of net fundraising proceeds are collected into the Build Our Future Fund. This fund helps in emergency situations and helps defray facility costs of important projects. Last year, St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School saved over $41,000 in the Build Our Future Fund.

FUND OUR FUTURE ANNUAL APPEAL St. Benedict Club (over $1,500) Anonymous The Guzina Family James & Susan Klein The McGovern Family John “Tiny” & Peg McLaughlin Rick & Jenni Petrillo Tom Tansor & Aileen Blake The Walton Family Gold ($1,000-$1,499) The Beebe Family Erhard & Laura Chorle Christopher & Joy Donohoe John Fitzgerald & Shaun Considine Alex & Elizabeth Galiano David & Kristin Gonnella Shawn & Margaret Heneghan Michael & Gina Hortatsos The Insko Family Joseph & Michelle Landry Geoff & Felicia Pautsch Tom & Kelly Rieckelman The Stern Family Walter Weglinski & Kendra Ensor Maroon ($500-$999) Scott & Anne Alford Bridgette Blake Paul & Holly Edlund Larry & Elizabeth Evans Chris & Erin Goergen Michael & Molly Hofmann Lindsay & Lisa Huge Stephen Polutnik & Rebekah Kohmescher The Kuhn Family Martin & Linda Lunkes Andrew & Matty May Rob & Monica Potempa Dan & Liz Roarty Doug & Lisa Rosskamm Ceannaich & Shawna Ryan

Thomas & Isabelle Ryan Ryan & Stephanie Stecz Brian & Carrie Tracy Jennifer Turner Tim & Fiona Urquhart Bill & Nicole Yankowski Matt & Elizabeth Zakaras White ($100-$499) Joe & Alexandria Accardi Ernesto & Mary Almodovar Jay & Sarah Anzevino Colin & Jeanette Aylward Christopher & Julie Balzarini Matthew Beach & Anne Laven Beach Michael & Melanie Behling Stephen & Marjorie Best Brian & Erin Bognar Kevin & Kathleen Buchar Werner & Laura Buol Ian & Allison Burns Frederick & Anne Butzen Dominic & Jennifer Casey Jordan & Meg Chalmers Tim & Rachel Combs Grant & Patricia Covell Michael & Julie Dzamba Bernard & Natalie Eden John & Stephanie Epperson Alicia Fitzgerald Brian & Marie Fitzpatrick David & Kathleen Flores Walter & Sara Furie Tom & Amy Gaylord The Grady Family The Graff Family Kristopher & Amy Graft Jim & Therese Grohman Michael & Iris Hart Jim & Becky Hauman Paul & Karen Hawk Christopher Hill & Nicole Foster Alan Johnson & Annie Watson-Johnson

Ann Kalaska Kyle & Meredith Kappel The Keenan Family Todd Kramer & Michelle Nakfoor Russell & Kelly Lee Michael & Kelly Kish Stacy & Raquel Litherland James Lust Michael & Michelle Lynch Joe & Anne Maida The Mann Family Terence & Mary Kay McCreery Ryan & Heidi McFarland Patrick Melson & Megan Niles-Melson Larry & Cheryl Menke Alexander & Kate Messing Gus & Diana Michalopoulos Marc & Lindsey Milanowski Michael & Linda Misetic Angela Montenaro Eamon Nash & Eileen Moran Christopher & Heather Nordloh Tom & Amy Novicki Max Nutkowitz & Colleen Sullivan Chad & Aimee Ogren Tim & Kate Phair Scott & Jennifer Pitts William & Hollie Platte David & Lynn Retford Jeff & Erin Remotigue Aramando & Abad Rivas Michael & Julie Rothweiler Jose & Bethany Ronchetta Christian & Melanie Schlachter Francesco & Bridgett Sessa Andrew Stanglewicz Brian & Karla Stearns Brett & Amy Straley Rosette Tejada-Omandam Greg Thompson & Jane van der Zanden-Thompson Gilbert & Stephanie Tolentino Maria Tubay

Todd Van Dyke & Jen DeMay Christopher & Heidi Vassalotti Jessica Vera Brett & Tammi Williams Howard Wong & Collette Young Bengal (up to $99) Mark & Meg Ahlheim Mark & Jen Alippo Kelly Glen Colpoys Michael Di Domenico & Heather Hurst Edward & Indira Doran Bret & Anna Faford Gerry & Jessica Fernandez Brian & Elizabeth Finn Thomas & Virginia Fiske Rachel Gemo Charles & Didem Greco Richard Hacker William & Christina Hardin Chris Hastings & Jen Greco Hastings Brandon & Susan Kennedy Peter & Amy Leadstrom Ferdinand & Rochelle Luciano The McJessy Family Lisa Mersereau Mark & Neymi Nehring Patrick & Jennifer Patras Peter & Annie Quinn Christopher & Kara Sheaffer Nancy Uczen



Edward & Sharon Ahlfors John Berschied & Donna Derstadt Elizabeth Burns

Kenton Ensor Charleen Ferguson Eugene & Margaret Finnegan Joe & Penny Giunta

Ronald & Patricia Greco Edgar & Nancy Hillner Luke & Judy Johnsos Tom Kerr

Bernadette Maune William & Leslie Palmer Bruce Quicker & Linda Schlachter-Quicker


St. Benedict Association (over $1,000) Anonymous Founder’s Society ($500-$999) Lenore Crowe Thomas & Jeanne Fitzgerald Guy Grundhoefer Noreen & Michael McCormack Bengal Club ($250-$499) Andrew Hull & Ms. Lisa Jensen Thomas & Deborah McGuire Maroon & Gold ($100-$249) Mary Cascino Albergo Eugene & Geri Beale Michael (USAF ret.) & Kathyrn Caplis Judith Degand (Dec’d) Shirley M. Durso Nancy Frugoli Elizabeth A. Gavitt

Gerard & Kathy Haslwanter Rev. Robert Heidenreich William Hottinger Barbara & Joe Jacobazzi P. Jerome & Karen Jakubco Alan G. Kalitzky Jane & Paul Klenck Joseph & Elaine Krause Fred Krupica Mark & Catherine Kuhlman Helen & W. Martin Locke Frank & Brigitte Lovitz Joe Mazzeffi Patricia McDonough Marion & Daniel Meyer Robert (USN ret.) & Michele Moesch Thomas & Gloria Moran Michael & Bonnie Mularski Mary Nugent Mary & Michael O’Byrne George & Marianne Pamper

Kathy & Dale Plapp Angelo & Patricia Renguso Mary & Alex Sanchez Frederick & Brian Schram Thomas & Kista Schroeder Berton & Janet Stevens, Jr. Robert & Kathie Stumpf Fred J. Vertucci Joan Wilcox Ronald & Jeffri Wojcik Supporters ($99 & under) Ruth & Kyle Albrecht Joann & John Anderson Ronald Ashlaw Thomas Comer Cynthia & Anthony Daliege Charles & Diane Dulay Charlotte & Victor Ecimovich Charles & Margaret Emmling III Joanne & Ernest Frankovich Kathleen & Alan Funck

Jacqueline Garland Diane Giannini Mary Lou Ginter Donald & Laura Golm Geraldine & Richard Groves Francis & Michele Hashimoto Thomas & Patricia Hausheer Anne Hoellich Ingrid Iverson-Jackson Rose Ann Jarvis Elizabeth & James Kaese Laura & John Kawula Patricia Klenck Sister Sheila Kloss, SSSF Barbara & Walt Kuczak Beth Lagioia Joseph & Christine Lasch Clare & Larry Lau Betty & Peter Lazzara Joanne & Daniel Lenik David & Caryn Lyng Patricia & David Martinez

Sue Rudnick Tom & Mary Ellen Schuman Thomas & Judith Stecz

Gary Osgood Barbara & Christopher Possehl Peter & Norma Post Gail Radon Richard Rapp Rose Marie & Joseph Reynolds Edwin & Irene Sabatka Carole & Jerry SchemitschMabus Joseph Schmit Carl Silvestrini Mary Lou Smiskol Mary & Walter Stanislawski Barbara Steck Daniel & Kathleen Steppan, Sr. Michalene Thone Marianne Wehrle Herbert & Beverly Weidinger Robert Wolf Patricia & Kenneth Woodhouse Joseph & Philomena Zelasko


Thomas Alessi Anonymous Joann & John Anderson Philip Anselmini Barbara & Spyros Antonopoulos James Barrett David & Joan Bayer Catherine & Kenneth Berglund Petra & Andrew Beucher Marjorie Bicknell Mary Ellen Black Ellen & Joseph Blie O’Gallagher Stephanie Bortko Christine & Richard Burkhardt Michael (USAF Ret.) & Kathyrn Caplis Beverly A Carlson Patricia & Richard Chapman Alexander Cobitz Grace Coglianese Frederick Colantonio Tony & Gwen Couty Donna & Kenneth Croswell Maureen & Stanley Cubala George & Cara De Roeck Karen & Cleo Delong Daniel & Michelle Diversey Ted Dorner Charles & Diane Dulay Eileen Elenz Robert & Denise Fitzpatrick Agnes & Kenneth Fuerst Patricia Gaerditz Robert & Barbara Gaertner Eva & Alex Gairabetoff Nancy & George Gannon Jacqueline Garland Edward & Sandra Garvey James Geldmyer Rosemarie J Germann Timothy Gibbons Mary Lou Ginter

Donald & Laura Golm Esteban Gonzalez Geraldine & Richard Groves Margaret Gumler William & Nancy Hanley Kathleen & James Haran Francis & Michele Hashimoto Matt Hauman Thomas & Patricia Hausheer Phyllis Healy Hugh & Catherine Hegarty Robert Hellgeth James Hemmer, Sr Robert & Barbara Herrmann Michael & Janice Hess William & Mary Hetland Maureen & Gary Holtzman Bridget & Luke Howe Arthur Hundrieser, Jr. Jerome & Geraldine Idaszak Mary Frances Jablonskis Richard Jahn Diane & Joseph Jensen Steven & Cynthia Jerger Marilyn Jerger Fausto Jimenez Elizabeth & James Kaese Antoinette M Kalchbrenner Judith & Terry Kane Mary Ann Kattner Rita Kattner Arlene Kerrigan Mary Ann Kimbler Nancy Klein Sister Sheila Kloss, SSSF Thomas & Libby Koenig Frank & Kathleen Kowalski Linda Krier Alvin Lambrecht Joseph & Christine Lasch Paul & Lunda Laspesa Thomas Lasser

Sally Leffew Bruce Lemke & Gloria Haton Lynn-Ann & Ron Linka Raymond Luth Edward Maggi Margaret Malone Robert & Margita Mandel Marlane & Bill Marshall Kathleen & John Martin Delmar Meyer Mary & Leon Mika Michael & Noreen Miller Robert (USN Ret.) & Michele Moesch Nicholas Moesch David Moran Longinus & Karin Mueller Regina Mulhern Patricia Murnik Kathleen & Julian Murphy Elizabeth & Richard Nadrowski Kenneth Neidhart Ronald & Jacqueline Neidhart Donald & Karen Neustadt Thomas & Vivian Nimietz Janice & Edward Noel Patrick & Florence O’Brien Mary & James Ostrenga Gloria & Gerald Ottesen Amy & Scott Paeth George & Marianne Pamper Margaret Pasternack Suzanne Pearce Lila Petitti Christine & James Piper Charles Piscitello Armando Pizzi Thomas Prohaska Gail Radon Richard Rapp Marie & Robert Reiser Angelo & Patricia Renguso

Susan & John Renner Michelle Reyes Rose Marie & Joseph Reynolds Thomas & Frances Rich Margaret & James Richard Margaret Ricklefs Gloria J Romanowski Robert & Carolyn Ruffer Raymond Sargent William (Dec’d) & Kathleen Schaefer Dorothy Schmidt John Schmitz William & Barbara Schneider Joseph Sherman Norman & Sharon Sliwa Mary Lou Smiskol Mary C Sobyra Julie & Tom Stone Karyn Stramel Raymond & Carol Switalla Bill Tetzke Joseph & Barbara Thomas Dolores M Tichenor Cindy Tovar Mary & Thomas Trotier Patricia & Anthony Vahcic Maureen Valaski Marlene & Ronald Victorine David & Anita Vilter John & Kathleen Vogel, Jr. Jeanne Vogt Gerald & Evelyn Walker Karen Wehrle Herbert & Beverly Weidinger James & Judith Weniger Joan Wilcox Barbara & James Williams Don & Sandra Wiskes Ronald & Jeffri Wojcik Patricia & Kenneth Woodhouse Sandra Woodhouse Jacob &

John Jacob James & Kathy Zdeb Rita & Robert Zeitner Joseph & Philomena Zelasko William Ziemann Patricia Klenck Sister Sheila Kloss, SSSF Barbara & Walt Kuczak Beth Lagioia Joseph & Christine Lasch Clare & Larry Lau Betty & Peter Lazzara Joanne & Daniel Lenik David & Caryn Lyng Patricia & David Martinez Gary Osgood Barbara & Christopher Possehl Peter & Norma Post Gail Radon Richard Rapp Rose Marie & Joseph Reynolds Edwin & Irene Sabatka Carole & Jerry SchemitschMabus Joseph Schmit Carl Silvestrini Mary Lou Smiskol Mary & Walter Stanislawski Barbara Steck Daniel & Kathleen Steppan, Sr. Michalene Thone Marianne Wehrle Herbert & Beverly Weidinger Robert Wolf Patricia & Kenneth Woodhouse Joseph & Philomena Zelasko


The Father Arthur Krueger Endowment Robert & Barbara Gaertner The Christopher Ford Endowment Bernard & Edna Ford

The Patrick Heffernan Endowment Thomas Cleys James & Katherine Kartheiser Elizabeth Virta The Robert McTigue Endowment Patricia Lunkes The Carol Molenda Endowment Rachel Gemo

The Susan Perschke Endowment Gerhard & Therese Perschke The Sister Natalie Gerlach Endowment Gerhard & Therese Perschke Robert Wolf Unclassified Endowment Margie Tomlinson


K. Kim Allen Ramon & Solita Alpasan ANONYMOUS Joseph Babbo Craig & Anne Barclay Jesus & Lucita Barin Patricia & John Barnes Anita Barron Danilo & Sally Belicena Donald & Janet Benedict Lazar & Wilma Bityou Paul & Betty Blazek Stephanie Bortko Paul & Carol Brimstin Bienvenido & Georgina Capeles Robert & Marsha Cassidy Jordan & Meg Chalmers John Chan Erhard & Laura Chorle Anne Connolly-Rief & Mr. Greg Rief Joseph & Elizabeth Contreras Mark Croll & Joni Scott Croll Philip Cronce Kelley Curry

Joseph Daprile & Patricia Flynn Richard & Regina Davis Dio DelFino Paul & Rosemarie Dinan Niel & Joy Dizon James & Catherine Dolan James Doney Charlene & Peter Engle Sue Fahey Joseph & Ann Fattore Peter & Claire Feczko Anne Marie Finger Agnes Firek Maureen Flynn Glorieta Gaston Rachel Gemo-Bernhardt & Chris Bernhardt Yvonne Grabe Margaret Gumler Judy Gumler Rita Gumler Eleanor Haberkamp Ronald & Loretta Hardgrove Dan Hartman Matt Hauman

James & Megan Heneghan Megan Heneghan Mary R. Henneman Nilda Irizarry Marilyn Jerger David Justin Hans & Emilie Kaim Joseph & Joan Kallas James & Katherine Kartheiser Mary Ann Kattner Rita Kattner Mary Lou Kestler Scott & Carol Klemm, Sr. Quentin J. Kloser Edward Kozak Todd & Michelle Kramer Timothy & Elizabeth Kramer Mary & Joseph Kurczak Sam & Patricia Lazzara Kelly Lee Corazon Lopez Jon & Rochelle Luciano Kathleen Lydon Miguel Magnabijon Dale Marcus

Fernando & Andrea Matro Lawrence & Maureen McCarthy Samuel & Diane McDonald Rosemary McDonnell Kevin & Nancy McGuire Alby Mendoza Aaron Miranda John Morales & Dolores Concepcion Ponce De Leon Morales Mary Most Irmgard Muirragui Regina Mulhern Bill Oberts Alan Osinski Augustine Perez Mary Jo Pesut Richard & Jennifer Petrillo Susan & Joseph Port Peter & Anne Quinn Arturo & Belinda Recinto Luz Resurreccion-Viloria Ellen Reynolds Margaret & James Richard Kelly & Tom Rieckelman

Armando & Abad Rivas James Rodgers Michael & Kelli Rooney Eleazar & Teresita Sagun Patrick & Kathleen Schaefer Dolores Schillizzi John Schmitz William & Barbara Schneider Michelle Stevens Margaret Stevens Isabella & Paul Stralka Anne M. Suh & John A. Hauser Joan Theis Dolores M. Tichenor Nelia Valera John & Jane Van Houten Gonzalo Vergara Steffan & Kristin Villarreal Charles & Rosemary Wimberly Ronald & Jeffri Wojcik Edward & Barbara Wolke Kenneth & Patricia Woodhouse


Erhard & Laura Chorle Rosemary Stanton


Charles & Susan Anderson Joseph Babbo Michael & Joan Balcsik Nancy & Michael Beebe Adam & Jennifer Betzen Clare Billingham Lazar & Wilma Bityou Diane Borowczyk Paul & Carol Brimstin Andrea & Robert Burke Bienvenido & Georgina Capeles Robert & Marsha Cassidy John Chan

Kristin Condon Richard & Regina Davis Michael & Donna Dietrich Frederick Dino Niel & Joy Dizon James Doney Joseph & Ann Fattore Anita Fernandez Edward Foss Walter & Sara Furie Glorieta Gaston Rachel Gemo-Bernhardt & Chris Bernhardt

Gloria Goerner Consolacion Golloso Margaret Gumler Rita Gumler Judy Gumler Eleanor Haberkamp Sean Hayes & Francisca Vergara Mary R. Henneman Anne Hoellich Colleen Huston Manuel Irizarry Marilyn Jerger

Hans & Emilie Kaim Ken Kang Rita Kattner Mary Lou Kestler Timothy & Elizabeth Kramer Donald & Corazon Lee Mary Most Regina Mulhern Sean & Patti Murray Gloria & Gerald Ottesen Jamie & Magdalena Queroz Mark & Geralyn Reynolds Armando & Abad Rivas


Protégé Intern Program Sponsors 47th Ward Office Advanced Spine & Sports Care Anasa Salon Catholic Bishop of Chicago

Chicago Mosaic School Children’s Healthcare Associates Cook County Public Defender Dr. Christopher Donohoe Claire Halloran

Kelley Halper Heartland Alliance Hotel Burnham Linda Krier Larry Martin Neighborhood Boys & Girls

Club Max & Sara Overton P.A.W.S. Pritzker Military Museum & Library Raven Theatre

Patrick & Kathleen Schaefer John Schmitz Eliot & Aggie Sherwin Frank & Kristen Sorensen Mark & Patrice Sullivan Joan Theis Michelle Thelin John & Jane Van Houten Beverly Wallin Charles & Rosemary Wimberly Walter & Margaret Winsor Howard Wong Patricia & Kenneth Woodhouse

St. Benedict Parish & Preparatory School T.Y. LIN International Weiss Memorial Hospital Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Woodhouse

CORPORATIONS, FOUNDATIONS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND MATCHING GIFT DONORS Abbott Labs AmazonSmile Foundation Bank of American Foundation Benevity Box Tops for Education The Christ Child Society of Chicago Comcast

Equinik Fidelity Charitable Christopher L. and M. Susan Gust Foundation Hoellen Family Foundation Robert and Diane Kimlick Woo Charitable Fund Lands’ End, Inc.

McDonald’s Microsoft Midwest Paper Retriever, LLC Northcenter Chamber of Commerce Old Town School of Folk Music Square Roots Roscoe Village Chamber of

Commerce SBPS Home & School Association Sulzer Family Foundation Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc Target Tea Collection thredUP

Truist Union Tank Car Company United Way of Chicago US Bank Urbansitter Inc Wells Fargo Education Program

FRIENDS OF ST. BENEDICT PREP Steve & Margie Best Greg Borkowski Robert Bruett Tony & Gwen Couty

Margaux Fitzgerald Edward & Rose Fleming HS Class of 1980

Brian & Angela Kerr Benjamin Mazzone Jerome O’Donnell

Greg Rief & Anne Connolly-Rief Doug & Lisa Rosskamm The Stern Family

Colleen Sullivan Joseph & Lisa Torres John & Jane Van Houten

2016 BALL & AUCTION DONOR LIST 2016 Ball & Auction Chance & Dance Speakeasy Casino Rat Pack Sponsors $10,000 Chicago Cut Steakhouse/David & Meggan Flom Dave & Kathy Goetz High Roller Sponsor $2,000 Precision Excavation L.L.C./ Brian & Angela Dillon Lady Luck Sponsor $2,000 Tricia Canty Wise Guy Sponsors $1,000 Altair Advisors Mazek Law Group L.L.C. Red Kite Recruiting St. Bendict Home & School Association Friends of St. Benedict Ball & Auction Anne Rodia Real Estate Armand’s Pizzeria Balvenie Distillers Belmont Yacht Club Benziger Family Winery Bloom Home Designs, LLC Pat Boyle Brownstone Jerry Buldak Werner & Laura Buol Thomas Burns Casey Moran’s Chicago Avenue Salon Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blue Dolphins Chicago Center for the Print Chicago City Soccer Club Chicago Cubs Chicago Fire Soccer Club Chicago White Sox Cinnamon Boutique Michael & Colleen Claffey

Club Lucky Siobhan Rice Connolly Violetta DiChristofano Diet Coach Judy LLC Dream Dinners EMI Nashville Far Niente Chris & Jean Faris Ferrari Carano Fireside Restaurant FitGolf Performance Center David & Meggan Flom Christopher Hill & Nicole Foster Four Seasons Hotel Chicago Francesca Madden Photography Patrick & Anna Gallagher Gather Rachel Gemo Todd Gilchrist Dave & Kathy Goetz Goldfish Swim School Brian & Laura Grady Helios 3.0 Huneeus Vitners Jacque Silver Jaxy Custom Flowerscapes Jay Rock Jennifer Ames Chicago/Taira Doherty Joe’s on Weed St. JP Morgan Securities/Max Nutkowitz Patrick Kelly Brandon Kennedy KP Entertainment Betsy Kramer Language Stars Le Colonial Jill Liebhaber M2 Boutique Macallan MB Financial Mickey & Dana MacMillan Mad Science of Chicago Monika Magiera Mark Brown Photography

Todd McGovern & Lisa Dall McGovern Katherine Milton Milwaukee Bucks Mint Julep Miss Motley Photography Mike & Tammy Morris John & Mira Noga Norcross and Scott Home Chris & Heather Nordloh Christa O’Keefe Orange Shoe Personal Fitness Orange Theory Fitness Roscoe Village Jeff & Courtney Parry Pat & Jennifer Patras Kate Phair Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants Piccolo Sogno Polished Dental Studio Quintessa Wine Raminder Chadha Dana Reed Clark & Anne Richter Steve & Robyn Rog Timothy & Tracy Samonds Mark Seef Shaw’s Crab House Tim & Christine Shepardson Stephen Shure & Kristin O’Brien Shure Southern Wine and Spirits Spring Yoga and Fitness Ryan & Stephanie Stecz Jeff & Amy Stern Steve & Kate’s Camp The Gage Trophy Room Trump Hotel Uncommon Ground Victory Park Capital Investors Dan & Katie Walsh Walt Disney World-Community Relations WGN Morning News Brett & Tammi Williams

Windy City Limousine & Bus Service Winspire Wintrust Yvonne’s Dance Academy Zehman Homes Fund-A-Need Scott & Anne Alford Colin & Jeanette Aylward Dan Aylward Tom & Debbie Babu Chris & Julie Balzarini Michael & Nancy Beebe Kevin & Kathleen Buchar Thomas & Laura Burns Blake Centers & Michelle Barbarone-Centers Jeanne Farley Brian & Elizabeth Finn Patrick & Anna Gallagher David & Lisa Gau Wendi B. Gillespie Dave & Kathy Goetz Bojan & Betsy Guzina Doug & Elsa Johnson Brandon & Susan Kennedy Mickey & Dana MacMillan Matthew & Mariann L Madden Todd McGovern & Lisa Dall McGovern John & Peg McLaughlin Mike & Tammy Morris John & Colleen Mueller Michelle Nakfoor Pat & Erin Nolan Chris & Heather Nordloh Tom & Amy Novicki Max Nutkowitz & Colleen Sullivan Richard & Jenni Petrillo Michael & Katherine Pfeffer Tim & Kate Phair Stephen Polutnik & Rebekah Kohmescher George & Kimberly Radich Clark & Anne Richter

Tom & Kelly Rieckelman Tim & Sally Roach Dan & Liz Roarty Dave & Jenny Roock Tom & Isabelle Ryan Francesco & Bridgett Sessa Dima & Mo Shifrin Jeff & Amy Stern Tom Tansor & Aileen Blake Patrick & Tami Tray Tim & Fiona Urquhart David & Tanseem Uting John & Jane Van Houten Dan & Katie Walsh

PROTÉGÉ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2015-2016 The Protégé Internship Program was created to better prepare our students for life after high school graduation. Students often declare a college major with only an abstract idea of what it would really be like to work in that field. The Protégé Program gives them a very realistic view and real-life experience of their career interests. An early afternoon dismissal during the 3rd trimester of senior year allows students to work a 12-15 hour per week internship in their field of interest. Very often, professional recommendations and life-long connections are the result. On the other hand, students have discovered that their “dream job” is not what they thought it would be. Many of our students have continued working with their sponsor organization during the summer and while attending college. The array of new career interests necessitated the addition of many new partners. Joining us for the first time were: Anasa Salon (cosmetology), Dr. Christopher Donahoe (pediatric medicine), Hotel Burnham (hospitality industry), Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club (web design), P.A.W.S Chicago (pet adoption counselor), Pritzker Military Museum and Library (oral history), St. Benedict Parish (music assistant), and T.Y. Lin International (engineering). Returning for another year of participation in our program were: 47th Ward Office (community service), Advanced Sport and Spine Center (physical therapy), Chicago Mosaic School (artist), Heartland Alliance (refugee adjustment intern), Cook County Public Defender’s Office (law), Raven Theatre (theatre administration), and Weiss Memorial Hospital (medical field). Please contact the school if you are interested in participating as a Protégé partner or sponsor.

Noel Gonzalez ’15 has continued to work part-time during college at Wolverine Trading

Matthew Ciszek ‘16 taught classes last summer at the Chicago Mosaic School

Valentina Cordero ’16 is still counseling pet adoptive parents at P.A.W.S. Chicago


A RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT By making a donation to St. Benedict Preparatory School, you are investing not only in our school, but in our community. St. Benedict Preparatory School is proud to announce the high school graduating Class of 2016 earned $2.7 million in merit-based scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year.

Sarah Eden

Bryan Padilla

Elizabeth Ramos

Mariam Mekha

Valentina Cordero

Jada Shelby

Class of 2016 Valedictorian Received scholarship and attending Loyola University Received scholarship offers from DePaul University, Dominican University

Class of 2016 Salutatorian Received scholarship and attending St.Olaf College. Received scholarship offers from Augustana College, Denison University, and Knox College

Received scholarship and attending Kalamazoo College. Received scholarship offers from Baldwin Wallace University, Calvin College, Monmouth College, Clark University, Illinois College, Knox College, and DePaul University

Received scholarship and attending Knox College Received scholarship offers from DePauw University, Augustana, Hope College, and Calvin College

Received scholarship and attending St. Olaf College Received scholarship offers from Kalamazoo College, Augustana, Baldwin Wallace University, Loyola University, and Denison University

Received scholarship and attending Hope College Received scholarship offers from Illinois College, Baldwin Wallace University, Ripon College, Augustana College, and Knox College

St. Benedict Parish 2015 2016 Annual Report  
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