Providing opportunities for reflection and union with God has been a crucial part of the Guild’s life, accomplished through retreats, days of recollection, and the Red Mass.
Some notable services provided by the Guild have been pro bono service to immigrants at the request of Cardinal Samuel Stritch in the 1960s and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in 1970s , the hearings on sexual abuse conducted at the request of Cardinal Francis George in 2002, and our recent adoption of the Catholic Charities Legal Clinic as a service opportunity for our members.
Annually we organize the Red Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, the Mass that has opened the Fall Term for courts since 1245 A.D. asking the Holy Spirit’s help for lawyers and judges. In tandem with the Red Mass, we celebrate with a reception with lawyers who have incarnated Christ in the world through their work.
Volunteer Opportunity of the Month
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
The Mercy Home for Boys & Girls mentoring program is called Friends First. All this program requires is that you be a positive adult role model to the same gender child the Mercy Home agency matches you with. Mercy Home staff will work to set up the most compatible match, provide mentors with training and support, and encourage you in fostering a meaningful mentoring friendship as you spend time with your mentee.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is only in the Chicago-land area (Cook County). If you live outside of Chicago, you must be willing to travel closer into the city to be matched with a child. It can take up to 12 weeks to complete the screening and training process before you are matched with a child.
Commitment: One year, for no less than 8 hours each month (extremely flexible schedule, usually on weekends and can include weekdays if you prefer).
Age: You must be at least 21 years old to mentor a child.
Feel free to check out the FAQ page about Friends First for a little more insight.
The next information sessions to learn more about Mercy Home’s Friends First program is:
August 13th & 27th (6-7pm) in the West Loop Campus: 1140 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607
August 15th (6:30-7:30pm) in the Walsh Campus: 11600 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago, IL 60643
Please sign up directly on the website for the information session you would like to attend. Sessions typically occur twice monthly. Attending is necessary to begin your application process, as our schedules do not permit individual meetings.
If you are unable to commit to a mentoring schedule, there are other ways for you to volunteer at the Mercy Home agency. There are a number of special events, fundraisers, tutoring/homework help program, and a marathon team, etc. Whichever volunteer opportunity you select, you will make a difference in the life of a child.
Catholic Charities Legal Assistance (CCLA) is a wonderful place for attorneys to make a difference in the lives of the indigent. The majority of our volunteer opportunities are designed for licensed attorneys. However, there are some opportunities for law students, paralegals and others simply interested in assisting.
The following are CCLA’S volunteer opportunities click on each opportunity for more information:
– Pro Bono Network
For more information on how to get involved, visit Catholic Charities Volunteer Opportunites
Restorative Justice Program with 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Eight (8) weeks volunteering in local schools with Judge Thomas Hogan.For more information please contact Judge Hogan at 773-710-1041 or email him at email@example.com
Volunteer of the Month
TLH Consulting Corp.
Mediator, Arbitrator, Consultant
Retired Judge - Circuit Court of Cook County
Thomas L. Hogan served as a trial judge for the Cook County Circuit Court in Cook County, Illinois for 17 years. He was appointed to the bench in 1997 and was retained by election in subsequent years until he retired from the bench on December 31, 2014. He presided over 400 jury trials in the First Municipal District and the Law conducted well over one thousand pretrial settlement conferences. The cases involved a wide variety of legal issues, including but not limited to transportation accidents, business disputes, insurance coverage matters, construction accidents, legal and medical malpractice, clerical sexual abuse, products liability, toxic water and airline crashes. Prior to being appointed to the court, he was in private practice for over 17 years and represented parties embroiled in litigation in both the State and Federal courts in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Upon leaving the bench, he started TLH Consulting Corporation where he now uses his 35 years of experience, expertise and wisdom to resolve the same types of disputes by way of mediation, arbitration and consulting. He is a member of the Trial Bars of both the Northern Districts of Illinois and Indiana and holds licenses to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin. He was cited in LawDragon 500 (which provides a snapshot of the men and women who reflect the very best of the public and private bench) as a "clear favorite on Chicago's crowded trial bench" and has been honored by, inter alia, the Illinois Chapter of ABOTA and The Society of Trial Lawyers. He currently devotes his time to serving on the Chicago Bar Association's Interfaith Committee, which he Co-Chairs. This group has been working to assist middle school students develop strategies to work through issues of conflict by teaching them restorative justice concepts in their schools in the Chicago Heights, Englewood and South Shore neighborhoods. The CBA presented him with its Vanguard Award for these efforts.
Contact the Guild
The Guild can be reached by mail
P.O. Box 10475
Chicago, Illinois 60610-0475
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