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
Opportunity: Book Drive for the Students of Sierra Leone, West Africa
“I am so passionate about literacy and early childhood intervention, and would be so grateful for your support in collecting children’s fiction books.” –Masah S. SamForay
CLG is hosting a book drive to collect children’s fiction books for students ages Pre-K through 6th grade. We welcome your contribution(s) to the chambers of:
Honorable E. Kenneth Wright, Jr.,
First Municipal District,
50 West Washington Street, Room 1301
Chicago, Illinois 60602
These books will help fill up the future library for an elementary school that is located in Karleh, Lugbu Chiefdom, Bo District in the Southern Region of Sierra Leone, West Africa. The school has a student body of 300, with three untrained and unqualified teachers. Although the government built the school, it does not receive any funding from the government.
This project is under the direction of Attorney Masah S. SamForay, founder of The Foray Firm, who is of Sierra Leonean descent. SamForay is the Founder and Executive Director for Villages Youth and Family Services, a 501(c)(3) organization addressing hunger and educational initiatives for children in Chicago and Sierra Leone, West Africa. For more information and/or to provide assistance, please visit www.villagefamilyservices.org
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
Jonathan W. Michael
Dykema Tax Group
Jonathan W. Michael has been involved with CLG for approximately five years, where his first experience was with the Red Mass. Today, his primary involvement with the Guild is serving as Chairman of Wills for Priests, a pro bono program designed to provide estates advice and assistance in drafting wills and estate planning documents for elderly and infirm priests and religious in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
“It is always great to give back to the community, and it is particularly rewarding to use your professional expertise to lend a hand,” says Jonathan W. Michael.
Michael is a member of the Dykema Tax Group in the Chicago office, an Adjunct Professor in the LL.M. Program at The John Marshall Law School, and an Adjunct Professor at the DePaul University School of Accountancy and MIS.
“In light of the many volunteers who do so much work for The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago, it is humbling to be recognized in this way. While I very much appreciate this honor, there is more work to be done and I look forward to continuing my work with the Wills for Priests program,” Michael says.
Contact the Guild
The Guild can be reached by mail
P.O. Box 10475
Chicago, Illinois 60610-0475
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