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The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago

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Bringing All We Are Into What We Do:
The Spirituality of Lawyers


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.

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Volunteer Opportunity of the Month

Feed My Starving Children
Kolbe House Jail Ministry
Misericordia Bakery Help
Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center
Volunteering in the Chicago Public Schools
Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) works to feed God’s children by providing hope with food. FMSC is a Christian nonprofit that works with food distributing partners and ministries to empower local and international communities by providing life-saving meals, reaching to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, North and Central America, South America, and other/ multiple countries. 
From their website at

“Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is fun, upbeat and energizing! FMSC volunteers from all walks of life are able to come together with family, friends, co-workers and strangers to feed starving children. 

FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world. 

Through volunteering at FMSC, you’ll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift. You’ll experience what it’s like to make a tangible difference today.

Feed My Starving Children meals are produced by volunteers in Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas and all around the United States through MobilePack events.”

February’s Packing Event will take place at 740 Wiley Farm Court, Schaumburg, IL 60173. There are currently 125 packing times to choose from the Volunteer Packing Sessions Schedule.

To find other packing events and year-round sessions near you, please register at

Kolbe House Jail Ministry

Kolbe House Jail Ministry

Telephone Ministry through the Kolbe House Jail Ministry
This opportunity provides telephone ministry to people on electronic monitoring. Cook County Jail recently approved this opportunity. People on electronic monitoring typically have very limited permission to be out in the community and so often feel isolated and lonely at home. The jail administration is putting together a list of people who would like to have a weekly phone call from a Kolbe House volunteer offering spiritual and emotional accompaniment and companionship over the phone. 
Volunteer responsibility

  • Weekly phone call with client on electronic monitoring (15 – 30 minutes) – at a time mutually agreed by minister and client.
  • Send a brief report about call to Kolbe House (Kolbe House administration will provide a template.)

Volunteer Commitment & Training

  • Request each minister agree to a 1-year commitment. 
  • Attend one training session provided by Kolbe House (approximately one hour.)
  • Attend one training session provided by CCDOC (details forthcoming.)
  • Participate in small group formation event quarterly (in person or on-line.)

Training sessions for volunteers will provide guidelines for ministry and safe practices. Training will take place in January, and assigning to clients to volunteers shortly after that. Tom Marthhaler is serving as the Ministry Lead for Telephone Ministry, and would like to identify one or two individuals who may act as a “captain” and help with recruitment from our group at CLG. Please contact him with your interest at

Misericordia Bakery Help
Misericordia Bakery Help
1850 W. Thome Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60660CLG is scheduled to participate in Misericordia’s Bakery Help: Saturday, November 23, 2019
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 

No bakery experience required. The volunteer tasks will vary between scooping, mixing, baking, and packaging. Please include in your registration if you need an accommodation, such as a chair/light duties. 

Bakery Dress Code: Closed toed shoes, long pants, short/long sleeved shirt, no jewelry, hat and/or hair net. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own hat or will be provided by Misericordia.  

Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center
Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center
6650 W. Irving Park Rd.,
Chicago, IL 60634 

Donations are needed for the Crisis Nursery at the Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center. The primary essentials needed are: 

Dove Sensitive Skin Soap
Johnson’s Baby Hair and Body Wash or Baby Magic Hair and Body Wash
Lysol Disinfectant Wipes
All Free Clear Laundry Detergent
Children’s Toothbrushes

To view the full list of items needed year-round: Crisis Nursery Wish List

If you would like to donate, please contact Mary Kieger at to schedule a pick-up or drop-off, which includes a tour of the center at the above provided location.

Volunteering in the Chicago Public Schools

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

More Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer of the Month

Royal F. Berg

Immigration Attorney
Law Offices of Royal F. Berg

“The Guild is a wonderful organization that has given me the opportunity to meet and pray with Catholic lawyers and judges,” says Immigration Lawyer Royal F. Berg.

Berg is currently serving his second term on the Board of Governors for The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago (CLG), and serves on the Advisory Board of the Immigration Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 2019, CLG awarded Berg the Lawyer of the Year award, and he was also the recipient of the Founders’ Award that same year by the Interfaith Community.

Berg’s expertise is in immigration law and policies and their impact on immigrants and refugees. He has spoken on these topics at CLG’s annual retreats and meetings.

CLG has provided great comradeship for Berg.

“I like that we have Mass before our Board Meetings…and the fact that we are involved in the Restorative Justice Program,” he says. He looks forward annually to the Votive Red Mass of the Holy Spirit and the Lenten Day of Reflection retreats.

A graduate from Bradley University and the John Marshall Law School, Berg has been a Chicago-based, sole practitioner in immigration law since 1984.

He has served as Chair of the Immigration and Nationality law Committee and as Co-Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He has also chaired the Litigation Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He served for six years as an elected Director of the Board of Governors of AILA. He also served for three years as the Chair of the Liaison between AILA and the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and as a member of AILA’s Liaison Committee with the General Counsel of the (former) Immigration and Naturalization Service. Berg has also served as the Chair of the Greater Chicago Chapter of AILA.

He is a founding Board Member of Immigrants’ List, a pro-immigrant, pro-immigration political action committee formed in 2006. He is also a Board Member of the Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project and served as a Board Member of the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Prior to going into private practice, Berg was the Legal Services Administrator of the Chicago Office of Travelers and Immigrants Aid, now known as the National Immigrant Justice Center. He has received two President’s Awards for his service nationally to AILA and received the Joseph Minsky Beacon of Light Award from AILA’s Chicago Chapter. He was the first recipient of the Edward Lewis Award from the Chicago Bar Association, honoring him for his pro bono work.

He has also been honored for his service to Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Corp. He is a recipient of the Gaudium et Spes and the Road to Emmaus Awards from the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Pax et Bonum Award from St. Peter’s Church in the Loop. He has also been honored for his fundraising for the March of Dimes, and is a Fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation. He has also served as Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International. Berg has been named as a Leading Lawyer, and as one of the top ten immigration lawyers in Illinois. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and Visitation Parish, in Elmhurst, where he serves as an usher.

Berg has been a guest speaker at two national conferences of the United States Immigration Judges. He has represented immigrants and refugees in a number of complex cases litigated before the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the United States District Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Berg represented Janina Wasilewski for her immigration case, which was depicted in the award winning documentary “Tony and Janina’s American Wedding-A Deportation Love Story.”

Thank you for your service!

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