Wednesday, May 20, 2020
5:00 p.m. 

You are cordially invited to participate remotely in the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago at which the election of officers and members of the Board of Governors  of the Guild will be held.  By reason of the Executive Order of the Governor of Illinois precluding public meetings on account of the Covid-19 virus, this meeting is being held electronically.  The Annual Membership Reception that typically accompanies the Annual Meeting will be held on a subsequent date. 

Visit clgchicago.org/annualmeeting for additional meeting information.


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:

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 tmarthaler@kolbehouseministry.org

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