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
Maryville Holiday Party
December 8, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 4: 00 p.m.
Catholic Charities Father Augustus Tolton Peace Center
5645 W. Corcoran Pl., Chicago, IL 60644
Maryville is sponsoring a holiday party for the Parent Support Program at the Catholic Charities Father Augustus Tolton Peace Center located in the Austin Neighborhood of Chicago at 5645 W. Corcoran Pl., Chicago, IL 60644. Parking available in lot.
The Maryville Holiday Party is Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. – 4: 00 p.m. (volunteers, please arrive at 12:30 p.m.) A variety of activities will be offered for families and lunch will be provided. Maryville is looking for 2 -3 volunteers for family bingo and another 2- 3 volunteers to help with the family art project, where each member of a family will use their handprint with paint to create a Christmas tree. The plan is for the families to take this home.
Santa will also stop by to participate in the children’s activities and sing-along time, and for the kids to take a family photo or an individual photo. (Other volunteers will be taking care of these areas.)
1850 W. Thome Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60660
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.
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
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 email@example.com to schedule a pick-up or drop-off, which includes a tour of the center at the above provided location.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer of the Month
Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd.
“I am extremely proud and honored to be associated with so many fine Catholic lawyers and judges in the Chicago legal community. I am humbled and privileged to share our mutual love for Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church and to accompany my brothers and sisters on our journey of faith.” – Stephen A. Viz
Two years ago, at the request of Judge Thomas More Donnelly, Stephen A. Viz joined the Board of Governors for the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago (CLG), and simultaneously, became Chair for their newly created Intellectual Formation Committee. This committee focuses on increasing CLG members’ understanding of the rich intellectual tradition of our Catholic faith through the planning and coordinating of three to four events and talks per year.
The Intellectual Formation Committee is hosting their next event Can the Virtues of Lawyers be Vices at Home? on Thursday, December 12, 2019. For more information, please visit www.clgchicago.org
Viz recently became a partner at the law firm of Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd., located in Burr Ridge, IL. A graduate from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Viz has over 25 years of experience in eminent domain/condemnation litigation and appeals, inverse condemnation, regulatory takings, infrastructure improvements, property rights and valuation, constitutional rights, land use, real estate and commercial/business litigation and transactions. He and his wife have six children and live in suburban Chicago.
Thank you for your service!
Contact the Guild
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P.O. Box 10475
Chicago, Illinois 60610-0475
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