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
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Attorney at Law Offices of T. Nicholas Tyszka, L.L.C.
After three years into his membership, Nicholas Tyszka began serving The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago as Treasurer in 2014.
Tyszka earned his undergraduate degree in 2000 from the University of Notre Dame. In the process, he became the first student in the university's history to major in international peace studies, with a minor in theology, and a concentration in Catholic social tradition. He also holds a graduate business degree.
Later, Tyszka received both of his law degrees from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, including his LL.M. in business and corporate governance law.
"I developed a passion for volunteerism while I was in college at Notre Dame," says Nicholas Tyszka.
"I spent a great deal of my time at the Center for the Homeless, which opened my eyes to problems that I had never seen growing up in the western suburbs of Chicago. Today, I've tried to stay committed to service through the Order of Malta, which is a lay Catholic religious order focusing its efforts on helping the poor and the sick," he says.
Tyszka and his wife, Alicia, became invested in the Order of Malta in 2016. He is the treasurer of the Federal Association's Chicago region and encourages members of the Guild to consider discerning calls to groups like the Order of Malta.
A transactional lawyer focusing most of his practice on real estate matters, Tyszka currently serves as the vice president of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association and is a past chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Real Property Law Committee. One of eleven lawyers to author the Multi-Board Residential Real Estate Contract 7.0, he frequently lectures on the two prevailing residential form contracts in Chicago. Tyszka is currently working on the rewrite of the Title Insurance Act in Illinois.
Thank you for your service!
Contact the Guild
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P.O. Box 10475
Chicago, Illinois 60610-0475
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