1994 American Catholic Press Benefit

In 1993, the American Catholic Press Board of Directors evaluates our benefits and celebrations in the preceding years.  While these events were valuable and successful in many ways, they did not generate much support for our ministry.  Consequently, John Havey, one of the directors, now organizes a committee that also includes his friends, Sean Hayes and Ed Walsh. With the approval of the Board, this committee plans a benefit dinner to be held at Surma's Restaurant in Homewood, Illinois.  With a theme of St. Patrick's Day, this dinner is scheduled for March 18, 1994.

Father Charles Kouba
Father Charles Kouba says grace before meals. Back in the 1970s, he was at St. Agnes, Chicago Heights.

Joan Termini et al. singing
Above, from the left, are Joan Termini, Dan Ryan, Father Larry Lisowski, Sean Hayes, Betty & Bob Rutkowski, and Madeleine Hayes.

Ed and Joan Walsh
Ed and Joan Walsh

Joe and Terri Schulte
Joe and Terri Schulte

Music Maestro
The Music Maestro (Jim Maple of Frankfort, Illinois)

Surma's Display Sign
Surma's Restaurant
Irish Dancers
Irish dancers. That's Marcel Smaga on the right.

Bruce MacLean
Bruce MacLean functions as Master of Ceremonies.

Father Matt Hoffman
Father Matt Hoffman. He loves to sing! Father Hoffman is a resident at Infant Jesus of Prague Church, Flossmoor, Illinois.

Alice and Bob Sholeen
Alice and Bob Sholeen receive the Gratiam Dei Award for 1994, for their work on behalf of the liturgy, especially at St. Agnes Parish, Chicago Heights. For many years, they were dedicated to liturgy planning, musical instruction, and church renovation.

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