2007 American Catholic Press Benefit

Saturday, November 17, 2007, ACP celebrates its 14th annual Benefit Dinner, at the Flossmoor Country Club in Flossmoor, Illinois. Driving directions are available online. On November 17, the recipient of the Gratiam Dei Award is Dr. Roberta Noonan, the president of the Noonan Academy in Mokena, Illinois. She is introduced by Father Richard McGrath, O.S.A., principal of Providence High School. The opening prayer is by Father Joseph Noonan, of the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Father Gilligan, the Gratiam Dei Award, and Dr. Noonan
Father Gilligan, the Gratiam Dei Award, and Dr. Roberta Noonan

Dr. Noonan has founded numerous daycare centers and, most importantly, has advanced the cause of Catholic education in a significant way.   The Noonan Academy is well attended, well staffed, and well run.  Other Catholic schools are closing, while this school is growing and succeeding in its mission.  Dr. Noonan is also the recipient of the Diane Masters Award for 2007.  A reception in her honor begins at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7.  Afterwards, we welcome the renowned Madrigal Choir of Marian High School, under the direction of Michelle Coduti.  (Michelle sings in the chorus of the Northwest Indiana Symphony.) This Madrigal Choir is an elite group; each member is chosen by audition only.  The choir members wear distinctive medieval garments and provide a wide variety of songs from several musical periods, especially the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


Michelle Coduti, choral director at Marian High School
Michelle Coduti

Madrigal Choir from Marian High School
Madrigal Choir from Marian High School

Rose and Lisa Kristina
Rose and Dr. Lisa Kristina. Both Rose and her daughter are from St. Agnes, Chicago Heights. Lisa gives private voice lessons, through Marian High School.

Joan & Jim Braden; Mayor Angelo Ciambrone
Joan & Jim Braden and Mayor Angelo Ciambrone

Kris Cortes, Marty & Rosann Conroy
Kris Cortes, Marty & Rosann Conroy

From the left are Dennis & Marie Panozzo, Robert & Kathryn Mangan, Joe Darguzas, and Dee Carreras
From the left are Dennis & Marie Panozzo, Bob & Kathryn Mangan, Joe Darguzas, and Dee Carreras

Bruce and Judy Rozgo
Bruce and Judy Rozgo. She is the principal of St. Mary's School, Mokena.


Tony Veeneman, Chris & Jerry Bern
Tony Veeneman, Ph.D., and Chris & Jerry Bern

Jerry & Lisa Huguelet and Terri & Joe Schulte
Jerry & Lisa Huguelet and Terri & Joe Schulte. Jerry and Lisa are part of the Regnum Christi movement.

Joe Dunn, Principal of Noonan Academy
Joe Dunn, Principal of Noonan Academy

Litany, with Madrigal Choir
After dinner, the people stand to sing Kyrie, eleison, as part of a litany of peace. Above, the Madrigal Choir is on the left, helping the people sing, in four parts. Father Gilligan is on the right.

Father Charles Fanelli, pastor of St. Thomas More
Father Charles Fanelli, pastor of St. Thomas More, Chicago, saying grace after meals. In his parish, for many years, Mass is regularly celebrated in Latin.

On the right is Joe Dunn, during the reception
On the right is Joe Dunn, Principal of Noonan Academy, during the reception at 6 p.m., in the Butterfield Room, where the silent auction is ongoing.

Chris Bern, Dennis & Kris Cortes
Chris Bern, Dennis & Kris Cortes

The reception continues till just before 7 p.m.
The reception continues till just before 7 p.m.

Chimes announce it's time to enter the dining room, named after the late Governor Ogilve.
Chimes announce it's time to enter the dining room, named after the late Governor Ogilve.

Father Joe Noonan, who says grace before meals, and family
Father Joe Noonan, who says grace before meals, and family. He is director of the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Mark Mazman and Nancy Booth
Mark Mazman and Nancy Booth. Mark is a new ACP board member.

Nick & Kathy Zagotta and Tom Planera, Master of Ceremonies
Nick & Kathy Zagotta and Tom Planera, Master of Ceremonies. Nick is currently the president of the Flossmoor Country Club. He and Kathy are also new ACP board members.

Joe Noonan and Barb McDermott
Joe Noonan and Barb McDermott; Joe does the accounting for Noonan Academy.

Father Richard McGrath, OSA, principal of Providence High School
Father Richard McGrath, OSA, principal of Providence High School, Joliet. For some years, he was provincial for the Augustinian community to which he belongs.

Mary Kay Pignotti, Father Peter Rookey, Bobbie Noonan, and Father Jim Holup
Mary Kay Pignotti, Father Peter Rookey, OSM, Bobbie Noonan, and Father Jim Holup. Mary Kay is religion teacher at Noonan Academy. Father Rookey fosters various devotions, through his St. Michael Center. Father Holup is pastor of Assumption parish in Ashkum, Illinois, Diocese of Joliet.

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