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Seminary Salutes 2016


On September 20, 2016, Saint Joseph College Seminary successfully held its annual Seminary Salutes Awards Dinner.

In 1891, Pope Leo XIII issued the first modern papal encyclical, Rerum Novarum, on labor and the dignity of the worker. The fundamentals of the encyclical have remained constant in the Church's teaching: respect for the dignity of the human being and human labor, the right to organize and the right to a living wage. Saint Joseph College Seminary, through the Seminary Salutes event, provides an opportunity to identify Catholic men and women in their fields, who by their example have promoted the social teachings of the Church.

All three honorees came with family members and friends, along with associates and coworkers in their respected fields to create what was a friendly, enjoyable evening at the IUOE Local 399 Union Hall. With over 600 guests in attendance, and a brief visit from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, it truly was a wonderful example of what Pope Leo XII stated was possible; a harmonious gathering in the Church of all God’s children.

Archbishop Blase Cupich presented the Rerum Novarum awards to the following outstanding Catholic leaders: Mr. Donald Finn, Business Manager and Financial Secretary, International Brother hood of Electrical Workers Local 134 for Labor; Mrs. Margaret Houlihan Smith, Director Corporate and Government Affairs United Airlines for Business; and the Reverend Michael Garanzini S.J., Chancellor, Loyola University Chicago for Government/Public Service.

The seminary community is very grateful to all those who attended, donated and sponsored the event. We are most appreciative of your continuing partnership in our mission to help young men listen for God’s call in their lives and to respond with generosity of heart.