Since 1976, the O’Neil Family of Lockport has served first the Brothers of the Chicago District and then the Midwest District through O’Neil Funeral Home. First, Pat O’Neil and more recently, his daughter Kim, have provided professional, courteous, and reasonable services to the District, and we are very grateful for their caring and cordial approach.
Joyce, Kim, and Pat O’Neil with Bro. Larry
On Sunday, May 5, several Brothers gathered with members of the O’Neil family in Lockport for the presentation of the Lasallian Service Award. As Brother James Gaffney shared, “The O’Neil Family have been wonderful associates and very caring and concerned professionals throughout all these years, and their employees have adopted the same very appealing traits and style of interaction and service.”
The O’Neil Family and Brothers gathered at Public Landing in Lockport.
THANK YOU to the O’Neil Family for all of your kindness, and thanks to Bro. Joseph Martin for coordinating the dinner and award.
Brothers Leo, Michael, and Larry at the RAMAC Banquet.
On February 21, Brother Michael Kadow was honored by RAMAC (Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce) at their annual Education Excellence Awards. Bro. Michael received the “Community Education Specialist” Award for his work at John XXIII Educational Center as well as the center’s outreach to several area public schools. Brother Michael was a founding member of John XXIII which “enables and empowers students who are economically, educationally, and often emotionally challenged to succeed in school and life itself.” Bro. Michael currently directs 55 mentors who provide one-on-one support for the students.
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Bro. Michael with John XXIII staff members.
Under Brother Michael’s guidance, John XXIII Educational Center has become a beacon of hope for Racine area young people, and during his remarks upon receiving the award, he shared this: “Thanks be to God for my vocation and for all of the great gifts which God has made manifest in my life…in our life. The founder of my religious community, St. John Baptist de La Salle, said over three hundred years ago: ‘The greatest miracle that an educator can perform is to touch the hearts of the students entrusted to his/her care’ Touching hearts…forming a relationship of the heart…is what my own work and, I believe, any effective educational work is all about!”
CONGRATULATIONS to Brother Michael and the entire staff of John XXIII for their inspiring and life-changing work in Racine!
Brother Steven Schonhoff (front center) was inducted into the Helias Catholic High School Hall of Fame on Sunday, January 27, 2013. He has served at Helias since 1991. Brothers Chuck Gregor, Fred Oberrieder (back), Mark Snodgrass, Auxiliary Visitor, and Richard Geimer were in attendance. Thanks to Didier Aur, President, and the Helias Foundation for hosting the event.
Driving down Route 55 towards downtown Chicago, we were excited to meet with a family that has been part of the Lasallian tradition for several decades. Turning onto Randolph Street and walking in the mezzanine level office, it became clear that the Lasallian Service Award was going to wonderful people.
The Lasallian Service Award recognizes distinguished service and dedication to the Christian Brothers and their work in education. A proud alumnus of St. George High School in Evanston, Illinois, the late John Luncsford remained a great friend to the Christian Brothers throughout his life.
In memory of his life and dedication to the Brothers, the Luncsford family, including wife, Constance, sons Mark and Dan, and daughter Michal Ann have continued to support our work with printing and marketing services. We would be at a loss without their continued support.
Brother Larry Schatz, Rob Cummings and I were delighted to hear the family talk about their dad. They spoke of his golf trips to Florida with the Brothers, how their dad used to attend graduations at San Miguel Chicago, and memories of being a high school student at St. George. It re-instilled the importance of De La Salle’s message to all of us-to touch hearts and minds in whatever capacity we are capable of.
Pictured Above: Brother Larry Schatz, Visitor Provincial, Mark Luncsford, Connie Luncsford, Michal Ann Luncsford, and Dan Luncsford at Best Imaging Solutions.