Monday, March 30, 2015
Casa Jesus to Celebrate their Annual Banquet
Blessings to you and your loved ones during these Holy Days!
Casa Jesús, a part of the seminary system in the Archdiocese of Chicago, focuses on Hispanic men who want to discern their calling to the diocesan priesthood in Chicago. We have been around since 1987, when Fr. Arturo Perez and Fr. Silvano Filipetto began this fascinating adventure of forming and educating young men to the priesthood. Since then, 51 (fifty-one!) men who came through Casa Jesús have been ordained to the priesthood in Chicago; many of them serve now as pastors and associate pastors around the archdiocese, as well as in archdiocesan offices; some are pursuing advanced degrees in Theology and other disciplines. In addition, eighteen Casa Jesús alumni are enrolled in St. Joseph College Seminary and Mundelein Seminary; three of them will be ordained to the priesthood this coming May.
Furthermore, one of our Casa Jesus alumni has been ordained as an auxiliary bishop here in Chicago; Bishop Alberto Rojas (Casa Jesus class of 1994) serves as Episcopal Vicar in Vicariate III.
Casa Jesús continues its mission of fostering priestly discernment in the multicultural Archdiocese of Chicago by being a home to Spanish-speaking Latinos interested in the priesthood; providing them with the opportunity for English studies, spiritual growth and acculturation; and by serving as a resource to Latino priests. Five young men are currently completing their second quarter at UIC, and they are preparing themselves to continue on in their priestly formation at Mundelein this fall. Please keep these men, and those considering the call to priesthood, in your prayers.
On Saturday, April 11, Casa Jesus will celebrate its Annual Banquet, with the theme "Acting on the Word of God to reach His people." It will take place at The Drake Hotel, located at 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL.
We will award the "La Llave de San Pedro" Award to the ministries of Holy Name Cathedral, represented by Msgr. Dan Mayall; and the "Corazon de Jesus" Award to Miss Carole O’Neill. You are invited to join us and to celebrate 28 years of service to this archdiocese. For tickets and more information, please call Ms. Yesenia Ortiz at 312-640-1065 ext. 10, or visit www.casajesus.org.
Thank you for your prayers and support. Muchas gracias!