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Chicago, IL (May 5, 2009) – Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will present the Archdiocesan Catechetical Ministries’ Awards to nine area recipients for their outstanding contributions to catechesis and youth ministry in Catholic parishes across Cook and Lake counties.  Conducted by the Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry, the annual Catechetical Ministries' Awards Banquet will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

The 2009 Archdiocesan awardees are:

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Team from
St. Emily Parish, 1400 E. Central Rd., Mt. Prospect

  • Melissa Hajdu
  • Peter Hajdu
  • Len Mondi
  • Michael Schiller

Director of Religious Education (DRE) from
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 15050 S. Wolf Rd., Orland Park

  • Mary Kay Burberry

Catechist from St. Francis of Assisi/Our Lady of the Angels Parish,
932 N. Kostner Ave., Chicago

  • Noemi Rojas

Pastor from St. Giles Parish, Greenfield and Columbian, Oak Park

  • Rev. Thomas M. Dore

Director of Religious Education (DRE) from
St. Henry Parish, 6325 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago

  • Sr. Cecilia Fandel, OSM

Catechist from Holy Trinity Polish Mission, 1118 N. Noble St., Chicago

  • Barbara Ignas

Director of Religious Education (DRE) from
St. Joseph Parish, 121 E. Maple Ave., Libertyville

  • Rosalind Camardella

Catechist from St. Ladislaus Parish, 3343 N. Long Ave., Chicago

  • Cecylia Jablonska

Director of Religious Education (DRE) from
St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, 6200 S. Lawndale Ave., Chicago

  • Edith Robles

For more information about the Catechetical Ministries’ Awards Banquet please visit the Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry’s web site,

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