2023 Rerum Novarum Award Recipients

Please join us for our annual Seminary Salutes on November 9, 2023 at 5:30PM at IOUE Local 399.

Ms. Leticia Ramirez, International Vice President, Director, Region 6 Mid-Western, for Labor 

Karen and Phil Stefani, Owners of Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants, for Business

Mr. Antonio Ortiz, President of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School for Government/Public Service

Father Thomas Mulcrone, Chaplain of the Chicago Fire Department, for the Honorary Rerum Novarum Award

Registration

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Includes:

  • One table of ten with premium seating at the 2023 event
  • Sponsor recognition during evening program
  • Two reserved parking passes
  • Gold-page advertisement in Sponsor Book (Ad size: 6” x 7.75”)
  • Logo placement on all event materials indicating Event Sponsor
  • Logo recognition throughout cocktail hour and dinner reception
  • Logo placement on event banner
  • Recognition in Mundelein Seminary’s online Annual Report

Includes:

  • One table of ten with preferred seating at the 2023 event
  • Sponsor recognition during evening program
  • One reserved parking pass
  • Gold-page advertisement in Sponsor Book (Ad size: 6” x 7.75”)
  • Logo recognition throughout cocktail hour and dinner reception
  • Recognition in Mundelein Seminary’s online Annual Report

Includes:

  • One table of ten with preferred seating at the 2023 event
  • Sponsor recognition during evening program
  • Gold-page advertisement in Sponsor Book (Ad size: 6” x 7.75”)
  • Logo recognition throughout cocktail hour and dinner reception
  • Recognition in Mundelein Seminary’s online Annual Report

Includes:

  • Five tickets for the 2023 event
  • Gold-page advertisement in Sponsor Book (Ad size: 6” x 7.75”)
  • Logo recognition throughout cocktail hour and dinner reception
  • Recognition in Mundelein Seminary’s online Annual Report

Includes:

  • Three tickets for the 2023 event
  • Full-page advertisement in Sponsor Book (Ad size: 6” x 7.75”)
  • Logo recognition during cocktail hour and dinner reception
  • Recognition in Mundelein Seminary’s online Annual Report

Includes:

  • One table of ten with preferred seating at the 2023 event
  • Recognition in Mundelein Seminary’s online Annual Report

Includes:

  • One table of ten at the 2023 event
  • Recognition in Mundelein Seminary’s online Annual Report

$200 / per ticket / $2,000 per table

(For those who will not attend, but would like to donate their ticket / table to the Seminarians)

About Seminary Salutes

Begun in 1991, the Seminary Salutes to Labor, Business, and Government event was created for  St. Joseph College Seminary’s to support the formation of college men discerning the priesthood.  The event honors lay men and women who are examples of Catholic Social Teaching in action, especially in the areas of labor, business and government.

The fundamentals of this award are: respect for the dignity of the human being and human labor, the right to organize, and the right to a living wage.  The evening provides the seminary with an opportunity to identify Catholic men and women in their fields, who by their example and work have promoted the social teachings of the Church. Those honored receive the prestigious Rerum Novarum Award from the Archbishop of Chicago at the Seminary Salutes dinner and award ceremony.

In 2018, St. Joseph Seminary was permanently closed and at the request of Cardinal Cupich, the event was moved to Mundelein Seminary. The event continues to raise funds to support the formation of young men discerning the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

About Rerum Novarum

In response to the excess of the 19th century capitalism and the exaggerated response of socialism, Pope Leo XIII in 1891 issued the first modern papal encyclical on labor and the dignity of the worker.  This tradition has been adapted and reshaped by Pius XI, John XXIII, Paul VI, and John Paul II as conditions have changed over time. The fundamentals, however, have remained constant: respect for the dignity of the human being and human labor, the right to organize and the right to a living wage.

In the United States this tradition has been championed by John Ryan, Francis Haas, Walter Reuther, and Philip Murray among others, not to mention the innumerable men and women on the local level who have sacrificed so much for this vision.

The Church has called upon priests and seminarians to foster these goals, so it is especially fitting that St. Joseph College Seminary should honor the men and women of our day in business, labor, and government who have excelled in their support of these ideals.

In 1891 Leo XIII issued the first Papal document in modern times on the condition of Labor, Rerum Novarum.  He began with an ominous assessment: “The elements of a conflict are unmistakable; the growth of industry and the surprising discoveries of science … the enormous fortunes of individuals and the poverty of the masses . . . and, finally, a general moral deterioration.”

Over a century later, the challenge remains and involves all of us, as it always has. The men and women who are the institutions of family, labor, business, government and church must work together to renew the vision and demonstrate a common conviction in the dignity of every human being, in the value of all human work, in the power of human solidarity in the face of human greed and exploitation, and most of all in the coming of Jesus Christ whose death and resurrection are the vindication of all human goodness, justice and love.

Committee Members

Honorary Chairperson
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Rector/President
Very Reverend John Kartje

Committee Co-Chairs
Reverend Clete Kiley
Mr. Jorge Ramirez

Committee
Mr. William Callaghan Jr.
Mr. James Claus
Mr. James P. Connolly
Mr. Timothy Drea
Mr. Donald Finn
Mrs. Margaret A. Houlihan Smith
Mr. Patrick Kelly
Mr. Thomas Kiley
Mr. Michael Macellaio
Mr. Michael Mintle
Mr. Gary Perinar
Mr. Robert G. Reiter, Jr.
Mrs. Bea-Reyna Hickey
Ms. Kathy Taylor
Mrs. Marcy A. Twardak
Mr. Don Villar

Honorary Committee
Mr. Ralph Affrunti
Hon. Edward M. Burke
Mr. Dennis Gannon
Mr. John Hartigan
Mr. Francis J. Harmon
Mr. Martin Healy
Mr. Brian Hickey
Mr. James Madden
Mr. Steven Powell
Mr. Frank Stone III

For more information or to become a sponsor contact Jillian Mortillaro or click HERE to register, sponsor or donate.

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