CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The Marian Catholic community celebrated the close of the The Courage 2 Lead fundraising campaign on Sept. 16 with the blessing of the Technology/Media Center, Mark A. Altman '66 Memorial Garden and the refurbished library, according to a news release.
The campaign raised $5.25 million, a spokeswoman said, and helped furnish the new facilities at the Chicago Heights high school.
During the Eucharistic celebration with the Rev. William O'Mara, attendees gave thanks and reflected on the abundant blessings that have been bestowed upon Marian Catholic throughout the years. An appreciation brunch and tours of the new facilities followed.
“We stand on a firm foundation. We stand with our feet directed firmly to the future,” said Sister Judine Hilbing, O.P., Marian Catholic president. “With gratitude for God’s grace throughout our history and with confidence in God’s continued guidance, we embrace future generations of students as we commit ourselves anew to the mission of Marian Catholic High School.”
The advancement efforts of Marian Catholic strive to equip students with the tools and values to become successful professionals and individuals. Marian Catholic investors are giving Scholars with a Soul the resources they need and deserve to build a robust foundation of education.
The Technology/Media Center features a broadcast/sound studio, an editing/control suite, a Mac Lab and PC Lab. Each are fully equipped with LCD projectors, Smart Boards and high quality professional color laser printers. The Mac Lab offers the complete Adobe Creative Suites 6 Master Collection software. The Media Center is fundamental to Marian Catholic’s curriculum offering students not only general and specific skills needed to be successful in present and future educational endeavors, but also the foundation for a successful career path. The Mark A. Altman ’66 Memorial Garden is an inviting space to reflect, study, and enjoy a beautiful day. With a generous gift from the estate of Mark A. Altman ’66 (1948-2011), scholar and educator, the Marian Catholic High School Library was renovated and refurnished to further Altman's love of learning for generations to come.
“Always, when we have gathered in the last 18 years, it is for the collective celebration of thanks for the vision crafted, the leadership emerged, and the mission realized,” said Mary Moffatt, Marian Catholic vice president of advancement. “With committed stewardship, solid leadership from our school administrators, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield and now our board of directors, the model of Marian Catholic progress through major gifts is set in a culture of philanthropy absolutely vital and undeniably necessary for the school to continue to realize its vision and mission.”
Former president and current superintendent of Chicago Archdiocesan Catholic Schools, Sister Mary Paul McCaughey O.P. ’67, attended the celebration. It was under her leadership and with her clear vision, that The Courage 2 Lead campaign was launched in 2004 and realized its goal in 2007. With the entire steering committee fully engaged in the effort of securing financial support for all the initiatives of the campaign, a firm foundation was set in place.