Art exhibition and auction benefits student mission to Sucre, Bolivia

Art exhibition and auction benefits student mission to Sucre, Bolivia
April 5, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

More than 400 college students from the Diocese of Joliet’s three Catholic universities – Benedictine, Lewis and St. Francis – have been given the opportunity to minister to the poverty-stricken people of Sucre, Bolivia during the past 11 years. These students work in an orphanage, a general hospital, a day care center and a home for troubled boys. They clean, paint and build. They diaper babies and scrub floors. They make an incredible impact upon the lives of people a world away. This year, eight Benedictine University students – Amanda Agamy (Coal City), Carmen Benjamin (Des Plaines), Erin Fitzgerald (Elk Grove), Elizabeth Fredlund (Warren, Mich.), Matthew Jamesson (Lombard), Reena Joseph (Naperville), Katie Kleinwachter (Warrenville) and Rachel Lynn Sypole (Lansing) – will travel to Sucre, Bolivia for two weeks from June 8-23. To help offset the cost of traveling to Bolivia, a Fine Art Auction and Exhibition will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 and from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus, 604 N. Raynor Ave., Joliet. Attendees will enjoy hors d’ouvres, wine and music while viewing an incredible collection of affordable art. The admission is $10 per person. To purchase tickets or make a donation, please make checks payable to the "Diocese of Joliet” and mail them to Natalie Bayci, Diocesan Coordinator for University Missions, 2555 Harbor Drive, Joliet, IL 60431, or call (815) 254-7556. Tickets are available at the door.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.