Students return to University's roots to show neighbors that they care

Students return to University's roots to show neighbors that they care
April 9, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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A group of about 100 Benedictine University students will visit the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago’s near south side on Saturday, April 19 to participate in a number of community projects as part of Benedictine Cares 2008. Benedictine University students – working with children from Casa Juan Diego Children’s Center and through the auspices of the office of 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis – will pick up litter, paint over vandalism, plant trees and flowers and help educate local students how to keep their neighborhood clean. The community service project was organized by the Benedictine University Unity Foundation (BUUF), an organization comprised of Benedictine students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds including blacks, whites, Muslims, Hispanics and Asians. The mission of BUUF is to take an active role in promoting cultural awareness. Casa Juan Diego is the youth center of St. Pius V Church on 2020 S. Ashland Ave. It was created in response to residents’ desire to offer their children an alternative to gangs and to improve their educational opportunities. Casa Juan Diego serves more than 100 children every day. Benedictine students chose the Pilsen neighborhood for their project as a testament to the University’s origins. Benedictine University was founded in 1887 by the monks of St. Procopius Abbey to educate the sons of Czech and Slovak immigrants in Pilsen. The school moved to Lisle in 1901. The students will be working along Blue Island Avenue in the 25th Ward from approximately 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.


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.