Catholic Awareness Week creates greater understanding of faith

Catholic Awareness Week creates greater understanding of faith
April 8, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Presentations by three theologians highlight a week of activities at Benedictine University April 14-17 designed to create greater awareness of the Catholic faith. The week begins with a presentation by Fr. Santos “Sunny” Castillo titled “Salvation and Human Freedom” at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 in the Krasa Presentation Room. Named after a Benedictine monk who visited his family when he was a boy, Fr. Castillo serves at St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Plainfield. Jesuit priest Fr. J. Michael Sparough will present “Resurrection, Yes! But Why Church?” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 at the Coal Ben on the Benedictine campus. Fr. Sparough is a retreat master, storyteller, writer and spiritual director. A lecturer at Loyola University, Fr. Sparough makes scripture come alive through his heart-warming dramas, spirited preaching and innovative approaches to spirituality. The final guest speaker, Fr. Thomas Loya, will present “Theology of the Body” at 7:00 p.m. on April 16 in the St. Benedict Chapel on the lower level of the Krasa Center. Fr. Loya is the pastor of Annunciation of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church in Chicago. He has served in youth and young adult ministry and has been a guest speaker at conventions and at World Youth Day 2002. Daily Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. in the St. Benedict Chapel, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. The week of events will culminate with the presentation of the feature film “The Passion of Christ” at 7:00 p.m. in the Krasa Center, Rooms A, B and C. The events are free and open to the public.


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.