FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Quinn Community Center of St. Eulalia Catholic Church
to Receive Loyola University Chicago’s
Annual Martyrs Award
Center Offers Vital Community, Educational, and Health Programs for Low-Income Families in Chicago’s Western Suburbs
CHICAGO, November 13, 2017 – Loyola University Chicago is pleased to announce the Quinn Community Center of St. Eulalia Catholic Church as the winner of its third annual Martyrs Award. Located in Maywood, Illinois, the center provides important social outreach and programming for more than 370 people annually, 75 percent of whom come from low-income families in Chicago’s western suburbs. The center’s goal is to serve 600 people annually by 2020, and the $25,000 Martyrs Award will help fund its growth.
The Quinn Center’s programs address hunger and nutrition, youth and family issues, community health, and immigration. Children and adults benefit from the center’s English as a Second Language classes, Spanish literacy program, dance and art classes, and an annual summer camp that serves 160 local youth. The center also hosts a weekly soup kitchen for the homeless and working-poor parishioners and neighbors.
“The Quinn Center is an extraordinary resource for change and an important partner for Loyola and the people of Maywood,” said Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, president of Loyola University Chicago. “The center’s work to build an inclusive culture of justice, health, and peace through community-based intentional action mirrors the University’s commitment to advancing the common good in service to others.”
Partners since the center’s inception in 2011, Loyola students and faculty—many from the Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and The Graduate School—regularly collaborate with the center on service work and research projects. The Quinn Center relies on more than 600 volunteer hours a month to run its various programs.
“The Quinn Center is strategically important to Maywood—a community that lacks key resources—because of its ability to attract resources that can be poured into the community,” said Priscilla Taylor, chair of the Quinn Center executive committee and a Loyola alumna. “Given the similarity in missions of the two organizations, the relationship with Loyola can be better described as a collaboration—one which is especially evident in the programs that target community health. We greatly value our relationship with Loyola, and we are honored to be recognized as this year’s awardee.”
In its third year, the Martyrs Award honors the memory of eight Universidad Centroamericana martyrs, six of whom were Jesuit priests, who were murdered in 1989 for their commitment to social justice. The martyrs exemplify the Jesuit and Catholic ideals and values that Loyolans seek to emulate, and the award demonstrates the University’s ongoing commitment to further the work of these Jesuit educators. Each November, Loyola recognizes a faith-based organization or individual with the award, as part of its annual Ignatian Heritage Month celebration.
Past recipients of the award include Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz, a Colombian organization that works with victims of human rights violations, and the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants, a Chicago nonprofit that helps those caught in the immigration detention process.
The Quinn Center will be presented with the Martyrs Award on Thursday, November 16, at the Cuneo Center on Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus. The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. with an award presentation and a panel of Loyola alumni, faculty, and students who are actively engaged with the center. A memorial Mass will follow at 5:15 p.m. For more details on the award and Loyola’s Ignatian Heritage Month, visit LUC.edu/IHM .
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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