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Chicago Bible Society to Bestow 2019 Gutenberg Award to Loyola University Chicago’s Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and Chaplain Leslie Hunter

Chicago, October 15, 2019: Loyola’s Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM, and Chaplain Leslie Hunter of Holy Family School will be honored by the Chicago Bible Society at the 65th Annual Gutenberg Awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on October 15 at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd.

The Gutenberg Award has been given by the Chicago Bible Society since 1952. Past winners are Billy Graham, Cardinal Bernardin, Sister Rosemary Connelly (founder of Misericordia Home), and football player Michael Singetary.

“The Gutenberg Award has been presented to individuals whose life and work promotes the understanding of the Bible and the Christian faith, either in a ministry, academic, or business setting,” said Kenneth Oliver, executive director of the Chicago Bible Society. “Both Sister Jean and Chaplain Hunter strongly represent the values associated with this award.” 

Sister Jean is widely known as the chaplain to The Ramblers, Loyola University Chicago’s men’s basketball team. She was born on August 21, 1919 in San Francisco and entered Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque, Iowa. In 1961 she began working for Mundelein College as a professor of education, becoming academic dean of the college in 1967. After the merger of Mundelein with Loyola University Chicago in 1991, she became an associate dean at Loyola. Sister Jean holds a master’s degree in education.

Leslie Hunter is the chaplain and religious studies instructor at Holy Family School in Chicago’s Lawndale community. He served Holy Family Lutheran Church for more than 20 years as parish minister, during which time he ran a boys’ mentoring club in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood on the city’s near north side. Born and raised in Chicago, Chaplain Hunter has a degree in psychology from Concordia University. He has been featured on radio and the Hallmark Channel’s New Morning show. He is the author of Poetic Remedies of Healing and is known for his creative blending of rap, spoken poetry, and short stories in communicating the message of the Bible.

About Chicago Bible Society
Chicago Bible Society is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in Illinois, having been founded in 1840. The Society works with all Christian denominations—Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant—to provide Bibles and other educational resources to prisons, hospitals, and other institutions in the greater Chicago region. Complete information can be found at ChicagoBibleSociety.org/Gutenberg.

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 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 14 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, 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.

About Holy Family School
For 34 years Holy Family Ministries has been providing education and youth development programs for children living in Chicago neighborhoods struggling with poverty and violence. Holy Family built its own 45,000-square-foot building in 2008 on the historic Homan Square campus in North Lawndale. And today, Holy Family Ministries serves more than 600 children and youth across four programs: Holy Family School, Little Learners Academy, Adventures in Learning, and The Peace Exchange. Over the last three decades, our mission has never changed—we provide opportunities for children and adults from Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods to excel academically, grow spiritually, expand life experiences, and become effective leaders.


Ken Oliver, Chicago Bible Society
Telephone: (773) 895-2030
Email: info@ChicagoBibleSociety.org

Cheryl Collins, Holy Family Ministries
Tel: 773.273.6013
Email: ccollins@hfm.org



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