In 2005, FATHER ROBERT LOMBARDO, C.F.R., was called by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George to Chicago from the Bronx
where he was working with the poorest of the poor. The objective: To build a Catholic outreach on the west side of Chicago in one of our
poorest neighborhoods, Humboldt Park, on the site of the school tragic fire that took the lives of 92 children and three religious 50 years
ago. He was charged with accomplishing the impossible with virtually no funding, and the impossible he has accomplished along with the
help of thousands of volunteers and donors, and, of course, God! Fr. Bob uses all of his talents, not just as a priest, but as a construction
manager, fund raiser, counselor, accountant, and friend to those in the neighborhood around the Mission and all of the volunteers who
come week after week to help.
Fr. Bob graduated from Notre Dame in 1979 with an accounting degree and went straight to work for Price Waterhouse. Soon,
however, the call to become a priest could not be denied. As a young priest, he did missionary work in Bolivia and Honduras with
orphaned street kids, organized youth programs on Manhattan's lower east side, and then directed the Padre Pio Shelter for the Homeless.
He was a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and a member of the Franciscan Friars Preaching Team for decades.
Fr. Bob is a beloved and highly sought-after speaker and retreat leader, locally, nationally and internationally.
Over the last 20 years, he has held the following positions: Director, Saint Anthony’s Residence; Director, Lay Associate Program of the
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal; Local Servant (Guardian), Saint Crispin’s Friary; Director, Saint Anthony’s Free Medical/Dental Clinic;
and Vicar General, Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He also received a M.Div in Theology from Maryknoll School of Theology and a
M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College. In 1991, he was named the Notre Dame Club of New York's Man of the Year.
Fr. Patrick McGrath, S.J. is a Jesuit of the
Chicago Province. He is a popular retreat leader and noted
homilist who focuses especially on the practical living of
Catholic faith. Fr. Pat uses storytelling, scripture, wisdom
from the Catholic tradition and the spirituality of St.
Ignatius to help audiences reflect and experience God in all
Fr. Pat serves as the President of Loyola Academy in
Wilmette, Illinois, the largest Jesuit high school in the
United States. In 2009, Loyola celebrated 100 years of
excellence in Jesuit education. Today, Loyola students
come from all over the Chicago metropolitan area
representing more than 70 different zip codes. As a Jesuit
high school, Loyola seeks to form its students to be women
and men for others in service to the Church and the world.
He holds a B.A. from Notre Dame (’88), a M.Div. from the
Jesuit School of Theology and a M.S. from Northwestern.
On weekends, he presides at Old St. Patrick’s Church in
Chicago, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview and
For those who may not be able to join us or who would like
some additional reflection time during Lent, Fr. Pat will
have weekly podcasts which can be accessed on the Loyola
website. Tune in for some inspiration this Lent!
|To learn more about the work being done at
Loyola Academy, click HERE!
|All things work together for good, to those who are called according to His purpose.
|The Mission of
Our Lady of the Angels
FATHER ROBERT LOMBARDO, C.F.R.
|Fr. Kurt Hartrich, O.F.M.
St. Peter's in the Loop
|What a pleasant surprise to find out that the
new Pastor of St. Peter's is a Notre Dame
graduate! Yes, indeed! Fr. Kurt Hartrich,
ND'69 arrived late last summer and we hope
he is here to stay for a long time.
Fr. Kurt Hartrich, Pastor of St. Peter's, felt the call to be a priest when he was in sixth grade! He attended St.
Joseph Seminary in Westmont for high school. He made his solemn profession as a Franciscan in 1962 and was ordained a
priest on January 9, 1966. He just celebrated 44 years as a priest! His first assignment was to teach at the high school
seminary in Westmont from 1966-1977. He went back to school and obtained a Master's Degree from Notre Dame with a
double major in guidance and counseling and educational administration. From 1977-1984 he served as the Director of
Formation for their theological students at Catholic Theological Union in Hyde Park. In 1984 he began his parochial
experience in Memphis, Tennessee and then in St. Anthony of Padua in St. Louis (1988-90). In 1991, Fr. Kurt was elected
the Provincial Minister of Sacred Hart Province and continued in that position until 1999. Before coming to St. Peter's last
summer, he served as Pastor of St. Francis Solanus Parish in Quincy, Illinois (Jan. 2001 - Sept. 2009).
Fr. Kurt freely admits that while attending Notre Dame he attended all the home football games and went wild with the other
students. He loved campus, praying at the grotto, the beautiful liturgies at Sacred Heart Church, and ice cream sodas at the
student center. Like everyone else, he did not particularly enjoy trudging through the snow for his classes during the winter.
If you have not stopped in at St. Peter's, the Jewel of the Loop, do so soon. I've never seen Fr. Kurt without a warm smile
yet! I bet he'll have one for you too. If you have not been to St. Peter's, come discover a haven of peace and beauty in the
Pray for us!
Photo Courtesy of John Weaver III
|Fr. Gene Smith
ND Club of Chicago Chaplain
Associate Pastor, St. Barnabas
|Fr. Bob Hutmacher, O.F.M
- a light in the darkness....
St. Peter's in the Loop
Robert M. Hutmacher, O.F.M., is a Native of Quincy, IL. He entered the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart Province in
1968 and was ordained a presbyter on June 2, 1979. He obtained a BA in sociology from Quincy University in 1971, a Master of
Divinity from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, in 1979 and a Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame in
1981. He began his ministry as a Deacon at Sacred Heart Church, St. Paul, MN, 1978, and then returned to Illinois to serve as Parochial
vicar, St. John the Baptist Church, Joliet, IL, 1979-81; Parochial vicar, St. Barbara Church, Brookfield, IL, 1982-90; and as the Director
of Worship and Parochial vicar/confessor at St. Peter’s Church in the Loop, Chicago, since 1993.
Fr. Bob is also an extraordinary musician. He studied Piano with Daniel Truman Fletcher, Memphis State University, 1971-74;
Composition with David Clarke Isele, at Notre Dame, 1976-78; Harp with John Manno, Chicago, 1984-90; and Piano with Vladimir
Leyetchkiss, Chicago, 2001-2003. His extensive background and training in music led him to found Chiesa Nuova in Chicago, a
Franciscan ministry for the Performing arts in 1995. He continues to serve as Director. He was the winner of the NPM national
composition contest, 1979. He has published several albums and published music with G.I.A. Publications, Inc. and with the World
Library of Music. After three years of research in Assisi, Italy and composing, he published a 300 page hymnal of Franciscan music with
The Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University, 1993, including a double album recording of that collection, Clare and Francis: O
Let the Faithful People Sing. He served as a Member of the liturgical music committee, Archdiocese of Chicago, 1978-82, Artist-in-
residence, St. Paschal Friary, Oak Brook, IL 1981-93; and is currently an Artist-in-residence at St. Peters.
So those are Fr. Bob's accomplishments, but there is so much more to this priest. When you listen to his homilies, he is sure to remind
you just how much God loves you, and no matter how bad you may be feeling about yourself, he has the ability to give you hope. So
faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Fr. Bob will give you all three, with an extra helping of love.
|Notre Dame Club of Chicago Ultimate Networking
2010 Business Networking and Lenten Scripture Study
What kind of priest is this man? Evidence comes from a message in the church bulletin from parishioners as he celebrated his 25th
Anniversary: "For the past five years Fr. Gene has shared his richest gifts and special moments with the people of St. Barnabas Parish. He
has blessed this community with faith, wisdom, friendship, laughter, and eloquence. He has been faithful to the promise he made twenty-five
years ago -- to be a servant to us and to the Gospel in the example of Jesus Christ." Wow. Quite a testament!
Prior to coming to St. Barnabas, he served as Associate Pastor at St. John Fisher, St. Mary Star of the Sea, Old St. Patrick's, and Ss. Faith
Hope and Charity in Winnetka. He has been a teacher of English, Irish and American literature at Notre Dame University, and Campus
Minister and Adjunct Professor at Xavier University. He taught in the Elderhostel program at Notre Dame for decades. In addition, he
conducts literary tours in Ireland and lectures on the great Irish authors.
He is a White Sox fan, a Fighting Irish Fan, and active player in all major sports. Fr. Gene is truly Irish in more ways than one. In
conjunction with this year's South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Committee and St. Cajetan Parish will host a Mass on Sunday,
March 14. The annual celebration of faith and heritage will take place begins with Irish songs and music at 8:30 AM, followed by Mass at 9:00
AM. This year’s con-celebrant will be our Fr. Gene Smith!
Don't miss your chance to spend an hour with this wonderful priest.
Irish to the Core!
Fr. Gene Smith currently serves as the Chaplain for the Notre Dame Club of Chicago and is the
Associate Pastor of St. Barnabas Church in Chicago. He grew up in Lawrence Parish in Chicago, and
was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 19, 1984.
|Fr. Chris Devron, S.J., President
Christ the King College Preparatory High School
Fr. Christopher J. Devron, SJ, is the president of the new Christ the King Jesuit
College Preparatory School, a Cristo Rey–model high school, that serves Chicago’s West side. A
native of the Chicago area, Fr. Devron earned a BA in philosophy and government from the
University of Notre Dame in 1989 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1991. In the course of his
Jesuit formation, Fr. Devron earned an MA in the history of philosophy from Loyola University
Chicago, an MDiv from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and an MA in theology with a
concentration in African-American religious experience through course work at Harvard Divinity
School and the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans.
From 1995 to 1996, Fr. Devron was executive director of the Inner-City Teaching Corps in
Chicago, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in inner-city schools throughout the city.
He then taught for a year at the Gonzaga Middle School Program for Boys in Harlem, and created
a scholarship program to assist Gonzaga graduates attend private high schools. The following year,
he was assigned as director of the Loyola Youth Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Following his ordination in 2001, Fr. Devron has worked as the founding director of REACH
(Recruiting Excellence for Academics in Catholic High Schools), an initiative of Regis High School
to identify, recruit, and financially assist academically gifted middle school boys to attend Regis
and other top Jesuit high schools in New York. He has also taught theology and worked as a
campus minister and chair of the committee on diversity at Regis, served as a weekend associate at
the Church of St. Joseph in Harlem, and published articles in America, The Tablet, the Journal of
Popular Culture, and BustedHalo.com.
Christ the King is a unique school on the West Side of Chicago for students who would otherwise
not have access to a private high school education. Sponsored by the Chicago Province Jesuits,
Christ the King is a Cristo Rey model school. It offers students a strong academic and spiritual
foundation integrated with a Corporate Internship Program in a safe, disciplined and nurturing
environment. Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School welcomed its first class in August
2008 and has exciting plans for the future.
|Some of you will remember Fr.
Chris from September when he
came to bless our job seekers at
the NDCC Accelerated Job
Search Strategies Forum. An
abiding enthusiasm for helping
disadvantaged youth, abundant
talent and energy, faith, hope,
love and optimism-
that's Fr. Chris!
|Last Lent the Notre Dame Club of Chicago gathered six extraordinary priests who work
in the Archdiocese of Chicago and who graduated from Notre Dame, to lead our alumni
sign up for this program. Thanks to everyone who participated. Many wanted to
continue in some way after Lent. We are exploring having a once a month gathering.
Six wonderful priests
Six Tuesdays: Feb. 23 - March 30
Open Business Networking 5:00 - 5:30
Scripture Study: 5:30 - 6:30
|Chicago, IL 60651
|The Notre Dame Club of Chicago
Presents...Your Lenten Warm-up!
|Rev. Francis J. Hoffman “Fr. Rocky”
Executive Director of Relevant Radio®
"Our Catholic Identity & the Secular Media...
Who They Say We Are & Who We Are"
|Tuesday, March 8, 2011
(Day before Ash Wednesday)
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Union League Club
66 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL
Cost: $50 (includes 3 course lunch).
To purchase tickets please click
Fr. Hoffman is not a newcomer to Relevant Radio. In
2004, Fr. Hoffman began as a special guest on Morning
Air®. He then joined the Morning Air team on Tuesday
mornings for the regularly scheduled “Question and
Answer” segment. Fr. Rocky is also one of the hosts
for “Go Ask Your Father”, which debuted on July 6,
2009. In September of 2009, Fr. Hoffman was asked by
the Board of Directors to serve as Senior Director of
Mission, Programming and Development and was then
appointed Executive Director on April 23, 2010.
Born and raised in suburban Chicago (Mundelein), Fr. Hoffman has been associated with Opus Dei
for over 30 years. Ordained as a priest for Opus Dei in 1992 by John Paul II, he holds a doctorate
in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, an M.B.A. from Notre
he worked in sales for the Inland Steel Company, Chicago and later in tax and audit for Crowe,
Chizek and Company, CPAs, South Bend.
For over 30 years, Fr. Hoffman has ministered to the youth, serving in education since 1996. Just
prior to joining Relevant Radio, Fr. Hoffman served as Chaplain of Northridge Preparatory School
in Niles, Illinois, a college prep school for boys in grades 6-12. For the past 15 summers he has been
Chaplain for the YSI (Youth Service International) Mexico Summer Service Projects in isolated and
impoverished areas of Mexico.
Fr. Hoffman’s column appears regularly in The Catholic Answer (Our Sunday Visitor) and The
Catholic New World (Chicago). Fr. Hoffman is heard daily on the Relevant Radio Network and has
appeared on other radio and television networks.
|Notre Dame Club of Chicago -- Ultimate Networking
... Making the Right Connections for this Life and the Next!
Join other ND alumni as we prepare for Advent and explore the beatitude:
“Blessed are the poor,” when best selling author
‘Poverty, Thanksgiving, Generosity, and Joy’
Monday, November 14, 2011
St. Peter’s in the Loop—St. Clare Auditorium
110 W. Madison, Chicago, IL
12:10 P.M. – 12:50 P.M.
No cost. Free-will donation appreciated.
If you plan to attend and would like to sit with other ND alumni,
e-mail the Club Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will reserve a section for alumni. Even if you do not rsvp in advance, come!
Poverty, chastity, and obedience are called the “evangelical counsels.” They are the promises or
vows made by members of religious orders. However, these counsels or virtues are not only for
a few. They are meant for all of us. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Christ
proposes the evangelical counsels, in their great variety, to every disciple” (CCC 915). You and
I are to live the counsels but taking into account that we are to live in the world and provide for
our families and for others under our authority (employees, the poor, etc.). This talk examines
one of the counsels—poverty.
Following the presentation there will be a question and answer period and a chance to purchase
signed copies of Regis’s new book God’s on the Phone: Stories of Grace and Action, along with
several of his other titles.
Regis Flaherty is a retreat center director and a best-selling author of seven books, including
- The How to Book of Catholic Devotions: Everything You Need to Know But No One
Ever Taught You,
- Catholic for a Reason, Vols III & IV, and
- Last Things First.
He has over 35 years of experience in working with Catholic organizations. His articles have
appeared in national and diocesan publications and he has appeared on several radio and
television programs. He is a frequent speaker to Catholic gatherings on the topic of lay
spirituality and along with his wife, Libbie, teaches pre-marriage and marriage enrichment
classes. Regis is the father of four and grandfather of five.