Wags corner Those Boeing executives picked a good time to check out Chicago. The Bulls and Black Hawks have no more home games.
The right stuff Antonio Maldonado, 24, of St. Gall Parish (S. Kedzie), teaches Spanish at De La Salle Institute (S. Wabash). Last December, Maldonado looked for a way to keep
in shape. Hed always wanted to train like a boxer so he began
working out under the tutelage of William Rodriguez at the West Sides Windy City Gym. A complete neophyte, Maldonado had the stuff to begin training
for Chicagos Golden Gloves competition. (Maldonado says he just hoped he could last three
rounds.) He defeated Rico Rios in the preliminary rounds March 12 and stopped Joe LaBarre 11 days later to advance to the finals. At 156 pounds in the senior
novice division, the Spanish teacher took first place in his weight
class and defeated Jose Santos by decision at historic St. Andrews Gym on the North Side. Maldonado has been featured on Fox Sports Chicago and hopes to start a boxing club at De La Salle next year for
It takes a celebrity? Maybe it does, to raise $250,000 for two programs at the first-of-its-kind
Cancer Institute in Alexian Brothers Medical Center. The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards and Mary Wilson of The Supremesshould work the magic. The first female rock star in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Wilson is also well known for her charity work. The performers
will entertain 1,000 guests for a full 2 hours at the medical
center foundations annual Garden Ball, May 5 at Drury Lane, Oak Brook. For tickets, call (847) 437-5500,
Ext. 4388. Jim Goodwin, CEO of United Airlines, is honorary chairperson.
Virtual monastic life Due to popular demand, the famous Trappist-Cistercian Gethsemani Monastery in Trappist, Ky., the Holy Spirit Monastery in Conyers, Ga., and New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, Ia., are hosting three Live-in Experience retreats.
The dates are May 25-28, June 6-10 or Aug. 1-5. There is no cost.
Men, ages 16-60, can live and work with the monks and hear talks
given by the members during the weekends. Space is limited. Call
toll free at (866) 548-3463.
Idea Exchange St. Denis Parish (S. St. Louis) will be selling Krispy Kreme donuts on the fourth Sunday of every month after Masses. Donuts
are 50 cents each or $5 a dozen to benefit the works of the parish.
How sweet it is!
Alleluia A combined choir, 100-voices strong, closes the William Ferris Chorales concert season at 8 a.m. May 11 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (W. Belmont.) Musical selections based on psalm texts include
the Chicago premiere of This is the Day the Lord Has Made by
the late William Ferris, commissioned by the Village of Naperville to mark the Millennium.
Tickets are $16, $18 and $20 at the box office, (773) 325-2000.
Wags corner John J. Lyons of St. Juliana Parish (N. Osceola) says: Its definitely spring. I saw a robin on
a salt truck the other day.
Just like old times Alums of the former St. Gregory High School reunited March 31 and honored Charles Barry 64, who heads a consulting firm in Maryland focusing on international
security; and William Kane, 61, former star athlete and co-owner of Schmit Kane Pipe and Supply in Chicago. They also honored George Hacker, composer, choral director and teacher at the school for decades.
(He was organist for St. Gregory the Great Parish (W. Gregory) until his death last year.) . . . When pupils taught by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (founded by St. Katharine Drexel) meet May 6 at the Oak Lawn Hilton, they will be from St. Elizabeths and St. Anselm, as well as Milwaukees St. Benedict and St. Xavier in New Orleans. They should be aware of Ellen Tarrys delightful little book, Saint Katharine Drexel, Friend of the Oppressed, published by Pauline Books & Media, with a foreword by the late Cardinal John OConnor. Tarry, a teacher, moved from Harlem to help set up Chicagos
Friendship House. She also received a medal from the church for her work with HUD. Her book is $11.95 from (312) 346-5415.
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