The sun shone brightly on the 13th Annual Father/Son Mass and Breakfast on Saturday morning. The event welcomed 9th graders, prospective 5th-8th grade boys, alumni, and their fathers/sons. Fr. Charles Shonk, OP ’99 and Deacon Marion Smithberger ’72, led the celebration of the Eucharist in Mother of Mercy Chapel which was filled by more than 220 attendees. Our thanks also to our organist, Aldriel Barnum ’13, who filled the Chapel with wonderful music.
A buffet breakfast catered by The Berwick followed in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons. The school was honored to welcome back to campus our keynote speaker, 1977 alumnus, Marquis Miller. He is the City of Chicago’s first Chief Diversity Officer responsible for developing and implementing the City’s policies and strategies for recruiting and maintaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of Chicago’s population. Marquis is an emeritus member of the St. Charles Advisory Board and the 2014 recipient of the school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Principal James Lower welcomed everyone to the event and introduced Miller ’77, who spoke on the value of a Catholic education. Marquis shared with the fathers and sons in the audience the great value his parents and grandparents placed on it. He told of their hard work and the great sacrifices they made in order to make such an education possible for their children.
Thank you, Marquis, for being a great role model for our community, especially our students!
More about our speaker: Marquis was two-time Ohio AA Basketball player of the Year at St. Charles who went on to play four years for The Ohio State Buckeyes and earn a BA. St. Charles retired his jersey in 2012 ceremony, the only former athlete to date to be so honored. He has more than twenty years of relationship development and sourcing experience, most recently as managing principal of The Business Mosaic LLC. Prior to that, Marquis was the Vice President, Field Operations for the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the nation’s leading corporate membership organizations that provides increased procurement and business opportunities for minority business enterprises. He also previously held the vice president and business leadership roles at S.USA Life, a subsidiary of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc., Chicago State University and the CSU Foundation, the Chicago Urban League, the United Negro College Fund, and The Ohio State University.