School News - Faith & Service

Published in the Fall 2022 issue of Inscape


On Tuesday, February 1, Mother McAuley kicked off our Black History Month celebrations with a prayer service hosted by our Black Student Union. The beautiful service was filled with prayer, reflection, and music. Thank you to alumnae speaker, Olivia Shareef ‘20, for sharing her wisdom and powerful words with us, thank you to the Black Student Union for leading and to the musical accompaniment for sharing your gifts!


Our Daniel P. Haerther Scholars hosted a service event to support the Ronald McDonald House at Advocate Children’s Hospital. Our scholars assembled Care- Kits of healthy snacks for families staying at the Oak Lawn house. A special thanks to our alumna, Anne Czarnecki ‘98, Ronald McDonald Program Director, for her powerful and inspiring presentation  to our entire Haerther Scholar Program!  


Pictured: Mary Grace Urbon '24

During Catholic Schools Week, our Mighty Macs wrote and shared thank you notes with their former schools and teachers to show their appreciation for their Catholic education. We are thankful to  all the parents, grandparents, teachers, alumnae, and Mighty Mac supporters who have played a role in giving the Lifetime Advantage of a McAuley Education to our students! 


Mia Burns ‘22, Ariana Oria ‘22, Ixchel Vincente-Martinez ‘25, and Kailey Moore ‘25 received the sacrament of Confirmation through RCIA!    


On March 18-20, Ms. Laura Snow Gawlik celebrated her 150th Kairos retreat! We are so grateful for her dedication to the Kairos program and the incredible impact she has made on so many Mighty Macs. Thank you, and congratulations for 150 amazing Kairos retreats!


On May 1, the McAuley Fathers’ Club hosted our annual Father/Daughter Mass. Special thanks to all those who participated in the mass, Father Hyland for celebrating, Ms. Laura Snow Gawlik for coordinating, Mrs. Carrie Peterson Alifantis ‘87 and the Liturgical Choir, and the McAuley Fathers’ Club for hosting! The mass was followed by a fun pizza and pop reception!



Over spring break, Mr. Art Sheridan and Ms. Ozana Paraga lead a group of juniors to team up with Habitat for Humanity as their spring service project. They spent the day moving topsoil, leveling and tamping it, and then laying sod. Together with the community, they helped Habitat build a group of homes in our neighborhood. They worked with employees and volunteers from Habitat, Americore and even some regular local volunteers. It was an amazing experience joining in to improve the lives of people in our community!