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Providence is a Catholic, co-educational, college preparatory Augustinian high school in New Lenox, IL.  A dedicated and caring faculty and staff integrate the core Augustinian values of truth, unity and love into all dimensions of student life.  A demanding curriculum, inclusive service programs, competitive athletics and comprehensive extracurricular offerings challenge students in a safe and nurturing environment.  Our most recent graduates earned scholarships valued at nearly $28 million dollars.  These seniors performed in excess of 20,000 hours of community service during their high school careers.  In addition, Providence Catholic has 27 state championship titles; the most among private high schools in the state of Illinois.


10/1/14

Providence Catholic Honors the Recipients of the 2014 Cor Unum Award

(New Lenox) - Providence Catholic High School held their annual President’s Mass of Thanksgiving and Cor Unum award ceremony in late September.  Guests gathered to honor this year’s Cor Unum recipients, Rob and Laura Martin of Homer Glen and Bob and Rosemary Leonard of New Lenox.
The Martin’s have three children, Jessica ‘96, Robbie ’00 and Ryan ’02, who are Providence Catholic alumni.  Robbie delivered a heartfelt tribute to his parents at the award ceremony, attesting to their strong commitment to Catholic education, their devotion to faith, family and those with special needs.  On behalf of his siblings, he also expressed profound gratitude to his parents for the gift of Catholic education and their service to Providence Catholic and St. Bernard’s Parish.
The Leonards were introduced by their dear friend, Lisa Marth of Mokena.  Marth spoke eloquently of her thirty year friendship with the Leonards and drew a parallel between their service to the Providence Catholic community and the Augustinian tenet that God can best be discovered in the company of family and friends.  The Leonards were leaders of the Turf in ‘12 fundraising campaign that resulted in the installation of artificial turf in Bishop Kaffer Stadium.  Their three children, Candice ‘06, Bobby ‘09 and Jordan ‘13 are Providence Catholic alumni.
The Cor Unum medallion, the school’s most prestigious honor, is awarded annually to persons who exemplify its inscription of "One Heart...in Ministry...in Mission...in Family."  Rev. Richard J. McGrath, O.S.A. presented the Cor Unum medallions.  “Both couples personify the meaning of ‘Cor Unum’ through their generosity to help Providence Catholic become the school it is today; a community of believers working toward the common goals of providing a safe and healthy environment for students to grow spiritually, academically and socially,” said Rev. Richard McGrath, O.S.A., President of Providence Catholic High School.
To highlight the importance of this award, a $5,000 endowed scholarship will be established in the name of each of the recipients.  These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need.  Last year the school awarded sixteen Cor Unum Scholarships to students.   “It is our hope that the Providence community will continue to contribute toward these scholarships to increase the financial assistance available to students in need,” offered Ed Barrett, Director of Institutional Advancement at PCHS.  If you would like to support the Cor Unum Scholarship, please call Ed Barrett at (815) 717-3164 or email ebarrett@providencecatholic.org.

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10/1/14

Providence Catholic’s Harvest Drive Brings out the “Fun” in Fundraising

(New Lenox) – Providence Catholic High School concluded its Annual Fall Harvest Drive on September 19.  Through the hard work of students, parents, teachers and patrons who supported the school, this year’s Fall Harvest Drive has generated more than $370,000.

“Despite the difficult economic times, the PCHS Harvest Drive continues to be one of the most successful student fundraising programs in the nation for Catholic high schools,” said Ed Barrett the school’s Advancement Director.  “We are grateful to our families and patrons who understand the importance of its success to the financial well-being of the school.”

To celebrate this success, the entire student body enjoyed the traditional spirit-filled Harvest Drive Olympics at the conclusion of this drive.  Several events took place, including dodge ball, tug-of-war and an obstacle course.  The Olympics concluded with the annual pie-in-the-face-of-a-faculty-member; this year’s volunteer target was Mrs. Pat Foster, Dean of Students.

The 2014 Harvest Drive top-selling student was senior Nicolas Bratcher of Lockport who raised $5,500; the top selling PCHS siblings were the Stolarek family (senior Daniel and freshman Cassidy) of Frankfort who raised $2,000.   Following the Olympic celebration, Fr. Richard McGrath, OSA, President, drew eleven raffle tickets and named the $10,000 Grand Prize winner along with 10 other winning tickets totaling $5,000. All top-sellers and raffle winners are posted on the Harvest Drive page of the PCHS website at www.providencecatholic.org.

Harvest Drive was initiated in 1968 to raise funds for the school, which was facing a financial crisis.  Faced with the prospect of closure, the school sponsored a car raffle and carnival that generated $15,000 the first year and $32,000 the following year.  Pleased by the results of this fund-raising effort, the officials decided not to close the school.  Since then, this three-week fundraiser has grown to generate more than $370,000 annually to help offset the difference between tuition and the cost of operating the school.

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9/16/14

Providence Catholic’s Annual Harvest Drive to Conclude with Olympic Celebration and Raffle Drawing 

(New Lenox) - Providence Catholic High School’s annual Fall Harvest Drive officially kicked off on August 27 and will conclude with the grand prize raffle drawing and “Olympic” celebration for students on September 19.  Through the hard work of students, parents, teachers and patrons who supported the school, last year’s drive generated more than $370,000.   “The Harvest Drive is among the most successful student fundraising programs in the nation for Catholic high schools,” said Ed Barrett the school’s Advancement Director.  “Our families understand the importance of its success to the financial well-being of the school.” 

All Providence Catholic students are required to participate in this fundraiser.  Their obligation is met by selling advertisement listing space and/or raffle tickets to businesses, community members, family and friends.  Advertisement listings will be featured in the Harvest Drive E-Directory, which will be accessed through the school’s website. 

Raffle tickets are $10 each and will give the purchaser a chance to win the $10,000 Harvest Drive Grand Prize, which will be drawn on Friday, September 19. There will be additional raffle prizes drawn for 1st through 10th prizes, which range from $100 to $2,000. Winners need not be present.

For more information or to support Harvest Drive, please contact Ms. Jamie O’Brien, Harvest Drive Coordinator at (815) 717-3163 or harvestdrive@providencecatholic.org.  

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6/19/14

Providence Catholic Celebrates the Class of 2014 Commencement 

(New Lenox) – Providence Catholic High School celebrated the Class of 2014 commencement on June 5 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet.  Each of the 282 members of the class crossed the Rialto stage to receive their PCHS diploma, marking the completion of four successful and memorable years. During the ceremony, Valedictorian Eric Connelly (Tinley Park) and Salutatorian Jessica Talwar (Orland Park) addressed their classmates with powerful words of encouragement and expressed their gratefulness to family, friends and Providence faculty and staff.

During the special awards portion of the graduation ceremony, Athletic Director, Doug Ternik announced Noah Senffner (New Lenox) as the recipient of the Senior Athletic-Spirit Award and Marybeth Galick (Homer Glen) as the recipient of the Jaime Garcia Scholastic Athlete Award.  Fr. John Merkelis, O.S.A. named Dominic Azar (Joliet), Clare Huguelet (New Lenox) and Abigail Persicketti (Manhattan) as the recipients of the Bishop Blanchette Religion award.  Furthermore, Morgan Manghera (Tinley Park) and Sean Murray (Manhattan) received the prestigious Bishop Roger Kaffer Leadership Award.

Ninety-nine percent of the Class of 2014 will continue their education at a college or university.  Approximately 750 scholarships valued at nearly 28 million dollars were offered to this class.  Sixteen percent of this class were named Illinois State Scholars. These seniors performed in excess of 20,000 hours of community service during their high school careers.  Almost 90% of the class participated in at least one of the school’s 21 sports and/or 27 extracurricular activities.  Forty-two students signed National Letters of Intent or made commitments to continue their respective sports at the collegiate level, which is nearly 15% of the class and the highest number in the school’s history.  In addition, this class witnessed many athletic accomplishments including the varsity baseball team’s recent IHSA State Championship and third place finishes at State by both the varsity cheerleaders and poms.  Providence Catholic now has 27 state championship titles; the most among private high schools in the state of Illinois. 

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