Taylor Sobol

Archdiocese of Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Robert G. Casey, who served as pastor of St. Barbara Parish in Brookfield from 2009 to 2016, received the 2019 Br. Denis Murphy Justice in Action Award from the Br. David Darst Center at the organization’s annual “A Night at the Races” event on March 2 at the De La Salle Institute in Chicago.

The award recognizes an individual, organization or foundation with a strong dedication to social justice and community service.

Casey’s commitment to Catholic social teaching has taken many forms over the years as a parish priest and pastor. While he was pastor of Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish, he co-founded Taller de Jose, a ministry that connects people to services. 

Now in its 10th year, Taller de Jose serves more than 1,000 people annually in collaboration with 150 partner organizations, including the Darst Center.

Last fall, Casey was ordained auxiliary bishop and assigned to Vicariate III, which includes Taller de Jose and the Darst Center. He is also a member of the steering committee for Renew My Church, the archdiocese effort to create more vibrant faith communities.

Casey’s former parish, St. Barbara, was part of Renew My Church’s first wave. This year, it will consolidate with St. Louise de Marillac Church in LaGrange Park to form a new parish.

Riverside doc gets national call

Riverside resident and Loyola medicine sports medicine physician Douglas Evans, M.D., served as the official team physician for America’s men’s hockey team at the 2019 Winter World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, from March 2-12.

The event marked the fifth time Dr. Evans has served as team physician for USA Hockey’s men’s team at the World University Games. More than 3,000 athletes competed in 11 sports at the global winter event for student athletes.

Welcome aboard

Hitzeman Funeral Home has announced that Taylor Sobol is the firm’s newly licensed funeral director. Sobol started with Hitzeman as a student in 2016, working part time while completing her studies and graduating magna cum laude at Worsham College of Mortuary Science.

A graduate of Lyons Township High School, Sobol has played an instrumental part in launching Hitzeman Funeral Home’s grief support group and serves as the grief coordinator for the program.

On campus

Brookfield residents Duke D. Trybul and Stephanie N. Trybul were both awarded advanced degrees from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, following the 2018 fall semester. Duke earned a master’s degree in instructional technology while Stephanie earned a master’s degree in health and human performance.

Rena Cerny, of Brookfield, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, an all-discipline collegiate honor society. Cerny is pursuing a degree in business management at Elmhurst College.

Julia Keller, of Riverside, and Emma Pizana, of Brookfield, were named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, for achieving at least a 3.5 grade-point average for the fall semester.

Danny Zontos, of Riverside, was named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at Lewis University in Romeoville. Zontos, who is studying aviation flight management, earned a semester GPA of at least 3.5.

Riverside resident Charlie Marcou was named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, for maintaining a GPA of at least 3.5.

Brookfield resident Isabella Nardi was named to the 2018 fall semester honor roll at the University of Kansas.

Jessica Jimenez, of North Riverside, was named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at Washington University in St. Louis for earning a semester GPA of at least 3.6 as a student in the McKelvey School of Engineering.

Riverside residents Selene Anaya, Jack Faje and David Kodama were all named to the 2018 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota for attaining a GPA of at least 3.66 for the grading period.