St. Jude Seminary Alumni Reunion
June 2023

Plans are currently being finalized for the St. Jude Seminary all-alumni reunion on June 24th and 25th 2023. Activities will be split between two venues, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (OLG) in South Chicago, coinciding with the 100th anniversary year of its founding; and Good Shepherd Manor (formerly St. Jude Seminary) Momence, IL. Approximately fifty former Judeans from the Chicago area, the East, Midwest, and West are planning to attend.
    Alumni will begin gathering at OLG at noon on the 24th. The afternoon’s activities will include a tour of the church and the National Shrine of St Jude, followed by a presentation by Malachy McCarthy, recently retired Claretian Archivist. Late afternoon, Alumni will participate in a parish liturgy to honor Bishop Placido Rodriguez, CMF (SJS ‘59, former Pastor of OLG, former Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Chicago and retired Bishop of Lubbock, Texas).  An evening meal will afford the opportunity to mingle and renew friendships.
    On the 25th,reunion participants will gather at Good Shephard Manor for lunch in the former St. Jude’s “refectory”. The meal will be followed by a presentation by Deborah Kanter, author (Chicago Catolíco) and historian. Later, Alumni will have the opportunity to tour the former seminary building and grounds and view “Heaven Can Wait”, the 1950’s era Claretian vocation movie starring Danny Thomas. A group prayer will conclude the day’s events and the reunion.
    Alumni, family members and friends are welcome to participate in either one or both celebrations. If you would like to attend or for additional information, contact Charles Idarola, SJS ’65 at  [email protected].

42nd Annual Claretian Alumni Reunion
Dominguez Seminary
Saturday, August 26, 2023

9:00 AM Reunion Social Begins
10:00 AM Registration
11:00 AM Mass
12:30 PM BBQ, Raffle, Museum Tours
6:00 PM Farewell Until Next Year