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The legacy of St. Pius V Catholic Church

For centuries, St. Pius V has welcomed immigrants to the Windy City. The noble tradition of lending a hand lives today with the energy and vision of father Brendan Curran.

The son of an Irish immigrant, Curran understands the struggle faced by newcomers. And he's devoted his life to helping the mostly Mexican-American families of his Parish.

"I'm inspired by these families, many of whom show up on our doorstep with everything they own in a single suitcase," he says.

Curran works tirelessly to help integrate immigrant fathers and mothers into the fabric of our city, so they can improve the lives of their children.

To that end, Curran and associate pastor, Chuck Dam, are working on a new project.

Casa Juan Diego is the parish youth center with an academic focus. But the center is overcrowded with eager students working to master English. Curran is raising money to double the center's capacity. With the help of the center's tutors and the dedicated teachers of The St. Pius V Catholic School, students are making progress in English literacy and comprehension.

"Mastering English is critical for the academic success of these kids," says Curran. "It's important for these families and for the future of our city."

*On October 15th, St. Pius V holds its annual fundraiser, known as the Harvest Night Banquet.For more info visit www.stpiusvparish.org; or send a donation to St. Pius V Parish, 1919 S Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608. Checks can be made to St. Pius V.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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