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92_HR0686 LRB9216133RHrhA 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of 3 Representatives are honored to recognize significant events 4 in the lives of the citizens of the State of Illinois; and 5 WHEREAS, It has come to our attention that the Reverend 6 Father Anthony J. Vader of Chicago is celebrating the 50th 7 anniversary of his priestly ordination on May 4, 2002; and 8 WHEREAS, Father Vader has been a minister, a friend, an 9 adviser, a confidante and staunch supporter of the 10 Filipino-American community for almost fifty years; Father 11 Vader retired in February, 1998, from the Holy Name of Mary 12 Church in Chicago, where he was the parish priest for thirty 13 years; he now lives at the Holy Name of Mary rectory and 14 serves as pastor of the Sacred Heart Church, the mission 15 church of Holy Name of Mary Church; and 16 WHEREAS, Father Vader's fifty years in the priesthood 17 have always been with the Archdiocese of Chicago; after his 18 ordination in May, 1952, at the St. Mary of the Lake Seminary 19 in Mundelein, Illinois, Father Vader was assigned to the Holy 20 Cross Church in Chicago, where he served until 1964; from 21 1964 until 1968, he was assigned to the St. Lawrence Church; 22 Father Vader then served at Holy Name of Mary Church until 23 his retirement; and 24 WHEREAS, Father Vader's many accomplishments at the Holy 25 Name of Mary Church include paying off a huge parish debt, 26 running an excellent parish school, and the construction of a 27 beautiful church; this church has beautiful stained glass 28 windows, wonderful mosaics, and is filled with precious 29 artifacts and art from Africa, the Philippines, and other 30 parts of the world; and 31 WHEREAS, Father Vader has continued his education, both -2- LRB9216133RHrhA 1 as a student and teacher; in addition to his Licentiate in 2 Sacred Theology from the St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, he 3 acquired an M.A. degree in Sociology at the University of 4 Chicago and a Ph.D. in Sociology at the Loyola University in 5 Chicago; Father Vader pursued post doctoral studies at 6 Tangaza University in Nairobi, Kenya, in East Africa; he also 7 made time for over 15 years to share his knowledge and love 8 of knowledge with his many students at Niles College and at 9 St. Mary of the Lake Seminary; and 10 WHEREAS, Father Vader met and made friends with several 11 Filipino nurses and doctors at Woodlawn Hospital while he was 12 assigned to the Holy Cross Parish; he was also requested to 13 become chaplain of the Filipino medical personnel at the 14 University of Chicago clinics; Father Vader was very active 15 in FISCA (initially, Filipino Student Catholic Action), which 16 developed into a very dynamic spiritual, social, and cultural 17 organization of Filipinos in America; in 1980, he was 18 contacted by several Filipinos in the southwest side of 19 Chicago to participate in the Santo Nino devotion, very 20 popular in the Philippines; Father Vader continues to be 21 involved in this weekly devotion wherein the icon of the 22 Santo Nino is venerated at homes of different families with a 23 Holy Mass and a Novena; he is the spiritual adviser of the 24 Samahan sa Baryo, an organization of Filipino-American 25 families in the southwest side of Chicago; and 26 WHEREAS, The many services that Father Vader has provided 27 to the Filipino American community over the last 50 years 28 include, but are not limited to, officiating at weddings, 29 baptisms, funerals, house and car blessings, ministering to 30 the sick, attending novenas, pilgrimages, and many other 31 devotions; Father Vader is very active in supporting several 32 charities in the Philippines, the most prominent of which are 33 the "Tuloy sa Don Bosco", and the "Silong Tanglaw" -3- LRB9216133RHrhA 1 organizations, which provide housing and education to 2 abandoned or disadvantaged children; he also contributes to 3 several seminaries in the Philippines; Father Vader "goes 4 home" to the Philippines almost every year to visit friends 5 and beneficiaries; and 6 WHEREAS, Father Vader loves to help people and he lives 7 by the motto of his 1952 graduating class, "Jucundus, 8 Abundat, Amore", meaning, "a joyful person abounds with 9 love"; and 10 WHEREAS, In recognition of his many years of service to 11 Filipino Americans, former Philippine President Joseph 12 Estrada awarded Father Vader with a Presidential Citation on 13 June 23, 1999; in 2001, he was inducted into the Chicago 14 Filipino-American Hall of Fame as "Friend of the Filipinos"; 15 therefore, be it 16 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 17 NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that 18 we congratulate Reverend Father Anthony J. Vader on the 50th 19 anniversary of his priestly ordination; and be it further 20 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 21 presented to Father Anthony J. Vader as an expression of our 22 esteem.
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