The talent of area Catholic students will be on display this fall during the seventh annual Sounds of Sacred Music event.
Initially inspired by Diocesan School Superintendent Fr. John Belmonte, SJ, as a way to celebrate Catholic education, the free concert has quickly evolved into a Catholic Education Foundation donor appreciation event.
The CEF began in 1996 to help provide the financial means for needy students to attend elementary and secondary Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Joliet. Now, more than 20 years later, the Foundation has been able to award nearly $21 million in scholarship funding to 15,000 students in need, allowing them to attend elementary and secondary Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Joliet.
This year’s Sounds of Sacred Music concert, which will feature the student choirs of Kankakee, Bishop McNamara Catholic School and Lockport, St. Joseph School, is set for 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Lisle.
A private VIP reception for the growing number of consecutive annual Catholic Education Foundation benefactors will be held with Bishop Joseph Siegel prior to the event. The pre-concert program will also include a personal witness from a local grade school student on the impact of the CEF scholarship, and Bishop Siegel will recognize loyal donors who have consistently support the Catholic Education Foundation for the last three, five and 10 or more years.
“Many Catholic foundations throughout the country have dinners or art displays for similar purposes,’ said Joe Langenderfer, foundation executive officer. ‘Our Catholic Education Foundation of the Diocese of Joliet uses the gift of music to exhibit the talents of the area students.”
For more information about contributing a planned or memorial gift or if you wish to attend the free concert, please contact the CEF Office at 815.221.6127 or www.CEFjoliet.org.