Providence Catholic High School recently honored two couples as recipients of the Cor Unum Award for 2019.
Rev. John Merkelis, president of the school, said in a news release, "the Cor Unum Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by Providence Catholic. It is given to those who have provided extraordinary service to Providence Catholic and who embody the spirit of award which is; One in Heart, one in mission, one in family."
Merkelis presented the Cor Unum Award to Dan and Karen Horn of Orland Park. Dan graduated from Providence Catholic in 1977.
Their daughters Caroline and Catherine graduated from Providence as well. The couple is very active in promoting Providence Catholic, and have served on various boards and committees for the past 20 years including capital campaigns to build the school's science wing in 1999 and the most recent campaign to build the Brown Student Commons in 2018.
Dave and Charlie Kaminski of Frankfort also received the award from Merkelis. Their sons Chris and David both graduated from Providence.
The couple has been instrumental in several campaigns to improve the school including the Campaign to bring field turf to the school in 2012, the Girls Locker room Reconstruction Campaign in 2014 and the 100th Anniversary Capital Campaign for the Brown Student Commons in 2018.
Merkelis presented the medallion at a special celebration, which included a Mass followed by a brunch and award ceremony in the school's new Brown Student Commons.
Past recipients of the award as well as current supporters of the school were in attendance.
Those who receive the award personify the meaning of "Cor Unum" through their generosity to help Providence Catholic achieve its mission of becoming something greater together as a community of believers.
To highlight the importance of this award, the school established a $5,000 endowed scholarship fund in the name of the recipients. These funds will result in scholarships to be awarded to future PCHS student.
Last year the school awarded 55 Cor Unum Scholarships to students.
"It is our hope that the Providence Catholic community will continue to contribute toward these scholarships to increase the financial assistance available to students need," Ed Barrett, advancement director at PCHS, said in a news release. "Providence Catholic is creating more scholarship programs so that our school is affordable for all."
For more information, visit providencecatholic.org.