- Quigley South
Infobox Secondary school
name = Quigley Preparatory Seminary South
established = 1961 (closed 1990)
type = Private College Preparatory School
grades = 9–12
city = 7740 So. Western Ave.
country = USA
enrollment = approx. 750
campus = Urban
mascot = Spartans
colors = Blue, Gold
yearbook = Ixoye
website = [http://www.quigley.org/]
Quigley Preparatory Seminary South was a
United States high schooladministered by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago from 1961 through 1990. Quigley South was located at 7740 South Western Avenue on the South Side of Chicago.
From Concept to Construction
In the 1950s, Cardinal
Samuel Stritch, then Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, began planning for the second Quigley seminary to relieve overcrowding at Quigley North, but he died in Rome on May 27, 1958. At the direction of his successor [http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bmeyer.html Cardinal] Albert Gregory Meyer, a former seminary rector and Archbishop of Milwaukee (appointed Archbishop of Chicago on September 19, 1958), Quigley Preparatory Seminary South opened in 1961, with Msgr. Martin M. Howard named its first rector.
Cardinal Meyer dedicated the Quigley South Chapel of the Sacred Heart (so named to hearken to the original Chicago minor seminary, Cathedral College of the Sacred Heart), its 40 acre campus, and new facilities for its 869 students on September 13, 1962. [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/wcpa/top3mset/4de0e4b1e05948b3.html] Harry C. Koenig, editor, "Caritas Christi Urget Nos: A History of the Offices, Agencies, and Institutions of the Archdiocese of Chicago", Vol. I, pg. 354] For a short period in the early 1960s, both Quigley campuses held joint events, including graduations, in order to instill among the students the spirit of sharing one school. [http://www.quigley.org/] "Quigley: One Hundred Years of Memories, 1905-2005", Taylor Publishing, Dallas, 2006, pg. 35]
In 1966 Cardinal
John Codyinstituted a Chicago seminary system-wide change abolishing the Thursday day off and Saturday school day, which had for decades separated Chicago seminarians and seminary faculty from participating in Saturday social activities, while Quigley faculty voted to alter their own dress code requiring a cassock, in place of other clerical attire. Seminary policies prohibiting seminarian participation in co-educational activities and organizations were also revised in that same year. In 1968, dress codes for both Quigley seminaries requiring a suit coat and tie for students were revised to fit the seasons of the year, and the Quigley seminaries made the necessary arrangements so that Quigley students could join the National Honor Society.
After a year-long self-study of the entire Chicago archdiocesan seminary system in 1969 assisted by Arthur B. Little and Company of Boston, Cardinal Cody in 1970 announced a new admissions policy for the Quigley seminaries, which expanded beyond Cardinal Mundelein's original requirement in 1916 that Quigley students be "educated with those who only look forward to that same great work in life, the priestly field of labor." Boys from two categories would as of 1971 be admitted to Quigley, "(a.) ... who have indicated a desire for the priesthood and who meet the requirements of admissions, and (b.) ... who, in the judgment of parish priests, have the kind of character, ability, and temperament which might lead to the personal discovery of a vocation in the priesthood." The new policy also indicated that Quigley North and South should "emphasize the fact that they are contemporary seminaries primarily concerned with the development and encouragement of vocations to the priesthood," and that "a vigorous campaign should be begun, especially on the part of priests, to enroll qualified students." [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/wcpa/top3mset/4de0e4b1e05948b3.html] Harry C. Koenig, editor, "Caritas Christi Urget Nos: A History of the Offices, Agencies, and Institutions of the Archdiocese of Chicago", Vol. I, pg. 349-50]
However, Cardinal Cody's intent to maintain unity with Quigley North, as well as a focus on the development of more young men choosing the priesthood as a vocation, would be short-lived. Quigley South would go on to develop its own distinct identity on the South Side of Chicago. The two Quigleys would develop a rivalry of sorts during sporting events between the two schools, and very few, if any, joint social or ministry activities would be held between them as the years progressed. With a typical annual student body of more than 700 students, Quigley South dwarfed the enrollment of Quigley North whose own enrollment usually numbered less than 100. Reflective of the ethnic and racial diversity of Chicago, increasing numbers of Poles, African-Americans, Lithuanians, Hispanics and Irish students matriculated at Quigley South each fall.
Prayer and a rigorous curriculum remained a mainstay of Quigley, however the school would eventually offer an innovative approach to attracting and retaining its culturally diverse community. While many schools would maintain the strict dress code and policy of no facial hair and crew cuts during this period, Quigley would eschew many of these rules and allow students to sport full beards and shoulder-length hair. While formal proms were not allowed (they were called Spring Socials), many parties and concerts would indeed be hosted at Quigley. Chicago natives
Chuck Panozzo, his brother John and Dennis DeYoungof Styx played at Quigley South's gym.
In 1978, after serving many years at Quigley as a faculty member, Father Jerry Kicanas was asked by Cardinal Cody to become Quigley South's new rector to replace Father James P. Keleher (now retired Bishop of Kansas City) who was tapped to become rector at Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary at Mundelein, Illinois.
Historic Visit by Pope John Paul II
The successful reemergence of the seminary as a place for young men to explore their interest in priesthood was acknowledged when Pope John Paul II visited Quigley South on October 5, 1979. The summer of '79 was filled with anticipation and planning as Secret Service agents, representatives from the Washington office of the National Council of Catholic Bishops, and faculty and staff of Chicago-area seminaries worked diligently to help ensure a successful and spiritually fulfilling event. Scores of people camped out at the school for a prime location and by 4:00 a.m. police cars and patrols lined the curbs along 79th Street and Western Avenue. Father Kicanas and several students greeted the Holy Father about 10:00 a.m. and spent several minutes chatting over coffee about Quigley South and other mutual interests. Luncheon with the bishops in the school gym, temporarily converted into a banquet hall, was followed by the big event for the students. The Holy Father was escorted to the immense campus in the rear of the building where he met exclusively with the students and teachers of the four seminaries.
Following an address and brief prayer service in the seminary chapel with the U.S. bishops, Pope John Paul II, Father Kicanas, and Cardinal Cody, made an appearance on the roof of the east wing for the benefit of the thousands of people gathered between 77th and 79th streets on the east campus of the school. Arrangements had been made for the handicapped of the archdiocese to be present. They received the choice spot, immediately in front of the low roof on which the Holy Father appeared.
John Paul IIgave three speeches in all that day--one to the bishops of the United States, [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/wcpa/top3mset/ca3b439da5cee65b.html] John Paul II, "U.S.A. -- The Message of Justice, Peace, and Love", Daughters of St. Paul, 1979, pp. 173-192] one to the sick, [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/wcpa/top3mset/ca3b439da5cee65b.html] John Paul II, "U.S.A. -- The Message of Justice, Peace, and Love", Daughters of St. Paul, 1979, pg. 194] and one to the minor seminarians of both Quigley schools, to whom he said:
I extend a special greeting to all of you who are present here today. I want you to know that you have a special place in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear sons in Christ: Be strong in your faith--faith in Christ and His Church, faith in all that the Father has revealed and accomplished through His Son and the Holy Spirit.
During your years in the minor seminary, you have the privilege of studying and deepening your understanding of the faith. Since Baptism you have lived the faith, aided by your parents, your brothers and sisters, and the whole Christian community. And yet today I call upon you to live by faith even more profoundly. For it is faith in God which makes the essential difference in your lives and in the life of every priest.
Be faithful in your daily prayers; they will keep your faith alive and vibrant.
Study the faith diligently so that your knowledge of Christ will continually increase.
And nourish your faith each day at Mass, for in the Eucharist you have the source and greatest expression of our faith.
God bless you. [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/wcpa/top3mset/ca3b439da5cee65b.html] John Paul II, "U.S.A. -- The Message of Justice, Peace, and Love", Daughters of St. Paul, 1979, pg. 193] [http://www.quigley.org/] "Quigley: One Hundred Years of Memories, 1905-2005", Taylor Publishing, Dallas, 2006, pg. 41] [http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/speeches/1979/october/documents/hf_jp-ii_spe_19791005_chicago-minor-seminary_it.html] official Italian text of John Paul II, 10/5/1979 speech to minor seminarians, Vatican website, accessed 1/25/2007] [http://www.quigley.org/news/aqpsnews/JPIIatQS/QS-Papal-Visit.htm#Text%20of%20Papal%20visit] Pictures of John Paul II at Quigley South, 10/5/1979, Quigley Seminary website, accessed 1/26/2007]
John Paul II added, "See how important you are--The Pope comes to visit you!" [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/wcpa/top3mset/4de0e4b1e05948b3.html] Harry C. Koenig, editor, "Caritas Christi Urget Nos: A History of the Offices, Agencies, and Institutions of the Archdiocese of Chicago", Vol. I, pg. 352]
The Final Years
The 1980s would bring many changes to Quigley South. A decision to integrate new technologies with the traditional academic rigors of Quigley led to the establishment of a computer lab in 1983, one of the first Chicago-area high schools to do so, complete with
Apple IIe's. In 1984, faculty member Father John Klein would replace Kicanas as the last rector of Quigley South as Kicanas moved on to become rector of the major seminary in Mundelein, and eventually seventh Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson.
By December 1989, due to numerous reasons, the Archdiocese announced the controverisal decision to close Quigley South as of June 1990 and combine it with Quigley North into Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary at the original downtown site for the 1990 Fall term. For several weeks in early 1990, Quigley students [http://www.nytimes.com] "Students Deplore Plan to Shut Chicago Seminary," New York Times, 2/25/1990] and alumni from both institutions picketed the mansion [http://chicagotribune.com] "Parishioners gather to fend off closing," Chicago Tribune, 1/29/1990] of Cardinal
Joseph Bernardinand published a full-page ad in the Chicago Sun-Times. [http://www.sun-times.com] "An Open Letter to Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago " Chicago Sun-Times, 3/4/1990, pg. 38] While some protesters later joined in supporting the combined Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, this site was also subsequently closed on June 22, 2007. Fr. Klein would become President of Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminaryin 1990 until his death in 1999.
The Quigley South campus was purchased for the new location of
St. Rita of Cascia High School(originally located several miles north at 63rd Street and Claremont Avenue). The physical location of Quigley South appears largely the same, with some exterior modifications such as Quigley South's former varsity soccer field now the location of St. Rita's football stadium (Quigley South never had a football team).
* Team name: Spartans, named for members of the famed
Spartan Army, known as one of the most disciplined, well-trained and feared military forces in world history.
* School motto: Ora et Labora, latin for "work and pray".
* Yearbook name: IXOYE, an acronym formed from the first letters of several ancient Greek words meaning "Jesus Christ God's Son Saviour". See:
Living Alumni Bishops
Wilton D. Gregory, (QS '65) Archbishop of Atlanta, Georgia, former president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Edward K. Braxton, (QS '62) Bishop of Belleville, IL
Jerome Edward Listecki, (QS '67) Bishop of the Diocese of La Crossein La Crosse, Wisconsin
Thomas J. Paprocki, (QS '70) Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Other noted alumni
Thomas P. Coffey, (QS '62) Chicago director of intergovernmental affairs under Mayor Harold Washington, [http://www.chicagotribune.com] "Washington is on a roll," Chicago Tribune, 4/19/1985] attorney
* Walter Hansen, (QN '62) Catholic educator, fundraiser, original head of the Big Shoulders Fund of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which supports inner-city schools [http://www.quigley.org] "Quigley Alumni Newsletter", 3(2):2, Spring, 1993]
* Rev. Thomas Nangle, (QN '62) chaplain of Chicago Police Department [http://www.quigley.org] "Quigley Alumni Newsletter", 5(2):1, Spring, 1995]
Joseph A. Mulcrone, (QS '63) Director, Catholic Office of the Deaf [http://www.suntimes.com] "City to stress support services for deaf," Chicago Sun-Times, 8/4/1997]
Lawrence J. Craig, (QS '65) 1947-2006, founder and executive director of Kolbe House Catholic Prison Ministry [http://www.suntimes.com] "A life dedicated to those on the fringe: Helped prisoners and their families through Kolbe House ministry," Chicago Sun-Times, 6/18/2006]
* Rev. John M. Daley, (QS '65) 1948-1996, first rector of the combined Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, 1990-1996, former Quigley South faculty [http://www.chicagotribune.com] "Rev. John M. Daley, 48, 1st rector of new Quigley," Chicago Tribune, 3/16/1996, pg. 21]
Dominic J. Grassi, (QN '65) [http://www.quigley.org/alumniq/events/AlmuniAwards/AlumniAwards05/2005%20grassi.htm pastor, author]
Francis J. Bomher, (QS '65) [http://www.quigley.org/alumniq/events/AlmuniAwards/AlumniAwards05/2005%20bomher.htm CPA]
* John (Jack) Raba, MD, (QS '65) activist physician at Cook County Hospital
J. Cletus Kiley, (QS '66) president of the Faith and Politics Institute, Washington, DC; [http://faithandpolitics.org/about/staffbios.php] Faith and Politics Institute website as accessed 1/14/07] former Chicago college seminary rector
* John "Jack" Carlson, (QS '67) English teacher at Quigley South for eighteen years, helped lead fight to keep school open in 1990, continued teaching at Brother Rice High School [http://www.quigley.org] "Quigley Alumni Newsletter", 3(2):2, Spring, 1993]
Anthony Brankin, (QS '67) pastor, sculptor [http://www.chicagotribune.com] "Priest's second career as an artist has the 'spark of God,'" Chicago Tribune, 7/29/1988] trained at Libera Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, musician, harpmaker
Michael Pfleger, (QS '67) pastor, civil rights activist
J. Manuel Sosa, (QS '67) first Hispanic principal for Chicago Board of Education [http://www.quigley.org] "Quigley Alumni Newsletter", 5(2):1, Spring, 1995]
Michael F. Schubert, (QS '68) city planner, neighborhood development strategist, former Chicago housing commissioner, [http://www.chicagotribune.com] "Daley mixes old, new in cabinet posts," Chicago Tribune, 4/22/1989] [http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/webportal/portalContentItemAction.do?blockName=Housing%2fHome+Buyers%2fI+Want+To&deptMainCategoryOID=-536886263&channelId=0&programId=0&entityName=Housing&topChannelName=Dept&contentOID=536902980&Failed_Reason=Invalid+timestamp,+engine+has+been+restarted&contenTypeName=COC_EDITORIAL&com.broadvision.session.new=Yes&Failed_Page=%2fwebportal%2fportalContentItemAction.do&context=dept founder, New Homes for Chicago program] [http://www.chicagotribune.com] "Daley offers low-cost home plan," Chicago Tribune, 4/6/1990]
William T. Corcoran, Jr., (QS '73) [http://www.quigley.org/alumniq/events/AlmuniAwards/AlumniAwards05/2005%20corcoran.htm pastor, seminary professor] , historian [http://www.luc.edu/depts/history/newsletter.pdf] William T. Corcoran, Jr., "Imagining a future: the reassertion of Irish identity in Chicago, 1946-1990," doctoral dissertation, Loyola University Chicago, 2003]
Brian G. Walker, OP, (QS '74) [http://www.quigley.org/alumniq/events/AlmuniAwards/AlumniAwards05/2005%20walker.htm pastor, missionary]
Michael Edward Harper, (QS '76) three-time Division III All American and three-time Division III national champion basketball player with North Park University, later of the NBA Portland Trail Blazers
Francisco San Miguel, (QS '78) 1961-1992, AIDS Activist, Francisco San Miguel Apartments in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood are named in his honor [http://www.chicagtribune.com] "Francisco San Miguel, 31, AIDS Activist," Chicago Tribune, 4/29/1992]
Terry Armour, (QS '79) Chicago Tribunecolumnist and WCKGradio personality, 1961-2007
Don Bies, (QS '79) Film Maker, Droid Wrangler for the Star Wars Prequels and former ILM Modlemaker
Antonio Munoz, (QS '82) Illinois State [http://www.senatedem.state.il.us/munoz/index.html Senator]
Martin Sandoval, (QS '82) Illinois State [http://www.senatedem.state.il.us/sandoval/index.html Senator]
Harry Lennix, (QS '82) [http://www.harrylennix.com Noted Actor]
John LaMantia, (QS '84) Who Wants to be a Millionaire$125,000 winner [http://www.abc7i.com/millionaire/lamantia.htm] Who Wants to be a Millionaire website accessed 1/26/07]
Jesús J. Huerta, (QS '88) [http://www.quigley.org/alumniq/events/AlmuniAwards/AlumniAwards05/2005%20huerta.htm Director of Pastoral Formation at St. Joseph College Seminary]
Athletics - the Quigley South Spartans
The Quigley South Spartans wore blue-and-gold colors, and competed in baseball, basketball, soccer, cross-country, track and other sports [http://www.ihsa.org/school/records/sum2824.htm] IHSA Season Summaries Chicago (Quigley South)) 1962-88] .
Quigley South was one of the first Illinois high schools to field a soccer team. The Spartan soccer program won four Sectional titles, two District titles, and a Regional title. The four Sectional titles all placed Quigley South in the ELITE 8 for that particular year. Of the four Elite 8 appearances Quigley South enjoyed one trip to the Final 4. Coach Bob Pechloff won the [http://www.ihssca.com/specialawardsboys.htm Illinois Soccer Coach of the Year award] in 1975.
1969-70 13 - 1 - 1 Ranked 2nd in State Coach Rev. Bill O'Mara
1970-71 14 - 5 Coach Rev. Bill O'Mara
1971-72 9 - 7 - 2 Coach Rev. Bill O'Mara
1972-73 16 - 5 - 1 District Champions Coach Bob Pechloff1973-74 16 - 6 - 2 District Champions Coach Bob Pechloff
1974-75 15 - 10 -1 FINAL 4 QUALIFIER Coach Bob Pechloff
1975-76 25 - 4 - 1 Coach Bob Pechloff
1976-77 20 - 8 - 1 Elite 8 Qualifier Coach Bob Pechloff
1977-78 19 - 7 - 1 Elite 8 Qualifier Coach Bob Pechloff
1978-79 19 - 3 - 3 Coach Bob Pechloff
1979-80 26 - 4 - 1 Elite 8 Qualifier Coach Bob Pechloff
1980-81 Coach Bob Pechloff
1981-83 Coach Bob Kolatorawicz
1983-84 Coach Mike Gruber
1984-85 11 - 5 - 4 Regional Champions Coach Mike Gruber
1985-86 Coach Mike Gruber
1986-87 9 - 9 - 2 Coach Mike Gruber
1987-88 Coach Gerry O'Brien
The teams brought home a total of three Regional Championships, fifteen "winning" seasons, and eight seasons of twenty or more wins. All twenty seasons recorded were under the direction of Coach BIll Bonk.
1967-68 15 - 12 Coach Bill Bonk
1968-69 17 - 8 Coach Bill Bonk
1969-70 25 - 4 Coach Bill Bonk
1970-71 Coach Bill Bonk
1971-72 18 - 8 Coach Bill Bonk
1972-73 21 - 10 Coach Bill Bonk
1973-74 20 - 6 Coach Bill Bonk
1974-75 23 - 8 Regional Champions Coach Bill Bonk
1975-76 18 - 13 Coach Bill Bonk
1976-77 23 - 16 Regional Champions Coach Bill Bonk
1977-78 14 - 11 Coach Bill Bonk
1978-79 24 - 5 Coach Bill Bonk
1979-80 22 - 12 Regional Champions Coach Bill Bonk
1980-81 Coach Bill Bonk
1981-82 18 - 13 - 3 Coach Bill Bonk
1982-83 Coach Bill Bonk
1983-84 Coach Bill Bonk
1984-85 21 - 10 - 1 Coach Bill Bonk
1985-86 19 - 10 Coach Bill Bonk
1986-87 Coach Bill Bonk
Coach Bonk's overall record in twenty seasons at Quigley South was 358 - 242 with seven ties for a .596 winning percentage.
Coach Dick Flaiz led the Spartans for 19 of the 27 seasons basketball was played at the school.
Michael Edward Harper, (QS '76) three-time Division III All American and three-time Division III national champion basketball player with North Park University, later of the NBA Portland Trail Blazers
Track and Field
Two individuals and two relay teams won medals at the Illinois IHSA State Class AA Track Meet.
1982-83 Heraldo Morrison 200 Meter Dash 3rd Place Heraldo Morrison 400 Meter Dash 5th Place
1983-84 Heraldo Morrison 400 Meter Dash 5th Place
1985-86 Lewis Brandon 400 Meter Dash 5th Place
1986-87 Lewis Brandon 400 Meter Dash STATE CHAMPION Relay Team 4×400 Relay 6th Place
1987-88 Relay Team 4 X 400 Relay 2nd Place
* [http://www.quigleysouth.com Quigley South Alumni Website]
* [http://www.quigley.org Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary website]
* [http://www.windows.org Friends of The Windows at St. James Chapel at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary website]
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