Canons Regular of St. John Cantius


On Sunday, September 24th, 2017, more than two-hundred friends of the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius gathered with priests and brothers of the order for an elegant meal, lively entertainment, and one another’s company all with the cause of supporting the mission of Restoring the Sacred. The event was held in the famous Gold Coast room of the Drake Hotel in the heart of Chicago. This year’s event marked the record for highest attendance at the Annual Benefit Dinner.

Live piano music was provided during the cocktail hour by the Director of the “Gregory the Great” Schola Cantorum, Mr. Joseph Urbaszewski, who delighted his listeners with popular piano music, ranging from ragtime to classical. During the dinner live chamber music was provided the Anthony Kawalkowski Orchestra.

We had the pleasure of being in the company of our old Friends Fr. Regis Barwig and Fr. Augustine Serafini, as well as His Excellency Bishop Joseph Perry. Father C. Frank Phillips, C.R. and others spoke about the exciting new endeavors and developments for the community. We are also thankful to Fr. David Olsen, professor and Associate Dean of formation at Mundelein Seminary, for providing a first hand account of how our seminarians are finding their place in seminary life.

At the conclusion of the meal, patrons enjoyed bidding on the auction items to help raise additional funds which cover tuition costs for the seminarians as well as medical and insurance costs for all the members of the Canons Regular.

On behalf of all the members of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, Father Phillips thanks those in attendance for their ongoing support as well as those whose efforts made the evening a success, especially the benefit committee, Ms. Delphine Michalik, Mrs. Barb Caruso, and Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Romanuik. Special thanks to Mr. Justin Sheffield of Ashland Addison Florists for their assistance in making this event a success.

All of your contributions, large or small, are greatly appreciated and will continue to help us support our men in formation.

Canons Regular Benefit 2016
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A very special thank you to all our patrons who sponsored an ad in our 2017 Benefit Ad Book. We reached a record for participation this year. Thank you! You helped make this event possible.

Also, a special thanks to all those individuals and organizations listed below that donated items for the various auctions to help the cause. We couldn’t have done this with out you!


    Anonymous Donor
    Ms. Andrea Eisenberg
    Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Caruso
    Ms. Barbara Brooks
    Ms. Brianna Palmore
    Rev. C. Frank Phillips, C.R.
    Mr. and Mrs. David and Line’ Tutwiler
    Mrs. Elizabeth Mann
    Mr. Frank Williams
    Mr. Jed Gibbons
    Mr. Gerry Buzas
    Ms. Lois Loumis
    Mrs. Luci Major
    Mr. Mark Leger
    Br. Mark Visconti, S.J.C.
    Mr. Michael Foltz
    Mr. & Mrs. Mitch & Elaine Brya
    Ms. Karyn O’Connor
    Mrs. Pam Ahearn
    Mr. Richard Korsak
    Rev. Sebastian Glentz, O.S.B.
    Sharon M Sikora, D.D.S.
    Mrs. Mary Sue Lareau


    10 Pin Bowl
    III Forks
    312 Chicago
    Anthony Cristiano Salon
    Arc Light Cinema
    Architectural Artifacts
    Beauty & Balance Salon
    Carnivale Restaurant
    Chicago Architecture Foundation
    Connie’s Pizza
    D4 Irish Pub
    Embassy Suites
    Emerald Loop Bar and Grill
    Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
    Gaylord Indian Restaurant
    Gethsemane Garden Center
    Grand Lux Café
    Greek Islands Restaurants
    Hilton Hotel
    House of Kahn
    Hub 51
    Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
    Jack Perno Photography
    Jerk Modern Jamaican Grill
    Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville
    Bar & Grill
    Kathleen Carr Fine Art
    Kendall College
    Kings Bowl America
    Les Nomades
    London House Hotel
    Lux Bar
    Maggiano’s Little Italy
    Mariano’s - New City
    Mario Tricoci Salon
    McCormick Bridgehouse &
    Chicago River Museum
    Nando’s Peri Peri Of New City
    Offshore Adventures
    Piccolo Sogno
    Pizzaiolo by Panino’s
    Pizzeria Uno
    Pizzeria Via Stato
    Quartino Ristorante
    Rosebud Restaurants
    Roy’s Restaurant
    Ruth’s Chris Steak House
    Saint Augustine Academy Press
    Sayat Nova
    Slurping Turtle
    Smith & Wollensky
    St. John Cantius
    Stanley’s Fruits & Vegetables
    Tavern On Rush
    Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland
    The Drake Hotel
    The Vintage Catholic
    Tortoise club
    Toys Et Cetera
    Trio Salon
    Tutwiler Fine Art
    Vin Chicago
    Yard House