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Alumnus Father Matt O'Donnell Honored with 2018 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership National Award

June 20, 2018

Fr. Matt featured in an article published byt the University of Saint Mary of the Lake.

Remarks from Fr. Matthew O'Donnell, the 2018 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award Winner

June 13, 2018

Fr. Matt profiled in To Go Forth: A blog from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development.  Inspired by Pope Francis.

Chicago Priest's effort to build community earns CCHD leadership award

May 23, 2018

Fr. Matt featured in the National Catholic Reporter, The Independent News Source, by Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service.

South Side pastor helps bring peace to violent neighborhood"


Sept. 5, 2017

Fr. Matt profiled in "Chicago's Very Own" feature about his work at St. Columbanus and in the Park Manor community.


"Saint Columbanus Food Pantry in Chicago to receive portion of Glory 44 ticket sales"

August 2017

Our food pantry and fundraiser with Glory is discussed.


“How to disrupt the cycle of poverty and crime”

Daily Herald

July 10, 2017

Olivia Clarke wrote about how the business community can help Chicago communities in need and discussed Park Manor and St. Columbanus.


“Have Faith, Millennials”


July 6, 2017

Fr. Matt discussed faith, Millennials and being a priest.


“After Years of Indoor Recess, South Side Kids Get a Playground They Deserve”

DNAInfo Chicago

June 23, 2017

Our playground and the work of our volunteers is profiled.


“Column: New playground at Park Manor school gives kids something new -- recess”

Chicago Tribune

June 22, 2017,amp.html

Columnist Mary Schmich described St. Columbanus and the importance of Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy’s new playground to our scholars.


“Park Manor Getting New Playground, Outdoor Learning Space”

CBS Chicago/WBBM Newsradio

June 22, 2017

Our playground and the work of our volunteers is described.


“Volunteers Work to Build a Playground for Chicago Kids”

NBC Chicago

June 22, 2017

Fr. Matt talked about the playground and school and what makes our community special.


“The God Squad: The Next Generation of Catholic Priests”

Time (Behind Paywall)

June 8, 2017

Fr. Matt discussed being a priest at St. Columbanus and what he enjoys most about the priesthood.


“Together, We Are Tolton”

South Side Weekly

June 6, 2017

Fr. Matt wrote about the exciting projects and work occurring at Tolton Academy.


“How businesses can help fight Chicago violence with servant leadership”

Chicago Business Journal

May 25, 2017

Olivia Clarke wrote about the challenges St. Columbanus and Tolton Academy face and how the business community can help.


“Cardinal Cupich Spreads Message of Hope on Easter Sunday”

NBC Chicago

April 16, 2017

Cardinal Cupich attended Easter Sunday Mass at St. Columbanus


“Cardinal Cupich gives Easter blessing to families victimized by violence”

Chicago Tribune

April 16, 2017

Cardinal Cupich prayed at our church for those impacted by violence.


“Chicagoans celebrate Easter Sunday with Mass, eggrolls”

ABC 7 Chicago

April 16, 2017

Cardinal Cupich’s visit and his prayers on Easter were profiled.