Your Gifts at Work . . .

For Jonathan Catalan (CRSM ’14), it has always been part of his personal mission to reach out and give back to others.

“I really feel it is my responsibility to contribute to the people in my community,” says Jonathan. Today, the 26-year-old works for the Lake County Public Defender in the Guardian ad Litem office in Waukegan where he serves as “the eyes and ears” for abused or neglected children.

Prior to joining the Public Defender’s office, the Loras College graduate was a social worker for Mano a Mano in Round Lake Beach helping families access community services through the COVID-19 pandemic and advocating for the needs of immigrant families across Lake County.

“It was a dream for me and my whole family that I would be the first person to go to college and pursue a degree that would allow me to help others like we have been helped,” says Jonathan, “I’ve always been a person who wants to help others who are suffering.”

At CRSM, he was awarded the Spirit of St. Martin de Porres Award for his regular volunteer efforts at Feed My Starving Children, Northern Illinois Food Bank, and other work “being a person for others.”

“In so many ways, Jonathan is an example of what we are about at CRSM, forming young men and women who are making a deep impact on the lives of others in our community and helping to build a better world,” says Jim Dippold, Director of Campus Ministry.


With tidings of great JOY, we say THANK YOU! 

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