The St. Thomas More Award for Catholic Citizenship will be presented to Dan Cheely at the dinner for his courageous defense of the Catholic Faith in the Public Square.
The dinner will be held at The Carlisle in Lombard, Illinois, and will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m and concluding with Bishop Schneider’s talk. The subject: “The Family: The Original Place of Beauty in the Catholic Faith.“
Bishop Athanasius Schneider was born on 7 April 1961 in Tokmok, Kirghiz SSR in the Soviet Union, as the youngest of four children of a German family; his baptismal name being Antonius. His parents Josef and Maria were ethnic Germans from German villages on the Black Sea shore in Ukraine who were sent by Stalin to forced labor in the Ural Mountains after the Second World War. They traveled to the Kirghiz SSR after being released from forced labors and, later, to Estonia. In 1973 he left with his family for Germany. In 1982 he joined in Austria the Order of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross and was given the religious name Athanasius. He was ordained a priest on 25 March 1990. In 1997 he earned his doctorate in Patristics in the Augustinianum Institute in Rome. Starting in 1999, he taught Patristics at Mary, Mother of the Church Seminary in Karaganda. On 8 April 2006 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI Auxiliary Bishop of Karaganda and Titular Bishop of Celerina. On 2 June 2006 he was consecrated Bishop in the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, at the Altar of the Chair of Saint Peter by Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State. In 2011 he was transferred to the position of auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana. He is the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Kazakhstan. Bishop Schneider wrote two books on Holy Communion: “Dominus est” and “Corpus Christi” and several articles about marriage and family.
Bishop Schneider is a true and loyal son of the Church and is widely known for his courageous defense of the Faith, especially in matters relating to the Eucharist. He has been interviewed extensively and spoken at meetings around the world, most recently at the Rome Life Forum sponsored by Voice of the Family. He has spoken out boldly in support of the four Cardinals who have requested clarification from Pope Francis regarding key moral passages in the exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
The dinner will be held at The Carlisle in Lombard, Illinois, and will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m and concluding with Bishop Schneider’s talk. Tickets $80 per person, $700 for a table of 10, $40 for Clergy or Religious. For information or reservations call Maureen at 708-352-5834 of go to https://www.eventbrite.com/preview?eid=35694689778 to purchase tickets.