Author: John Ostenburg

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Op-Ed: Closing St. Irenaeus Solves Nothing

CommentaryBy John Ostenburg I am deeply saddened to hear of St. Irenaeus closing, in large part because I think the parish had developed something of a unique community-oriented process of worship that made it a site of welcome to Catholics of varied spiritual perspectives. I think traditionalists felt welcomed, as[Read More…]

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Another Example of Racial Inequity in Access to Health Services

CommentaryBy John A. Ostenburg Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A few days ago, I heard Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University in Washington, D.C., being interviewed regarding the high number of African Americans who are succumbing to the COVID-19 virus. In addition to being an academic, President Frederick is[Read More…]

Participants in the Climate Change program at St. Irenaeus on June 23, 2019

More Than 300 Attend St. Irenaeus Climate Program

PARK FOREST, IL-(ENEWSPF)- More than 300 persons gathered at St. Irenaeus Church in Park Forest on June 23 for a program sponsored by the Park Forest People of Faith, “Climate Change: The Issues, The Challenges, The Consequences.” The encyclical of Pope Francis, “Laudato Si,” was put forth as the impetus[Read More…]

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Tom Skilling to Headline Park Forest Climate Forum

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- WGN-TV/Channel 9 meteorologist Tom Skilling will be the keynote speaker for a public forum on “Climate Change: The Issues, the Consequences, the Challenges” at St. Irenaeus Church in Park Forest on June 23. The church is located at the corner of Indianwood Boulevard and Orchard Drive and[Read More…]

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Mayor Named Chair of MMC Board

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Mayor John A. Ostenburg of Park Forest has been elected to serve as chairperson for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC). The decision was made by members of the MMC Executive Board at its November 19 meeting. Mayor Ostenburg will serve in the post through the remainder of[Read More…]

A Different Approach To Combating Violence In Society

Commentary By John A. Ostenburg A few months ago, members of various faith communities in Park Forest began to gather on the first Wednesday of the month in a prayer vigil for peace. The impetus for these prayer vigils was the shooting and killing of a young resident of our town.[Read More…]

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