Margaret A. Paluch's two great personal commitments-to her family and to her church-shaped her life and guided her business.
Mother of 9 and grandmother to 17, Margaret, better known as "Mickey", worked with her husband, Chester, head of the J.S. Paluch Company,
publisher of Catholic parish communications resources and liturgy and music resources,
originally established in 1913 by his father, John S. Paluch. Following Chester's death in 1980, Mickey assumed leadership of the company and served as Chairman of the Board.
Church vocations held a special place in Mickey's heart and became the primary focus of her service and generosity.
She established the J.S. Paluch National Vocations Awareness Division in April 1985,
committing substantial resources of the company to support vocation ministry, locally and nationally.
Mickey established the Paluch Family Foundation in 1995 to support liturgy, stewardship, and vocations projects.
The Paluch Family Foundation award recipients are chosen for their witness to the gospel and service to the Church and their community.
Mickey has served the Catholic Church throughout her life at the parish, archdiocesan, and national level:
- Provided an endowment to St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois to establish The Chester and Margaret Paluch Chair of Theology (1991)
- Co-chaired the 1994 Chicago Archdiocesan Sesquicentennial Liturgy Committee (1994)
- Served for many years on the Development Board for St. Mary of the Lake Seminary
- Promoted and funded vocation ministry projects as a member of FATICA, a Catholic philanthropic organization
- Served on the Committee for the Preservation of Holy Family Church, an historic church on Chicago's west side
- Supported the annual Catholic Theological Union (CTU) Trustees Dinner
- Served on the board of the Bernardin Pastoral Center at CTU
- Contributed to the Augustus Tolton Scholarship Fund
- Served on the Advisory Board of the Dominican Office for Development
- Often contributed her time and resources to fundraising for the archdiocese and religious orders
- Personally provided financial assistance for seminary students
- Treasured her friendship with the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, worked on numerous projects with Cardinal Bernardin, and was a major contributor in the production of
the film Bernardin, which won the Gold Camera award at the 32nd Annual U.S. International Film and Video Festival
Mickey received numerous honors over her lifetime, including these:
- Woman of Achievement Award, Women in Management, Inc., (1986)
- Steward of the Seminary, Mundelein Seminary
- Member of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre, nominated by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin
- Rerum Novarum Award, St. Joseph's College Seminary, Chicago
- John Paul II Award, National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) (1987)
- Stewardship Award, National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD) (1989)
- Margaret A. Paluch Award established by NCDVD (1995)
- Golden Heart Award, Passionist Fathers
- First recipient of the Outstanding Catholic Lay Person of the Year Award, USA and Canada Councils of Serra International (2000)
- Coordinating Board Award for outstanding contributions to the life of the Church of Chicago from the Association of Chicago Priests (ACP) (2005)
- Woman of the Year, Chicago Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, Vicariate II (2005)
- Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership Award, National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Seminary Department (2007)
- Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) Award to the J.S. Paluch Vocation Seminar for 25 years of Outstanding Support of Vocation Discernment among Young People and College Students (January 10, 2013)