Margaret Paluch Bio

Margaret A. "Mickey" Paluch Margaret A. "Mickey" Paluch, a dedicated servant of the church, passed away. The Paluch and Rafferty families, the J.S. Paluch corporate family, and the church, mourn the loss of Margaret A. "Mickey" Paluch.

Mickey Paluch's personal lifelong commitment to the church has been inspiring and remarkable. In keeping with her spirit, the J.S. Paluch Company, a major national religious publisher providing the Catholic community with worship aids, inspirational music, Sunday bulletins, calendars and computer software, shares its resources with parishes across the country.

The Paluch Family Foundation was established by Mickey in 1995 and funds liturgy, stewardship and vocations projects. In recognition of her devotion to vocation ministry, the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) presented its John Paul II Award to Mickey in 1987. In 1989, the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD) bestowed its Stewardship Award on Mickey and, in 1995, established the Margaret A. Paluch Award in her honor. This award is given to individuals who make outstanding contributions to vocation ministry. Mickey had been a member of FATICA, an organization that supports vocation ministry.

In 1991, Mickey established the Endowment for the Margaret and Chester Paluch Chair of Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein in support of that effort. In 2007, Mickey received the Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership Award from the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Seminary Department in recognition of her distinguished service to Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States and Canada. Marianist Brother Bernard F. Stratman, executive director of the NCEA Seminary Department remarked, "In presenting the award to a lay woman, the department affirms the qualities of creativity, leadership and service of individuals who contribute to the development of effective priestly formation programs in the U.S. This award honors the memory and the legacy of Pope John Paul II." The most durable of Mickey's legacies can be seen in the lives of her children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the
Paluch Family Foundation,
c/o Mary L. Rafferty,
J.S. Paluch Co., Inc.,
3708 River Road, Suite 400,
Franklin Park, IL 60131

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