Dear Ms. True:
I recently read Fred Lowe's article in the May 12, 2000, edition of the Chicago Reader entitled "Keeping the Faith: Saint Malachy's never gave up on the west side." I want to commend and thank Mr. Lowe for his insightful article which accurately portrays the crucial role this parish has had in "sticking with it" in the midst of deterioration and now revival on the near west side. Having served on the Industrial Council of Northwest Chicago for over seven years in the Saint Malachy neighborhood, I can attest to the work of the parish and its priest, Father Starus. Father Ralph and his work will be missed with his leaving. He is an innovator and a risk taker.
A few years ago the Industrial Council of Northwest Chicago created along with Horner Home agencies and schools a business-leader mentoring program for Horner youth in the upper grades six through eight. Father Starus and his parish school staff immediately decided that they would involve their kids and staff along with the area public elementary schools.
After reading Fred's short history of Saint Malachy it is apparent that this is a very special parish with a very special pastor, Father Starus. As the near west side becomes a new mixed-income neighborhood I am hopeful that Saint Malachy can continue to be the spiritual and educational backbone for Catholics and others. With its ecumenical ability to reach out to the community I have faith that they will continue to serve the near west side for the rest of this century.
Very truly yours,