The Fenwick Fathers’ Club is a volunteer organization founded on October 17, 1932. On that day, six fathers of current Fenwick students each donated $25 to be used as an emergency fund for families experiencing hardships during the Great Depression. Membership in the Fathers’ Club is open to all adults who assume the male parent role in the life of a Fenwick student.
Throughout the school year, the Fathers’ Club sponsors a Freshman Family Picnic in August, a Friar Music Fun Fest for adults in November, a Family Mass in Advent, a Men's Religious Retreat during Lent and a Welcome Steak Fry for incoming fathers in May. Meetings are held regularly for social networking and dinner once a month.
The mission of the Fathers’ Club is to advance the ministry of Fenwick High School, to provide a social network, to enrich our faith lives, to facilitate communication and to serve the needs of our families.
The vision of the Fathers’ Club includes a welcoming atmosphere for families, a congenial social group for fathers, an opportunity for adult males to grow in their faith lives, compassionate support for families struggling with the loss of a parent through the Tuition Continuation Fund, clear and open lines of communication between the school and families, an outward manifestation of our appreciation for the work of the faculty and financial participation in the school’s Annual Giving program.
FATHERS’ CLUB TUITION CONTINUATION FUND
Fenwick Families can experience significant financial stress upon the death of a parent. The Fathers’ Club works with the school business office per its written policy to continue the tuition payments of families who experience such losses. This is the bedrock value of the Fathers’ Club. It speaks to the cohort responsibility that our adult males have for all the adolescents in our community. It is one of the ministerial characteristics that makes Fenwick more than just an excellent school. It is a faith community built upon enduring values transmitted across the generations. It demonstrates the social capital which binds our families together in the present and which will bind our alumni together in the future as they mature into their adult years. It makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts. For more information concerning the Tuition Continuation Fund, please contact the Fathers’ Club President, Kelly Frank.
Fathers’ Club dues for 2016–2017 are $125 supporting the Tuition Continuation Fund. Checks should be made payable to the Fenwick Fathers’ Club and sent to Fenwick High School, 505 Washington Blvd., Oak Park, IL 60302; attention of Mark Laudadio, Fathers’ Club Membership Chair.
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From my Friar Father to you…
You gather here today as the Fenwick High School Fathers’ Club.
Being a father and a husband is one of the most important things you will ever do! In the end, the only things that count are our relationships and what we do with them. When you were married you stood before God and man and promised by vows to love and honor her and take care of her no matter what the circumstances were. Sometimes the circumstances can be brutal.
Out of love for each other, you brought new life into the world, which showed your faith in God and the future. Those children are now attending Fenwick High School. You are giving them an education that no one will ever be able to take away from them and will not fail them, no matter what frustration there is in the world, economic, political or otherwise. They are here at Fenwick High School whose mantra is leadership. We have many devoted followers in the world. We need leaders who are committed to the welfare and good of those who follow.
We are told that our lives are a gift from God—and our living of them is our pathway to be with him in the next eternal happiness.
Sometimes life doesn’t seem like much of a gift. Our pathway presents us with many challenges physical, psychological, or spiritual. Some are more substantially challenged than others. It is all part of the fragility of our being human beings.
We are all in this together and need to do whatever we can to help each other navigate the flow of uncertain waters of the living of our lives, because in the end, the only thing that matters is our relationships and what we have done about them.
And so in closing, please go home and do what fathers and husbands should do—love and cherish your wife and children as the most important thing you will ever do. Do better than your best!
–Carl R. Wisdom (Fenwick Fathers’ Club Member 1947–1950)
Father of Fr. Andrew Carl Wisdom, O.P