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Fenwick annually hosts many special events and the Institutional Advancement Department regularly collaborates with several affinity groups to support their various events throughout the year.  These events include “institutional” fundraising events, young alumni and regional alumni events and reunions, the Fenwick Bar Association and Fenwick Business Council events, as well as Mothers’ Club and Fathers’ Club events.

Blackfriars Gala

Held annually in spring, the Blackfriars Gala is Fenwick’s largest community event. It is a dinner dance and auction that is a celebration of all things Fenwick, including honoring Fenwick Hall of Fame inductees and the recipient of the Lumen Tranquillum award.

Friar Classic Golf Outing

Held annually in June, the Friar Classic Golf Outing is a fun Friday of golf, friendly competition, camaraderie among Fenwick alumni and friends of all ages.

Pass the Torch

Held annually in the fall, the Pass the Torch golf outing is a premier golf event at a highly regarded local course. The evening program honors the matriarch and/or the patriarch of a multi-generation Fenwick family who exemplifies the ethos of "lead, achieve, and serve" with the Pass the Torch award.

Fenwick hosts a number of events each year aimed at engaging the Friar family and building our community. These events take place at Fenwick, in the surrounding community, and around the country.


Golden Friars Mass & Luncheon

Each year all alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more are invited to return to Fenwick to celebrate Mass, renew old friendships over lunch and reminisce about the school they cherish.

Homecoming Weekend

Alumni of all classes are welcomed back to a series of events during Homecoming Weekend in the fall.

Class Reunions

Fenwick celebrates reunions every five years; during the fall of 2019, class years ending in 4 and 9 will gather. Other individual classes also celebrate reunions annually.

Fenwick Family Day 

All members of the Fenwick community are invited an annual family friendly event held at a Chicagoland attraction.


Service Events

Throughout the year the Fenwick Young Alumni Association hosts a number of service events at which alumni and friends can give back to their community. These opportunities include volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, Working Bikes Organization, ice cream social fundraisers, and more.

Toy Drive and Christmas Party

The Fenwick Young Alumni Association runs a toy drive each winter to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. The toy drive culminates at the annual FYAA Christmas Party each December.

Boat Cruise

Each summer the Fenwick Young Alumni Association hosts a boat cruise on Lake Michigan.

Scooping for Charity 

Fenwick Young Alumni Association, with the help of Fenwick High School and its superb teachers and administration, invites you to its annual Scooping for Charity event. See your favorite teachers pass out ice cream scoops to Fenwick students, alumni, parents and friends


San Francisco Alumni Gathering 

Join the Fenwick community at in the Financial District.  Drinks and appetizers will be provided


Arizona Alumni Gathering 

Join your fellow Fenwick Friars for the White Sox hosting the Chicago Cubs in Arizona.  Don’t miss out on connecting with other Southwestern Friars!  


New York Alumni and Friends Gathering

Join Fenwick High School President Fr. Peddicord, O.P., and other members of the Friar family for a cocktail reception and State-of-the-School presentation


Naples Alumni Gathering

Join Fr. Peddicord for an alumni gathering and a very special state of the school address this year at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples, FL


Each year the institutional advancement office collaborates with our wonderful affinity groups to support a number of special events.

Other Events

2019 Banua Reception

 Join fellow Blackfriars Guild fans before the Saturday, January 26th, performance of the 100% student created production.

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Fenwicks First Winter Carnival!

Sunday, February 10: You and your family are invited to Fenwick’s inaugural Winter Carnival.  Bring the little ones to enjoy pizza and carnival games as well as work out all that cooped-up winter energy in our bounce house! 

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Freshmen Family Welcome Mass and Picnic

Each August at the beginning of the school year, the Fathers’ Club hosts a welcome mass and picnic for all incoming freshmen and their families. 


Jointly hosted by the Fenwick Mothers’ and Fathers’ Clubs, Oktoberfest is a social evening for the Fenwick parent community to get to know one another and have fun. 

Mass of Remembrance

Each fall around All Souls’ Day, the Fenwick community gathers in prayer to remember those in our community who have passed away.

Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents Day celebrates the role that grandparents and other family and friends play in the lives of Fenwick students. 

The Fenwick Mothers’ Club and Father’s Club regularly host events throughout the school year to provide social and service opportunities to current and former Fenwick parents.  



Howlett Cup Reception

The Fenwick Bar Association co-sponsors a reception prior to the Howlett Cup. The Howlett Cup is a mock trial competition for Chicago-area Catholic high schools. Members of the Fenwick Bar Association are invited to socialize and network prior to rooting on the Fenwick mock trial team during the competition.

Accipiter Award Luncheon

Each spring the Fenwick Bar Association honors a member of the Fenwick community for meritorious service to the legal profession at the annual Accipiter Award Luncheon.