St. Rita Holds Groundbreaking and Naming Ceremony for the Bernard J. DelGiorno Campus, the Mrozek Family Fitness Center, and the John McNicholas Baseball Clubhouse

Pictured l to r:  St. Rita Head of School, Fr. Paul Galetto, O.S.A., St. Rita Student Government President, Will March ’18, FGM Architect, Mike Denz, Prior Provincial of the Midwest Augustinians, Fr. Bernie Scianna, O.S.A. ’83, Mr. Ernie Mrozek ’71, Mr. Bernard DelGiorno, St. Rita President, Mr. Mike Zunica, Co-owner of Henry Bros. Construction, Mr. Bill Callaghan along with a student-athlete representative from each of the 15 sports at St. Rita.

The Marching Mustangs lead the student body out to the groundbreaking ceremony.

On March 23, 2018 the entire St. Rita community came together to witness the official naming of the Bernard J. DelGiorno campus.  In recognition of his most generous gift of $2.5 million, the campus, St. Rita’s home at 77th  Street and Western Avenue since 1990, will now be known as the Bernard J. DelGiorno Campus.

Mr. DelGiorno, First Vice President of Investments at UBS Financial, said his immigrant parents settled on the south side 97 years ago, where he has spent his entire life.  Mr. DelGiorno attended Calumet High School and then went on to earn three degrees from the University of Chicago in Hyde Park where he still resides. “As a lifelong resident of the south side of Chicago, my intention was to help invest in the outstanding St. Rita High School legacy, students and facilities.  This commitment to the St. Rita capital campaign is an indication of my confidence in the quality of the staff, alumni, and superior educational process provided to the students of St. Rita,” Mr. DelGiorno stated.

The campus naming in conjunction with St. Rita’s $5.25 million Champions Will Be Made capital campaign ushers St. Rita into a new era of construction and campus renovations. Head of School Fr. Paul Galetto, O.S.A., Ph.D. said, “This is a great moment in the history of our school and we owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. DelGiorno, Mr. Mrozek and the many benefactors who made this possible.  Collectively they have given this school a bright future that will benefit the young men of the south side for years to come.”

Concurrent with the naming of the DelGiorno Campus, the St. Rita Community held an official groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the construction of the Mrozek Family Fitness Center. Ernie Mrozek ’71 and his family continue their unprecedented support of St. Rita with a generous gift to help make the state-of-the-art, 6,000-square-foot fitness center a reality.  Mr. Mrozek said, "The Mrozek Family's commitment to St. Rita High School and its mission has never been stronger. As a Ritaman myself, past president and current chairman of the board, I know that St. Rita's mission to provide a well-rounded, values-based Catholic education to young men on the south side of Chicago is more important than ever. The Mrozek Family Fitness Center will be open to the entire St. Rita community, so everyone can enjoy the healthy lifestyle that is taught and encouraged at St. Rita."

The day also marked the construction of the John McNicholas Baseball Clubhouse, named in honor of John McNicholas.  John was a member of the Class of 2013 and a former St. Rita Mustang baseball player who tragically passed away at the age of 15 from a brain tumor.  Thanks to loyal support of donors, St. Rita is poised to construct the pre-eminent high school baseball clubhouse, locker room and concession facility. It will be located along the left field line of Mike Zunica Field.  “I could not be more excited about everything taking place at St. Rita.  The John McNicholas Clubhouse has been a dream for almost ten years and I am incredibly thankful to everyone who made it a reality,” said St. Rita President, Mike Zunica.

The extensive campus additions and renovations will include the installation of a new hardwood floor in the St. Rita Gymnasium and new bleachers for the Mustang faithful.

The final piece of the ongoing campaign will be an $800,000 infusion into St. Rita’s already-robust endowment that will ensure its place among the top-ranked Catholic Schools in the State of Illinois for decades to come.