Monsignor Kenneth Velo, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, co-celebrated mass on Wednesday morning for the entire St. Rita student body. Monsignor serves as Senior Executive of Catholic Collaboration for DePaul University and as President of the Big Shoulders Fund.
Monsignor was ordained in 1973 and appointed to St. Angela Parish in Chicago. In 1980, he was appointed to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center. In the following years he served in various administrative positions, including vice chancellor of the Archdiocese and executive assistant to Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.
In November 1993,
Monsignor Velo was named president of the Catholic Church Extension Society, a national organization which raises funds and awareness for Mission dioceses in the United States. In March of 1996, he was named Prelate of Honor of His Holiness with the title of Monsignor.
In 2001, he began his responsibilities at DePaul University. At DePaul Monsignor helps to extend the services of the university to the Catholic community and other entities.
Having Monsignor speak to the St. Rita community and share his story and inspiration was a privilege that Fr. Tom McCarthy felt was very important for our students to hear. “Monsignor Velo is an inspiration to us all,” Fr. McCarthy stated. “He has brought great dignity to his vocation and the help he has given to inner-city schools and other missions is truly special. His work with The Big Shoulders Fund has helped countless people have a brighter future.”
The Big Shoulders Fund, of which he serves as President, supports inner-city Catholic Schools in Chicago. The foundation was formed to assist the students they serve through scholarships, special education programs, instructional equipment, much-needed school facility improvements, faculty support, and operating grants. The Big Shoulders Fund raised over $40 million in the last four years and hopes to raise a total of $12 million this year.
Monsignor enjoys serving in pastoral ministry at Old Saint Patrick Church in Chicago, Illinois.