Join us to honor Msgr. Ken Velo and Sr. Donna Markham, O.P. at The Provincial’s Dinner on November 4, 2017 at Misericordia Heart of Mercy in Chicago, Illinois. Contact Bob Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions. Invitations will go out in mid-September.
The Provincial’s Dinner is an annual event that aims to bolster Dominican vocations while bringing members of our Dominican Family closer to our charism. We aim to build on last year’s successful inaugural dinner by honoring two distinguished friends of the Order of Preachers, Msgr. Ken Velo and Sr. Donna Markham, O.P., with the Great Preacher Award.
These preachers’ lives, actions and words have made the difference Dominicans were called to make over 800 years ago by St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers.
A priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Monsignor Ken Velo serves as the President of the Big Shoulders Fund, which raises money for inner-city Catholic schools, as well as the Senior Executive of Catholic Collaboration of DePaul University. Ordained in 1973, Msgr. Velo has held various positions throughout the Chicago Catholic Church including vice chancellor of the Archdiocese, executive assistant to Joseph Cardinal Bernardin and president of the Catholic Church Extension Society.
An Adrian Dominican sister herself, Sr. Donna Markham, O.P., PhD, has been the President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA since early 2015. Sister Donna was president of the Behavioral Health Institute for Mercy Health, served 10 years as the president of the Southdown Institute in Ontario, Canada and as Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. She also served for eight years as a member of CCUSA’s Board of Trustees, two of which as Board chair. She is a board certified clinical psychologist and received her doctorate from the University of Detroit and was named a Fellow in the American Association of Clinical Psychologists.
We are truly honored to welcome both to this year’s Provincial’s Dinner.