On May 19, St. Augustine College received the visit of the influential spiritual leader of one of the most important Catholic worship centers in the Midwest of the United States: Father Esequiel Sánchez, Administrator of the Sanctuary Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe of DesPlaines, known as ‘El Cerrito de Tepeyac’. Every Sunday the Sanctuary carries out 7 masses in Spanish which has 10,000 attendees. In its December 12 festivities for the Virgin of Guadalupe, it summons about 400 thousand people coming from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.
Father Sanchez told the President of St. Augustine College, Dr. Andrew Sund, his satisfaction with the college in proving its social commitment with the Hispanic community by offering the opportunity to improve their lives through higher education. “I have always been involved in education for our community and it is satisfying to find an institution that provides opportunities for personal development for our people,” he said. Dr. Sund expressed gratitude for his interest in meeting in person and getting to know the facilities of St. Augustine College and those leading the College. “Our commitment to the community is to offer every possible opportunity for them to change their lives by studying. We offer not just college degrees but personalized attention so that students achieve their graduation goal,” said Dr. Sund.
Dr. Juan Ojeda, Vice President of Enrollment of SAC, also present at the welcome meeting, thanked the Rev. “on behalf of the entire family of St. Augustine College, for having visited us and for the genuine interest in our work. We hope that we can strengthen our relationship by trusting that our presence in your community will serve to spread the message of what St. Augustine College has to offer to Hispanics. “
Father Sanchez toured the classrooms of St. Augustine College and the Charles Chaplin Auditorium. He also learned a little more about our teaching philosophy through a brief conversation with Madeline Roman-Vargas, Vice President of Academic Affairs.