The Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Chicago gathers Jesuit alums for food, fellowship and inspiration.
Jesuit Alumni and Friends Welcome NBC 5 Reporter, Mary Ann Ahern, at Next Gathering
The Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Chicago hosted a luncheon with featured speaker Mary Ann Ahern on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Union League Club of Chicago. Mary Ann is a Political Reporter for NBC 5 Chicago and an alum of John Carroll University.
Ahern is best known for covering Cardinal Bernardin's final years and the selection of Francis Cardinal George. She has traveled to Rome with the Cardinal in June 1997, for his first trip representing Chicago. Ahern returned to Rome in February of 1998 when George was elevated to the College of Cardinals.
Mary Ann covered the announcement of Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope. In addition, she covered Pope John Paul II on five of his Papal trips over the years, including: New York, Denver, South Carolina, St. Louis and Cuba. A native of Michigan City, Indiana, Ahern graduated with a B.A. degree from John Carroll University. While working as a teacher at two Chicago area High Schools, Ahern received her Masters degree in Education from Northeastern Illinois University, and another Masters degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. Mary Ann and her husband, Thomas, have three children.
October 16, 2019 - Having converted to Catholicism when I was 17, I had toyed with the idea of the priesthood and religious life for some years, but my discernment had grown much more serious of late. And while my attraction to the priesthood was sincere, so was my aversion to being a parish priest. I enjoyed academics, and I wanted to teach.
September 16, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John V. White, SJ, who died on October 12, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 90 years old. May he rest in peace.
October 11, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life Fr. Raymond C. Baumhart, SJ, who died on October 10, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 95 years old. May he rest in peace.