April 18, 2019 — On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Reverend John P. Smyth, former executive director of Maryville Academy and former president at Notre Dame High School, passed away at Loyola University Medical Center after an extended illness. [Read more…]
In Memory of Reverend John P. Smyth
On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Reverend John P. Smyth, former executive director of Maryville Academy and former president at Notre Dame High School, passed away at Loyola University Medical Center after an extended illness.
Father Smyth joined the staff at Maryville Academy on July 7, 1962, his first assignment as a priest. By 1970 he was named Executive Director and remained at Maryville in that capacity until 2003. Father Smyth assumed the responsibility of renovating a physical plant which was in desperate need of repair and securing the financial viability of the organization. Most importantly Father Smyth recognized that the children in need were the heart and soul of Maryville. Father Smyth was a constant presence throughout the campus, meeting with the children, coaching sports, and utilizing his basketball skills in pick-up games with the children.
During his tenure at Maryville, Father Smyth developed partnerships with numerous business and professional individuals who came to share his dedication to the needs of the children of Maryville. With their assistance and support the aging dormitories on the campus were replaced by smaller residences which mirrored a home environment. Changes in the physical surroundings were accompanied by extensive program changes as Maryville welcomed children with more extensive physical and psychological needs.
Father Smyth was the recipient of many awards recognizing his service and devotion to the children of Maryville. President Ronald Reagan honored Father Smith and Maryville with the President’s Child Safety Partnership Award in recognition of Maryville-Paulina Home’s program for combating child victimization. In May 2001, on the recommendation of the Governor of Illinois, Father Smyth was inducted as a Laureate in the Lincoln Academy of Illinois for his work in the field of social services.
Father Smyth gave his time, energy, enthusiasm and leadership to the service of children in Maryville’s care. His strength supported the weak, his power served the helpless, and his dedication was given freely to any youth in need.
April 1, 2019 — Zach Miller will be honored by Maryville and the Chicago Bears on April 9 with the 2019 Ed Block Courage Award. This prestigious award is presented to one player on all 32 National Football League teams who exemplifies professionalism and dedication. The winner is considered to be a role model and an advocate for victims of violence, abuse, and neglect.
January 23, 2019 — Auxiliary Bishop Bernard Sheil’s vision of giving young people a healthy and positive outlet through sports and the Catholic Youth Organization continues today through the sponsorship of Maryville Academy. Read the Chicago Catholic story here.
December 30, 2018 — The Daily Herald’s Burt Constable writes about how Maryville’s old logbooks reveal its mission to save children. Read more here.
December 10,2018 — Individuals with ongoing responsibility for caring for a person with a developmental disability or other special needs may be eligible for up to $500 in funds for respite care. The Illinois Respite Coalition (IRC), coordinated by Maryville, provides temporary relief for caregivers who may need time to themselves to tend to their own health or for other important matters.
“We recognize how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves,” Maryville Executive Director Sister Catherine M. Ryan, O.S.F., said. “For those who may not have the resources to take this time, this can be a way to find much-needed relief.”