The Leo Choir continues to be in demand throughout the city.

On Oct. 2 the Catholic Lawyers Guild honored retired Judge Thomas Hogan with its Lawyer of the Year Award, citing a Restorative Justice program the Judge has devised to bring conflict resolution and violence prevention to Chicago high schools. Leo was the test kitchen for the program last year, and it was deemed successful enough that it is being offered in five additional schools this year.

Judge Hogan is a St. Ignatius grad, but he has become a good friend to Leo, so our choir was invited to perform at the Mass in his honor, at Holy Name Cathedral. To say they nailed it would be an understatement. The ovation they received when Father Greg Sakowitz introduced them was the longest and loudest of the evening. Hundreds of attendees made it a point to congratulate the young Leo Men and thank them at a post-Mass reception.

A reference to the “world-renowned” Leo Choir started out as harmless hyperbole, but the description is gaining traction. Music director La Donna Hill and her singers are wonderful ambassadors for our school.