Columbian Club honors LaPata

Apr 14, 2019 347

The Rev. Richard LaPata was praised for 20 years of service to the Columbian Club of Chicago at the organization’s installation gala in January. First Vice President Mark Corrado delivered the following remarks before calling Fr. LaPata to the podium to accept an award: “Fr. LaPata came to know the Dominicans as a student at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois.

Little did he know on his first day at Fenwick he would soon enter the Order of Preachers. Following graduation in 1950, young Dick LaPata joined dozens of classmates at the University of Notre Dame. After two years in South Bend, he entered the Order of Preachers, taking the Dominican habit as a novice in Winona, Minnesota, in the summer of 1952 and making his first profession on August 31, 1953. "

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