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Bishop McNamara Centennial Campaign


We are proud to announce Continuing the Legacy: The Centennial Campaign for Bishop McNamara—the single, largest campaign in the history of the school. As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, Bishop McNamara Catholic School is in a position of strength. In our quest for continuous improvement, however, we must be innovative and resourceful to meet the needs of a changing student body. To enhance our efforts, Bishop McNamara has embarked on a $4.5 million capital campaign. Today, we are connecting our storied past to an even brighter future.

Invest in the next generation

Central to The Continuing the Legacy Centennial Campaign are key areas of great need.

Academic  Success Center

Develop an Academic Success Center. Read more


Chemistry Lab

Renovate the existing Chemistry Lab. ​​​​Read more

BMCS Chapel

Construct a chapel in the Round that will be the spiritual
focal point of our campus. ​​​​​Read more

Athletic Complex

Reconstruct the Rich Zinanni Stadium/Athletic Complex. ​​​Read more

Building Financial Security: Growing the Endowment

BMCS Students

Increase the Bishop McNamara Catholic School Endowment. Read more.


How you can get involved

Bishop McNamara Catholic School is searching for partners who want to make a transformative difference in the life of our students.

Now is the time to further your commitment, and it is our prayer that you will join us in not only sustaining this legacy of education, faith, and service—but in assuring its existence for future generations.

An investment in Bishop McNamara is an investment in the next generation. We invite you to seize the opportunity to shake the hearts and minds of this generation’s students who will go on to shape the future of our community and our world.

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Donors helping us build a brighter future

"Bishop McNamara Catholic School has served as a pillar of excellence in education for 100 years. Countless students and their families have been part of the rich and supportive environment provided by the school. The entire Kankakee region is stronger and more vibrant with Bishop McNamara as an educational resource. And with your generous support, that significant impact will continue for many more years."

Jim '68 (Foundation Board President) and Maggie Hansen '68 Frogge

"For 100 years Bishop McNamara has been an integral part of the Kankakee community. While times have changed, the mission to maximize the potential of every student in a faith-based environment endures forever. Now is the time for all of us to boldly stand together as a family with our time and treasure to support our beloved school into the next century."

Bob (Finance Committee Chairman) and Sandy LaMotte '82 Malpasuto

"Over the last 100 years, Bishop McNamara has provided a quality Catholic education to the greater Kankakee County area. So many students' lives have been changed for the better because of the exceptional experience they encountered here. In the spirit of celebration, we must continue to support Bishop McNamara to ensure the next 100 years are as exceptional as the last."

Nick '06 (School Board President) and Meghan '06 Elliott

"We must call upon all friends of Catholic education to help wherever they can. As their support through prayer, labor, and gifts helps them to become partners with us, we will all be truly united in our efforts to continue Bishop McNamara Catholic School education."

Fr. John Peeters, C.S.V., BMCS Executive Pastor


Centennial Campaign Leadership Team

Terry Granger ‘76, BMCS President

Areca Van Mill, Director of Advancement
Chris Stiles, Campaign Counsel - Partners In Mission
Todd Arseneau '86
Kyle '04 and Danielle Vollmer '04 Benoit
Claire Chaplinski ’02
Nick '06 and Meghan Billadeau '06 Elliott
Jim ‘68 and Maggie Hansen ‘68 Frogge
Jim '80 and Lisa Azzarelli '80 Gerth
Sharon Soucie ‘56 Jackson
Elizabeth Marczak '77 Madsen
Bob and Sandy LaMotte '82 Malpasuto
Mike '92 and Nikki Hoevet ‘92 O'Brien
Scott ‘01 and Kim Osenga ‘01 Piggush