Celebrating Catholic Education and Recognizing Generous and Consistent Donors 


Sounds of Sacred Music

Sacred Heart Chapel, Lisle, Illinois

The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) sponsored a free concert at our 8th annual Sounds of Sacred Music on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 7pm to 8pm.  A private VIP Reception for all CEF benefactors was held  prior to the event.  The concert featured the student choirs of St. Mary of Gostyn and Joliet Catholic Academy.  The audience also heard personal witness from local JCA Freshman Joe Casado and mother Joni Bolek. Diocesan School Supertendent Fr. John Belmonte, SJ blessed special Rosaries and distributed to those in attendance who were recognized loyal CEF donors of any gift denomination who have consistently supported the CEF for the last 3, 5 and 10 or more years.



The updated video below features students from the 2018 program and concert.




The updated video below features students from the 2017 program and concert.



The videos below feature the student witness and concert from the 2016 Sounds of Sacred Music featuring the Chorale Chamber from Montini Catholic High School and the St. Dominic, Bolingbrook School Choir.



View the video below from the 2014 Sounds of Sacred Music featuring the VIP reception with Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, Rev. John Belmonte S.J., Ph.D., and CEF Executive Officer Joe Langenderfer speaking about  the importance of Catholic education.  

Also featured is the Gomez family who enthusiastically thanked the donors for their scholarship and making for a difference in their lives.  

In the video below, enjoy the musical talents of the All Saints Catholic Academy, Holy Trinity Elementary School, and Providence Catholic High School students.


The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) distributes more than 1,600 need-based scholarships each year. Eligible families with students K-12 are encouraged to apply for financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition. These tuition assistance grants are determined on an annual basis and families must apply each year in order to be considered.  In 2017-18, the CEF distributed $2,130,297to 1,648 students in our Catholic elementary and high schools. Read More Here