Congratulations were in order for Father John P. Smyth, president of Notre Dame College Prep in Niles and former executive director of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, who celebrated 50 years of priesthood at a special service April 27.
Des Plaines Mayor Martin J. Moylan was one of several officials to attend the commemorative event and to recognize Father Smyth on his Jubilee. Father Smyth was ordained in April 28, 1962, and began his ministry of service at Maryville Academy, during which time he was awarded the prestigious Laetare Medal.
The unique award was initiated in 1883 and, over the years, was granted to individuals such as President John F. Kennedy and Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Sr.
In 2007, Father Smyth was named the president of Notre Dame College Prep.
Moylan thanked Father Smyth for his contributions to young people and the City of Des Plaines.
"Des Plaines is proud to be home to Father Smyth, a great man and leader," Moylan said. "He has done so very much for young people. The city is honored to be partners with Father for more than 40 years."