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Vic Trinkus - He's on the right side

Vic was introduced by friend and fellow missioner Tom Radel for the 2015 St. Francis Xavier Award at the annual Faith Promise Dinner on November 6

Tom and Paula Radel (left) with Mary Jane and Vic Trinkus

I have been asked to present someone tonight who is well known to each of you. In doing so I could talk about him being the youngest son of Lithuanian immigrants drawn to this country as a result of political strife in the homeland. Or I could list his educational credentials, which are pretty impressive punctuated by undergraduate degrees, medical degrees, and business degrees. 

I could also discuss the long and successful practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology, both in private practice and in the educational sector.  Patients treated in the thousands.  Babies delivered too numerous to count.  Lives saved.  Bad diagnoses relayed with kindness and concern.  Lives made better by his skills and good judgment. 

Perhaps I should focus on previous awards that he has received – recognition of his past accomplishments and concern for future generations of doctors and other health professionals. Or maybe he would like to be introduced as a fisherman, outdoorsman, a hiker into the quiet of a national park, a survivalist of sorts, someone who has rafted down great rivers – a risk taker perhaps. 

I could also compare him to a philosopher – a great thinker.  Ask him about poverty and he will be able to go on for hours about its causes, its consequences and our role in overcoming it.  This is true of many other subjects as well.  Someday, treat yourself to a long walk and talk with this man!  

I could talk about his relationship with the Joliet Diocesan Missions, which began in 1997 with a trip to Bolivia and continues to this day.  His trip to the Philippines next February with be his 30 plus trip around the world to such places as Kenya, Ecuador, Ethiopia, and of course Bolivia and the Philippines to name just a few.  We might also mention his former role as medical director of the Joliet Diocesan Missions or we could discuss the untold hundreds of duffle bags and boxes of supplies packed for these trips.    

But in introducing this recipient of this 2015 St. Francis Xavier Award, I would like to read a quote from the Holy Bible which we are sure you are all familiar with and which we know is very near and dear to him: 

St. Matthew writes: 

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 

St. Matthew also writes:  "He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left." 

Tonight I present to you one of the sheep:  Victor P. Trinkus for the 2015 St. Francis Xavier Award: