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ExtEnsion8amilyname.TheamilysgoodwillalsoextendstomanyotherCatholiccausesandinstitutionsagainwiththeLewisnameLewisUniversitywhichstartedasaboysschoolortheArchdioceseoChicagoandnowisaco-eduniversityinRomeovilleIllinoisLewisCenteratDePaulUniversityinChicagoLewisTowersatLoyolaUniversityChicagoLewisHallattheUniversityoNotreDameandmore.WhiletheamilysphilanthropymaybelegendaryitsalsoamazingtorealizethatFranksheirsmostofenarerecognizedortheircontribu-tionstosocietyandortheirhumil-itymodestyandgenerosityospirit.LastallFrankssonPhilLewisByallaccountsthe1948CatholicExtensionBoardoGovernorsmeetingwasremem-beredorastirringproclamationromoneoitslong-standingmembers.TheproclamationApledgetogive100000rightnowtocarryontheworkohelpingmissiondiocesesacrossAmerica.ThebeneactorFrankJ.LewisaChicagoroongandpavingmaterialsmanuacturerwhowasaswellknownorhisbusi-nessacumenasorhisgenerositytoCatholiccauses.Abriecalculationsuggeststhat100000whileconsideredahugegitthenandnowwasactuallyequivalentto952380today.SoitsnotsurprisingthatHisEminenceSamuelCardinalStritchthenpresi-dentoCatholicExtensionactuallyhaltedthemeetingtookrequestsorundingombishopspresentandhadaplanmadeordisbursingtheundsbythenextday.By1948FrankLewisalreadyhadbeengivingtoCatholicExtensionor21yearstherstgrantmadepos-siblebytheamilysgenerositydatesbackto1927.Thats86yearsagoInactmorethan50churchesthrough-outtheUnitedStatesbearaCatholicExtensionplaquewiththeLewisOrdinaryCatholicsDoingEXTRAORDINARYTHINGSLewisFamilyLeavesBroadValuableLegacypassedawayatage82.PhillivedinFloridaandhadservedaspresidentotheFloridaSenate.Hewaswidelyknownorhiscontributionstopub-licschoolsanduniversitiesaswellastowardcurbinghomelessnessandbuildinganinastructureorcleanwaterinthestate.PhilwassuchagoodmanwhoinuencedsomanypeoplesaidEdLewisdescribinghisbrother.Edrecalledbeingraisedintheam-ilyosevenboysandtwogirlssayingitwasanordinaryCatholicam-ily.TheamilyhademigratedomIrelandtoChicagointhe1800s.MyatherFrankwasachildduringtheGreatChicagoFireEdnoted.Hewaslostorvedaysandultimatelyoundataparish.Afertherewanderingchildrenweretakentoparishes.Thentheparentswentparishtoparishlookingorthem.Hisamilyoundhim.Frankgrewupwithhopesobe-comingadoctorbutwhenhisownatherbecameillheneededtogotoworktosupporthismotherandninebrothers.Hewentintotheroongbusiness.FrankmarriedandstartedaamilyhiswieAlbertadiedatayoungage.AlbertaHallatLewisUniversitywaserectedinherhonor.FiveyearslaterhemarriedBy1948FrankLewisalreadyhadbeengivingtoCatholicExtensionor21yearsthefrstgrantmadepossiblebytheamilysgenerositydatesbackto1927.donorspotlight