John P. Madden, Bus Ad ’56
At Marquette, John Madden was a tackle on the football team. Serving the Archdiocese of Chicago, he tackled one of the toughest issues to face the Catholic church in modern times.
In 1990, John was one of three people named to Cardinal Bernadin’s Commission on Clerical Misconduct with Minors in the wake of a church sexual abuse scandal. He helped write the commission’s final report, which established comprehensive guidelines to handle allegations and an independent review board to evaluate them.
For his service, John received the archdiocese’s “In Service of Others” award in 1995. But his work on the commission is just one chapter in a much longer history of promoting the welfare of children.
John has spent 47 years volunteering at Maryville Academy, a suburban Chicago school serving abused and neglected youth, including 30 years as chairman of the academy’s board of directors. He spent four years chairing the advisory board of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and is a board member of Chicago Catholic Charities.
In addition, John co-founded and operated a successful communications company, Madden Communications, for more than 50 years before recently retiring.
John says he is proud to accept the award “on behalf of all the Marquette alumni who are doing so much good work in communities throughout the world.” He adds that he will forever be grateful for the football scholarship that allowed him to attend Marquette.