Category Archives: Luncheon Speaker

Save the Date! Feb 10, 2022 Annual Bishop’s Address: Bishop Edward Malesic

The First Friday Club of Cleveland Welcomes to our Annual Luncheon “Come Gather at the Table” the Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of Cleveland

The First Friday Club of Cleveland has a long standing tradition of hosting an annual address given by the Bishop of the Cleveland Diocese.  This year the Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic will address the First Friday Club on Thursday, February 10th at Windows on the River.  Our goal is to bring together the Cleveland Catholic community to show our support for Bishop Malesic, our Diocese, and our Church. We hope you will join us!


Date & Time:
Thursday, February 10, 2022 12pm

Windows on the River
2000 Sycamore St
Cleveland OH 44113

Table Reservations Opening Soon



December 2, 2021 Luncheon: “The Logic of Being Catholic” with Dr. Ray Guarendi

Thursday, December 2, 2021 │11:30 am – 1:00 pm  
Registration table and luncheon buffet open at 11:30 am
Sponsored by The Kurtz Family

The City Club of Cleveland | 850 Euclid Ave | Cleveland, OH 44114

The City Club requires all guests to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status unless you are eating or drinking. The health and safety of event attendees is our priority. Any local or venue COVID-related protocols in place at the time of the event will be enforced. Your flexibility with regard to this evolving health crisis is appreciated.

Dr. Ray Guarendi, Catholic Psychologist, Author and Speaker

“The Logic of Being Catholic”

Dr. Ray Guarendi is the father of 10, a clinical psychologist, an author, a public speaker and a nationally syndicated radio host. His radio show “The Doctor Is In” can be heard weekdays on over 440 stations and Sirius SM satellite radio. Dr. Ray’s national EWTN television series, “Living Right With Dr. Ray” is in its 6th season. His television program dispenses advice along with wit and humor to provide answers to life’s daily family issues.

For over 40 years, Dr. Ray has experience working with parents, families, educators, juvenile courts, substance abuse programs, mental health centers and a private practice. 

Dr. Ray’s in-depth experience has led to him to write his best-selling book, You’re A Better Parent Than You Think! by putting the power and authority back in the hands of parents and providing parenting techniques that result in well-adjusted children. He has several other books as well as books on the Catholic faith. 

Dr. Ray has given over 3,000 talks around the country on topics from smart parenting; happier marriages; successful families and a variety of motivational themes. His audiences include professional associations, women’s & men’s groups, churches, industry conferences, teachers, hospital personnel and more.

$30.00/per ticket or $150.00/Table of Six

Register Now

All attendees must register in advance and reservations must be received by noon on 11/26/21. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office to cancel by noon 11/26/21 to avoid a charge for the event.

8/1/19 – Bryan Norton, SJ, Newly ordained Jesuit

Thursday,  August 1, 2019

From Pupil to Priest: a Wildcat’s Jesuit Journey

Born and raised in Cleveland, Fr. Bryan Y. Norton, S.J., is the youngest of three children and the proud uncle of five nieces and nephews. His family and home parish (St. Basil the Great) instilled in him a strong sense of solidarity, faith, and service. Bryan met the Society of Jesus at St. Ignatius High School, where the vibrant tradition of Jesuit education left a profound mark. Eager to pursue a liberal arts education, he studied philosophy at Williams College in Massachusetts. There, through the bonds of friendship in an active Newman Center, Bryan had a deep experience of Christ and the Church. During an influential junior-year abroad at Oxford University, he reconnected with the Jesuits and began a journey of discernment that led him to the novitiate in 2008. As a novice, he worked extensively with adolescents at Loyola High School in Detroit. After professing first vows, he spent four years of studies in Saint Louis, including a Master’s degree in Classics (Latin and Greek) at Washington University. As a Jesuit regent, Bryan taught classical languages and literature at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Since the summer of 2016, he has lived in France, studying theology at Centre Sèvres, the Jesuit faculty of Paris. During these years abroad, Bryan has collaborated closely with the Brothers of Saint John of God in their care for the sick. As a deacon, he has served regularly at St. Ignatius Church in Paris and at St. Peter’s Church in Saint Denis. This summer, after ordination, he will spend a pastoral month at his home parish in Brecksville. In the fall, Bryan will return to Paris to complete his Licentiate in Sacred Theology.

Father Bob Stec “A FULL LIFE – the Call and Promise of the Gospel”

First Friday Club   Thursday, July 6, 2017

Father Bob Stec

Born to Frank and Rita Stec, Father Bob is the third of six children. He always felt a calling to serve the Lord throughout his years at St. Charles Borromeo Grade School and Padua Franciscan High School. He graduated as ‘Mr. Padua’ in 1979 and followed his calling to Borromeo Seminary.

He graduated from St. Mary Seminary in 1988 and was assigned to St. Gabriel and later St. Richard Parish. He was appointed Vocation Director of the Diocese of Cleveland, a position he held for eleven years. During this time, The FEST, an annual Catholic Family Festival, became a reality, and is now in its l7th year.

The FEST ( began as a follow up to World Youth Day in Rome and had about 1,500 people in attendance its first year.   It has since grown into the highlight of the summer for thousands of people from across the region, attracting 39,000+ annually for a day of faith, family, fun and music – all for free!

In December 2005, Father Bob was appointed Pastor of St. Ambrose parish in Brunswick. In his first year at St. Ambrose, he began Mission Possible, a mission outreach program to the Dominican Republic ( Over 200 missionaries have since made the annual trip to Higuey, Dominican Republic to build homes, introduce others to Christ and change lives. In addition to the homes, a Church, school, medical/dental clinic, community center, baseball field and job training center have all been built under the guidance of Father Bob.

His humanitarian efforts are also very visible in the Greater Cleveland area where a west side effort – Alpha Village – was established. Residents, many of them refugee families, are helped with every day necessities and time is spent distributing winter clothing, food for the holidays and an annual spring clean up and home repair day.

In 2014, St. Ambrose was nominated as one of the ‘top 12’ Catholic Parishes in North America at creating Disciples. Under the leadership of Father Bob, St. Ambrose continues to grow in size and service to the Lord with over 5,200 families and 150+ parish ministry groups.

With heroine use touching the lives of greater Clevelanders in epidemic proportion, he felt compelled to do something.   In 2016 he brought together parish leaders of all faiths, community leaders and law enforcement. In this regard, the Greater than Heroin Campaign was launched.

With the death of Father Thomas Dunphy, the Diocese of Cleveland recently appointed Father Bob as the Administrator of Saint Martin Parish, Valley City. This is in addition to his responsibilities at Saint Ambrose. Father Bob will continue in this role until such time as a new pastor is named.

As a well -known community leader, he has been the recipient of many prestigious awards…Catholic Man of the Year; Med-Wish International Humanitarian Award; Medina County Distinguished Citizen Award and the Key to the City of Brunswick….just to name a few!

With his hectic schedule, and community efforts, he still finds time, on occasion, to enjoy ATVing, snowmobiling, rock climbing, and even a great bonfire!