Category Archives: Luncheon Speaker

May 5, 2022 Luncheon: with Jen Ricard

Thursday, May 5, 2022 │11:30 am – 1:00 pm  
Registration table and luncheon buffet open at 11:30 am

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

The City Club recommends that guests wear a mask, but is not required. 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.

Jennifer Ricard
Executive Director, Theology of the Body Cleveland
www.tobcle.org

“Mary’s Story is Our Story”

Jennifer Ricard is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization Theology of the Body Cleveland. She completed a master’s degree in theology from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, OH and has a certification from the Theology of the Body Institute. Jennifer and her husband, Frank, have been married for 27 years and have six children. 

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

REGISTER HERE

All attendees must register in advance and reservations must be received by noon on 4/29/22. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office to cancel by noon 4/29/22 to avoid a charge for the event.

(NEW DATE) March 31, 2022 Luncheon: “Unconditionally: Finding Jesus In the Eucharist” with Greg Wasinski

Updated Note: this luncheon has been rescheduled to THURSDAY, MARCH 31st instead of previous posting of Friday, April 1.

Thursday, March 31, 2022 │11:30 am – 1:00 pm  
Registration table and luncheon buffet open at 11:30 am

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

The City Club recommends that guests wear a mask, but is not required. 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.

Greg Wasinski
Founder & Executive Director of Faith & Real Life
“Let Me Be…” Ministries  www.FaithandRealLife.com

“Unconditionally: Finding Jesus In the Eucharist”

Greg Wasinski is the Creator and Producer of the Faith and Real Life Initiative. Through his role as Executive Director of “Let Me Be…” Ministries, Greg utilizes his vision to create content that is quality and relative.

Greg is an internationally recognized, Inspirational Speaker and Author from Cleveland, OH. He is the author of “Where Faith & Real Life Come Together,” “Unconditionally,” and “Got A Minute.” He also offers his radio talents as a contributor to SiriusXM Radio’s, The Catholic Channel, Iowa Catholic Radio and EWTN Radio with his “Faith & Real Life Moments.” He is the voice and personality of the Faith & Real Life Podcast and the Faith 180 video series.

Prior to his life in ministry Greg had a career for thirteen years as a corporate executive in both the marketing and golf course industries. He continues to offer business coaching and motivational work sessions to companies who are serious about customer service, a team based work environment, and servant leadership based management.

He is the father of two young adult children and has been married to his wife, Aimee, for twenty-seven years. 

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

REGISTER HERE

All attendees must register in advance and reservations must be received by noon on 3/25/22. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office to cancel by noon 3/25/22 to avoid a charge for the event.

March 3, 2022 Luncheon: “Building the Future of the Church” with Francine Costantini – CANCELLED

The March luncheon has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for later this year. 

Thursday, March 3, 2022 │11:30 am – 1:00 pm  
Registration table and luncheon buffet open at 11:30 am

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.

Francine Costantini
Director of Youth Ministry, Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

“Building the Future of the Church”

Youth ministry is the responsibility of the entire Church.  It doesn’t matter your age, experience, knowledge of theology or of youth culture… by virtue of your baptism YOU are called build up the Church.  And right now our young people need you most.  You have a role to play, whether as a leader, a volunteer, a supporter, an advocate, an encourager, a pray-er, or in some other capacity.  Come find out what you can do to support and provide ministry to this vulnerable generation.

Francine Costantini is the Director of Youth Ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.  Hired in the middle of the pandemic, she spent her first year meeting with youth ministers and priests, and talking to diocesan directors across North America to set the vision for the new Office of Youth Ministry.  She was the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Barnabas Church in Northfield for over 10 years, and previously the Youth Minister and RCIA Director at St. Clarence in North Olmsted.  Married to Diaconate Candidate Michael Costantini for 26 years, they have three children.

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

Registration Closed – LUNCHEON CANCELLED

All attendees must register in advance and reservations must be received by noon on 2/25/22. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office to cancel by noon 2/25/22 to avoid a charge for the event.

62nd Annual Bishop’s Address: Bishop Edward C. Malesic – Feb 10, 2022

The First Friday Club of Cleveland Welcomes to our Annual Luncheon the Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of Cleveland

Thursday, February 10, 2022

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!

62nd Annual Bishop’s Address with the Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic

On September, 14, 2020 Bishop Edward C. Malesic, JCL, was installed as the 12th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. 

Prior to his arrival in Cleveland, He was appointed in 2015 by Pope Francis to be the fifth bishop of Greensburg on April 24, 2015. Bishop Malesic was ordained and installed as bishop of Greensburg on July 13 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

In the months following his installation as the Bishop of Cleveland, Bishop Malesic worked to guide the diocese through the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring access to parishes and the sacraments while putting guidelines into place to maintain the health and safety of parish and school communities.  As the pandemic waned, Bishop Malesic has increased his parish visitation schedule to become well acquainted with the clergy and faithful of parishes across the eighth counties of the diocese. 

In addition, Bishop Malesic is building upon the efforts of his predecessor in stressing the development strategic plan to strengthen Catholic elementary education in the diocese.  The Keeping the Faith Initiative pulls together groups of experts from several fields to explore and recommend models to ensure that Catholic education is available and affordable across the diocese for many years to come.

He recently established the new position of Vicar for Evangelization.  The Vicar for Evangelization will help coordinate the talents of the Office of Communications and the Secretariat for Parish Life and Development to further the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News in the most effective ways possible.

Bishop Malesic was born on August 14, 1960 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Bishop Malesic is a 1978 graduate of Central Dauphin East High School, Harrisburg, and attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville as a biology major for three years prior to entering the seminary. 

In 1981 he was accepted into the seminary program at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 1983.  He continued his theological studies at the Josephinum and was awarded a master of divinity degree in 1987.

He is a member of two USCCB committees: the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance and the Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.

Announcing the Most Reverend Roger W. Gries OSB “Heart of a Servant” Award.  This award will be an annual recognition of an individual who has provided great service to the First Friday Club of Cleveland. The first recipient will be Bishop Roger Gries OSB.

Location:

Windows on the River
FirstEnergy Powerhouse
2000 Sycamore St
Cleveland, OH 44113
Parking is available in the lot in front of Windows on the River at no charge. 

Time:
11:15 am – Registration opens
12:00 pm – Program begins 

REGISTRATION:
Sponsorships:
$1,000/Platinum
$500/Corporate

Tickets:
$300/table of 10
$30/individual ticket

All attendees must register in advance. Seating is limited and we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins. 

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT

Cancellation Policy: If you reserve and are unable to attend, please email admin@firstfridayclubcleveland.org or call 216-589-9852 to cancel by noon on 2/4/22  to avoid being charged for the event. No refund will be given if reservations are canceled after that time.

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 (www.TheFEST.us) 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 (www.MissionPossible.us). 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!