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AJ Hyland, Jerry Schroer & George Wasmer – Thursday, August 2, 2018

Three Businesses – One Faith

AJ Hyland, Jerry Schroer, and George Wasmer are all respected business people inside and outside their boardrooms with decades of success they attribute to ethical business leadership and the employment of countless individuals rooted in Catholic values. Together they will share their Catholic faith journeys and how it has impacted their lives, the community, their families, and family businesses.

Moderated by Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis, President, Saint Joseph Academy.

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Tickets:  $25.00/per person
$250/table of 10

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 Reservation Policy – All attendees must register in advance. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office (216-589-9852) to cancel by noon 07/30/18 to avoid a charge for the event.

Frs. Michael, David & Thomas Woost – Thursday, June 28

“Kitchen Table Faith:  Family, Vocation, and Pope Francis’ Holiness Challenge”

Frs. Michael, David, and Thomas Woost are three of seven brothers, born to Carl and Norine Woost. Fr. Mike, ordained in 1984, has served as the parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish in Madison, as the Co-Director of the Diocesan Vocation Office, and since January of 2000, as a faculty member of Saint Mary Seminary where he teaches courses on sacramental and liturgical theology.  Fr. Dave, ordained in 1991, has served as the parochial vicar of Saint John Neumann Parish in Strongsville and Saint Peter Parish in Lorain, as the chaplain of Lake Catholic High School, as the presbyteral moderator of Saint Philip Neri Parish in Cleveland, and, since August of 2004, as the pastor of Divine Word Parish in Kirtland.  Fr. Tom, ordained in 1997, has served as the parochial vicar of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Cuyahoga Falls, Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Parma, and Saint Leo the Great Parish in Cleveland, and, since January of 2008, as the pastor of Saint Brendan Parish in North Olmsted.

On Thursday, June 28, they will speak to the First Friday Club of Cleveland on their experience of growing up in a Catholic household, their faith development within the Woost family, and their baptismal and priestly vocations. Based on the Holy Father’s recent apostolic exhortation, “Rejoice and Be Glad: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World,” their talk is entitled, “Kitchen Table Faith: Family, Vocation, and Pope Francis’ Holiness Challenge.”

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Tickets:  $25.00/per person
$250/table of 10

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT. PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT 216-589-9852 TO CONFIRM AVAILABILITY.

 Reservation Policy – All attendees must register in advance. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office (216-589-9852) to cancel by noon 06/25/18 to avoid a charge for the event.

Mr. Kenneth Woodward – Thursday, May 31, 2018

“Religion in the White House”

Kenneth Woodward served as Religion Editor of Newsweek for 38 years, during which he reported on a variety of subjects from seven continents. He is the author of more than 750 articles for Newsweek, including nearly 100 cover stories. His numerous other articles, essays and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall street Journal, The Washington Post, Commonweal, First Things, America, The Nation and The Weekly Standard, among other publications. He has been a news commentator on NBC, ABC and CBS.

Mr. Woodward is the author of four books, including his just published Getting Religion: Faith, Culture and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Ascent of Trump. He has lectured at some 60 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Europe. He has been a Fellow of the National Humanities Center and a Regents Lecturer in Religion at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Our speaker grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from St. Ignatius High School and the University of Notre Dame–places he writes about in his new book. Thereafter, he studied at the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Iowa Graduate School. He and his wife Elizabeth have three children and seven grandchildren.

Join us on Thursday, May 31st  as Mr. Woodward reflects on 5 decades of interviewing our Nation’s leaders on matters of politics and religion.  With sage insight into the past, Mr. Woodward develops a vision forward for the “Religion in the White House”.

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Tickets:  $25.00/per person
$250/table of 10

 

Reservation Policy – All attendees must register in advance. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office to cancel by noon 05/28/18 to avoid a charge for the event.

 

Fr. Raymond Guiao, S.J. – Thursday, May 3, 2018

“Enflamed by the Love of God:  A Jesuit Saint and our Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus”

Fr. Raymond Guiao, SJ, currently serves as president of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Born and raised in the western suburbs of Cleveland, Fr. Guiao was graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1982 and pursued a B.A. in English at Western Reserve College of Case Western Reserve University.  He then entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), was ordained to the priesthood in June 1999, and pronounced final vows in the Society of Jesus in 2009.  He served as instructor of theology, English, and music at Saint Ignatius, both as a Jesuit seminarian (1992-1995) and as a newly ordained Jesuit priest (2000-2007).  In addition to growing the Choral and Liturgical Music programs at Saint Ignatius High School, Fr. Guiao also served for two years as the interim Vice President for Ignatian Mission at Saint Ignatius.  In 2008, Fr. Guiao was missioned to serve as Provincial Assistant for Jesuit Formation for the Chicago-Detroit Province, and was based in the Midwest Jesuit headquarters in Chicago.  In December 2014, Fr. Guiao was named the 26th president of Saint Ignatius High School, beginning his duties officially in July 2015.  He currently serves on the boards of trustees St. Martin de Porres High School (Cleveland, Ohio) Ohio City Incorporated, and Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cleveland.  Fr. Guiao also regularly assists with weekend Masses at St. Angela Merici Church in Fairview Park where his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Ramon T. Guiao, are parishioners, and the Poor Clare Monastery on Rocky River Drive.  He is regularly called upon as a spiritual/religious presenter and retreat leader.

Fr. Guiao holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Case Western Reserve University (1986); a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Mundelein College in Chicago (1988); a Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music (1992); a Master of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1998); and a Master of Arts in Liturgical Theology from The Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (2000).

Thursday, May 3, 2018
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor
Registration table opens at 11:15 and program begins promptly at noon.

Tickets
$25.00/per ticket
$250.00/table of 10

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Sr. Maximilian Marie Garretson, O.P. – April 5, 2018

“Easter Treasure: Shroud of Turin”

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Our God is not dead – He is ALIVE! On Easter Thursday, we will ponder the hope of the empty tomb and the relics of the Resurrection. Experience the power, moment and meaning of Christ’s Resurrection through an encounter with the Shroud of Turin, the Veil of Manoppello, and Sacred Scripture.

Sr. Maximilian Marie Garretson, O.P., is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a native of Oregon.  After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree and Apostolic Catechetical Diploma from Magdalen College, she served as Youth Coordinator at St. Mary Catholic Church in Corvallis, Oregon.  In 2001, she answered God’s amazing invitation of love to become His bride as a consecrated religious.  Since entering the community, she has earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi. Sr. Maximilian Marie spent five years in California as principal of a pre-K through 8th-grade school, and recently returned to the States after four years in Rome, where she served as the librarian for the Pontifical North American College. She currently serves as Relationship Manager at the Sisters’ Mission Advancement Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist was founded in 1997 to spread the witness of religious life across the country in response to St. John Paul II’s vision for a New Evangelization. Their apostolate follows upon preaching and teaching the Truth in order to gain souls for the Kingdom of Christ. Media appearances: Oprah, The American Bible Challenge, NPR. Good Morning America, Today Show, BBC and EWTN & others. To learn more, visit www.sistersofmary.org.

Thursday, April 5, 2018
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor
Registration table opens at 11:15 and program begins promptly at noon.

Tickets
$25.00/per ticket
$250.00/table of 10

Deacon David Kushner “Honoring Our Deacons”

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Deacon Kushner was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 2007. He is the Director of the Diaconate Formation Program for the Diocese of Cleveland and is also assigned to St. Mary of the Assumption in the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland. He is a member of the National Association of Diaconate Directors and is a member of NADD’s finance Council. He earned a BA in Economics and Sociology from Washington and Jefferson College, a MA in Theology from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, and is currently a DMin candidate.

David’s MA symposium was entitled “Toward a Theology of the Diaconate” and his DMin project is “The Development of a Field Education Program for the Diocese of Cleveland”.

Several of his ministries at his parish are: he acts as the Parish Catechetical Leader, teaches PSR, and assists with sacramental preparation. He started and is active in running the parish’s Hot Meal Program.

David resides in Mentor with his wife Marie. They have two sons, Matthew and Sammy.

Thursday, March 1, 2018
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor
Registration table opens at 11:15 and program begins promptly at noon.

Tickets
$25.00/per ticket
$250.00/table of 10

Mr. Ed Plaspohl – “Close Encounters: Children, Homeless, Labre”

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Ed Plaspohl resides in Strongsville, Ohio, with his wife Mary Ann. Together they have three children who have blessed them with six grandchildren. Ed attended Chaminade High School in Dayton, Ohio where he graduated class valedictorian, and in 1995 Ed was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Chaminade. After high school Ed earned a four year Athletic Scholarship to play football at the University of Dayton, and in 1978 was given the Emil Karas Award as the Most Inspirational Player on and off the football field. Ed graduated with a double major in Business Management and Secondary Education.

On April 1, 2015, Ed “graduated” from work at SAP America. During his career at SAP America he generated over 150 million dollars in software revenue and achieved 100% of his revenue target.

Ed has been civically engaged for many years as well. He served on the Board of Directors at Boys Hope Girls Hope for three years and currently works with them to drive community engagement and the recruitment of Scholars in Cleveland and Akron area. This program provides the structure, discipline and long term care of a home environment that Boys Hope Girls Hope strives for via its mission and vision. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Walsh Jesuit Ignatian Identity Committee. This committee provides oversight to the Walsh Jesuit Governing Board focusing on the areas of campus ministry, service, religious education and all issues relating to justice and Ignatian identity at Walsh Jesuit.

In 2004, Ed and his son Michael participated in the St. Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry to the Homeless at St. Ignatius High School. Ed continues to serve every Sunday with the Ignatius students and staff to share food, faith, and friendship with those who live on the streets of Cleveland. This Sunday will be the 790th straight week that St. Ignatius High School has sent multiple vans into the city of Cleveland to serve the homeless, the poor, and the marginalized. To expand this ministry and with inspiration from his daughter Megan, he helped initiate the St. Benedict Joseph Labre Ministry at Walsh Jesuit High School twelve years ago.  The students and staff at Walsh Jesuit High School will be hitting the streets of Akron for the 590th straight week next Monday.

Labre Ministry in the News

Thursday, February 1, 2018
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor
Registration table opens at 11:15 and program begins promptly at noon.

Tickets
$25.00/per ticket
$250.00/table of 10

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.

Sister Susan Durkin, OSU, President of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland – “Bold Faith: Open to God’s Call”

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sister Susan DurkinSister Susan Durkin currently serves as President of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland who, with their 1850 arrival, were the first order of women religious in the Diocese of Cleveland. With the elected leadership team, Sister Susan oversees the 145-member congregation.

Sister Susan is a graduate of St. Joseph Academy. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Ursuline College, an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University.

In 1987 Sister Susan answered the call to religious life and joined the Ursuline congregation. She spent 14 years in elementary education teaching primary grades in several diocesan schools.

In 2000 Sister Susan accepted a position in Youngstown as Director of the Children and Family Program in the Youngstown Ursulines’ HIV/AIDS Ministry. For her outstanding service she was named the Youngstown Difference Makers’ Person of the Year in 2005.

In 2006 Sister Susan assumed the position of Director of Development for the Ursulines. She was elected to congregational leadership and was installed as the Ursulines’ President in June, 2012 and is currently serving her second term.

Sister Susan was also a recipient of the Irish Archives Society Walks of Life Award in 2013. She currently serves as a Trustee for Ursuline College, Beaumont School and Urban Community School. She also serves on the Board for the Sisters of Charity Health System and as a member of the Sisters of Charity Public Juridic Person Board.  Sr. Susan also serves on The Resource Center for Religious Institutes national board.

Thursday, January 4, 2018
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor
Registration table opens at 11:15 and program begins promptly at noon.

Registration for this event is now closed.

 

Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Bishop, Diocese of Cleveland

Nelson J. Perez was born in Miami, Florida, on June 16, 1961 to David and Emma Perez and is the brother of the late Dr. David Perez and Louis Martin Perez. He was raised in West New York, NJ. Bishop Perez earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Montclair State University in 1983. He taught at Colegio la Piedad, a Catholic elementary school in Puerto Rico, prior to entering Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, where he earned Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology degrees in 1988 and 1989, respectively.

Bishop Perez’s first assignment after ordination to the priesthood was as parochial vicar of Saint Ambrose Parish, Philadelphia (1989-1993). He also served as assistant director of the Office for Hispanic Catholics (1990-1993), founding director of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization (1993-2002), Pastor of Saint William Parish, Philadelphia (2002-2009), and Pastor of Saint Agnes Parish, West Chester, PA (2009-2012).

His work in education included teaching courses in psychology and religious studies at LaSalle University, Philadelphia (1994-2008). Bishop Perez also taught Developmental Psychology at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary (Fall, 2011), in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  In 1998, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, with the title of Monsignor. In 2009, he was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Reverend Monsignor Nelson J. Perez Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York on June 8, 2012.  He was ordained a bishop on July 25, 2012 in Saint Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, NY by Bishop William F. Murphy.

A kind, joyous, and hard-working person, Bishop Perez enriches those ministries and people entrusted to his care.   Rooted in Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel”, Bishop Perez’s pastoral vision can be summarized as: “Church on Mission: Proactive, Involved, Supportive, Fruitful, and Joyful”

Thursday, November 30, 2017 –

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Thomas Gill “Urban Community School at 50 – Responding to Children in 2017 and Beyond”

The First Friday club is pleased to announce our speaker for the November 2, 2017 luncheon is Tom Gill.

Tom Gill is the President of Urban Community School in Cleveland, Ohio. Gill has served UCS since 2010, initially as the Development Director, then Chief Operating and Development Officer, and as Associate Director from 2015- July 2017. He recently guided the school’s “Better Starts Here” $20-million capital campaign and attendant construction project that led to the opening of The Thomas Jeckering Middle School in 2014, increasing the school’s capacity to serve an additional 150 children. Gill has also spearheaded key collaborations with Urban Squash Cleveland, U.S. Lacrosse, The Foundry, Facing History and Ourselves, and The Refugee Response.

Previously, Gill was a Cleveland Executive Fellow at the Cleveland Leadership Center where he went through four rotations including: Cleveland Metropolitan School District, The Cleveland Indians; Cuyahoga County Land Bank; and St. Martin de Porres High School. He also served as a Community Coordinator for the Casa de la Solidaridad at the Jesuit University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador from 2005-2007.

In addition to his work at the school, Gill also chaired the Board of Neighborhood Family Practice, a federally qualified health center and currently chairs the Board of Refugee Response. He also serves on the Partnerships and Services Advisory Board Committee for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Gill grew up in Bay Village, attended St. Raphael Parish and School and graduated from Saint Ignatius High School in 2001. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and BA from Saint Louis University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude earning a triple major in Theological Studies, Spanish, and International Studies.

Gill currently resides in Ohio City with his wife Erika McLaughlin and their young son, Andrew.