Category Archives: past events

Brooke Taylor, Speaker, Writer, Radio Personality – DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED from Thursday, January 31, to Thursday, February 7

DUE TO EXPECTED INCLEMENT WEATHER ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, THE FEBRUARY LUNCHEON WITH BROOKE TAYLOR HAS BEEN MOVED TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7.

Brooke Taylor – Speaker, Writer, Radio Personality

As the host of the popular podcast “Good Things Radio,” Brooke Taylor shares her heart and vision of hope in Jesus Christ with audiences everywhere. Brooke’s twenty-year media career includes serving as co-host of the “Family Friendly Morning Show” on 95.5 The Fish out of Cleveland, Ohio, where Brooke interviewed notable religious and political figures such as former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Rev. Franklin Graham, Dr. James Dobson, Beth Moore and many more. Brooke is the founder Saint Gabriel Media and the creator of the annual Arise retreat, bringing women together from across the country to find joy in their shared journey of faith. Brooke has also appeared on the EWTN Program “At Home with Jim and Joy” and “Living Right witih Dr. Ray.” Her travels include leading pilgrimages to the Holy Land and Italy and visiting Guatemala and Haiti with Food for the Poor. As a nationally recognized speaker, Brooke loves sharing her heart with audiences on topics close to her heart such as faith, adoption, parenting special needs children, community, joy, and the power of one voice. She is also the author of the books: Choose Joy and Choose Hope: A 52-Week Devotional Journey. Brooke and her husband, Jim, are busy raising their five children: four sons and a daughter they adopted from Poland. For more information visit www.BrookeTaylor.us.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

**Please note the new date!

Location:

The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114

Time:

11:30 a.m. – Register & lunch buffet open
Program begins at noon.

REGISTRATION:

Tickets:

$250/table of 10
$25/individual ticket

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Cancellation Policy: If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office (216-589-9852) to cancel by noon the Monday prior to the luncheon to avoid being charged for the event. No refund will be given if reservations are canceled after 12:00 p.m. the Monday prior to the luncheon.

Coach Chuck Kyle and Coach Mike McLaughlin of St. Ignatius – Thursday, January 3, 2019

“COACHING THE FAITH”

Join us on Thursday, January 3, 2019 as we welcome Coach Chuck Kyle and Coach Mike McLaughlin from St. Ignatius High School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Kyle
Saint Ignatius High School ’69
John Carroll University ’73
English teacher, Head Football Coach, and Head Track & Field Coach at
Saint Ignatius High School

Chuck Kyle is a legendary educator and coach at Saint Ignatius High School. Kyle has taught English at Saint Ignatius for over 40 years, sharing his love of language and literature, particularly Shakespeare, with countless young men. Kyle became the school’s head football coach in 1983, and has since built a winning program based on doing things the right way. The results speak for themselves during Kyle’s tenure. Kyle has guided the Wildcats to 11 state championships and 4 national championships. In his 36 seasons, Kyle has accrued a record of 353-90-1, recording more wins than every previous Saint Ignatius football coach combined. Kyle has also served as head coach of the track & field team for 46 years, earning two state titles. But more importantly, Kyle has helped to form countless “Men for Others” who have succeeded in all walks of life, from law to politics to professional sports to the medical field. In addition to his duties at Saint Ignatius, Kyle serves as youth football advisor for the Cleveland Browns. Kyle has been inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Hall of Fame, Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. Kyle also received the Rossing Award for Excellence in teaching in 1987. A native Clevelander, Kyle and his wife, Pat, have been married for 43 years and have four children.

Mike McLaughlin
Saint Ignatius High School ’85
Quincy College ’89
Chair of Theology Department, Director of Sophomore Service, and Head Soccer Coach at
Saint Ignatius High School

Mike McLaughlin is a renowned educator and coach at Saint Ignatius High School. McLaughlin has been a member of the theology department at Saint Ignatius for 27 years, teaching students about service and finding God in all things. McLaughlin assumed the role of head soccer coach in 1995 and has since built a remarkable program in Ohio City. In 24 seasons, McLaughlin has guided the Wildcats to 8 state championships and 4 state championships, along with an overall record of 406-52-51. McLaughlin’s philosophy is based upon teaching young men how to be great students and men first. The results are clear. Besides the titles, McLaughlin’s teams have earned Academic All-American status for 20 straight seasons, including in 2018, when his squad recorded a 3.48 team GPA. Individually, McLaughlin has won 32 Coach of the Year awards from the NHSCA, NSCAA, OSSCA, GCSSCA, USA TODAY, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Even more importantly, McLaughlin has thrived as an educator. McLaughlin serves as the chair of the theology department, leading the men and women who teach 1,500 students daily. McLaughlin is also the director of the sophomore service program. Mike and his wife, Motria, have been married 18 years and have three children.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Location:

The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114

Time:

11:30 a.m. – Register & lunch buffet open
Program begins at noon.

REGISTRATION:

Tickets:

$250/table of 10
$25/individual ticket

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED

Cancellation Policy: If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office (216-589-9852) to cancel by noon the Monday prior to the luncheon to avoid being charged for the event. No refund will be given if reservations are canceled after 12:00 p.m. the Monday prior to the luncheon.

Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Bishop, Diocese of Cleveland – November 29th, 2018

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 29, 2018

Location:

Please note the change of location for this event

The Westin Cleveland Downtown
777 St. Clair Ave., NE
Cleveland, OH 44114
Valet service available at the Westin on St. Clair or self park at Marriott underground garage)

Time:

11:15 a.m. Register & Visit
12:00 p.m. Lunch & Speaker

Reserve:

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.  PLEASE CALL THE ADMINISTRATOR WITH ANY QUESTIONS – 216-589-9852.

Corporate/Benefactor Sponsorship
$500 table of 10 includes program recognition and a portion for charitable deduction
Please contact the First Friday Club Administrator by email – admin@firstfridayclubcleveland.org or phone 216-589-9852 for a corporate/benefactor table.

 

Fr. Tom Gaunt, S.J., Executive Director, Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), November 1, 2018

“American Catholic Trends:  1958-2018”

Father Thomas Gaunt, S.J. currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, a position he has held since January 2011. He is a co-author of Catholic Parishes in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press 2017), the forthcoming Pathways to Religious Life (Oxford University Press 2018), Catholic Bishops in the United States: Church Leadership in the Third Millennium (Oxford University Press 2018), and Word, Liturgy, Charity: The Diaconate in the U.S. Catholic Church, 1968-2018 (Lexington Books 2018).

Prior to coming to CARA, Father Gaunt has served in Jesuit governance as the Socius/Executive Secretary of the Jesuit Conference-USA for nine years and the Formation and Studies Director of the Maryland and New York Jesuit Provinces for seven years. After ordination, he spent ten years as a pastor and as Director of Planning and Research in the Diocese of Charlotte.

Father Gaunt entered the Society of Jesus in 1971, after which he earned a BA in Philosophy from St. Louis University in Missouri. In 1981, the year of Father Gaunt’s ordination, he received an STB from the Bellarmine School of Theology in Chicago and a Masters of Divinity from Loyola University in Chicago. Father Gaunt later went on to complete a Masters in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning, both from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Father Gaunt has been actively involved with the L’Arche Communities in Washington, DC for the past 17 years.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Location:

The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114

Time:

PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE FOR THIS MONTH:

7:30 a.m. – Register & Breakfast buffet open
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Program

Registration:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Maureen Dee, MSSA, MBA, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, Catholic Charities Corporation – Thursday, October 4

“The Epidemic:  Opioids”

Please join us for our October luncheon as we welcome a panel who will discuss the opioid epidemic affecting our community. Our panel will feature Maureen Dee, Executive Director of Treatment, Prevention and Recovery Programs at Catholic Charities Corporation.

Ms. Dee was born and raised in Uruguay, South America and has worked extensively as a bilingual social worker. She has a Master’s in Social Service Administration (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Cleveland State University.

Ms. Dee has worked in the field of chemical dependency since 1978, first as a bilingual chemical dependency counselor, then as a supervisor and program developer. Since 1997, she had the responsibility over the entire alcohol and drug service system of Catholic Charities Services Corporation in Cuyahoga County (greater Cleveland area), and subsequently as of January, 2010, is Executive Director over all behavioral health.  These services operate out of nine service sites and employ 160 staff.  They include residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient for substance use disorders, mental health, foster care and adoption, and employment readiness. Panel features Maureen E. Dee, Executive Director of Treatment, Prevention & Recovery Services, Catholic Charities.

Ms. Dee will be joined by an FBI Agent from the Drug Task Force who will discuss efforts to combat the distribution of drugs in our community. We will also hear from a graduate of the Catholic Charities’ treatment program who will share his brave journey of recovery and hope.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Location:

The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114

Time:

11:15 a.m. – Register & lunch buffet open
Program begins at noon.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED

Cancellation Policy: If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office (216-589-9852) to cancel by noon the Monday prior to the luncheon to avoid being charged for the event. No refund will be given if reservations are canceled after 12:00 p.m. the Monday prior to the luncheon.

Leo Hyland, President, Cleveland Central Catholic High School – Thursday, September 6, 2018

“The POWER of Catholic Education”

As a native Clevelander and life-long resident, I am privileged to be leading Cleveland Central Catholic High School. I am in my ninth year as president at Central Catholic on Broadway Avenue in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood – and loving it!  CCC recently successfully completed its Beacon of Hope Campaign by raising nearly $6 million in support of five campaign priorities.  Our school also recently concluded a new strategic plan, a comprehensive marketing plan and campus master plan.

Born fourth of a dozen children, I learned early the value of Catholic education and how it shapes our lives and impacts our communities. My immediate family (2 parents and 12 children) have an accumulated 188 years of Catholic formal education.  In addition, my wife and two sons have a combined 44 years – that’s 232 years total.  Needless to say, we believe in the power of Catholic education!

I grew up in South Euclid and graduated from St. Gregory the Great (1973) and Cathedral Latin School (1977). The strong faith formation of my family was reinforced through the academic rigor and engaging co-curricular activities that prepared me to become a life-long learner. Both the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Marianists had a profound impact on my youthful spiritual development.

I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Ohio University, and earned a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University.  I have been working in private education for over 20 years and am now in my 16th year of Catholic education.   My career in non-profit leadership and management has evolved with experience at the following institutions:  Hiram College, YMCA of Greater Cleveland, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Notre Dame – Cathedral Latin School, and presently as president of Cleveland Central Catholic High School.

I am a proud and active graduate of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2013, and followed that with a year of service as an LC2 Fellow. Our LC2 group was charged with studying Cleveland’s Lakefront Development challenges and initiatives.  Through this enlightening process, our group made findings and recommendations that ultimately helped foster the “water taxi” service that now operates on the Cuyahoga River.  We also weighed in on the proposed pedestrian bridge that would connect Mall A to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Plaza area.  It was a thrill to study and debate choices about how we live, work and play in relation to Lake Erie (and by extension the local river systems).

Through these many experiences, I hope to bring strong leadership and insight into the revitalization of Cleveland’s Slavic Village Neighborhood. Working together with committed neighborhood partners like Third Federal, The Boys and Girls Club, University Settlement, MetroHealth, Slavic Village Development, local churches and our city leaders, I feel strongly that there are great days ahead for our community.

My wife (Beth) is a social worker at the Cleveland Clinic and we live in University Heights. We have been “Heights” residents since our marriage in 1985.  We are members of Gesu parish since 1996 and have two adult sons who graduated from Gesu and NDCL.  We enjoy traveling together.

TICKET INFORMATION

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.  PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE 216-589-9852 TO INQUIRE ABOUT TICKET 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 09/3/18 to avoid a charge for the event.

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.

TICKET INFORMATION

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

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. TO CHECK TICKET AVAILABILTY PLEASE CALL 216.589.9852

 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.”

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

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”.

Reserve your seats today!

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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