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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

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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

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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.

January 6, 2022 Luncheon: “The Catholic Call to Health” with Lindsay Fullerman

Thursday, January 6, 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.

Lindsay Fullerman, MA, PN2, SSC
Coach and Founder, Fit From Faith
www.fitfromfaith.com

“The Catholic Call to Health”

Lindsay received a Master’s degree in Theology from Saint Mary’s Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (BSc.) from Kent State University’s School of Education, Health and Human Sciences and a minor in Sports Administration. She is an expert in wellness coaching and habit change and also holds Strength and Conditioning, Sports Nutrition, and Pn2 Coaching certifications.

While working as a fitness athlete and strength coach for nearly ten years, she struggled with her own body image, dieting, and living in extremes with food and exercise. It was only after developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and understanding her Catholic roots that she began her healing journey towards interior freedom and balanced living. During her time coaching high school sports and teaching, Lindsay felt called to create Fit From Faith to educate Catholics on healthy and balanced living. Through her own journey, she realized how to be fit in mind, body, and spirit through the practice of virtue and habit change. Now she is eager to give back and help others do the same. “Ultimately we experience inner freedom and peace when we’re healthy and well. We can also serve others more joyfully,” she says.

Lindsay serves as the Health and Wellness Adviser at Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminaries in Wickliffe, Ohio. She is currently working on her Theology of the Body certification through the Theology of the Body Institute.

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

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All attendees must register in advance and reservations must be received by noon on 12/30/21. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office to cancel by noon 12/30/21 to avoid a charge for the event.

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 www.drray.com

“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.

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

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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.

November 4, 2021 Luncheon: Andrew Philbin Sidewalk Advocates For Life

Thursday, November 4, 2021 │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.

Andrew Philbin – Sidewalk Advocates For Life
www.sidewalkadvocates.org

Andrew Philbin is a life-long resident of Cleveland, Ohio who had a strong reversion back to his Catholic faith two years ago.  He answered God’s call to be a voice for the voiceless and became the program Director for Sidewalk Advocates for Life – Cleveland.  This group, since its inception on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2020, has helped 63 women to walk away from the busiest abortion facility in the State of Ohio and into life-affirming resources that they desperately needed to make a choice for life.  He attended Saint Ignatius High School and washed airplanes at Burke Lakefront after school in exchange for flying lessons at the age of 14.  He is currently employed as an Airbus captain and Lead Line Check Airman at a major airline.  

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that fear is an extremely powerful emotion.  If we asked anyone five years ago if they thought all Catholic Churches would shutter their doors and we would not have access to the real presences of our Eucharistic Lord, the thought would be inconceivable.  Women facing unexpected pregnancy are afraid.  How do we as Catholic Christians respond to that fear and give them that which sets us apart from non-believers, hope?

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

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All attendees must register in advance and reservations must be received by noon on 10/29/21. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office to cancel by noon 10/29/21 to avoid a charge for the event.

September 30, 2021 Luncheon: “Faith on a College Campus: Where the Church Meets the World” with John Scarano

Thursday, September 30, 2021 │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 as of August 4th. 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.

John B. Scarano – Director of Campus Ministry
John Carroll University

Faith on a College Campus: Where the Church Meets the World

For students, college is a time to search for meaning, and to make decisions that often impact the rest of their lives. Campus Ministry’s mission is to accompany students on this incredible journey. We strive to equip students to lead lives of deeper meaning, belonging and purpose.  Campus Ministers are privileged to help young people explore life’s big questions, and to stretch them to a place where they can embrace their faith, a faith that may look very different from our own.  Over the span of the past 35 years, I have come to rely on God’s grace to be powerfully active and abundantly available on campus.  While this Church on campus is often misunderstood, the stories of grace that I have heard and witnessed attest to the reality that faith on a college campus is alive and well, vibrant, compelling, and authentic. 

In August, 2003, he began his tenure as the Director of Campus Ministry at John Carroll University.  Prior to coming to Cleveland, he served as the Director of the Newman Catholic Student Center at Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, IL, and as the Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Belleville, IL.  He has also served as the Director of the Catholic Student Center for the University of Miami, in Florida, and the Director of Campus Ministry at Ursuline College.  John has a Master’s degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame with a concentration in Scripture.  He has been a full time, lay minister in the Catholic Church since 1981.  

Cost                   
$30.00/per ticket or $150.00/Table of Six
$15 Special Student Rate

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All attendees must register in advance and reservations must be received by noon on 9/24/21. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office to cancel by noon 9/24/21 to avoid a charge for the event.

September 9, 2021 Luncheon: “How to Live Courageously Catholic!” with Francisco (Paco) Gavrilides STL

Thursday, September 9, 2021 │11:30 am – 1:00 pm (the luncheon is being held one week later due to Labor Day weekend)
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 as of August 4th. 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.

Francisco (Paco) Gavrilides STL
“How to live courageously Catholic!”

Since the time of his conversion to Catholicism in 1968, Paco Gavrilides has dedicated his life to serving Christ in the Church with a passion to share the Gospel. As a teacher, speaker, and evangelist, Paco has worked with many dioceses, movements, and individuals both nationally and internationally.  He has been especially active in leadership formation, men’s ministry, family ministry, and evangelization among Hispanics and African Americans. Paco is currently serving as Homiletics Instructor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, a post he has held since 2011. He received the equivalent of the STB at the Archdiocesan Seminary in Monterrey, Mexico, and completed his Licentiate Degree in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart.

Paco’s activities and ministerial experiences includes: For more than twenty years (1974-1995), he was involved in lay missionary work, helping to form small ecclesial communities throughout Latin America, Spain and the United States. For ten years (2002-2012) he was Coordinator and Emcee for the Detroit Archdiocesan-wide Catholic Men’s Conferences, a work of preaching, teaching and counseling that involved local, national and international men’s ministry. For six years (2006-2012) he served in the Detroit Archdiocese Office for Evangelization. He is co-founder of New Leaven (2009), a ministry of discipleship and transformation to individuals and couples seeking a deeper maturation in Christ. www.newleaven.org. He has actively collaborated with the mission work of Renewal Ministries, an outreach dedicated to evangelization and spiritual renewal in the Catholic Church, nationally and internationally. He has been active in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and evangelistic outreach to university students with particular emphasis on African-Americans and Hispanics.

As a frequent conference speaker, with bilingual skills in English and Spanish, Paco gives retreats and missions on faith and conversion, spiritual growth and prayer, and spiritual leadership and family life. With his wife, Inez, he gives retreats and workshops for married couples. Paco and Inez have three children and reside in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Cost                   
$35.00/per ticket or $175.00/Table of Six

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All attendees must register in advance and reservations must be received by noon on 9/3/21. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office to cancel by noon 9/3/21 to avoid a charge for the event.

August 5, 2021 Luncheon: “Heart of a Shepherd” with Rev. Mark A. Latcovich, Ph D.

Thursday, August 5, 2021 │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
While vaccinated guests are not required to wear a mask, The City Club requires unvaccinated guests to do so.  Review The City’s Club’s guidance on their website.

Rev. Mark A. Latcovich, Ph D.
President- Rector
Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminaries

About the Program
The Heart of a Shepherd initiative is an extraordinary endeavor designed to strengthen and better meet the needs of the Saint Mary and Borromeo Seminaries, its seminarians, and the newly-ordained and retired clergy, while aiding the parishes in recovery from the economic impact of the pandemic. 

Attend this event to learn more about this initiative from Rev. Mark A. Latcovich, Ph D. who has served as Rector of Borromeo Seminary and Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology Since July, 2013.  He is a graduate of Borromeo Seminary where he earned a BA in English Literature and Theology in 1977, in 1981 was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland and received his M.Div from Saint Mary Seminary, and in 1986 completed an MA in theology from the seminary as well. 

Cost                   
$35.00/per ticket or $175.00/Table of Six

Register Now

All attendees must register in advance and reservations must be received by noon on 8/2/21. If you reserve and are unable to attend, please call the office to cancel by noon 8/2/21 to avoid a charge for the event.