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November 4, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA
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Order of Malta honors William McInerney
The vision, expertise and persistence of William H. McInerney in establishing the Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California at the Cathedral of Christ the Light was recognized at the order's Silver Chalice Award Dinner in San Francisco. Accepting the award on McInerney's behalf was his son, Tim McInerney, left, pictured with Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, Mary McInerney and Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, of Oakland. McInerney's work on behalf of the clinic began more than four years before its opening. He filed the Articles of Incorporation with the State of California and sought a non-profit status from the IRS in 2006. McInerney was unanimously elected first president of the new corporation. With his great expertise in construction law, he would review all plans, all contracts and all work regarding the clinic on behalf of the Order of Malta. From his vantage point at his nearby law office, McInerney could literally see his work at the new Northern California Clinic come to life. The clinic opened in 2008, not long after the Cathedral of Christ the Light was consecrated. He continued his presidential leadership of the Northern California Clinic until his resignation in September 2013.
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NFL veteran to speak at St. Isidore

Mike McCoy, a former NFL player who for the past 20 years has brought a message aimed at empowering young people to have a strong, faith-based vision for their lives, will be speaking in November at several high schools, elementary schools and parish youth groups in the Diocese of Oakland.

A talk on Nov. 18 at St. Isidore Church in Danville is open to the public. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the church, at 440 LaGonda Way, Danville. The parish will take up a free-will offering to support the ministry.

McCoy, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he was with a consensus All-American. In 1970, he was first draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, where he played defensive tackle. He played 11 years in the NFL — seven with Green Bay, two with the Oakland Raiders and two with the New York Giants.

More information on the ministry is available at www.mccoy77.com.

Hunger, food in Africa talk topic

Hunger and food security will be the topic of a presentation by Peter Kimeu, a Catholic Relief Services adviser who works in East Africa, on Nov. 11 at Saint Mary's College in Moraga.

Kimeu, who is visiting several parishes and high schools in the Diocese of Oakland this month, is based in Kenya and has worked for CRS for more than more than 33 years. He is senior technical adviser for Partnership, Solidarity and Catholic Social Teaching for CRS East Africa.

His presentations include his personal story of overcoming hunger and poverty in Kenya, as well as information on Catholic Relief Services efforts to restore hope and build self-sufficiency in Africa.

Kimeu has served in health and development programs, emergencies, community participation and capacity building, project development, monitoring and evaluation, and was the director of Governance, Global Solidarity and Partnership.

Before joining CRS, Kimeu was a high school headmaster and teacher.

The presentation at Saint Mary's will be at 7 p.m. in the Clayes Lounge of the Soda Activity Center of the college, which is at 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. It is open to the public.

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