| Catholics@Work unveils 2015-16 speaker series
Dynamic Catholic priests — including Oakland's Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ — an Orthodox priest and Catholic lay persons engaged in biblically inspired outreach will be featured in the 2015-16 Catholics@Work speaker series.
C@W is a volunteer, single purpose lay Catholic activity. It brings in speakers for a monthly breakfast presentation, which is open to all. The program is designed to bring strong speakers into the East Bay to share their mission with fellow Catholics and encourage all Catholics to boldly live their Christian values every day in their workplace
Programs take place each second Tuesday from September through May at the Crow Canyon Country Club in San Ramon. The programs begin with breakfast at 7 a.m., quickly followed by the speaker, and a guaranteed end by 8:15 a.m. Mass is celebrated at 6:30 a.m. for early arrivers.
Reservations can be made at www.catholicsatwork.com (click on Current Event) The program and breakfast fee is $25, or $20 for C@W members. Memberships ($100 per season) are encouraged; they are essential to defray travel and related expenses.
To get on the email list or to get more information, log on to www.catholicsatwork.com (and click on the "Join Now" button on the left side of the page).
Scheduled speakers for the 2015-16 season include:
• Sept. 8: Rev John C. McCloskey III, a member of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross and the Prelature of Opus Dei, was a Wall Street executive at Citibank and Merrill Lynch. As a Catholic priest he is best known for helping many prominent people convert to Catholicism including: Newt Gingrich, Sam Brownback and Lawrence Kudlow.
• Oct. 13: Dick Jenkins, Immaculate Heart Radio, has four decades of experience, and now is general manager of the Immaculate Heart Radio Network. Jenkins helped found the first national Christian radio network in Ireland and consulted with four U.S. Christian broadcasting networks.
• Nov. 10: Father Matthias Farid Wahba, born in Egypt, has been the pastor of St. Antonius Coptic Church in Hayward since 1989. He was ordained in 1962 in Egypt. Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, visited St. Antonius last spring to share Christian solidarity after the martydom of 21 Copts in Libya by Islamic terrorists.
• Dec. 8: Nicole Abisino, founder and CEO, Gabriel's Messenger Films, started her career in private equity firms and hedge funds while also working as an actress, which led to film production. Everything changed when God called her to work for His kingdom. Abisino now works solely on faith and family features.
• Feb. 9: Rev. Gary Thomas, the San Jose diocese's exorcist, was sent to Rome in 2005 by Bishop Patrick Joseph McGrath to train in the exorcism rite. He apprenticed with veteran Italian exorcist Father Carmine De Filippis. Father Thomas was the subject of the 2010 book "The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist" and the 2011 Hollywood movie based on the book, "The Rite," starring Anthony Hopkins.
• March 8: To be announced.
• April 12: Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ, will be approaching the three anniversary of his ordination as bishop of Oakland. Bishop Barber was the first American bishop appointed by Pope Francis. Before his appointment Bishop Barber served as a missionary in Western Samoa, and as a college and seminary professor in several universities. Bishop Barber is also a chaplain in the Naval Reserve.
• May 10: Tim Busch, an Orange County attorney, and his wife, are extensively involved in Catholic organizations, including Legatus, an organization for Catholic business leaders and their spouses. Busch is a co-founder of the Magis Institute, which administers the Reason and Faith Center, and a co-founder of the Napa Institute, an annual conference preparing Catholics for the Next America.
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