Why I'm a Steward

 

Bill and Mary Ann DeMucci: Part of a Family in the Universal Church

Originally from Queens, NY, Stewards of St. Peter Bill and Mary Ann DeMucci weren’t planning on venturing out West while raising their family. That changed in 1981 when they stepped out in faith to move to California for the opportunity to work with family. Bill left his position at a large pharmaceutical firm and they moved to Palo Verdes, CA where he eventually joined video cassette manufacturing venture. Their entrepreneurial journey took them all the way to 2006 and included another move to La Quinta in the Palm Desert region of California where they now reside.  


With new philanthropic opportunities ahead of them, Bill and Mary Ann were introduced to The Papal Foundation in 2008 by Stewards of St. Peter John and Carol Saeman.  When asked what influenced their decision to become Stewards of St. Peter themselves, Mary Ann shared, “The concept of helping others while supporting the Holy Father as well makes a lot of sense to us.”


Bill continued, “With the Papal Foundation, we feel like we are part of the Universal Church. Like most people, we focus on our parish and needs in our immediate area. But when we are in Rome with The Papal Foundation, we see all the good the Church is doing around the world.”


Those immediate needs at home continue to keep Bill and Mary Ann engaged in serving others. Their primary outreach includes their parish, St.  Francis of Assisi Church in La Quinta; helping students live their Catholic faith on college campuses with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students); and Martha’s Kitchen, which serves the needy in the Coachella Valley of California.


For The Papal Foundation, Bill’s has served as Audit Committee Member, Chair of the Audit Committee, and Foundation Treasurer. In these roles, Bill points to the much greater oversight that has been accomplished at The Papal Foundation, “With much greater Board involvement from laity and with the collaboration of the Audit and Grants Committees, we are confident that our grants are being administered properly and would encourage any prospective Steward of St. Peter to reach out to the Committee members so they too can be confident that their money is being well handled.”


The enthusiasm of being with other Stewards in Rome was also experienced by their pastor and some of their grandchildren. “Our pastor, Fr. James joined us in Rome on four occasions. Father loved concelebrating Masses with Church leadership and assisted other priests in providing the Sacrament of Reconciliation,” Mary Ann continued, “For our grandchildren, it was so special to bring up the gifts at our Mass at St. John Lateran. Our granddaughter decided to become an altar server when she got home.


What keeps calling them back to Rome when The Papal Foundation has its pilgrimage? Bill sums it up, “Being in the presence of the Successor to St. Peter and knowing that the Church has survived so much in 2000 years is awesome. Just being in the Pope’s presence is tremendous!” Mary Ann concluded, “It’s like being with family!”


*We are deeply saddened by the passing of steward Bill DeMucci on March 6, 2021. His contribution lives on through the many lives that he touched.