Stewards, family, friends and Papal Foundation staff on Monday after Mass with Archbishop Timothy Broglio and Bishop Joe Coffey in the Archdiocese for the Military Service’s chapel

The Stewards of Saint Peter gathered in our nation’s capital December 4-6 for fellowship, to join in prayer and the celebration of the Eucharist, and to conduct important Foundation business. The Willard Intercontinental Hotel, which was adorned in Christmas decorations, was once again host to the event.

The beautiful mosaics and altar of St. Matthew’s Cathedral

The meeting kicked off Sunday night with a beautiful Mass at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral and continued with more than 30 Stewards, friends and Foundation staff at a delicious dinner at Mastro’s where conversations around each table focused on how so many Stewards have made overseas mission trips in 2022.

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Many Steward families went on mission trips in 2022

Monday began with Reconciliation and Mass hosted by the Archdiocese for the Military Services in their beautiful chapel. Our host for the morning, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, recently elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, held a Q&A session during which Stewards asked a wide range of questions.

The Archdiocese for the Military Service’s headquarters office

Archbishop Broglio mentioned his Nuncio work during his homily

Bishop Joe Coffey during Mass

Archbishop Timothy Broglio took questions from the Stewards

Upon returning from Mass, Stewards were treated to a luncheon presentation by Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America, in which she provided a post-election and post-Dobbs analysis of the state of the pro-life movement’s efforts to build a culture of life throughout the country.

SBA Pro-Life American president Marjorie Dannenfelser

For many of the Foundation’s Trustees, the luncheon was followed by Investment committee and Grants Review committee meetings.

But many Stewards took advantage of an optional tour of the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of The Catholic University of America.

Dinner at the Willard included an update on the Foundation’s activities from yours truly, but the highlight of the evening was a moving presentation by Steward and Mission Fund committee chairman Jim Towey, who spoke about his many years of friendship and work with Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Jim recently published a book about his times with Saint Mother Teresa, and Stewards in attendance were treated to signed copies of the book, To Love and To Be Loved.

Steward of Saint Peter Jim Towey spoke about Saint Mother Teresa

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Tuesday kicked off with Gospel reflection lead by Eustace Mita, followed by Mass celebrated by Father Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P., University and Director of Campus Ministry chaplain for Catholic University.

Gospel Reflection

Father Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P.

Steward Kevin Clayton

Steward Kim Shea

Following Mass, a breakfast buffet followed and Brian Burch, president of Catholic Vote, provided Stewards with an analysis of the 2022 Senate and House election results, along with a preview of what’s ahead for issues of interest to Catholics.

Brian Burch, president of Catholic Vote

A group of Stewards then took part in a tour of the Saint John Paul II Shrine, while another group of Stewards participated in a Development committee meeting before heading over to the Apostolic Nunciature for the Board of Trustees meeting. The Board meeting was followed by a beautiful and joyous reception and dinner, hosted by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. Foundation President Eustace Mita served as master of ceremonies and Foundation Vice Chairman Rob Neal offered a toast to the Holy Father.

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The Board of Trustees elected Stewards Paul Hill, Tim Ristoff and Cosmo DeNicola as Trustees to three year terms, and also approved the annual slate of officers and committee members.

It was wonderful to see so many Stewards of Saint Peter together, and Jim, Jane, John, Sharon, Ian and I were blessed to be with them too!

We are grateful to Archbishop Christophe Pierre and his team for their generous hospitality throughout the day and into the evening on Tuesday!

The excitement at our meeting in Washington provided so many reasons to feel blessed this Advent season!

Wishing you and your families continued peace as we approach Christmas!

Dave Savage
Executive Director