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Host Bob Gibson interviews coaches and players throughout the various Catholic high schools in Orange County. We’ve got another terrific program for you with a cornucopia of special guests!

Our guests include: Hank Evers (director of development and communications with the Orange Catholic Foundation). He’ll be talking about a huge honor that will soon be bestowed upon Mater Dei’s longtime head football coach, Bruce Rollinson. We’ll also hear from Eric Borba (baseball coach at Orange Lutheran H.S.) and Brett Kay (head baseball coach at J Serra H.S.).







Originally broadcast on 4/14/18


A banquet room filled with hundreds of the most prominent business figures in the Orange County area heard lessons on business leadership and innovation from the fields of Nicaragua to the halls of the Vatican April 17 during the 13th annual Orange Catholic Foundation Conference on Business and Ethics at the Hilton Costa Mesa.

The event, billed as “a forum for responsible leaders,” raises funds each year for deserving Catholic elementary school students, honors businesspeople for adherence to ethical practices and presents keynote speakers who address responsible business leadership.

One of the speakers took his leadership observations straight from the top: Pope Francis. Veteran Vatican journalist John Allen told the sold-out gathering that over the course of Francis’ first two years in the papacy three conspicuous leadership strategies have emerged, and these strategies account, in part, for a level of popular approval (about 90 percent among American Catholics and 78 percent among Americans in general) that is “nothing short of staggering.”

The pontiff, said Allen, is “successfully re-branding the Church” and has “created a new missionary moment for Catholicism.” As a result, he added, “Today there is a kind of lens of sympathetic new interest” in the Church across all populations.

How has Francis done it? Allen, an author and an associate editor of The Boston Globe and the senior Vatican analyst for CNN, listed three specific approaches to leadership.

First, he said, the pope leads by example. He cited Francis’ now-familiar “gestures of personal simplicity and humility”: riding with the cardinals on the shuttle bus after his election and personally paying his hotel bill, asking the faithful to pray for him in his first words from the papal balcony, eschewing the papal palace for humbler living quarters.

Are these gestures genuine or calculated? Both, said Allen. “Beneath that humble, simple exterior lies the heart and mind of a brilliant Jesuit politician.”

The pope, said Allen, is aiming for a “Copernican revolution in the Church” and “he has to do it by his own example.”

Francis’ second significant leadership lesson, said Allen, is one common to all Jesuit superiors: “consult widely, but make the decisions yourself.” The pope not only stays in close contact with a committee of bishops who are “out in the trenches” rather than Vatican insiders, and also maintains a pipeline of communication directly to the faithful. Allen referred to Francis as “the cold call pope” for his habit of picking up the phone and calling individuals without advance notice. “He wants to be sure he remains in contact with ordinary people,” said Allen. “It’s an important aspect of governance.”

Finally, said Allen, Francis is “not afraid to ignore advice when there’s something important at stake.” The bottom line: trust your gut.

The conference’s second keynote speaker, Dr. Carolyn Woo, also advocated a three-point leadership approach in addressing the scourge of extreme poverty throughout the world. Woo, the president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, said CRS attacks the issue by asserting that extreme poverty 1) “is not OK”, 2) “It is my problem”, and 3) “We can solve it.”

It is this approach, she said, that CNS is advocating for businesses as well, through a business-CNS partnership “that we call shared value” and that is based on Catholic social teaching regarding the “preferential option for the poor.”

“For all the work that we do,” she said, “we need business as partners.”

Such programs as sustainable land use in Nicaragua—where a failing maize farmer was given seed and instruction to plant passion fruit instead and subsequently succeeded—to 200 businesses in El Salvador working with CNS on training programs for at-risk youth, the partnership between public and private entities works, said Woo.

“Charity is not only personal in nature,” she said, quoting Pope Benedict, “it’s also institutional in nature.”

Business sometimes is thought of “as a necessary evil,” said Woo, “but business should be a necessary good—a force for good to honor God.”

The two businessmen who were presented with the Bishop’s Award for Exemplary Business Integrity at the conference were cited for putting Woo’s words into practice. They were S. Paul Musco, the founder of Gemini Industries and Relief Pod International and Richard M. Helm, the division president and CEO of the Western Region of Clark Construction.

Also honored with the Farmers & Merchants Bank Lifetime Achievement Award were the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.

The conference raised $280,000.


More than 650 business and community leaders gathered early this morning to support Catholic education in Orange County. The 13th annual Conference on Business and Ethics, held at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa, was sponsored by the Orange Catholic Foundation. The nonprofit, founded in 2000 by Bishop Tod Brown, raised $250,000 for tuition assistance programs for Catholic education within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, a record for the annual event.

Each year the conference aims to promote ethical business practices. Several business leaders were honored for their example of ethical leadership and integrity. This year’s honorees included Sebastian Paul Musco, founder of Gemini Industries and Relief Pod International, and Richard Heim, division president and CEO of the Western Region of Clark Construction. They were recognized during the event with the prestigious Bishop’s Award for Exemplary Business Integrity for their unique professional accomplishments and personal dedication to ethical business practices.

“We are blessed to have so many business people that lead their companies according to resolute and compassionate ethical codes that respect their employees, associates, and our communities. I am again inspired by two such leaders that have excelled in their respective professions without sacrificing their commitment to leading their lives as Christ has shown us. Paul and Richard are truly applying their faith in all aspects of their lives and I am blessed to recognize their efforts and commitment at this year’s conference,” said Bishop Vann.

Also recognized were the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange, honored with the prestigious Farmers & Merchants Bank Lifetime Achievement Award for the innumerable contributions they have made to all aspects of life in Orange County, Calif.

Keynote presentations by President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services Dr. Carolyn Woo and by John Allen, Jr., associate editor of Crux and the Boston Globe were a highlight of the breakfast event.

“The annual Conference on Business and Ethics is an important part of OCF’s overall mission to create endowment funds, nurture planned giving, raise funds, and encourage stewardship to support all aspects of the Catholic faith in Orange County. It is an honor to bring the values of faith, integrity and service above self together with powerful keynote presentations and to raise money for our Catholic schools at the same time. The half-day event is an important fundraiser to allow the Catholic schools in the diocese to be available, accessible, and affordable to all students of all social and economic strata by providing scholarships to students in grades K-8 who require financial assistance,” said Cynthia Bobruk, executive director of OCF.