Speakers - Stewardship Seminar
Bishop Sylvester D. Ryan
Retired Bishop of Monterey
Following his priestly ordination in 1957 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Bishop Ryan, served as an associate priest at St. Agnes parish in Los Angeles and St. Anthony's in Long Beach, and taught in their respective high schools. He served as principal of two other Diocesan High Schools; Chaplain and Instructor at Mt. Saint Mary's College in Los Angeles; Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Tujunga-Sunland; President/Rector of the College Seminary in Camarillo.
He was ordained Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, May 31, 1990, and appointed Bishop of Monterey, California in 1992. He served on two committees of the National Conference of Bishops and was appointed Chairman of the Stewardship sub-committee for the Bishops' Conference for eight years; president of the California Conference of Bishops for six years.
Bishop Ryan retired in January 2007, after serving 161/2 years as Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey. He now lives in the southern part of the Diocese of Monterey and continues to serve the diocese in pastoral ministries, retreats, workshops, the Permanent Deacon formation Program and assisting in local parishes as needed. On occasion he conducts retreats and workshops in other dioceses.
Rev. Brendan McGuire
Holy Spirit Parish
Diocese of San Jose
Fr. Brendan McGuire is pastor of Holy Spirit Parish and School and co-Pastor at Our Lady of Refuge Parish both in San Jose, California. He is also Vicar General of the Diocese of San Jose. In his Vicar General role, he is responsible for special projects and in particular the implementation of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. Fr. Brendan was ordained a priest in 2000. He has an STB and Master’s degree in theology from St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, CA. He also has an undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering and Master’s degree in Computer Science and Math from Trinity College, Dublin. He is a native of Ireland and the youngest of twelve children.
Fr. Brendan brings a unique perspective to the role of Christian discipleship in the modern world. Most recently, Fr. Brendan has been speaking about the dynamics of anger and the Christian call to forgiveness. Fr. Brendan explores the causes of anger; productive ways to manage anger and how to take definite steps towards forgiveness and move back to the healthy life of freedom again. Fr. Brendan is a dynamic presenter whose passion for Christ and the Church comes through in every presentation.
Director of Stewardship and Pastoral Planning
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Sharon Hueckel (Winner of ICSC’s Bishop Connare Award in 2009), has been helping parishes embrace the spirituality of stewardship since the publication of the U.S. Bishops’ pastoral letter on stewardship in 1993. She is the author of three little books on stewardship -- a small group, faith-sharing version of the pastoral letter, The Disciple as Steward, a series of stewardship bulletin inserts called Stewardship by the Book, and Steward Saints for Every Day.
She has served on the Archdiocesan Stewardship Council for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and is on the steering committee for Parish Leadership Network, LA., a group of ten large parishes who gather regularly to share best practices. Her work as a parish director of administration, first in a cathedral parish of 1,200 families, then in a large, tri-lingual, southern California parish of 5,000 households, means she understands, first-hand, what kinds of stewardship formation and materials a parish needs and will use. Now in another very large, bi-lingual parish as director of stewardship and pastoral planning, she enjoys helping people see that the spirituality of stewardship – a lived attitude of grace, gratitude, and generosity – lies at the heart of all we say and do as Christian disciples.
Director of Parish Stewardship
Archdiocese of Seattle
Scott Bader has been Director of Parish Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Seattle for 16 years. He has served as a leader in the International Catholic Stewardship Council as well, including chairing the ICSC Parish Stewardship Education and Services Committee. He was a regular columnist on stewardship for Todays Parish magazine. Scott and his wife Jeanette and 3 kids live in Everett, Washington and are active in their parish, serving as chair of the stewardship commission for 6 years, and active in the community as well.
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