Transforming Philanthropy in Southern California
, was held at Saint
Andrew's Abbey on June 14, 2016. We approached this theme with a shared belief
best expressed by the American philanthropist and hotelier, Conrad Hilton:
“Charity is the great channel through which the mercy of God is passed on to
mankind. It is the virtue that unites men and inspires their noblest
keynote speaker was Fr. Luke Dysinger, O.S.B., an internationally renowned
scholar and teacher who specializes in Benedictine spirituality. His wit and
wisdom informed and inspired conference attendees about the impact of the Rule
of St. Benedict on charity and hospitality over the last 1500 years. Following Fr. Luke’s presentation was a
four-person panel comprised of top professionals associated with world of
philanthropy. They contributed important insights and vivid stories about the
power and beauty of giving.
below my selections of valuable quotes made during the conference by both Fr.
Luke and the following members of our expert panel: Fr. Jim Heft, President of
the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies and Alton Brooks Professor of
of Southern California; Carol
, Director of Development for
the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange; E. Stephen Voss,
and CEO of International Institute of Los Angeles (IILA); and, Sr.
Nadine McGuinness, C.S.J., Ph.D., Board Member, St. Joseph Hospital
Foundation Board. Please note, too, that Fr. Luke’s presentation can be read by
I’m especially grateful to Fr. Luke, Fr. Jim, Carol, Steve, and Sr. Nancy, who
contributed their talents and gifts to the success of our conference. Special
thanks to those who attended our conference, particularly Michael Schwartz, Senior Vice
President of Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc., which manages, among other
investment portfolios, Ave Maria Mutual Funds (Michael flew all the way from
Florida). Our Benedictine community deserves special note, too, because they shared
key reflections about philanthropic issues. I’d also like to thank all those in
the philanthropic community who expressed interest and support for this unique
Abbot Damien Toilolo, O.S.B.
“Benedictine spirituality is
inspired by the philanthropy of God, by God’s loving kindness, which touches all human hearts (Read Titus 3:4-7)… St. Benedict stressed ‘good zeal’ in prayer
and work in order to cultivate love and care of others, especially of the stranger, and to demonstrate genuine respect for others.”
“We’re all philanthropists. Giving is transforming.
It’s work and prayer together. It’s walking with all who are in need and who are weak.”
Fr. Jim Heft
is rooted deeply in the mystery of God.”
appreciation of Benedictine spirituality, I’ve developed a richer sense of my
core motivation to work in social services.”
Sr. Nadine McGuinness
“Philanthropy, for me, is a vocation, a calling from or an endeavor of God. It reaches beyond
unexpected borders. It connects the capable with the needy. But aren’t we all both capable and needy?”
“St. Andrew's Abbey is a very peaceful place and I highly recommend going there. Fr. Luke Dysinger's presentation was very informative and very worthwhile."