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Hibernian Newman Club holds 53rd annual St. Pat’s Luncheon

new 25 Hiberian PAGEArchbishop Cordileone gives the invocation at the 53rd Annual Hibernian Newman Club St. Pat’s Luncheon, March 17 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. (Photo by Chloe Jackman Photography)

April 6, 2017

On March 17, the Hibernian Newman Club held the 53rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon at the Westin St. Francis Hotel with 830 guests in attendance. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone was among the dignitaries attending and he gave the invocation.

The Hibernian Newman Club was established in 1964 by Archbishop Joseph McGucken for the purpose of providing financial support for the Newman Centers and other worthy charitable organizations in the archdiocese. During the luncheon program, club president Janet Holland presented a donation to the archbishop on behalf of the club’s board of directors.

Jack Fitzpatrick, a San Francisco native, was honored as the Hibernian of the Year. Fitzpatrick was recognized for his years of service on many boards, including Catholic Charities, Hanna Boys Center and the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center, and for providing grants of nearly $2 million annually to educational and charitable organizations in his role as executive director of the Carl Gellert and Cecilia Berta Gellert Foundation.

The keynote speaker at the lunch was Father Matt Foley, whose background includes missionary, parish priest, and Army chaplain. His ministries have included working with gang alternative programs in Chicago, and religious education for adults and children in rural Mexico. Father Foley also served four tours as a chaplain with airborne and special operations troops in Afghanistan and is currently serves as pastor of a parish in Arlington Heights, Illinois. If the name “Matt Foley” sounds familiar, it is because of Father Foley’s close friendship with Saturday Night Live comedian Chris Farley. Farley adopted “Matt Foley” as the name for his iconic “Motivational Speaker” character on the Saturday Night Live show.

Additional information about the Hibernian Newman Club, including membership information, can be found at hiberniannewman.com.

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