The Splendor of Truth Gala raises critical funds that allow the St. John Paul II Foundation to proclaim the Good News about life and family through education and formation. Our three key initiatives serve medical professionals, married couples, and priests and deacons.  These initiatives are:

The St. John Paul II Foundation has experienced extraordinary growth in our five-year history. This year we will bring 20 conferences to cities across the country—from San Francisco to New Orleans, Phoenix to St. Louis, and Houston to Charlotte. Our work for life and family is more important today than ever before and your support makes it possible.
I invite you to join us for this opportunity to support our work and to hear from an amazing speaker, Dr. Mario Enzler, who spent three years as a Swiss Guard under the pontificate of  St. John Paul II. You are sure to have a memorable evening with friends and fellow supporters who share your conviction about the importance of forming medical professionals, spouses, and clergy in order to strengthen families and transform our society.
–Arland K. Nichols, President

Join Us

If you have questions or would like more information, please email [email protected]  

Sponsor a Table:

  • John Paul the Great Table:   $40,000
  • Saint John Paul II Table:   $20,000
  • Pope John Paul II Table:   $10,000
  • Cardinal Karol Wojtyla Table:   $5,000
  • Archbishop of Krakow Table:   $2,500
  • Individual Tickets:   $250

Underwrite Event:

All Underwriters receive recognition in the evening's program and on the website.  
  • $7,500   Late Night Cocktails
  • $5,000   Cocktail Reception
  • $3,000   Auction Trip
  • $3,000   Auction Services
  • $2,500   A/V Setup
    • $1,000   Gala Material Design and Printing
    • $500      Auction Airfare
    • $250      Clergy & Seminarian Sponsorship
SOLD - $3,000 Gala Decor
  • SOLD - $2,500 Valet
  • SOLD - $1,000 Invitation Postage

Gala Committee

  • Gala Chair
Cathy and Jim McConn
  • Underwriting Chair
Elisabeth and Tim Belton
  • Gala Committee
Neely and Curt Besetsny
Lauren and Bill Granberry
Cindy and Arland Nichols
Genny and Kohl Stewart
Candice and Ed Tyrrell
Paula and Steve Winter



  • Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • Cocktails  6:00pm  |  Dinner  7:00pm
  • The Briar Club
  • Cocktail Attire



Dr. Mario Enzler has a rich and diverse academic and professional formation. After finishing his studies in Milan, he joined the Swiss Guard and served under St. John Paul II for three years in the double capacity of soldier and conductor of the Swiss Guard Band. Following his time of service at the Vatican, he joined UBS and worked for eighteen years in investment banking and corporate finance. While traveling around the world working in the banking industry, he received professional formation and obtained the CFA and the IAF. He then left the financial world for full-time work in Catholic education. Dr. Enzler's first position was at the classical-curriculum academy that Dr. Enzler and his wife founded in NH after moving there to be near his newly-widowed mother-in-law and not finding any adequate educational options for his 5 children. Currently Dr. Enzler is at the Busch School of Business and Economics at the Catholic University of America. When he is not in his office or with students in a classroom, he can be often found speaking at conferences or men's retreats where he shares about the role Saint John Paul II had in helping him into a better man, executive and leader.



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