Splendor of Truth Gala November 29, 2018


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 its three key initiatives serving priests and deacons, married couples, and medical professionals.  These initiatives are:  
  • Converging Roads: Where Health Care Ethics and Medicine Converge
  • Together in Holiness: Where Spouses Discover God’s Plan for their Family
  • Shepherd’s Heart: Where Clergy Embrace Christ’s Heart for Life and Family
  The St. John Paul II Foundation has experienced extraordinary growth in our four-year history. This year we will bring 18 conferences to cities across the country—from San Francisco to Worcester, St. Augustine to Tulsa, and Houston to Charlotte. Your support makes this possible. We invite you to join us in supporting work that encounters spouses, clergy, and medical professionals where they are, providing the highest quality faith formation and ethical instruction. The work of this national Catholic organization is more important today than ever before.

Gala Committee

Janet and Will Cravens
Kathy and Bill Lawrence
Melinda and Martin Matulia
Cathy and Jim McConn
Cindy and Arland Nichols
Gretchen and Ken Penny
Tricia and Mike Streitmann
Candice and Ed Tyrrell
Amber and Preston Young
I invite you to join us for this opportunity to support our work and to hear from one of our truly great bishops, who also spent nine years in Rome under the pontificate of  St. John Paul II - Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. 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:   $20,000
  • Saint John Paul II Table:   $10,000
  • Pope John Paul II Table:   $5,000
  • Cardinal Karol Wojtyla Table:   $2,500
  • Individual Tickets:   $250

Underwrite Event:

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



  • Thursday, November 29, 2018

  • Cocktails | 6:00pm
  • Dinner | 7:00pm
  • Houston Country Club
  • Cocktail Attire


Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix

The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., July 2, 1973. He was ­installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix December 20, 2003. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix he served as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas, after being ordained Coadjutor Bishop on April 20, 1999. Before serving in Wichita, he served as the Rector / President of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Catholic Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Since 1974, Bishop Olmsted has been a member of the Jesus Caritas ­fraternity of priests, and thus has been deeply influenced by the witness and wisdom of Charles de Foucauld and by the prayers and encouragement of many brother priests. For 16 years, Bishop Olmsted lived in Rome, Italy, where he obtained a master’s degree in theology, a doctorate in Canon Law, and worked more than nine years in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. During the nine years of serving in the Holy See, he resided at the Pontifical North American College and assisted seminarians with spiritual direction. Having been reared on a family farm on the Kansas-Nebraska border, he attended a single-room grade school near Oketo, Kansas, and a small rural high school in Summerfield, Kansas. His first contact with Catholic schools came when he entered St. Thomas Seminary College in Denver, Colo., from which he graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.



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