Splendor of Truth Gala November 30, 2017


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 three-year history. This year we will bring 12 conferences to cities across the country—from San Francisco to Boston, Orlando to Omaha and Houston to Wichita. 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 Chairs
Christi and Dean Quinn

Host Committee

Janet and Will Cravens
Cathy and Jim McConn
Kelly and John Mooz
Cindy and Arland Nichols
Tricia and Mike Streitmann
Leslie and Steven Shofner
Candice and Ed Tyrrell
Every year this gala gets bigger and better, allowing the Foundation to reach even more people with the Good News about life and family. Please come and join us not only to support our work, but for a rare opportunity to hear from a truly world-class expert on our patron, 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


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


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  • Thursday, November 30, 2017

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


Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center

George Weigel is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. From 1989 through June 1996, Mr. Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues. From June 1996, as a Senior Fellow, Mr. Weigel prepared a major study of the life, thought, and action of Pope John Paul II. Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II was published to international acclaim in the fall of 1999, and has since been translated into twelve languages, with a Chinese edition currently in progress. Mr. Weigel is the author or editor of some twenty other books, including The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (Doubleday, 2010); Practicing Catholic: Essays Historical, Literary, Sporting, and Elegiac (Crossroad, 2012); Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (Basic, 2013); Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (Basic, 2013) and City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków (Image, 2015). His essays, op-ed columns, and reviews appear regularly in major opinion journals and newspapers across the United States. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Senior Vatican Analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to eighty-five newspapers and magazines in seven countries. Mr. Weigel received a B.A. from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and an M.A. from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. He is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates in fields including divinity, philosophy, law, and social science.

  • You and your guests will join Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza for a private dinner prepared by one of Houston’s top chefs. Date and location to be determined based on mutual availability.

  • Bar H Bar Ranch in Lampasas, Texas - Join TV personality and avid hunter Father Mitch Pacwa and experience a glimpse of Africa - just one hour north of Austin. The trip will include lodging, food, drink, and a day-long guided hunt (processing not included). Dates to be determined based on mutual availability. Generously donated by Bar H Bar Ranch

  • Enjoy a private suite at Kyle Field, one of the premier stadiums in college football. Includes (14) tickets to the game of your choice - LSU or Clemson - in the upcoming 2018 season. Generously donated by Linda and Ralph Schmidt

  • Rekindle the romance with a spring weekend at a private ranch. Located within 30 minutes of Kerrville and Fredericksburg, discover some of Texas’ finest wineries, restaurants and shopping. Or enjoy the 150 acres hiking around the ranch. Do as much or as little as you would like. This comes with a $500 gift card to cover cost of tastings, meals, and shopping. Generously donated by Tricia and Mike Streitmann

  • Delight in a collection of items to honor Mary and help us find peace and hope in our lives. Items include a Saint John Paul II Cross, Miraculous Medal jewelry, Rosary blessed by Saint John Paul II, Mary Garden Statue and a spa package.

Join Us

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
  • $1,000  Gala Material Design and Printing
  • $1,000  Invitation Postage
  • $250  Clergy & Seminarian Sponsorship
  • SOLD - $2,500  Gala Decor
  • SOLD - $2,500  Valet

Thank you!

We are grateful to those who have generously committed to sponsoring a table or underwriting the event. 

John Paul the Great
Sylvia and Joe Trumble

Saint John Paul II
Linda and Ralph Schmidt
Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham
Strake Foundation

Pope John Paul II
Frierson, Solá, Simonton & Kutac, PLLC
Amber and Preston Young
Scanlan Foundation

Cardinal Karol Wojtyla

Sherlynn and Roger Burks
Kathlyn Curtis-Why I Love Houston Properties
Valerie and Pat Draughon
Pam and Keith Fullenweider
Nancy Gold
Lucky Landscape Supply
Jenny and Josh Martin
Vickie and Patrick McCarthy
McGriff, Seibels and Williams
Kelly and John Mooz
Kathy and Rick Plaeger
Christi and Dean Quinn
Tricia and Michael Streitmann
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
Candice and Ed Tyrrell
Raye White

Nichole and Todd Dittmann – Material Design and Printing
Dr. Brooke Jemelka – Material Design and Printing
Stream Realty – Valet
Barbara and Arland Coleman – Gala Décor
Linda and Ralph Schmidt – Auction Items
Tricia and Michael Streitmann – Auction Items


Houston Country Club

1 Potomac Dr
Houston, TX 77057

Valet: Complimentary - thanks to Stream Realty!

For More Information Contact:
Amy Norris
[email protected]





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