Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Episcopal Moderator
Born in Chicago, Illinois on January 16, 1937, Francis Cardinal George is the first native Chicagoan to serve as Archbishop of Chicago. He studied theology at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and was ordained in the Oblates of Mary Immaculate on December 21, 1963. Cardinal George earned a master’s degree in philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1965 and a doctorate in American philosophy at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1970. In 1971, he received a master’s degree in theology from the University of Ottawa. He also obtained a Doctorate of Sacred Theology in ecclesiology from the Pontifical University Urbaniana in Rome (1988). He became a Cardinal on February 21, 1998.
Noel Moore, Chair
Noel Moore graduated from the University of Chicago in 1981. During the 1980s, he began working on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, and, by the late 1980s, Noel had left the floor to focus exclusively on developing proprietary trading strategies. At the end of 1991, he founded a global macro trading advisory firm where he built a record of consistent, low-risk returns for 16 years. Currently, Noel invests and trades across all financial markets. He is a managing equity partner for Traditum and Endurance Asset Management, a fund of funds LP. Noel and his wife of 27 years, Michele, are the proud parents of five children, who range in age from 12 to 23. For the past 26 years, they have worshiped at St. Luke Parish in River Forest. Noel and his wife are also active members of the River Forest Tennis Club.
Rev. Thomas Baima
Thomas A. Baima is a priest of the archdiocese of Chicago and provost of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, where he also teaches systematic theology. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of ecclesiology, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, and missiology. Fr. Baima is the author of The Concordat of Agreement Between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Lessons on the Way Toward Full Communion, and co-author of Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s Supper.
Christopher Clardy, MD, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section Chief in Pediatric Nephrology, and Coordinator of Inpatient Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital. A specialist in pediatric nephrology and pediatric critical care, Dr. Clardy has received numerous awards, including “Top Doctor in the Chicago Metro Area” by Castle Connolly Guide and “Best Physician in America” byAmerican Health Magazine. Clardy attended medical school at the University of Virginia. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, the Christian Community Health Fellowship, the Christian Medical & Dental Society, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
John T. Cusack is the Vice-Chairman of DLA Piper’s Finance Group and Co-Chairman of DLA Piper’s Real Estate Capital Markets Group and he has been a partner of DLA Piper and its predecessor firms for over 25 years. His legal practice is in the area of corporate and finance law. Among his clients are financial institutions, private equity funds and corporations and partnerships, both public and private. John is also an active investor holding interest in a number of privately held companies in various industries, including real estate, retail distribution and technology. John received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Drew University in 1980 and a JD from George Washington University Law School in 1983. He is a member of the bars of the states of New York and Illinois. John is married to Elizabeth Cusack and has three children. He has been a member of Saint Clement Parish in Chicago for over 20 years. He also sits on the board of City Year Chicago and is a member of the Saddle & Cycle Club of Chicago.
Rev. Brian Daley, S.J.
Fr. Brian Daley, S.J. is Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He received B.A. degrees from Fordham University (1961) and the University of Oxford (1964), where he completed an M.A. in 1967 and a D.Phil. in 1978. He received a Ph.L. from Loyola Seminary, Shrub Oak, NY, in 1966, and a Lic.theol. from Hochschule Skt. Georgen, Frankfurt, in 1972. Fr. Daley is a historical theologian, who specializes in the study of the early Church, particularly the development of Christian doctrine from the fourth to the eighth centuries. His most recent books are The Hope of the Early Church, and On The Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies.
Thomas J. Donatelli
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. She is a political philosopher whose task has been to show the connections between our political and ethical convictions. Her books include Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social Thought; The Family in Political Thought; Meditations on Modern Political Thought, Women and War, Democracy on Trial, and Augustine and the Limits of Politics.
Julie Jansen Kraemer
Charles W. Mulaney Jr.
Charles W. (“Chip”) Mulaney, Jr, earned his A.B. degree at Georgetown University in 1971 and his juris doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1974. Chip is currently a Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions (friendly and hostile), joint ventures and corporate financings. He counsels clients on a broad range of securities and corporate matters, including disclosure issues, the duties of directors and governance matters. Chip was named Best Lawyers’ “2013 Chicago Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year,” and has repeatedly been listed in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and The Best Lawyers in America, and was selected for inclusion in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers 2009 and Crain’s Chicago’s Who’s Who 2012 list. A member of the Board of Advisors of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago since 1982, Chip served as chairman of the organization’s board of directors from 2008 to 2010. He also served on Catholic Charities’ stewardship, major gifts and by-laws committees. He and his wife, Ellen, reside in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, and are the proud parents of three children.
Rev. Brian Paulson, S.J.
Rev. Brian Paulson, S.J. serves as Rector of the Loyola University Jesuit Community. Prior to his appointment in August 2010, Paulson was the President of Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois for 11 years. Paulson entered the Society of Jesus in 1981 and was ordained in 1992. He earned a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a master’s degree in political philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, an STB from Centre Sevres in Paris, a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Paulson currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Brebeuf Jesuit, Christ the King Jesuit College Prep/Chicago, Boston College, and the Lumen Christi Institute of Chicago.
James N. Perry, Jr.
James N. Perry, Jr. is a co-founder of Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago. He oversees MDP’s investing efforts in the telecommunications, media and technology services industries. Jim currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Chicago Archdiocese School Board, as well as the Board of Directors of the Big Shoulders Fund and the Advisory Board of Catholic Charities. He served as one of the first-ever lay Board Members of Catholic Relief Services between 2003 and 2009, and he currently now serves on the Catholic Relief Services Foundation Board. Jim was a founding funder of Father Robert Barron’s Catholicism documentary series, and he sits on the board of Fr Barron’s WordOnFire digital media evangelization enterprise. Jim also sits on the board Chicago Public Media, as well as the Institute on Religion and Public Life, which publishes First Things. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and he received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1985. Jim and his wife, Molly, have three children and reside in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.
J. Peter Ricketts
Steven G. Rothmeier
James A. Serritella