As She Lay Dying after a Tragic Hiking Accident, Angela Baird’s ability to draw on her faith left a lasting impression on those around her

As She Lay Dying after a Tragic Hiking Accident, Angela Baird’s ability to draw on her faith left a lasting impression on those around her

Nineteen-year-old Angela Baird died Nov. 6, 1997, after a tragic hiking accident, barely two months into her sophomore year at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. On the surface, there might seem to be little extraordinary about her death other than that her family and friends will dearly miss the energetic girl with the…

Queen Elizabeth II Meets the Queen of Heaven…poignantly, on Mary’s Birthday

Queen Elizabeth II Meets the Queen of Heaven…poignantly, on Mary’s Birthday

OldHollywoodandBeyond—That Queen Elizabeth II would end her earthly sojourn today, September 8, 2022, the Feast of the Birth of Mary, Mother of Jesus, is poignant and special. On a personal note, as the Queen was getting ready to breathe her last, my 96-year-old father, recovering in the hospital, and I, said the Holy Rosary for…

Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96, on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin

(CNA)—Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and the oldest and longest-serving head of state in the world, died at the age of 96 Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after a brief illness. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, born on April 21, 1926, was the elder daughter of Prince Albert, duke of York, and…

Vin Scully, Devout Catholic, Legendary Dodgers Broadcaster, Dead at 94

Vin Scully, Devout Catholic, Legendary Dodgers Broadcaster, Dead at 94

Vince “Vin” Scully, devout Catholic, famed sportscaster and legendary MLB broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 67 years straight, dead today—August 2, 2022—at the age of 94. George Weigel summed up the famous sportscaster’s life well, in an article (First Things, June 15, 2016): “Vin Scully has lived through tragedies that would have crushed…

Inspirational Nobel Prize Nominee Dr. Vladimir Zelenko loses four-year battle with rare form of cancer

Inspirational Nobel Prize Nominee Dr. Vladimir Zelenko loses four-year battle with rare form of cancer

It is with great sadness and respect that we at Catholic Business Journal honor the passing of Nobel Prize-nominated Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a man of profound faith and most recently renown for saving more than 7,500 lives during the pandemic with his scientific protocol, in spite of himself having been given a terminal cancer diagnosis…

Order of Malta: Grand Magistry announces death of H.E. the Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra’ Marco Luzzago

Order of Malta: Grand Magistry announces death of H.E. the Lieutenant of the Grand Master Fra’ Marco Luzzago

The Order of Malta on Tuesday announced the death of Fra’ Marco Luzzago, who had led the 1,000-year-old institution since 2020. In a June 7 statement, the order said that the 71-year-old died after a “sudden illness” at Villa Ciccolini in the Italian province of Macerata. The Italian medical doctor, who was related to Pope…

OBIT: Hank Evers, whose life continues to inspire

OBIT: Hank Evers, whose life continues to inspire

In November of 2020, Santiago Retreat Center Vice President of Philanthropy and our Brother in Christ Hank Evers was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal cancer.  During this past year, we walked with Hank on his heroic Camino of suffering, made particularly difficult by the Covid restrictions on healthcare facilities. Doctor visits, hospital stays, chemo infusions, all…

CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Nick Thomm

CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Nick Thomm

Everything about Nick Thomm exudes the principle: Do what you love, anchored in Christ! In the case of this unique Catholic Business Profile, the much-loved, devout Catholic, understated and ever positive Nicholas Alexander Thomm, former executive producer at Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, died November 24, 2020, after a 14-year battle with brain…

OBIT: Dr. Henry Joseph Zeiter, Devout Catholic, Philanthropist and World-Renown Ophthalmologist

OBIT: Dr. Henry Joseph Zeiter, Devout Catholic, Philanthropist and World-Renown Ophthalmologist

Dr. Henry Joseph Zeiter died in his Lodi, California, home on Sunday, December 20, 2020. A beloved husband, father, and grandfather, a world-renowned ophthalmologist, and a generous philanthropist, he was also a faithful friend of Thomas Aquinas College, having served for 34 years on its Board of Governors. Henry was born in Serhel, Lebanon, on…

OBIT: Tommy Lasorda – You may not be “Dodger Blue” but ya gotta love Tommy, Baseball, and Tommy’s Catholic Faith

OBIT: Tommy Lasorda – You may not be “Dodger Blue” but ya gotta love Tommy, Baseball, and Tommy’s Catholic Faith

Dodger Blue lost a legend this month, its famed manager Tommy Lasorda died on January 8, 2021.  Having recently been released from a two-month hospital stay, Lasorda suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at home. He was 93. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jo, their daughter and granddaughter. He was preceded in…

Obituary: Much admired EWTN News President Andrew Walther succumbs to complications related to leukemia

Obituary: Much admired EWTN News President Andrew Walther succumbs to complications related to leukemia

Catholic and political leaders paid tribute to the late EWTN News president Andrew Walther on Monday and Tuesday. Walther, who died Nov. 1, was remembered as a communications strategist, an advocate for persecuted Christians, a faithful Catholic, and a husband and father. Walther died on All Saints’ Day, from complications related to leukemia. He had…

OBIT: Thomas Howard: Inspiring Teacher, Prolific Author, Catholic Convert for Whom “Evangelical is not Enough”

OBIT: Thomas Howard: Inspiring Teacher, Prolific Author, Catholic Convert for Whom “Evangelical is not Enough”

I was shocked to learn that Thomas Howard had died last week at age 83.  It just seemed, as odd as it sounds to say, so out of character for the lively, inspiring and fiercely bow-tie-affectionado professor, speaker and Catholic convert who was ever so full of life, good wit and clear discernment. It is…

Catholic Nobel Prize Laureate: North Ireland’s John Hume remembered as great peacemaker

Catholic Nobel Prize Laureate: North Ireland’s John Hume remembered as great peacemaker

CNA—Retired politician and Nobel laureate John Hume, a major leader in the effort to secure peace in Northern Ireland, died Monday at the age of 83. Many leaders in the region praised his success in responding to one of Europe’s longstanding conflicts. “I was leader of a great team of people, all of whom have…

OBIT: Grand Master of the Order of Malta dies at 75

OBIT: Grand Master of the Order of Malta dies at 75

CNA—The Grand Master of the Order of Malta Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre died early Wednesday at the age of 75. Dalla Torre had been in treatment for throat cancer in Rome in recent months. He is remembered by the Order of Malta for his kindness, appreciation of the arts, and charity towards the poor and…

A Franciscan friar and deacon is DC’s first known coronavirus fatality

A Franciscan friar and deacon is DC’s first known coronavirus fatality

CNA—A Franciscan friar is the first person known to have died as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the District of Columbia. Brother John-Sebastian Laird-Hammond, OFM, was hospitalized with the virus last week, and died Friday, the Washington Post reported. The friar, who also was a permanent deacon, had been in residence at the Franciscan…

Kobe remembered: Video and Transcript

Kobe remembered: Video and Transcript

Kobe and Shaq, Magic Johnson, Coach Phil Jackson, Three-Peat Lakers, and the great Michael Jordan (of the Bulls).  When I think of pro basketball, those names come to mind. Every time.  If I think a little more, LeBron James, sometimes Steph Curry and sometimes the older names of Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. That said,…

OBIT: Duluth’s Bishop Paul Sirba dies unexpectedly at 59

OBIT: Duluth’s Bishop Paul Sirba dies unexpectedly at 59

Bishop Paul Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota died on Sunday, after suffering a heart attack before offering Mass. He was 59 years old. “It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I must inform you of tragic news regarding our Bishop,” said a Dec. 1 statement from Fr. James B. Bissonette, who had…

The World’s Oldest Nun who Defied the Nazis and Sheltered Jews

The World’s Oldest Nun who Defied the Nazis and Sheltered Jews

A Polish Catholic nun who defied the Nazis by shielding local Jews in a convent in Vilnius, Lithuania, died at 110 years of age last September 2018. Her life remains an inspiration to those of us living today, especially for Catholic business professionals as we face increasing government encroachment on civil and religious liberties.—ed.  It…

Catholics for the Common Good Founder Bill Mays Dies May 11

Catholics for the Common Good Founder Bill Mays Dies May 11

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Bill May, the courageous, fearless, focused founder of Catholics for the Common Good and a good friend to Catholic Business Journal.  We will post an obit in the next week or so, for now here is the announcement by Mays’ family and a link…

Jean Vanier, Champion and Friend to Intellectually Disabled, Founder of L’Arche, dies at 90

Jean Vanier, Champion and Friend to Intellectually Disabled, Founder of L’Arche, dies at 90

CNA—Beloved founder of L’Arche, Jean Vanier died May 7, at the age of 90. He died at a L’Arche home in Paris, where he had entered palliative care several weeks ago, after a protracted battle with cancer. Vanier will be mourned by his friends: the weak, the indigent, the forgotten, the disturbed, the rejected, and…

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