2015 Washington, D.C. Awards Dinner
November 6, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
SOAR! held its 2015 Washington, D.C. Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, November 6 at the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street NW.
The dinner, which honored Bishop William G. Curlin, Patricia McGuire and John F. Treseler, benefited the aged and infirm religious.
Bishop William G. Curlin was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1927, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1957 at age 29 by Cardinal Patrick O’Boyle at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington, DC. From 1970-83 he served as pastor of St. Mary Mother of God Church in Washington. On November 2, 1988, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop by Pope John Paul II.
From his first parish assignment after ordination as assistant to the senior auxiliary bishop of Washington, DC, John MacNamara, Bishop Curlin devoted his priestly life to spiritual and corporal works of mercy. During his time in Washington, he founded several homes for the poor and homeless with terminal diseases, especially AIDS, and thus began a lengthy collaboration with Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
On February 22, 1994, Curlin was named Bishop of Charlotte, North Carolina and installed two months later on April 13, 1994. He is noted as a powerful homilist with his stories of the love of God and reconciliation between enemies and broken families. In 2001 he founded the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte Housing Corporation. Curlin Commons, an affordable senior apartment community in Mooresville, NC is named in his honor. Upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75, Curlin resigned as Bishop of Charlotte in September of 2002. As a retired priest he sees his current ministry as one of providing spiritual support to God’s people primarily bringing him to hospitals and nursing homes, which he visits on a daily basis. He was succeeded in 2003 by Bishop Peter J. Jugis.
Patricia McGuire has been president of Trinity Washington University since 1989. Previously, she was the assistant dean for development and external affairs at Georgetown University Law Center where she was also an adjunct professor of law. She began her career after law school as the project director for the Street Law clinical program at Georgetown.
Ms. McGuire serves on a number of boards including the Consortium of Universities, Cafritz Foundation, College Success Foundation – DC, United Educators and the Ameritas Holding Company. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has also appointed her to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance of the U.S. Department of Education. She writes and speaks on a wide variety of topics in higher education, women’s issues and Catholic education.
She holds honorary degrees from several universities, and has received recognition in the Washington Post, Washingtonian magazine, Washington Business Journal and other media outlets. In 2007 she was named “Leader of the Years” by the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and in 2012 she received the Henry Paley Award from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She earned her law degree at Georgetownin 1977 and her baccalaureate degree cum laude at Trinity.
John F. Treseler:
John F. Treseler, son of the late Frederick and Margaret Mary Treseler, was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. One of nine children, Mr. Treseler is a product of the parochial school system throughout his elementary and high school years and went on to attend Marquette University where he meet his wife, Peggy. After moving to Washington, DC, Mr. Treseler earned his Masters at the University of Maryland. The Treselers have four children.
Mr. Treseler is the executive vice president of the John C. Grimberg Company, a local engineering and contracting firm. The firm has been and still is a generous supporter of all that is Catholic in the Washington, DC area. He maintains an active presence in his local parish, St. Mary’s in Rockville, where he has served as chairs of the school advisory board and building committees, and held memberships on the capital campaign, strategic planning and principal selection as well as other committees. Mr. Treseler has served as a CCD teacher, CYO coach and marriage preparation sponsor. For his faithful service on the parish level, John was awarded the Archdiocese of Washington “Medal of Merit.”
As president of the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County, Mr. Treseler founded the Catholic Elementary School Need Based Scholarship Program. He has been honored by CBN with the Business/School Partnership Award in 1998 and the Founders Award in 2010. Mr. Treseler is past president of the Gonzaga College High School Fathers Club. Currently he is president of the Gonzaga Business Network, serves on the Georgetown Visitation Board of Trustees, chairs the Buildings and Grounds Committee and is a member of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee. Mr. Treseler also currently serves on the Catholic Charities Presidents Council.