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  • April 28, 2020 12:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What is this feeling of displacement and how do I deal with it?

    A presentation to the Catholic Business Network of Baltimore
    By: Matt Anthony

    We’ve all experienced it.  That moment when an event you’ve planned, or something you assumed was going to happen, goes awry.  It can be triggered by something as simple as a flat tire or a sick child.  You miss an appointment or you have to cancel a night out, and you end up frustrated and out-of-sorts.

    That feeling is displacement, a disruption from the norm or the expected.  It occurs when something that you are relying on is removed in some way.  And our experiences of displacement start early in our lives.  My 6-year-old son HATES it when something is snatched out of his hand (which, unfortunately, is pretty often).  It sends him into a fury.  He had a plan for that exact crayon! How dare you take it from him!

    Of course there are major, life altering forms of displacement.  These are things like separation or divorce, job loss, significant health issues, or even the death of a loved one.

    It was on the evening of my wife’s birthday fourteen years ago that my doctor called (a call that I was expecting) to tell me that I had a brain tumor.  At the time, we were blissfully enjoying the early years of our marriage – and then, suddenly, our plans and dreams were put on hold and cast into serious doubt.

    Yeah, you can say that we felt a bit displaced.

    Since then, one of the key things that I have learned about displacement is that, while it is often triggered by an outside event, displacement is really your internal response to that external event.  And it is how well we are able to deal with the disruption in our lives that directly impacts our feelings of displacement.

    We all know that human beings, generally, are not thrilled with change – especially unexpected change.  We also don’t like losing control of something that we expect to be able to control.  And, as I’ve mulled over this for the past couple weeks, I’ve begun to think that our experiences of displacement actually start before that external, triggering event.

    So, are there ways that we can prepare ourselves for these unexpected disruptions?  We should all understand that there will be significant external events that cause feelings of displacement that, no matter how ‘prepared’ you may be, will hurt.  But a better understanding of displacement may help you deal with these moments.  My point is this: You control more of your experience of displacement than you may realize.

    Right now, we are all experiencing a common trigger of displacement.  Covid-19 has, without a doubt, sent people reeling.  It is truly a massive ‘WHO MOVED MY CHEESE!?!’ moment.  But, while Covid-19 is the common thread, each of our own experiences of displacement are as unique as we are as individuals. So, a coping mechanism that works for one person won’t necessarily work for the next.

    To get through this without losing our minds, we need to get a better grasp of our own feelings of displacement and try to recognize the opportunities that may be unfolding in front of us.  In order to do this, you should ask yourself where your primary feelings of anxiousness and uncertainty are.  It is your professional life? Your personal life?  Your spiritual life?

    As I reflected on this idea of displacement, I found myself thinking about a random passage in scripture.  Matthew 6: 25-31 – otherwise known as the ‘lilies of the field’ passage.  I kept thinking about it, then dismissing it, then it would pop back in my head again.  So, I found it in my bible and read it – and I came away with the same thing I always take from it.  “Yeah, that’s a nice idea.  God loves us so much that we can give up everything and He will take care of us.”  Well, there is no way that I am going to stop worrying about feeding and taking care of my family.  And I am certain Jesus doesn’t expect me to stop worrying about this either.  And for those of who who’ve lost your primary source of income, I know that you are worrying about how to pay the mortgage or rent – and how to feed those you love, too.

    So, why did the Holy Spirit slip this passage into my head?  Well, I decided to read on…

    “But strive FIRST for the kingdom of God and his righteousness and
    all these things will be given to you.”

    And there it was.  Simple as that.

    When I sponsored the CBNB meeting last August, my remarks included this: “we are all uniquely designed and created by God.  And we are created for a specific purpose.”  If we believe this and make this purpose a priority (if we ‘strive first’ for this), then this passage from Matthew doesn’t sound so crazy or out-of-touch.  Jesus is simply asking us to try to put God’s plan for us first.  Give it priority in your life.

    As a life-long Catholic, I am kind-of ashamed to admit that I don’t know 90% of the prayers that all good Catholics should know.  So, in my effort to make up for this, I’ve come up with an easy-to-remember 9-syllable prayer.  And I try to say it (and mean it) every morning.

    “Lord, let your will be done in my life.”

    If this comes true, then I’m pretty much set.  Right?

    Have you given much thought to what God has intended for you?  In this time of quarantine, there have been many instances of people discovering things about themselves – or about the world around them – that they hadn’t seen before.  These are moments of grace that God wants us to experience.  They help us move closer to the people we are called to be.  What have you discovered about yourself?

    On Sunday, March 22nd – the second Sunday that churches were closed – my family gathered in our living room for the live-stream Mass offered by our parish.  The Gospel that Sunday jumped out at me.  It is a story we’ve all heard many time.  You know, the one where Jesus MacGyver’d a cure for blindness using his spit and some dirt.  Pretty amazing stuff.

    One particular line jumped out at me – one that I’ve heard but never given much thought.  The disciples asked Jesus what caused the man’s blindness, the sins of his parents or the man’s own sins? 

    Jesus’ response?

    “He was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.”  (John 9:3)

    Who do we blame for our displacement?  We naturally turn to practical reasons for why crappy things happen.  The practical answers offer moments of hope, consolation.  Perhaps they give reason to the unreasonable.

    But when I heard that line in the Gospel, the script was flipped for me.  Rather than asking who is at fault for this pandemic or whose massive sin caused THIS, perhaps I should be asking how God’s works can be revealed through all of this.

    We are uniquely designed and created by God to be right here, right now. We need to ask ourselves: What is God asking me to do in this time and place?  I believe that your way through this (and any other) displacement starts with this question. 

    If this is something you want to discover about yourself, perhaps you can come up with your own home-made prayer.  Or you can borrow mine, if you’d like. 

    A sign that your prayer is being answered may come in the form of you feeling ‘nudged’ to do something.   Don’t ignore that nudge.  It just may be something that will lead you out of your displacement, because there is no greater feeling of peace and fulfillment than finding out what you are meant to do and doing it.

  • March 27, 2020 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ***URGENT REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE***

    St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation urgently needs latex gloves, masks and face shields to prepare for the coming wave of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases!

    If you can donate any of these items, please email the Foundation at: sjfoundation@umm.edu

    BLESS YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES!  

  • June 04, 2019 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Seventh-Annual Award Recognizes Leaders Exemplifying Faith in Business

    Catholic Business Network of Baltimore (CBNB) Honors BGE Home President and CEO Tamla Olivier with 2019 Leadership Award

    HUNT VALLEY, MD (June 4, 2019) – The Catholic Business Network of Baltimore (CBNB) is pleased to announce that BGE Home President and CEO Tamla Olivier will be the 2019 recipient of its Catholic Business Leadership Award.

    The award will be presented at CBNB’s 2019 Leadership Breakfast, to be held on June 28, 2019 from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 213 International Circle in Hunt Valley, Maryland.  Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori will be joining us to help make the presentation.

    “The Catholic Business Network of Baltimore is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Archdiocese of Baltimore in recognizing members of our business community who demonstrate a steadfast commitment to bringing their faith to their work,” said Meg Ducey, President-elect of CBNB. “Ms. Olivier stands as a shining example of our Catholic faith in action — and her leadership is an inspiration to us all. It is an honor and a privilege to present her with CBNB’s seventh annual Catholic Business Leadership Award.”

    Tamla Olivier joined Constellation in 2010 as Executive Director of Human Resources for Constellation NewEnergy before eventually becoming Senior Vice President, Constellation and President & CEO, BGE HOME.

    Olivier oversees the growth of Constellation’s home energy service operation, one of the largest in the nation. Nationally recognized, her complex service organization is essential to the prosperity of Constellation’s strategic plan to differentiate their deregulated gas & electricity offerings. Her work in this area has solidified customer relationships and driven profits for the organization. In her role as Vice President, she oversees all human resources efforts supporting Constellation’s commercial retail and wholesale business.

    A leader in the community, Olivier is co-chair of the women’s council for My Sister’s Place Women’s Center, a non-profit organization providing women and children with meals, case management services for housing, emergency financial assistance, education, and job training in Baltimore. She also serves on the boards of the Partners in Excellence Scholarship Program, which provides students with need-based scholarships for Baltimore City Catholic Schools, the Ronald McDonald House of Maryland, and Catholic Charities. She is involved with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, and Cardinal Shehan School.

    Prior to joining Constellation, Olivier served as a Vice President at T. Rowe Price for 11 years.  In that capacity, she was responsible for introducing a highly successful supervisor program that helped prepare high potential diverse talent for broader people management roles across the organization.,

    She also held a leadership role with United Defense, where she oversaw the implementation of the People Capability Maturity Model.  As Strategic Human Resources Partner for Wells Fargo, Olivier was responsible for a team tasked with developing leaders to act as change agents as the organization transitioned to a customer-centric strategy. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

    Emmy award winning WBFF-Fox 45 TV news anchor Jennifer Gilbert will serve as master of ceremonies for CBNB’s 2019 Leadership Breakfast. Gilbert joined FOX45 in 1993 and has covered the biggest stories in Baltimore, in addition to traveling nationally and internationally to cover events such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

    CBNB’s Catholic Business Leadership Award was created in 2014. Past-recipients  include Michael MacDonald, Executive Chairman of the Board of Medifast, Tyler Tate, President of Lewis Contractors, the Hon. Francis X Kelly, Jr., former Maryland Senator and Chairman and Co-founder of Kelly & Associates, Dr. Ellen Yankellow, President & CEO of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services, Inc., and Sister Helen Amos, RSM, Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mercy Health Services.

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  • April 30, 2018 2:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sixth-Annual Award Recognizes Leaders Exemplifying Faith in Business

    Catholic Business Network of Baltimore (CBNB) Honors Mercy Medical Center’s Sr. Helen Amos, RSM, with Leadership Award

    HUNT VALLEY, MD (April 26, 2018) – The Catholic Business Network of Baltimore (CBNB) has announced that Sister Helen Amos, RSM is the recipient of the 2018 CBNB Catholic Business Leadership Award.

    Sister Helen Amos, RSM has served as Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mercy Health Services since 1999 following a seven-year tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1992 to 1999. Sister Helen has been a member of the Mercy Board of Trustees since 1980.

    “The Catholic Business Network of Baltimore is privileged to partner with the Archdiocese of Baltimore to recognize individuals who exemplify the guidance of their spiritual faith throughout their professional lives,” said Kevin Spargo, president-elect of CBNB. “Sister Amos has dedicated her life to the service of others, fighting homelessness and improving the quality of care for our community at large. She is an inspiring example of Catholic leadership and we are honored to present her with the sixth-annual Catholic Business Leadership Award.”

    Sister Helen has more than 30 years’ experience in the fields of education and health care administration. After working as a teacher in Georgia, Sister Helen arrived in Baltimore to take a position as Registrar for Mount Saint Agnes College where she had earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics in 1962. Sister would later take on administrator duties with the Sisters of Mercy of the Union and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Before coming to Mercy, Sister Helen served as President of the Sisters of Mercy of the Union in Silver Spring, Maryland from 1984 to 1991.

    Sister Helen and the leadership team of Mercy Health Services are responsible for the development and implementation of numerous programs at Mercy, including the creation of The Center for Women’s Health & Medicine and its flagship programs in gynecologic oncology and breast cancer diagnosis and treatment; “The Woman’s Doctor” program on WBAL-TV; and Mercy’s network of specialty and primary care physicians. Sister Helen is dedicated to improving the quality of life of women and the community as a whole.

    Recent accomplishments of Sister Helen Amos, RSM, include: 

    • Baltimore Sun’s Business & Civic Hall of Fame Honoree, 2016 
    • Business Leader of the Year, Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business & Management, 2014 
    • Keynote speaker, Catholic Health Association Annual Assembly, 2013; 
    • The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Award from the Greater Baltimore Urban League, 2013; 
    • Recipient of the Andrew White Medal from Loyola University Maryland, 2008. 
    • Recipient of the Speaker’s Medallion from the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, 2008. 
    • Inducted into the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, 2007 
    • Top 50 Influential Marylanders for 2007 by The Daily Record 
    • Recipient of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council’s prestigious Christian Life Award presented to individuals whose life, work, and deeds have exemplified a steadfast commitment to the Christian faith, 2005 
    • Recipient of the Carroll Medal from Loyola University Maryland, 2005

    Sister Helen serves on the board and is President of Mercy Ridge, a continuing care retirement community in Timonium, Maryland. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Savannah, Georgia; Mercy Health Ministry, St. Louis, Missouri; the Downtown Partnership (past chair) and the Downtown Management District Authority of Baltimore City; Cristo Rey Jesuit High School; and the Board of Financial Administration of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Sister Helen is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Baltimore Committee and the United Way of Central Maryland. She is the immediate past chair of the Leadership Advisory Group for Baltimore City’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.

    Sister Helen earned her Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania, and from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

    Created in 2014, past-recipients of CBNB’s Catholic Business Leadership Award include Michael MacDonald, executive chairman of the board of Medifast, Tyler Tate, president of Lewis Contractors, the Hon. Francis X Kelly, Jr., former Maryland senator and chairman and co-founder of Kelly & Associates, and Dr. Ellen Yankellow, President & CEO of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services, Inc..

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  • March 01, 2018 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After many twists and turns, Fr. Paschal Morlino, OSB and a few dedicated volunteers initiated the broadcast of Baltimore's first 24-hour Catholic Radio Station, WVTO 92.7. 

    Fr. Paschal and his radio team then learned that the FCC had an opening for a new, low-powered FM station to be built at 92.7 MHz and decided to pursue a broadcast license for that frequency. The process took three years before obtaining a license and the go ahead to build a station from the FCC on August 28, 2016. 

    The station started in early March, 2017, humbly broadcasting out of an upper room in Southwest Baltimore's St. Benedict Church, former school with the antenna in the church steeple. In June, 2017, WVTO began broadcasting 24/7.

    Because the service operates under an agreement similar to a Public Service Announcement, the signal isn't as strong as it could be. The staff and Board Members are currently seeking to move to antenna to a downtown location to get a much wider broadcast area.

    If you, or someone you know can aid in the efforts to create a stronger signal, please contact Fr. Paschal Morlino, OSB at 410-947-4988 or pamorlino@aol.com

    Click here for more information on WVTO 92.7. 

  • November 30, 2017 10:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Jim Randisi, Randisi & Associates Inc.


    How long have you been a sponsor? 

    We have supported Catholic Business Network of Baltimore since the first meeting in February 2010. 

    What made you want to become a sponsor?

    We believe strongly in the organization’s mission of helping People increase their Faith and their Professional lives.

    What is the largest value you receive as a sponsor?

    There are several ways Catholic Business Network of Baltimore has been valuable. Our firm has increased our business through new sales. I personally have made many friendships that I will cherish forever. And, it has been wonderful to see the organization grow and continue to attract new people excited about sharing their business and their faith.  

    What does a CBNB sponsorship do for you that other organizations don’t?

    Through supporting the organization, we are convinced it helps to support the growth of God’s kingdom here on earth.

    Is there anything else you would like potential sponsors to know?

    Our firm helps organizations find people who are falsifying employment applications, have exhibited unacceptable past behavior and are using illegal drugs. 


  • October 31, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Mark Fitz-Patrick, The Fitz-Patrick Group at Merrill Lynch


    How long have you been a sponsor? 

    6 Years.

    What made you want to become a sponsor?

    I thought the goal of CBNB to provide an environment where professionals could grow in faith and business would fill a niche in Networking groups in Baltimore. While providing network opportunities, CBNB also fosters a platform for folks to grow spiritually. I also liked the idea that while the group maintains big C (Catholic) principles,  CBNB also has a small c (catholic) welcoming attitude toward people of all faiths. Since I value the Catholic education that I was fortunate to receive, I like the support that CBNB gives to Archdiocesan and other Catholic Schools in the form of scholarships for worthy and needy students.

    What is the largest value you receive as a sponsor?

    My biggest pleasure has been to witness the organic growth of the organization over the last 6 years, as well as the enthusiasm displayed at our monthly meetings. Over the last 6 years, CBNB has grown from 10-20 members to over 130, a mailing list of over 900, and meeting attendance averages of 70-80 people. The speakers are outstanding! Additionally, special events, like the Catholic Leadership Award Breakfast, Advent Prayer Breakfast, Annual Networking Event, and the Evening with the Archbishop provide opportunities to help support the organization and Catholic Education while celebrating with a great group of folks. Connections with people in differing professions also provides the opportunity for me to grow my business and business knowledge. Friendships have developed as well. For me, my time as a member and a past board member has been a time of growth, both professionally and personally. I have witnessed the amazing dedication of board members and the members. It does take a village to grow successfully!

    What does a CBNB sponsorship do for you that other organizations don’t?

    CBNB sponsorship means contributing to a group that supports The Fitz-Patrick Wealth Management’s core beliefs. Michael and I believe in family values, fiduciary and ethically responsible principles in our financial planning and management process. These values and principles are guided and informed by our Catholic values. CBNB is an organization that allows expression and reinforcement of those principles. The Fitz-Patrick Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, are proud to support CBNB and Catholic education and enjoy  associating with others who also value those core beliefs.

    Is there anything else you would like potential sponsors to know?

    I would say that if you haven’t come to meetings or joined the CBNB, there is value on all kinds of levels by joining. You may come for business, and find the spiritual side encouraging or you may come for the spiritual side, and find business benefits. Either way, you will find a great opportunity for making great new friends and acquaintances while learning from speakers and other members!

  • September 26, 2017 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A message from Fr. James Boric, Rector - Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

    In 1978 the people of Poland changed their country by calling together a Rosary Congress. For 1 week, the Poles adored Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. They prayed the rosary every hour on the hour. They attended Mass. They repented of their sins and went to confession-all in an effort to end the oppression of communist government and to allow their beloved John Paul II to come home and celebrate Mass.

    Their prayers were answered! Not only did Pope John Paul gain access to his beloved Poland, but the winds of change swept through the country...and eventually led to the collapse of the communist regime.

    This freedom came about because men, women and children prayed the rosary in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an entire week!

    For the first time ever in Baltimore, we are hosting a Rosary Congress to change the world too. From Oct. 7-13 the doors of the Basilica of the Assumption will be open for continuous Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and recitation of the Rosary. Special masses will be offered for our children and our families. There will be talks and opportunities for confession each day.

    This is how we will bring peace to our world. And so my question to you is: will you help us in this mission?

     

    God Bless,

    Fr. James Boric

    Rector, Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


    For a schedule of events, click here

    Questions? Email us at info@cbnbaltimore.org.


  • May 05, 2017 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fifth-Annual Award Recognizes Leaders Exemplifying Faith in Business

    Dr. Ellen Yankellow, 2017 CBNB Catholic Business Leadership Award Recipient

    HUNT VALLEY, MD (April 18, 2017) – The Catholic Business Network of Baltimore (CBNB) has announced that Dr. Ellen H. Yankellow, President & CEO of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services, Inc. is the recipient of the 2017 CBNB Catholic Business Leadership Award.

    Dr. Yankellow, regarded as one of the leading women pharmacists in the country and an expert in institutional and geriatric pharmacy, founded Correct Rx after a long career as a top executive in the pharmacy services industry. Correct Rx has grown to become a national leader in institutional pharmacy services, currently serving over 195 correctional facilities throughout the United States.

    Dr. Yankellow’s success is reflected in her commitment and support of area philanthropic causes. She serves on the boards of numerous religious, nonprofit and community organizations including St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Catholic Community Foundation Board of Trustees, the Maryland Board of Pharmacy, University of Maryland-School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors, the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc., the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, and The Carter Center Board of Trustees, among others.  A member of the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier in Hunt Valley, she served as co-chair of the 2016 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal along with her husband, William Chapman.

    Dr. Yankellow has also been recognized with numerous awards, among them the Bowl of Hygeia Award, considered one of the pharmaceutical profession’s most prestigious awards, the Alzheimer’s Association Exemplary Leadership Award, and the Children’s Guild’s 2015 Sadie Award.

    “The Catholic Business Network of Baltimore is again privileged to partner with the Archdiocese of Baltimore in recognizing individuals who demonstrate the guidance of their faith in their professional lives,” said James Randisi, president of CBNB. “Dr. Yankellow is an inspiring example of Catholic leadership, and we are honored to present her with the fifth-annual Catholic Business Leadership Award.”

    Created in 2014, past-recipients of CBNB’s Catholic Business Leadership Award include Michael MacDonald, executive chairman of the board of Medifast, Tyler Tate, president of Lewis Contractors, and the Hon. Francis X Kelly, Jr., former Maryland senator and chairman and co-founder of Kelly & Associates.  The 2017 award will be presented at CBNB’s Business Leadership Breakfast to be held on Friday, July 28, 2017, beginning at 7.30 AM at the Radisson Hotel North in Timonium, Maryland.

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  • January 30, 2017 3:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Our Lord has called us to open our hearts to the Faith and bear witness to the Gospel. Likewise, Pope Frances has asked all Catholics to evangelize our brothers and sisters in our local communities. 

    The Catholic Business Network of Baltimore seeks to fulfill these important Gospel mandates. Both organizations provide an environment for Catholics to grow in their faith while affording an opportunity to invite other members of our community to experience the Truths of our faith in their work lives. 

    I am pleased with the work of both organizations and encourage involvement in their efforts."

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