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So far Matt Smith has created 15 blog entries.

Claudia Lopez, Catholic Charities Community Services


There is a great need to continue to evangelize the Latino young community. My commitment will be to start a young adult group that will be focused on serving others in missions and deepening their faith through pilgrimages. There will be a special focus on connecting the young adults with issues such as immigration, so they may understand the church’s teaching and serve the community. This young adult group will do one pilgrimage or mission a year and other smaller projects throughout the year. 

Claudia Lopez, Catholic Charities Community Services2018-06-20T00:08:09+00:00

Andrew Lishko, May, Potenza, Baran & Gillespie


I have a great concern that there are too few Catholic leaders in public office who are fully faithful to all of the Church’s teachings. I believe that too often Catholics are divided and categorized to meet partisan agendas, and that too often politicians are Catholic in name only. As a member of the 2018 Tepeyac Leadership Initiative graduating class, I intend to live out my faith in the public square by running for state public office.

Andrew Lishko, May, Potenza, Baran & Gillespie2018-06-20T00:07:42+00:00

Rafael Lavallade, Arizona Federal Credit Union


One of today’s challenges in society is the noise that distracts from going back to the basics and the beauty of simplicity at the heart of living a truly family life in its essence. Fostering family values can be the solution of many problems, cultivating great members of society that will set the world on fire and who will defend the values of truth and serve the common good. For that reason, my commitment to God is to volunteer with Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona trying an afterschool program with robotics that promotes higher education and a family-supportive atmosphere of [...]

Rafael Lavallade, Arizona Federal Credit Union2018-06-20T00:06:33+00:00

Micaela Larkin, Arizona Legislature


There is a great need for an understanding of the history of the Catholic Church in the US.  As one part of my commitment, I plan to write a book to provide insight into our Church’s past, Catholic Social Teaching, Irish Catholicism, and the American Southwest using my family’s history as the hook to explore some of these themes. I also believe there is much to be done in person-to-person evangelization. To meet this need, I plan to assist efforts to evangelize South Phoenix, undertake a book club or organization to be found on Meetup/Internet to try to reach “nones” or [...]

Micaela Larkin, Arizona Legislature2018-06-20T00:06:09+00:00

Alex Julian, Cicero Preparatory Academy


I have a great concern for the proper education of our youth. I believe there is much to be done to offer a high-quality, public education that orients young hearts and minds toward a lifelong pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. As a graduate of the TLI Class of 2018, my leadership commitment is to become a headmaster or principal at a liberal-arts oriented educational institution. 

Alex Julian, Cicero Preparatory Academy2018-06-20T00:05:31+00:00

Dulce Hernandez, Catholic Charities Community Services


There is a need for youth to embrace and value human dignity. As a graduate of TLI my leadership commitment is to volunteer in 2 organizations that work with youth to present mission opportunities from social services that value people’s lives. I will help youth to see their own self-worth as a gift, to value the dignity of others through mission work and to continuously seek human touch. This journey will help me evangelize, open doors to board membership, be a positive model for youth and be able to recommend future TLI participants towards other missions that value the gift of [...]

Dulce Hernandez, Catholic Charities Community Services2018-06-20T00:05:09+00:00

Angela Heisel, University of Phoenix


My commitment will be to help manage TLI’s social media accounts (Facebook and LinkedIn) to help spread the Catholic message to professionals and build Tepeyac Leadership Initiative’s presence on social media. The hope is this will generate interest in TLI among future participants and promote Catholic teachings in a way that is relevant to working adults who may or may not be close to the faith but who are interested in professional growth. 

Angela Heisel, University of Phoenix2018-06-20T00:04:45+00:00

Pedro Gutierrez, Green Path Inc


In response to the needs of the local community which has expressed a desire to grow in holiness through the Catholic Action spirituality, with the help of current members, I have decided to open a new program for married couples. The aim of this program is to foster holy consciences within young and experienced married families, providing them the opportunity to: 1.) foster community 2.) serve one another, and 3.) learn from each other’s experiences on how to live out their vocation of Holy Matrimony. Additionally, this group can mentor members in the brother group of Young Adults who are discerning the [...]

Pedro Gutierrez, Green Path Inc2018-06-20T00:03:24+00:00

Gloria Guerra, Bilingual Insurance and HR Solutions


I have a great concern for the professional education of our multicultural female population. I believe there is much to be done in terms of providing opportunities and financial education in our community and provide confidence for women to become entrepreneurs, so they can have a flexible schedule to enjoy life and motherhood. I intend to start a financial and PR mentoring and support program to pair up women, mothers, special needs moms and entrepreneurs with more experienced ones.  In addition, as a graduate of the TLI my leadership commitment is to promote local catholic businesses to work together and launch [...]

Gloria Guerra, Bilingual Insurance and HR Solutions2018-06-20T00:02:47+00:00

Gustavo Estrella, Davidson Belluso, Inc


The knowledge and topics shared in TLI were invaluable, and the speakers, the networking opportunities, and overall content will be instrumental in making a positive impact in the secular world through the sharing of truth, goodness and beauty. In partnership with Angela Heisel, my leadership commitment is to help establish TLI’s online presence by way of brand development, content creation, and community building through its website and social media platforms. This, in an effort to encourage professionals to participate and take advantage of all TLI offers for the advancement of the apostolic mission of the church.

Gustavo Estrella, Davidson Belluso, Inc2018-06-20T00:02:19+00:00