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2022 Legacy Gala Honorees

Fr. Charles Mitchell

Pastor

Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Parish

Charlie Mitchell was born and raised in West Virginia by his parents, now deceased, who set him on a path to appreciate the many gifts of life – His two wonderful sisters and their families, are his joy and anchor of stability. Through his Catholic schooling, which began in the second grade, taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph, he developed a tight bond of friendship and faith that remains in him to this day.

After graduating high school in 1970, Charlie enlisted in the Navy and spent two years as a radioman on board the USS Cleveland, LPD-7, in Vietnam. During those years he became friends with a fellow radioman who had served before the war as a brother in a Benedictine monastery. The two spent countless hours in conversation about war and the injustices of war and the path toward peace, not just for them as individuals but as a global community.

After discharge from the Navy, he attended West Virginia University to pursue a double major in fine arts and education. He knew neither of those paths were right for him. And so, he began seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood. He was accepted as a seminarian by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, and a new journey began.

Providentially, while attending St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, he was introduced to Bishop Thomas Grady, then Ordinary of the Diocese of Orlando. Upon getting to know him and his vision for his diocese, he asked for a transfer, and was graciously granted one by West Virginia, and embraced by Bishop Grady.

In May 1984, he was ordained a priest at St. James Cathedral and in his early years in the Diocese of Orlando served the good people of the parishes of the Church of the Epiphany and Our Lady of Lourdes.

In January 1994, he became pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish. It is here that he came to know St. Mary Magdalen’s own Msgr. Ed Thompson, now deceased. Father Ed will always be Fr. Charlie’s personal hero. Fr. Ed was very open about his personal journey that moved him from success to failure and then to redemption.

Over the past almost three decades at this wonderful parish, Fr. Charlie simply cannot count all the blessings our God has given him. Among those many blessings, of course, is the school, and to be a part of that experience of passing on our faith to generation after generation of youngsters, especially with the gifted leadership that our school is blessed to have in our principal, faculty and staff, has been one of the true joys of his priesthood.

Fr. Charlie considers his pastorship a great responsibility and privilege. But he knows that St. Mary Magdalen is only the first step in shaping young men and women of faith, and so to be able to partner with the excellence of Bishop Moore Catholic High School really helps to keep the bar high for making Catholic education a real priority at St. Mary Magdalen.

Cathy McCaw-Engelman

BMC Class of 1981

 

Cathy McCaw-Engelman was born and raised in Winter Park, FL. She attended St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School from 1st-8th, followed by Bishop Moore Catholic High School, and then Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC where she was taught by the Benedictine monks. Cathy credits the time spent in a parochial school, a smaller high school and college with the opportunity to build life-long friendships. "My years at Belmont Abbey College allowed me to not only learn from a monastic community, but also to socialize and interact. I was profoundly influenced by the monks; I admired their lives and their selfless concern for their students."

Cathy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and spent her entire career in sales and management in the medical field. She worked in home health care sales and management for over 25 years, managed a national sales force, and eventually founded and sold Optimal Translation & Transportation Services, an organization which provided national on-site interpretation and medical transportation services to injured workers.

Cathy’s parents and sister Beth, who are all deceased, have made a tremendous mark on her personally. She feels very blessed to have had a very close relationship with them all, and her father and sisters’ early deaths have had a lasting impact on who she is today. Cathy has two beautiful children, Madison who recently graduated from Ole Miss, and her son Ian who will be attending the University of Colorado-Boulder in the Fall. They enjoy a very close relationship and enjoy spending time in Idaho at their summer home and traveling together.

Cathy was raised in a large Catholic family with five children, and parents that pushed the importance of Catholic faith and education. Their home life was one of family dinners, Mass on Sunday, travel, and weekly dinners with her maternal grandparents. Cathy was taught at an early age by her parents the importance of philanthropy and giving back to organizations that are most important and meaningful to her.

Bishop Moore Catholic is one of those causes. In 2019-2020, she was asked by Tom Doyle and Marvin Snyder to chair the fundraising committee for the Moore Center. She co-chaired and was involved for three years with the Bishop Moore Catholic Legacy Gala. Cathy currently serves on the UCF Foundation, Inc. Board of Director where she established The Cathy McCaw-Engelman and Family Cancer Research Collaborative Fund. The investment in UCF’s cancer research has allowed Dr. Annette Khaled to purchase new technology called CELLSEARCH which can detect circulating tumor cells in the blood and has aided in the research of Colon Cancer and Neuroblastoma. From this gift, UCF yielded three new grants, including a NIH Fellowship for an MD/Ph.D student.

Her other philanthropic endeavors include St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, St. Margaret Mary School, Morning Star Catholic, Council of 101, Support Our Scholars, The Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, The Orlando Ballet, The Orlando Museum of Art, Enzian Theater, The National Wildlife Museum, Grand Teton Music Festival, and is a member of The Corpus Christi Society.

Cathy’s volunteer work and philanthropy is a very important aspect of her life. She strives to live like the verse from Luke 12:48. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded: and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Meet the Hosts of the 2022 Legacy Gala

Allison Walsh '01

Allison Walsh '01, JD, is a seasoned executive, philanthropist, keynote speaker, consultant, and Miss Florida 2006. She serves as Vice President of Business Development and Branding for Advanced Recovery Systems, a national provider and industry leader in behavioral healthcare. As host of the Believed She Could and Dear Mind, You Matter podcasts, and the creator of impactful coaching programs, Allison focuses on helping women develop confidence and leverage their personal brands and scale their businesses, careers, and influence while making an impact. She’s raised over $2 Million for eating disorders prevention and awareness, serves on multiple nonprofit boards, and has received numerous awards for her professional and philanthropic contributions.

Brian Shields

Brian Shields is the morning meteorologist for WFTV Channel 9. Brian and his wife, Aimee, are parishioners of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church. Two of their boys attend school at St. Margaret Mary, and the oldest is a freshman at Bishop Moore Catholic. Brian's spare time is spent in the gym. He is an assistant coach for the Bishop Moore boys basketball team.

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