Advisory Board

The Catholic Advisory Board is composed of prominent Catholics who provide religious guidance in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church. The Board meets regularly with the investment adviser (Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc.) to review the Funds’ religious standards and criteria.

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Raymond Arroyo

Raymond Arroyo is a New York Times Bestselling author, an internationally known, award-winning journalist, broadcaster and producer. He is creator of a string of New York Times Bestsellers for adults and young audiences, including the Will Wilder series for middle grade readers (Random House) and his first picture book, The Spider Who Saved Christmas which spent weeks on the bestseller lists. He is a Fox News Analyst and co-host, a former CNN contributor, and founding news director at EWTN News and host of the World Over Live where he is seen in more than 400 million households internationally. Arroyo is known for his penetrating exclusive interviews with everyone from Benedict XVI to Jerry Lewis to Mark Wahlberg. Arroyo is the founder of, a literacy initiative. He lives in New Orleans with his wife Rebecca and their three children.

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Callista Gingrich

Ambassador Gingrich is President and Chief Executive Officer of Gingrich 360, a multimedia production and consulting company based in Arlington, Virginia. She is a former United States Ambassador to the Holy See, confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in October 2017. Gingrich served in Rome as ambassador until January 20, 2021. During her tenure, Ambassador Gingrich worked to advance and defend international religious freedom, combat human trafficking, provide humanitarian assistance, and support the role of women religious around the world. She is also a New York Times best-selling author and the producer of 10 documentary films.

Gingrich graduated cum laude from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. In 2020, she received the title Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Pope Pius IX by Pope Francis, the highest distinction conferred by the Holy See on laypersons, in recognition of her contributions to the Church and society. Ambassador Gingrich has also received an honorary doctorate from Ave Maria School of Law, a Distinguished Service Award from Luther College, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Ambassador Gingrich additionally serves as the President of the Gingrich Foundation. She is a Trustee of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and a member of the Ave Maria School of Law Board of Governors. Ambassador Gingrich is married to former Speaker Newt Gingrich and resides in Naples, Florida and McLean, Virginia.

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Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn is the author (or editor) of over forty books, including best-selling titles Rome Sweet Home, The Lamb’s Supper, and Hail Holy Queen. His most recent titles include: The First Society, The Fourth Cup, Romans: A Catholic Commentary, The Creed, Joy to the World, and Evangelizing Catholics. His academic publications include: Kinship by Covenant and Politicizing the Bible. He is the editor of the academic journal, Letter & Spirit: A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology. He holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He is the founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Dr. Scott Hahn has delivered thousands of popular talks and academic lectures, nationally and internationally, on a wide range of topics related to Scripture, Theology and the Catholic faith. Many of these presentations have been recorded and distributed by Lighthouse Catholic Media. Scott graduated from Grove City College in 1979 with his BA in Theology, Philosophy and Economics. He received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Theology from Marquette University in 1995. He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity Presbyterian Church (Fairfax VA). He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986. Dr. Scott Hahn has been married to Kimberly for 38 years. They live in Steubenville, Ohio and have six children and fifteen grandchildren.

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Coach Lou Holtz

Mr. Holtz is one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. A strong proponent of self-motivation, self-discipline, hard work and faith, Coach Holtz is best known for his coaching success at University of Notre Dame. He led the Fighting Irish on a record-setting 23-game winning streak and won the 1988 National Championship. Coach Holtz is a former football analyst for ESPN and a highly sought inspirational and motivational speaker. He is also the author of three best selling books.

Watch Coach’s inspiring and humorous speech from our shareholder event here.

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Larry Kudlow

Mr. Kudlow is the former Director of the National Economic Council and a Fox News anchor. Formerly CEO of Kudlow & Co., LLC, an economic and investment research firm, he is an economist, an author, and a nationally syndicated columnist. He also was contributing editor of National Review magazine and CNBC’s Senior Economics Contributor. Mr. Kudlow served as associate Director of Economics and Planning during President Reagan’s administration and was a member of the Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Committee. He has testified as an expert witness on economic matters before several congressional committees.

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Thomas S. Monaghan

Founder and former Chairman of Domino’s Pizza Inc. and current Chairman of the Ave Maria Foundation, Mr. Monaghan has devoted himself to Roman Catholic philanthropy. He supervised the construction of a cathedral in Nicaragua; built a mission in Honduras; and founded Legatus, an international organization of Catholic CEOs. Mr. Monaghan is also Chancellor of Ave Maria University in southwest Florida.

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Dr. Melissa Moschella

Melissa Moschella is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America.  Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics at Columbia University.  She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, earned her Licentiate in Philosophy summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and received her Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Princeton University. Her book, To Whom Do Children Belong? Parental Rights, Civic Education and Children’s Autonomy was published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Moschella speaks and writes for both academic and popular audiences on a variety of contemporary moral issues, including religious freedom, marriage, parental rights, brain death and the ethics of assisted reproduction. Her articles have been published in scholarly journals as well as popular media outlets, including Bioethics, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, The American Journal of Jurisprudence, The Journal of Law and Religion, The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, The Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, National Review and The Public Discourse. She is a regular contributor to EWTN News Nightly, and has also appeared on FOX, NBC, PBS, and NPR.

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Fr. John Riccardo

Fr. John Riccardo is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was ordained in 1996 and served most recently as pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth, Michigan for 12 years. He is Executive Director of ACTS XXIX, an organization designed to identify, equip, and accompany pastors and their leadership teams to create an evangelization and discipleship road map for their parishes. Fr. Riccardo is the host of the radio show “Christ is the Answer,” which can be heard on EWTN Catholic radio stations across the country. Fr. Riccardo studied theology at the Gregorian University in Rome and received a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.

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Paul R. Roney, CPA

Mr. Roney is Chairman of the Catholic Advisory Board. He is the Executive Director of the Ave Maria Foundation and President of Domino’s Farms Corporation. Mr. Roney is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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His Eminence
Adam Cardinal Maida
Episcopal Advisor

Cardinal Maida served as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit from 1990 to 2009, and was elevated to Cardinal in 1994.

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Archbishop Allen Vigneron
Episcopal Advisor

Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, the Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron was named archbishop of the Detroit Archdiocese on Jan. 5, 2009, succeeding Cardinal Adam Maida. In January of 2003, Archbishop Vigneron was named coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif. He served in that capacity for nine months before becoming the local ordinary (resident bishop). While in California, he oversaw the design and construction of a new cathedral, chancery, conference center and healing garden dedicated to those abused by clergy. In Detroit, he was named an auxiliary bishop under Cardinal Maida in 1996. Archbishop Vigneron served as rector-president of Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 1994–2003. He had studied for the priesthood there, returned in later years to teach philosophy and returned yet again as a dean. A native of Mt. Clemens, the archbishop was ordained as a priest of the Detroit Archdiocese in 1975.

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Bowie K. Kuhn
Founding Chairman (1926-2007)

Former Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bowie was active in many Catholic organizations and was instrumental in starting the Ave Maria Mutual Funds. He died March 15, 2007 but is still with us in spirit.