For the Greater Glory of God

By Rebecca Smith

In recognition of their selfless efforts in the Church and in the community, the USA Northeast Province of Jesuits honors the Cloughs with its Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam Award, to be presented at the 2016 Jesuit GALA in April. The Latin phrase, meaning “for the greater glory of God,” is attributed to St. Ignatius, and is a guiding principle of the Jesuits.

“Chuck and I both feel that anything that’s nurtured us, we should nurture back,” says Gloria of her and her husband’s longtime love and support for the Jesuits.

It’s a mutually beneficial relationship that began for the couple––who met at a church dance in their teens––when Chuck enrolled at Boston College (BC).

A self-described “small kid” who grew up in Jamaica Plain, Mass., Chuck admits that he did not have a lot of confidence as a young man. His experiences at BC changed that.

"When the Jesuits enter your life at a formative time, they’re going to have an impact,” he explains. “They taught me that the best way to develop self-confidence is to be open to others, to serve others.” He adds that the other important life lesson he learned from the Jesuits is “ever to excel,” BC’s motto.

After graduating BC magna cum laude in 1964, Chuck earned an MBA at the University of Chicago. He was a top-ranked stock market strategist on Wall Street before founding Clough Capital Partners L.P. in 2000. He is currently chairman and CEO of the firm, with more than $4.3 billion in assets under management.

Chuck and Gloria Clough, 2016 recipients of the Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam Award.
Yet he still finds time to serve on the boards of a number of educational, health care, and charitable institutions, including BC––and to tend to the spiritual needs of the community at Holy Family Parish in Concord, Mass., where he is an ordained permanent deacon.

In the 1980s, when Chuck and Gloria were raising their four children, they became involved in youth ministry at their church. The priests noted Chuck’s gift for working with young people and continually encouraged him to go into the diaconate.

“So, I applied, knowing they’d never accept me . . . and they did. Then I entered the seminary, knowing they’d never ordain me . . . and they did,” Chuck explains in his unassuming way.

It’s this kind of humility that characterizes the Cloughs and their embodiment of the Jesuit principle of the magis––doing more for Christ, and therefore more for others.

Like her husband, Gloria has also pursued a life of ministry. She started her career as a pediatric nurse, then, inspired by Chuck’s seminary training, earned her master’s in divinity at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry).

The experience fostered in Gloria a close connection to the Jesuits, much like Chuck experienced at BC. “I had professors that nurtured me in my faith,” she recalls. “Being taught by them was like hearing a sermon every class; they are so inspirational.”

In the Jesuit spirit as a true “woman for others,” Gloria went on to establish the first chaplaincy program and serve as chaplain at Emerson Hospital in Concord. She then earned her master’s degree in nursing from BC and ran a private practice for 15 years as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. Today, she lends her time and talents to the boards of numerous community organizations––as well as to her 16 grandchildren.

As proud alumni (and the parents of three alumni), the Cloughs are fervent benefactors of BC, where they have established the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, which seeks to reinvigorate and transform the study of constitutional democracy through a global, holistic approach, and the Clough Colloquium, a speaking program that introduces members of the BC community to persons of high ethical standards who are leaders in their fields. In addition, Chuck has been a member of the BC Board of Trustees since 1993.

Through their faithful support of both BC and the USA Northeast Province of Jesuits, the Cloughs relish their opportunities to not only get to know individual Jesuits, but also to give back to the order that has so deeply influenced their lives.

“The Jesuits just become part of your life and your mission,” explains Chuck. “They keep reminding you that service to others and ever to excel is part of your being.”

Meet The 2016 GALA Chairs

Friends of the Jesuits are leading the way to a very successful Jesuit GALA, the annual event in Boston that highlights the work of the Society. The Jesuits of the USA Northeast Province are grateful for the generosity and dedicated service of the 2016 GALA chairs.

  Darlene A. Luccio Jordan, Esq., a 1989 graduate of Fordham University, earned a law degree from Suffolk University and worked as a prosecutor before becoming assistant district attorney and later assistant attorney general in Massachusetts. Darlene serves as executive director of The Gerald R. Jordan Foundation, the foundation named for her husband, which gives back to the working-class community of his upbringing, Revere, Mass., and primarily supports the arts, education, health, and youth services. She is also active in fundraising and philanthropic work, and serves on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston. In March 2012, Darlene received Fordham’s Founder’s Award; she is a current member of Fordham’s board of trustees.

  Sean and Cathy O’Neil are both graduates of the College of the Holy Cross. Sean is a managing director at Clough Capital Partners, LP. Their sons, Patrick and Conor graduated from Holy Cross’s Navy ROTC program, following their father’s footsteps. Their son, Peter, and daughter, Kelly, are also Holy Cross graduates; Kelly is a founding member of Jesuit Connection. Cathy and Sean are longtime partners with the province, serving as co-chairs of the second Jesuit GALA. They are also active board members and volunteers at Boston’s Nativity Prep and were the 2011 recipients of the school’s Callahan Service Award.

  Philip W. Schiller graduated Boston College in 1982 and currently serves as senior vice president for worldwide marketing for Apple Inc. Schiller has had a marketing and managing career that spans 25 years, including leadership positions at Macromedia, Inc. (San Francisco, Calif.), FirePower Systems, Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.), Nolan, Norton & Company (Lexington, Mass.) and Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, Mass.). In his capacity as a member of Apple’s executive team, Schiller has helped the company change the world with the Mac computer, the iPod and iTunes, while redefining the usage of mobile phones and portable computers with the iPhone, the App Store and the iPad. Phil has served as a member of the board of trustees at Boston College since 2011.
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