Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

2019 Alemany Awardees

Bill Ring, KM

Bill Ring, KM

Bill Ring is a man of many talents and has a history of demonstrated compassion for the people of the Bay Area. Many will know him as a two-time Super Bowl Champion with the San Francisco 49ers. He was awarded the 1983 Len Eshmont Award which is the team's most prestigious annual honor, voted by teammates on the 49ers. The awardee is chosen for being the Niner who best exemplifies the “inspirational and courageous play” of Eshmont. Bill was also inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame, the College of San Mateo Athletics Hall of Fame, and lastly the Carlmont High School Athletics Hall of Fame. 

In addition to having a well-developed fan base as a running back, Bill served for 25 years as a Board Member and Director Emeritus for Catholic Charities CYO and the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Basic Fund in San Francisco, (which provides scholarships to mostly Catholic Schools for underserved children in low income areas throughout the Bay Area) and for St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California. Bill Ring has been instrumental in strengthening and supporting services to children and youth in the San Francisco, Bay Area. Bill is a Knight in the order of Malta, where he actively supports its mission of serving the sick and the poor. 

Bill currently holds the position of Senior Vice President, Investment Counselor and Regional Director for Capital Group Private Client Services. In addition to assisting individual clients with financial planning, Bill also helps nonprofit foundations and endowments pursue long-term financial objectives. 

Msgr. Francis J. Weber

Monsignor Francis J. Weber

Ordained in 1959, Monsignor Weber has been the rector of the San Fernando Mission for 16 years. He has published many books and continues to pass along the rich history of the San Fernando Valley to future generations. A noted Catholic scholar and Archivist Emeritus for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Monsignor Weber's many literary works include Life and Times of Fray Junipero Serra (1987) and A Select Bibliography to California Catholic Literature, 1856-1974 (1974), which enumerates some 500 writings.

As he had done for Bishop Francis Mora, Monsignor Weber was instrumental in bringing the remains of Archbishop Joseph Alemany to California.  During Bishop Mora's disinterment proceedings, a nephew of Alemany was present and Monsignor Weber approached him about bringing Alemany back to Los Angeles. After years of negotiation, Alemany was returned and now resides in Colma, California. 

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