About the Authors
Deacon Eric Stoltz
Following a successful career in public relations and marketing communications, highlighted by dozens of awards including twice being awarded the Silver Anvil, America’s top public relations honor, Eric decided to enter the world of the Internet as a Web developer and designer. For nearly 10 years he has specialized in providing Web sites to not-for-profit organizations, including several dioceses, large parishes and synagogues. His site for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was designated a Webby Awards Official Honoree in 2006 by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. He is currently employed as a web designer at a dot-com startup.
As a published author, Eric contributed the essay on Our Lady of Guadalupe to the 2004 Loyola Press book Awake My Soul: Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions, edited by James Martin, S.J. Eric wrote a groundbreaking 1998 cover story for America Magazine: “Notes from a Community, Catholic and Gay” and two other America features, “An Internet Strategy for Local Churches” (2001) — which was utilized by the Pontifical Council for Social Communication in developing its documents “The Church and Internet” and “Ethics in Internet” — and “An Astonishing Vision: Casting Our Nets on the Net” (2002). Eric has written other articles for America as well as Commonweal and The Priest.
Eric has been a presenter on evangelization in the modern world for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Archdiocese of Anchorage and the Diocese of Stockton. In 2005, he was a keynote speaker (along with Peter Steinfels and Bishop Donald Trautman) for the Cathedral Ministry Conference at its annual national convention hosted by the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Cardinal Roger Mahony appointed Eric a member of the Synod Preparatory Commission to plan the 2003 Archdiocesan Synod. He served as a delegate to the Synod and was then appointed by Cardinal Mahony to serve on a committee to draft the bylaws of the Regional Pastoral Councils. He currently serves on the Synod Implementation Commission of the Archdiocese.
In 2004, Eric was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by Cardinal Mahony. He currently serves at St. Brendan Church, Los Angeles. He has served as an officer of the Wilshire Center Interfaith Council and has been a leader of three interfaith pilgrimages to the Holy Land made up of Los Angeles-area Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Deacon Vince Tomkovicz
Vince Tomkovicz was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by Cardinal Roger Mahony in June 2004. He is a certificated master catechist of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Vince serves in St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, Westlake Village, California. He is employed as the full-time parish manager at St. Maximilian. Prior to serving as a parish manager, he had a career in commercial finance and as a young man served in the Navy.
Vince has been married to his wife Susan for 41 years and they have three children, Maryann, Kristina and Blake; and three grandchildren, Alyssa, Jordan and Felicity. Vince and Susan are active in detention ministry, and Vince corresponds with and has visited an inmate on California’s death row. He is outspoken against the death penalty. Vince also works with youth at risk and the foster care system in Ventura County; Vince and Susan were foster parents themselves and are familiar with the challenges of the foster care system. They adopted their son Blake at age 17. Vince was instrumental in starting a foster care/adoption ministry at St. Maximilian. Vince is active in interfaith and ecumenical work with the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association. He serves as a stational deacon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
In their spare time the family enjoys travelling and for years were active in ocean boating, especially around the Channel Islands off the California Coast between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.