By Liz Sullivan
Life is a journey and for Brian Mooney that journey has brought him to the Diocese of San Jose and his position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mooney, who joined the Diocese in late October, replaces the late Bob Serventi, who served the Diocese exceptionally well for more than a decade before his unexpected passing in late June.
“I am really impressed with Brian’s enthusiasm,” said Bishop Patrick J. McGrath. “He is well spoken, a good listener and processes information very well. I think he’ll be very fine. He seems like a fast learner.”
Mooney came to the Diocese after working for five-and-a-half years as the Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at the Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union in Garfield Heights, Ohio.
“I basically put myself out of a job because I had trained my staff so well,” said Mooney, who is married with four daughters. “The day I spoke to my boss about that, I saw the listing for this job (in San Jose) and thought I should apply.”
Mooney’s calling wasn’t always in the Church. He thought the journey would involve engineering. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and he has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
“I was miserable as an engineer,” he said. “I was working on roller coasters and the Space Shuttle, but I was miserable. It’s wasn’t what I was made to do. Ever since I made the transition to the Church I have always been excited to come to work.”
Mooney stepped away from his engineering career, went back to school at the prestigious Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame and received an MBA in Management in 2008.
From there the journey included time as a Staff Accountant in the Diocese of Phoenix, CFO at John Paul the Great Catholic University in Escondido, California and finally back in Ohio.
“One of the biggest reasons I took this job was because my engineering friends told me a lot of people in the Bay Area have lost their faith and I felt like I could help with that. I want to get as many souls to Heaven as I can.”
Interestingly, Mooney’s wife Elizabeth was born in San Jose and lived here until she was 6. Her father was in the Navy, working at Moffitt Field, and was then transferred to San Diego where she grew up and her parents still live. In addition, Mooney’s college roommate lives down the street from Saint Christopher Church in San Jose.
Mooney realizes he has some pretty big shoes to fill replacing Bob Serventi.
“The challenge for me is that I am not Bob Serventi,” said Mooney. “I am just trying to be myself. I feel honored that I get to stand on Bob’s shoulders. He left the Diocese in great shape.”
Mooney’s immediate goals for the Diocese of San Jose are pretty basic.
“I want to make us more efficient as a Diocesan office and provide more resources to the parishes,” he said.