A longtime Kansas City entrepreneur, Bradley DiTeresi has a background in real estate. An avid reader, Bradley DiTeresi enjoys the works of leading Catholic thinkers, from St. Francis de Sales to Catherine of Siena.
One of only four women recognized as a doctor of the church, Catherine of Siena lived in the 1300s and was canonized in 1461. Having learned reading with difficulty and only starting to write as an adult, Catherine of Siena is best known for her Dialogue of Divine Providence.
Among her best-known concepts is the idea that love follows knowledge, which suggests that if one’s studies do not lead to an understanding and love for others, the knowledge gained is useless. At the same time, she held to the idea of forgiveness embodied in the saying, “God is more willing to pardon than we have been to sin.”
Among Catherine of Siena’s noteworthy attributes was the ability to develop sensitivity to others and an ability to be moved. As she saw it, saints’ tears are mingled with Christ’s own blood. Jesus himself was moved to tears in situations such as experiencing Mary and Martha’s grief and looking out on Jerusalem during his final days.
A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with an MBA in finance, Bradley DiTeresi is a partner in a real estate development company in Peru known as Casas Hof Constructora e Inmobiliaria. Personally, Bradley DiTeresi considers himself a practicing Catholic.
Essentially, living as a practicing Catholic means giving the assent of will and intellect to the teaching of the Catholic Church as given by Christ. Following the Church's moral teachings, including the Ten Commandments, provides the guideline for the practice of Catholicism, which preaches continual conversion and pursuit of virtue in becoming conformed to Christ.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church also outlines five precepts for practicing Catholics. The first four precepts cover areas such as attending Mass on Sundays and other holy days of obligation, participating in the sacrament of confession, receiving the Eucharist, and abiding by rules of abstinence and fasting.
The fifth precept requires that practicing Catholics contribute to the needs of the Church. This obligation encompasses financial contributions as well as support in other areas, according to the abilities and situation of each individual.
An experienced research analyst in the financial industry, Bradley DiTeresi also serves as a partner in Casas Hof Constructora e Inmobiliaria, a Peruvian real estate development firm. As a practicing Catholic, Bradley DiTeresi draws peace from spending a weekly hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.
When you spend an hour before the Blessed Sacrament, one way you can devote that time is by making a holy hour of reparation. This tradition originates with the request Jesus made for the apostles to watch and pray for a time with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane.
More specifically, however, the holy hour of reparation comes from the apparitions of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque from 1673 to 1675. In these private revelations, she received the message of the love of Jesus' Sacred Heart for humanity and also specific requests, such as to pray an hour of reparation for sin.
When you make the holy hour of reparation, focus on uniting yourself with Jesus in His suffering and beseeching mercy for sinners. You can also find various booklets for this purpose that provide you with specific prayers and intentions to make throughout the devotion.
A finance professional based in Kansas, Bradley DiTeresi gives back to his alma mater, the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Bradley DiTeresi also contributes to Unbound, formerly the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.
Based in Kansas City, Kansas, Unbound is a Catholic organization that collaborates with individuals of various faiths in 18 countries to address poverty in innovative ways. The organization allows donors to show their solidarity by sponsoring children or seniors in underdeveloped areas around the world. With a contribution of $36 per month, donors can help recipients lead their families out of poverty.
In addition to receiving financial assistance, sponsored individuals benefit from the knowledge of on-site staff, who help them make the most of their funding. Some families may require instruction in nutrition, health care, and small business ownership. However, understanding that each family is unique, Unbound allows families the autonomy to use the funding provided by sponsors as they see fit.
Moreover, families are gathered together in groups of 10 to 15, ensuring these families strengthen each other and hold each other accountable. With this approach, the funding provided by sponsors has a stronger impact on each family and on the community as a whole.
A graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s MBA program, Bradley DiTeresi works as a financial professional in Kansas. Bradley DiTeresi supports several nonprofit organizations, including the Lupus Foundation of America.
The only national organization that seeks to solve the mystery of lupus, the Lupus Foundation of America raises funds to improve the quality of life for those who have lupus through advocacy, education, research, and support. It also seeks to reduce the diagnosis time, ensure those with lupus have safe, effective treatments, and expand services, treatment, and care.
Those interested in donating to the organization can do so through a variety of means, including:
* Donating stock. People who donate stock do not need to pay capital gains taxes, sales commissions, or brokerage fees. Financial advisors or brokers can assist with this type of donation.
* Giving a vehicle. The organization accepts trucks, boats, cars, or RVs. Depending upon the value, donors may qualify for a tax deduction.
* Planning a fundraising event. Individuals can create their own unique event to raise funds for lupus research and education, based around interests like biking, cooking, or running.
* Contributing funds. With a year-end tax-deductible donation, people can support lupus research. They also can opt to make a monthly donation.
An MBA graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Bradley DiTeresi serves as a partner at Casas Hof Constructora e Inmobiliaria, a development firm constructing condominiums in Peru. Apart from his everyday work life, Bradley DiTeresi supports the efforts of the Lupus Foundation of America.
Earlier this year, the Lupus Foundation of America launched a new online initiative, the National Resource Center on Lupus, which will serve as the organization’s most comprehensive reference on the disease. One of the primary goals of the Resource Center will be to give individuals with Lupus access to the most current information about the disease, as well as resources to help care for their mental and emotional health.
Located at www.resources.lupus.org, all of the information has been classified so that it can be searched easily, whether via keyword, topic, or some other parameter. Additionally, those in the health care field will be able to find some of the most recent research and medical information about advances in lupus care through the Resource Center.
Bradley DiTeresi has previously been an analyst for V Wealth Management, LLC. Supporting various charities is something he does in his free time. Currently, Bradley DiTeresi helps the Lupus Foundation of America.
The Lupus Foundation of America is dedicated to eradicating lupus. Some of the foundation’s different programs include providing education, offering advocacy, and giving support to individuals who have the disease. Their overall goals for the program include making sure that all those diagnosed have access to treatment while also working to cut down on the time it takes to be diagnosed so that the disease is treated sooner.
The Lupus Foundation of America announced in December 2016 that the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law. This affects many of the positions that are crucial to the foundation, such as having drug development that is focused on the needs of the patient. The foundation plans to host the National Policy Summit from June 26-27, 2017, in hopes of raising attention to the needs of those who have lupus.
A respected professional, Bradley DiTeresi is involved in real estate projects in Peru through Casas Hof Constructora e Inmobiliaria. A Catholic who maintains an active church presence, Bradley DiTeresi is also active through Unbound in sponsoring children in Kenya and the Philippines.
The premise of Unbound is unique in emphasizing a “hand up,” rather than a handout, as donations assist families in their efforts to bring themselves out of poverty through self-initiative. Existing at the grassroots level, the Unbound program provides empowering support to those sponsored, toward goals spanning nutrition, education, and life skills.
In addition to training and health care support, families may qualify to receive seed funds toward small farms and businesses. Over the course of the sponsorship period, they gain tools that allow them to become less reliant on outside giving and more self-sufficient. Child sponsorship represents a personal commitment that includes letter writing and active communication that motivates and inspires.
A graduate of the University of Kansas, Bradley DiTeresi serves as a partner of a real estate company based in Peru. For charity, Bradley DiTeresi supports the international nonprofit Unbound.
Founded by a group of lay Catholics, Unbound provides for the needs of marginalized communities in over 20 countries. Based on Gospel teachings, the organization’s mission directly benefits families to encourage them to participate in the community. Unbound also enjoins individuals to support its cause through its Sponsorship Program.
The Sponsorship Program allows private individuals to sponsor families, youth, and individuals who are elderly. Sponsorship funds are used to provide recipients with food and access to health care. Children and teens are also granted opportunities to complete their educations through the sponsorship program. Further Unbound is the only major organization that sponsors the needs of individuals who are elderly, providing them with medical care, nutritious food, opportunities for recreation, and support groups.
An accomplished financial professional and humanitarian, Bradley DiTeresi serves as a partner in real estate development group Casas Hof Constructora e Inmobiliaria. Apart from his real estate career, Bradley DiTeresi supports various nonprofit organizations, such as the Lupus Foundation of America.
A Phase II clinical trial by Aurinia Pharmaceutical Company studying the effects of voclosporin as a therapeutic option in treating lupus has concluded. According to data provided by Aurinia, the study achieved favorable results, with total remission reported in a large amount of those who received the drug through participation in the study.
Lupus Foundation of America president and CEO Sandra C. Raymond commented on the study’s results, saying they are a significant step forward in treating people who suffer from lupus-related kidney disease. She also expressed excitement about voclosporin treatment moving into the third phase of its clinical trials, praising the drug as a strong treatment option should it continue to show results in testing.
The Lupus Foundation of America will keep following the course of voclosporin studies and report the findings to its membership.
Bradley DiTeresi completed his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Kansas and pursued graduate studies in business administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).