In April 2002, Mr. Maher co-founded Opus Bono Sacerdotii with Pete Ferrara, Paul Barron and Fr. Eduard Perrone. The name is Latin for “work for the good of the priesthood”. Opus Bono is a Catholic charity that in partnership with its benefactors, assist bishops, religious superiors, and Vatican officials in finding solutions for the proper care and treatment of priests who are experiencing difficulties in their personal lives and priestly ministry. Since its founding Opus Bono has been contacted by thousands of priests and many bishops, including the Holy See.
Prior to founding Opus Bono Sacredotii, Mr. Maher was CEO of Opus Bono Corporation in Detroit. Opus Bono provided financial systems analysis and improvement for Fortune 500 companies including General Motors, Ford, Daimler Chrysler, Consumers Energy, and others.
In 1994, Mr. Maher founded Christopher Raphael Marketing Design, Inc., a widely successful Los Angeles multi-media company serving national corporate accounts as well as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. His firm was later acquired by a California-based hi-tech company, distinguished for pioneering photographic three-dimensional modeling technology for the Internet using proprietary, patented software.
While continuing as CEO of Christopher Raphael, landmark e-commerce applications were developed and state-of-the-art interactive learning programs were produced for successful mass-market distribution. Christopher Raphael produced the Smithsonian Institution’s most successful electronic consumer product ever. This mass-market, fully interactive 3D multimedia museum tour was released on CD-ROM and portions of it were broadcast over the Internet. In addition to the Smithsonian Institution, he has been an advisor for the White House, Library of Congress, the Federal City Council, and has served as a National Security Consultant for the Department of Defense.
Prior to founding his own company, Mr. Maher served as president and CFO of a national multimedia communications corporation in Los Angeles which produced and distributed consumer magazines, radio programs, documentary films, and live concert events. He was instrumental in that firm’s global growth and expansion, which included the founding of subsidiary companies in Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, and Canada.
In 1986, following graduation from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor's of Science in Written Communications and Marketing, Mr. Maher moved to Beverly Hills, California joining Johnson Edwards Entertainment. This prestigious live entertainment firm produced top-name acts for corporate and private parties. While with Johnson Edwards, he worked with many celebrities, film studios, the Grammy Awards and the Oscars, as well as major corporations.
After graduating from Saint Mary’s of Redford High School in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Maher was trained by the Detroit Police and supervised security operations for the Detroit Grand Prix, Michigan State Fair and the Detroit Fireworks as well gang-related concert events at the Masonic Temple Theater in Detroit. In addition, Mr. Maher worked as a body guard for celebrities and VIPS visiting the Detroit area.
In the media, Mr. Maher has appeared extensively on national and international networks for television and radio, and has been quoted in hundreds of print publications world-wide. He has also written and directed TV commercials and promotional films for General Motors’ Buick and Oldsmobile in-house productions and has appeared internationally on the United States Information Agency’s World Net Television. Mr. Maher wrote and directed the feature film Leonie! and several theatrical stage presentations on par with Broadway productions. He is also the executive producer of the largest live concert event ever held on American soil.
Mr. Maher has served on the board of many charitable organizations. He and his wife have raised several million dollars for charities, and civic organizations. They have been recognized for outstanding service to the community. The Mahers helped cofound the Ventura/LA North Chapter of Legatus in California, which is an international organization of Catholic CEOs, and they are distinguished as a Papal Knight and Papal Lady in the Middle Atlantic Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. The Mahers permanent residence is in a rural community outside of Detroit, Michigan.