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Timothy R. Busch
Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder
Napa Institute

Timothy R. Busch has been a practicing attorney in Orange County for more than 35 years and is the founder of The Busch Firm, an Irvine law firm established in 1979 which specializes in estate planning, asset protection, tax, real estate, corporate law litigation, and the representation of religious organizations. He also has various affiliations in private operating and real estate companies, including Pacific Hospitality Group, a company that owns and operates twelve hotels throughout the United States, including The Meritage Collection, an exclusive collection of six lifestyle hotels located in Napa, La Jolla, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, Kauai, and Huntington Beach. He is also a partner in Busch’s Markets, which operates 16 high-end grocery stores in southeastern Michigan.

Tim and his wife, Steph Busch, are extensively involved in various Catholic organizations and charities. Since 1990, Tim has been an active member of the Orange County chapter of Legatus, an organization for Catholic CEOs and their spouses, where he was named Ambassador of the Year in both 1994 and 2009, and was named a Founder in 2005, an honor that is given to only four people in an organization of more than 2500 CEOs.

With Fr Robert Spitzer, S.J., Tim and Steph co-founded the Magis Institute, which administers the Reason and Faith Center using modern astrophysics to prove the existence of God. In 2010, Tim was accoladed with the First Leadership Award by Magis Institute and Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. and in 2016 was given a special Spiritual Entrepreneur of the Decade Award. In 2011, Tim and Fr Robert Spitzer, S.J. co-founded the Napa Institute, which holds intellectual apostolic conferences and pilgrimages intended to prepare Catholics for the Next America.

Tim and Steph co-founded St. Anne School in Laguna Niguel in 1992 and JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano in 2003, both private Catholic schools.

Tim serves on Boards for The Catholic University of America, The Catholic University of America Board of Visitors for the Busch School of Business and Economics (Chair), the Board of Visitors of the Institute for Human Ecology, Magis Institute, Napa Institute (Chair), the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, EWTN, and JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, CA (Chair). He served on the Executive Committee of the Papal Foundation, where he also served on the Board for 12 years. In 2016, the Catholic University of America named its business school the Tim and Steph Busch School of Business and Economics, in recognition of Tim and Steph’s generous support of the school.

Published Pieces

Tim Busch, founder of the Napa Institute

The Napa Institute and the Next America

Through liturgy, academic formation, and fraternity, the Napa Institute seeks to prepare Catholics for life and the adventure of evangelization in our current apostolic age.

Timothy R. Busch
Msgr. James P. Shea
Jul 15, 2021