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  • In Glendale: An outreach to refugees fleeing persecution
    June 19, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “Gemma” and her husband, Armenian Apostolic Christians, fled religious persecution in their native Iran by paying smugglers to take them to Turkey. From there, they proceeded on to Bosnia and finally arrived in Austria, their last stop before being interviewed and accepted as refugees to the United States in 2000.

  • At St. Anthony’s: Fun, faith, fellowship and football
    June 18, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Few of them expected a victory — at least, not on the field, where their beloved Croatian national soccer team was playing hometown favorite Brazil in the opening match of the World Cup soccer tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Juvenile Hall Mass: Reiterating the pope’s call for LWOP review
    June 12, 2014  |  Around the ADLA, The Latest  |  

    Chances are that when at the time this article is being read, a child in the underserved areas of Los Angeles (or in any part of the world) is being victimized by some form of abuse, usually by an adult close to him or her, or is being neglected by his or her parents or guardians.

  • L.A. peace prayer: A gathering of ‘three beautiful faiths’
    June 12, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Two days before Pope Francis’ prayer gathering at the Vatican, representatives of Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leadership in Southern California united for “Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land,” a private prayer service at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

  • Deacon ordination: ‘Your ministry will change people’s lives’
    June 11, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    In the days leading up to his ordination to the permanent diaconate, Ryan Adams was reflecting on his relationship with the Holy Spirit — how, in his ministry as a deacon, he “must be a living vessel for the Spirit to not only dwell in, but also a vessel for the Spirit to work through,” serving others in need.

  • Celebrating the Holy Spirit at work
    June 11, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    The parking lot at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was filled to capacity almost two hours before the scheduled start of the June 8 Mass that would celebrate the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s numerous lay ecclesial movements — the first-ever such formal celebration.

    “When I got here early to start preparing for the Mass, one whole section [of the Cathedral] was filled, it made me cry,” said Alicia Hernandez of the Office of the New Evangelization that organized the event. “People really wanted to be a part of this celebration.”

  • ‘Healing Our City’ from gun violence
    June 11, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Suzanne Verge-Peak, president of the L.A. chapter of the Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence, was the first to ring the gold bell — a hard pull in memory of brother Peter Verge. Peter was 18, she 15, when he was shot and killed two weeks before Christmas in 1978, just a mile from their Santa Monica home.

    Stepping forward, a gray-haired woman in a jean jacket and pants said, “I ring the bell for my daughter Wendy, who was murdered. She was in the prime of her life. She died in New Mexico, where she was raised. It’s been a while. But coming together with the group here brings it all …,” she struggled to finish, but couldn’t.

  • Called to serve: The St. Thomas the Apostle Formation Class of 2014
    June 5, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Archbishop José Gomez will ordain 15 men to the Sacred Order of Deacon on June 7 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

    Those to be ordained and their wives have undergone a five-year period of formation in preparation for ministry in their parishes. The formation process integrates academic, pastoral and spiritual dimensions towards forming deacons and their wives in ministries of word, liturgy and charity.

  • CIMA honors excellence in storytelling at awards ceremony
    June 5, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    With seagulls flying above and the sound of the surf below, attendees at this year’s Catholic in Media Associates (CIMA) awards were greeted by a picture perfect Southern California backdrop for the group’s annual Mass, reception and ceremonies held in Pacific Palisades.

    Now in its 22nd year, CIMA presented its yearly awards honoring excellence in media, with the feature film “The Monuments Men,” the feature documentary “Cesar’s Last Fast” and the television news program “CBS News Sunday Morning” receiving accolades for stories with uplifting messages that promote positive messages and themes.

  • New priests urged to ‘be men of patience, mercy, love, hope’
    June 4, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    When Rosa Sahagun learned that her nephew Juan Ochoa wanted to become a priest, she felt immensely proud — and fiercely protective. As a surrogate mother, who helped raise him after his parents passed away when he was a young teen, “I have always supported him, to help him have confidence in himself,” she said.

    “He has always had the support of his entire family, and wherever he is, he will always be with us — and now we will stand by him as a priest.”