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  • Colorful and universal: ‘I think this is what heaven is like’
    October 8, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “To see these various ethnic groups come together in their finery in their traditional costumes is extremely exciting,” remarked Rich Widerynski of the Oct. 4 Eucharistic Celebration of Cultures held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. “Not only are the people beautiful, but they’re colorful.”

  • Forum on ‘50 Years of Liturgical Reform’ set Oct. 16 at LMU
    October 8, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “50 Years of Liturgical Reform: Beyond Vatican II Nominalism,” the fifth forum in the eight-part series “Vatican II at 50: A Symposium,” will be held Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at Loyola Marymount University.

    Presented by LMU and Mount St. Mary’s College, the forum will feature Dr. Massimo Faggioli, assistant professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and author of “Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning.”

  • Our Lady of Fatima Family Crusade celebration set Oct. 11
    October 8, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    The 20th anniversary of the Our Lady of Fatima Family Crusade will be celebrated Oct. 11 at San Lorenzo Ruiz Church, Walnut.

    Parishioners and devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary will come together to pray the rosary at 4 p.m., followed by Mass at 5 p.m. with Father Tony Astudillo, pastor, presiding.

  • Kathleen Kim, police commissioner
    October 8, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “It’s been a really great experience, a very meaningful experience. And I did not ever expect to have this opportunity to, you know, be a part of something that could have such an impact on our residents. It really came out of nowhere.”

    Kathleen Kim, a professor of law at Loyola Law School, wasn’t talking about some academic honor or a coveted judicial appointment. The 39-year-old daughter of South Korean immigrants was referring to Mayor Eric Garcetti naming her last year to the Los Angeles Police Commission.

  • San Pedro Congress: A time to renew, re-charge, re-commit
    October 2, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Among the nearly 1,000 Catholic religious educators attending last weekend’s San Pedro Regional Congress were many who had attended before. But this year, they weren’t necessarily after the same type of information.

  • Catholic Charities hosts Mega Citizenship Workshop
    October 2, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Helping others navigate the process of naturalization, Catholic Charities Los Angeles hosted a free Mega Citizenship Workshop at St. Didacus Church in Sylmar Sept. 27, where nearly 60 legal permanent residents made their first step toward becoming United States citizens.

    It’s estimated that there are one million eligible lawful permanent residents in the Los Angeles area who can become U.S. citizens — but for many, the process may be financially intimidating. The workshop outlined ways the $680 fee may be waived because of financial hardships, poverty levels or other factors.

  • Vida Nueva wins 11 national NAHP awards
    October 2, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Vida Nueva, the monthly Spanish-language newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, captured 11 José Martí Publishing Awards, including three Gold Awards, given by the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). The recognition was recently announced during the NAHP’s annual convention in Oak Brook, IL.

  • St. John’s honors 5
    October 2, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    joyful crowd of more than 400 people from around the state gathered Sept. 28 at St. John’s Seminary in Camarilloto honor five men as St. John’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni.

    San Fernando Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Wilkerson, Monsignors Helmut Hefner and Norman Priebe, Father Thomas Peacha and Michael Clements received their awards at the seventh annual awards event.All received theological formation from St. John’s, and have served the church in areas of faith-based community organizing, parish ministry, diocesan leadership and (in the case of Msgr. Hefner, as St. John’s rector from 2001-07) forming new generations of priests.

  • From court to classroom, positively speaking
    October 1, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

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    From court to classroom, positively speaking
    First-year teacher Jennifer Beltran, the University of Illinois’s record-setting “digger,” stresses positive thinking at Sacred Heart HS.
    October 1, 2014 – R.W. Dellinger
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    Jennifer Beltran gives a PowerPoint presentation to her health/PE class at Sacred Heart High School in Lincoln Heights. . – CREDIT: R. W. DELLINGER
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    “Hi, girls. Hi, girls,” said Jennifer Beltran walking into a second-floor classroom at Sacred Heart High School. It was her 9:47-to-11:16 B-day health class with mostly sophomores, along with a few juniors and seniors, on a Wednesday morning in late September.

  • International seminarians: Bringing the ‘world church’ to L.A.
    September 26, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “All roads lead to Rome,” the saying goes, but many roads also lead to St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, where 15 of its 93 seminarians are international students.

    Hailing from countries that include Mexico, Holland, Nigeria, Spain, Uganda and the Philippines, these students bring a special “richness” to the seminary, says Dr. Paul Ford, professor of theology and liturgy.