Sr. Saint George Skurla, aunt of L.A. supervisor, dies

Sister Saint George Skurla, CSJ

Funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 19 at Carondelet Center, Brentwood, for St. Joseph of Carondelet Sister Saint George Skurla, 87, who died Feb. 9 in Los Angeles.

Born March 5, 1926 in San Diego to Croatian immigrant parents, Eva Elizabeth Skurla entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on March 19, 1944, having decided in the second grade that she would become a nun. After making temporary vows in 1946, she began teaching in elementary schools in California and Arizona, including Ascension and St. Anselm in Los Angeles, and made her final vows in 1949.

Sister Skurla then served for 18 years at Mount St. Mary's College in the English department. She also taught at St. Mary's Academy in Inglewood, Daniel Murphy High School in Los Angeles, and Queen of Angels Seminary High School in Mission Hills, before retiring from teaching.

“She enjoyed classical music, plants, animals, books and reading,” said a statement from her family. “As a teacher who loved subjects she taught, she appreciated a well-made sentence wherever she found it, and had no patience with dangling participial modifiers, antecedent-less pronouns, and such like.”

She is survived by her brother George (Kim) Skurla; nephews Greg (June) Antonovich and L.A. County Supervisor Michael (Christine) Antonovich; niece Dr. Jean Liemert; four grandnieces and three grandnephews.

Graveside service was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City. Donations in her memory may be sent to: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 11999 Chalon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90049.


Things beyond our imagination

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Recently, at an academic dinner, I was sitting across the table from a nuclear scientist. At one point, I asked him this question: Do you believe that there’s human life on other planets? His answer surprised me: “As a scientist, no, I don’t believe there’s human life on another planet.


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October 4, 2015

  • Sunday, October 4

    Gerard Thomas Straub Book Signing, 9 a.m.- 1p.m., Holy Family Bookstore, 1519 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. Straub will discuss his newly re-released book, “The Sun and Moon Over Assisi.” (626) 403-6133.

    St. Kateri Mass, 11 a.m., St. Marcellinus Church, 2349 Strong Ave., Commerce. Everyone is welcome to honor and follow in the footsteps of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Potluck and raffle immediately following – bring a favorite dish to share!

    Faith Support on Our Cancer Journey, 2-4 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes. This afternoon of reflection will explore ways for those struggling with cancer can nurture their spirits and seek divine guidance and support. $25 ($20 if paid in full by September 25). (310) 377-4867.

    “Come and See” Vocation Event, 2-7 p.m., Heart of Jesus Retreat Center, 2927 S Greenville St., Santa Ana. Single women of high school and college age are invited by Sacred Heart Sisters to learn more about religious life. Dinner will be provided. RSVP by Oct. 3 at (714) 557-4583 or 

    Once Upon a Time: Stories to Awaken the Mysteries of the Heart, 3-5 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes. $25. (310) 377-4867.

    Rosary and Mass for Life, Rosary: 4:30 p.m., Mass: 5 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Contact Sylvia Aimerito (562) 429-1965.

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