LOS ANGELES --- Jesuit Father Greg Boyle, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, joined with 10 other honorees --- including musicians Carlos Santana and the Beach Boys, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and basketball great Magic Johnson --- at the recent California Hall of Fame induction celebration in Sacramento.
The Hall of Fame recognizes remarkable individuals that transcend the boundaries of their fields to make a lasting, significant contribution to the state, nation and world. Father Boyle was recognized for his work with at-risk and gang-involved youth in Los Angeles and around the world.
Born in Los Angeles as one of eight siblings, Father Boyle was ordained a priest in 1984, served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, and launched Homeboy Bakery in 1992. His mission: to create an environment that provided training, work experience and the opportunity for rival gang members to work side by side.
The success of the bakery created the groundwork for additional businesses. Today, Homeboy Industries’ nonprofit economic development enterprises include Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Silkscreen, Homeboy/Homegirl Merchandise, and Homegirl Café.
Other 2011 inductees were researcher Elizabeth Blackburn, retailers Doris and Donald Fisher (The Gap), the late disabled rights advocate Ed Roberts, author Amy Tan (“The Joy Luck Club”) and the late state supreme court Chief Justice Roger Traynor.
St. Andrew celebrates ‘Tower of Pasadena’ book
PASADENA --- The release “Tower of Pasadena,” a book tracing the history of St. Andrew Church as it grew alongside the city of Pasadena, was celebrated Dec. 4 at the parish with an art and architecture tour of the landmark church building.
“Tower of Pasadena” was written by author and St. Andrew parishioner Tri Fritz, while award-winning photographer David Crane took the images in the book. Both were in attendance at the release party in the piazza of St. Andrew, 311 N. Raymond Ave., in Pasadena, with proceeds from sales of the book to benefit continued church restoration projects.
St. Andrew’s iconic clock tower rises 140 feet and looks over Old Pasadena and the 210 Freeway. The church, built in 1926, features Byzantine architecture inspired by churches in early Rome.
San Buenaventura Mission receives foundation grant
VENTURA --- San Buenaventura Mission received a $13,800 grant from the California Missions Foundation Dec. 13 for security improvements and museum educational information signage.
Mission security will be expanded to include 16 cameras mounted in the church, gardens, museum, and gift shop supported by an alarm security system will protect the valuable collection of statues, paintings, and other artifacts from theft, vandalism or destruction.
Signage will be installed in the mission garden and adjacent patio for the education of the public. These visuals will enhance the learning experience whether visitors tour the mission on their own or are guided by docents focusing on five specific topics: (1) a schematic drawing of the mission quadrangles based on the Librado-Harrington drawings; (2) drawings showing the life of Blessed Junipero Serra; (3) a drawing and photos of the aqueduct system and settling tanks; (4) a drawing showing the Chumash Indians engaged in daily activities at the mission; (5) a chart showing the various products, animals and produce at the mission.
San Buenaventura Mission was founded in 1782 by Father Serra. The California Missions Foundation, begun in 1998, is the only organization dedicated to the long-term preservation and restoration needs of California missions and their associated historic and cultural resources for public benefit. For further information visit www.californiamissionsfoundation.org.
Prayer of the MonthPapal intentions for November: That priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity. That as fruit of the continental mission, Latin American Churches may send missionaries to other Churches.
Papal intentions for December: That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.