• Changes ahead for Office of Religious Education

    Following nearly three decades of service, Sister Edith Prendergast, RSC, will be retiring as director of the archdiocesan Office of Religious Education, effective June 30. She will be succeeded by Father Chris Bazyouros.



  • 15,000 march for human dignity

    The first annual OneLife LA, heralded as a celebration of the dignity of every human life from conception to natural death, drew thousands from all over Southern California to Downtown Los Angeles.



  • Archbishop leads state legislature in prayer

    SACRAMENTO — Archbishop José H. Gomez thanked state legislators for their work on behalf of immigrants during a Jan. 13 interfaith prayer service at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.



  • Catholic Education Foundation appoints new executive director

    Archbishop José H. Gomez and Timothy J. Smith, president of the board of trustees of the Catholic Education Foundation, announced a new executive director Jan. 12. Kathleen M. Ash, who had been the associate dean of the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, began serving the foundation this month.

    Ash has more than 20 years of experience in education and in nonprofit sectors. She’s a graduate of St. Bernard High School, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degrees from the University of Southern California and LMU.

    Ash recently sat down with The Tidings to share her thoughts about her new role at the Catholic Education Foundation.


  • A school grows in La Puente

    “I’m not a book teacher,” she proudly acknowledged. “The kids love it. It motivates them. I want them to walk out of here with a knowledge base, but also a love for science. So if I make it fun and exciting and crazy, it is more fun for them. And I think it just sticks with them better. Definitely.”

    Mrs. Garcia is also sure of something else. With its new marketing-savvy principal and development administrative team this year, along with the enthusiastic support of the pastor, Father John Woolway, St. Louis of France School is turning a big page.

  • Blessed Junípero Serra: California’s first saint

    Just after canonizing the first saint of Sri Lanka, St. Joseph Vaz, Pope Francis announced that he would also be canonizing the first saint of California — Junípero Serra.

    “We are grateful to our Holy Father Pope Francis for this gift to California and the Americas,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez in a Jan. 15 statement. 

    Blessed Serra first served as a Franciscan priest and theology professor in Spain in the 1700s. However, as he learned of foreign missions in the Americas, Serra longed for something more.

  • Requiem for the Unborn set for Jan. 24

    People of all ages from across the archdiocese are expected to fill the pews at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles 6 p.m. Jan. 24 for the annual Requiem for the Unborn Mass.


  • A centenary celebration of ‘The Valley of Fear’

    The victim’s wedding ring is missing. The audience is asked to question the significance of a missing dumb-bell and a calling card left at the scene of the crime bearing the message, ‘VV341.’



  • Human trafficking in Los Angeles

    “When I mentor anybody, I tell them nobody can take away what you have, your self-worth,” she said. “I knew I didn’t have money, but I knew, ‘I do have family, I do have faith, I do have God.’ She could never take those things away from me.”

  • Remembering Selma: Love trumps hate at historic voting rights march in 1965

    The 85-year-old woman was Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Patrice Underwood when she flew to Atlanta and then Alabama in March of 1965 with a group of five other social justice activists from the San Francisco Archdiocese. It included two priests, a male teacher and two female nurses.



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Appreciating the gift of memory

Anne Hansen

Why do we hold on to so many things in closets, garages and storage units? What is it about the birth announcement of an adult child or the high school diploma of an elderly grandparent that keeps these objects carefully saved rather than discarded? They are of no use to anyone and take up space. Yet they are precious and difficult to part with.



The Holy Father visits the Holy Land


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  • Saturday, January 24

    Building Bridges through Intercultural Competency: A Symposium on the Future of Education and Ministry in the Church, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will deliver a keynote address, which will be followed by two panel discussions on issues of intercultural competency and diversity featuring experts and practitioners working in Catholic education and other ministries in Southern California and across the United States. For more information, please contact the LMU School of Education Office of the Dean at (310) 258-8768.

    Life in the Spirit Seminar, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Registration 8:30 a.m.), Incarnation School Auditorium, 1001, N Brand Blvd., Glendale. Led by Fr. Bill Adams C.S.s.R. (818) 421-1354.

    Journey Through Grief, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 377-4867.

    “One Life, One Light” Requiem for the Unborn, 6 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles.

  • Sunday, January 25

    44th Annual Whale Fiesta, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. Free. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrates marine mammals and the beginning of the migration of the Pacific gray whales along Southern California. Activities include building a life-sized whale out of sand, “Great Duct Tape Whale Contest” and “Whale Dynamics,” where participants will be transformed into a single “living whale.” (310) 548-7562.

    “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change” with director Jayasri Majumdar Hart, 3-5 p.m., St. Bernadette Parish, 3825 Don Felipe Dr., Los Angeles. A discussion with Ms. Hart will follow the screening.  Free.

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