• 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.



  • Dr. Maher Hathout

    Dr. Maher Hathout’s death earlier this month creates a void in the Los Angeles interfaith community, for he was not only one of the early leaders of interfaith dialogue in our city, but was also the titular head of the Muslim community here. On this sad occasion, the Quranic verse “From God we come and to him we return” [Sura 2.156] comes to mind. May you rest the sleep of the just, my friend.

  • Anaheim conference will underscore vital role of marriage

    Hosted by the Institute for Family Studies and the Wheatley Institution, the Home Truths conference aims to explain the vital role of marriage in the lives of adults and children as well as give insights into what makes strong relationships and marriages today.

  • Pope Francis to canonize evangelizer of the Wild West

    In a surprise addition to his fall 2015 trip to the U.S., Pope Francis is planning to canonize the founder of California's first missions, Bl. Junipero Serra.

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In our time

Archbishop José H. Gomez

As I write, I’ve just read the sad news that 90 Christians have been kidnapped from two villages in Syria. Of course we were all shocked earlier this month by the news that 21 Coptic Christians were executed in Syria — killed, as Pope Francis said, “for the mere fact of being Christians.” 

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land


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  • Saturday, February 28

    “Catholics and the Civil Rights Movement”: An African American Ministry Forum with Dr. Cecilia Moore, 9:30-11:30 a.m., University Hall, 1775 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma March, which led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. With an eye towards the future, a weekend forum will be held to examine the role of American Catholicism in the Selma Campaign, its history and theology, and what it can teach us about confronting today’s social justice issues in the Church and greater American society. $40. (310) 338-2799.

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