Carlos, Sr., and Adriana could see their next-to-youngest child coming on the sidewalk from “The Compound,” a locked enclosure with a tall metal fence topped by razor wire, across the green quadrangle lawn. A single guard was behind him.
On his next to last day at the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Office of Restorative Justice, co-director Javier Stauring went to a sentencing on the 11th floor of the Criminal Courts building in Downtown L.A. with heavy shoulders. Carlos Vazquez, an 18-year-old man-child from gritty Pico-Union, had plea-bargained 35-years-to-life down to 11 years in a state prison.
By some reckoning, this will be the 60th Religious Education Congress organized by the Los Angeles Archdiocese. The annual event, known worldwide, draws upwards of 40,000 participants each year.
Ralph and Mary Guerrero are like a rare gem, a shining example of a love story one might read about in fairy tales. Married for 64 years, the pair still look at each other like time has stopped and no one else is in the room. They are completely in love.
After a year of being in cancer remission, David Smith, 43, attended the recent World Day of the Sick Mass with his 13-year-old son Michael. For Smith, the Mass was a time to ask for blessings for the future, and to meet again with the people who had helped him during his cancer treatment.
The successful entrepreneur behind companies cofounded with celebrity icons Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian will return to his alma mater, Servite High School in Anaheim, to speak with students as part of the school’s Priory Leadership Program.
One-year-old Autumn Johnson was in her crib in Compton when a bullet probably meant for her 24-year-old daddy, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials, tore through her converted-garage home and into her head.
San Fernando’s retiring auxiliary bishop will be missed for his leadership, approachability and sense of humor, say his colleagues.
On Feb. 6, Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson was honored for more than 50 years of service in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with a Mass in the chapel of Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, followed by a formal reception.
We left the Los Angeles Mission’s 156,000-square-foot building at 303 East Fifth Street a little past 9 o’clock on Thursday evening, Jan. 28. Both the scripture quote from Matthew engraved high on the front wall of the chapel (“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”) and the equally high-minded words from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis, City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s Executive Director Peter Lynn and L.A. Mission President Herb Smith urged the counters on.
The Catholic Textbook Project has announced their annual History Essay Contest for Catholic students. The writing contest is open to students in grades 5 though 12 attending Catholic schools or home-schooling programs. The submission deadline for the contest, which has six separate divisions, is March 23.
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