St. Bernard raises funds for technology education

Andres Arroyo, Vikki Trillo Valenzuela and Dr. Cynthia Hoepner gather at St. Bernard High School’s second annual Gala.

A live auction raised $60,000 in just 30 minutes from alumni and supporters at St. Bernard High School’s second annual Gala, held June 7 in Marina del Rey.

Proceeds will furnish new laptops for faculty and two carts of student machines for use during classroom instruction. “Every dollar will go towards hardware and software needed to turn St. Bernard into a cutting edge 21st century learning environment,” said Dr. Cynthia Hoepner, principal.

The Gala event was held to support the launch of the single-gender STEM program. 

The event also honored three people for their contributions to the school: Wayne Murdy, class of 1962, who has funded scholarships for student leaders; Vikki Trillo Valenzuela, class of ’72 and parent of two Viking alumni; and Carolyn Quijano, for 50 years of dedication to Catholic education, many of them at St. Bernard.   


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‘Digging a well together’

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, was fond of sharing this story: He had a very close Muslim friend, Mohammed, and the two of them used to pray together, even as they remained aware of their differences as Muslim and Christian.  

Aware too that certain schools of thought, both Muslim and Christian, warn against this type of prayer out of a sense that the various faiths are not praying to the same God, the two of them didn’t call their sessions together prayer. Rather they imagined themselves as “digging a well together.”

 

 

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January 31, 2015

  • Saturday, January 31

    Nine-Hour Novena and Mass, 6:45 a.m., Saint Joseph the Worker Church, 19855 Shermann Way, Winnetka. Sponsored by the Infant Jesus of Prague Apostolic Group. For more information, contact Leo, (818) 633-3926. www.IJPAG.com

    Nun Run 5K, 8 a.m., Race starts on Dover Ave. in Thousand Oaks. Registration $25-35 and includes Nun Run T-shirt and pancake breakfast. For more information, email events@sndca.org or visit www.sndca.org/nunrun.

    Charismatic Mass with Healing Service, 8:30 a.m., St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 9451 Broadway, Temple City. Mass will be celebrated by Father Mark Strader.

     

     

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