Gunshots shattered the solemnity of a March 24, 1980 Mass in a small chapel outside of San Salvador. Moments later, a man many considered a prophet and the voice for the voiceless, lay dead in a pool of his own blood.
During his presentation on “Seeing with the Eyes of the Soul,” Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, challenged participants “to cure [their] blindness.”
“What is racism like today? Has it changed or is it the same?" asked Father Bryan Massingale of Marquette University, author of “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church.”
“This is a workshop to evaluate the pope’s first two years, and — spoiler alert — he did good,” said a smiling Jesuit Father Thomas Reese as he kicked off his engaging, positive discussion, eliciting laughter from hundreds of Congress-goers.
Bishops from dioceses in Southern California signed a joint letter to Congress March 14, urging representatives to move forward with comprehensive immigration reform.
On March 14, during the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras spoke on the “Church of the Future” by emphasizing the need for ongoing catechesis, highlighting Pope Francis’ special mission and discussing with audience members the obstacles the Church must overcome.
Rick Warren began his March 14 keynote address at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress by quoting an American literary giant. “The two most important days in your life,” Warren said, quoting Mark Twain, “are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
The world-renowned Christian leader spoke on “Transformation and Our Inner Desire for God” before an enthusiastic and packed Anaheim Convention Center.
This summer, Father Chris Bazyouros will succeed Sister Edith Prendergast, RSC, as director of the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Father Bazyouros, who currently serves in Adult Education in the Religious Education department, was ordained in 2003. He recently sat down with The Tidings’ J.D. Long-García to share more about his background and his vision for religious education in the local Church.
More than 15,000 young Catholic teenagers packed into the Anaheim Convention Center for the 44th annual LA Youth Day, which kicked off this weekend’s Religious Education Congress, March 12-15.
After she steps down as Director of the Office of Religious Education (ORE) for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Religious Sister of Charity Edith Prendergast wants to take a sabbatical and visit places that have deep meaning for her: London (where she got her education certificate and was exposed to great art and museums), Boston College (where she received her Master’s Degree in Theology and met famed theologian Karl Rahner) and, of course, her Irish homeland.
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