The dignity of every human life was the focus of a major pro-life event in Los Angeles on Saturday. More than 15,000 people joined speakers, religious leaders and entertainers to encourage outreach to those in need.
When George McKenna left New Orleans and accepted a teaching job in the Los Angeles Unified School District in the early 1960s, he thought he also left behind the prejudice and bigotry, separation and segregation of the deep South. The young educator was wrong.
On Jan. 16, families, high school students and human trafficking survivors marched in protest of labor and sex trafficking. The roughly 500 activists held signs and chanted as they walked through Koreatown, a Los Angeles neighborhood known for cases of human trafficking.
During a Jan. 17 Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, seven pastoral associates were formally commissioned to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, to serve side by side with parish pastors in leading RCIA classes, Scripture studies and other faith formation programs.
Before the formal presentation and photo at Clergy Connect’s recent training session in Los Angeles, Archbishop José H. Gomez was leaning over Msgr. Felix Diomartich, sitting at a table, his black walker stowed close by. Both were grinning as they chatted.
Dignity Health’s Southern California Hospitals will be participating in a yearly national kindness movement, partnering with 109 Catholic and public schools to bring kindness-related activities, including teddy bear clinics, art shows and a “kindness walk” to thousands of students.
This month Father David Gaa, OFM, was elected provincial minister of the Franciscan Province of Saint Barbara. His duties will include overseeing all the friars and the ministries of the province.
More than 2,000 people of all ages are expected to fill the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in downtown Los Angeles Jan. 23 for the annual Requiem for the Unborn Mass at 5 p.m. The archdiocesan-wide event, which falls a day after the anniversary of the historic Roe vs. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S., is being held following the close of OneLife LA earlier that same afternoon, when pro-life marchers will walk from nearby La Placita Olvera to Grand Park.
George McKenna, a member of the Los Angeles Board of Education, will be the featured speaker at the 8 a.m. Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast Jan. 16 at the Proud Bird Restaurant, 11022 Aviation Blvd., Los Angeles.
McKenna served as principal of Washington High School in Los Angeles, where he transformed the failing preparatory school into one where 80 percent of its graduates went to college.
Last year the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ report “The State of Homelessness in American 2015” found that on any given night in January 2014, 578,424 people were homeless, meaning they were sleeping outside, in an emergency shelter or in a transitional housing program.
Of that horrific number, 7.8 percent — 45,205 — were unaccompanied youth and children.
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