Christian Service Awards 2014

Sister Regine Donner of St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria was among 10 faculty members honored at the Christian Service Awards celebration March 18. — Credit: VICTOR ALEMAN

Students and teachers from 51 Catholic high schools in the Los Angeles Archdiocese received Christian Service Awards March 18.

Students: Victoria Pintado, Alverno; Jose Parino III, Bellarmine-Jefferson; Myriam Gomez, Louisa Tostado and Rebecca Bianchi, Bishop Alemany; Jodie Arevalo, Jocelyn Magdaleno, and Joseph Quiñones, Bishop Amat; Kimberly Salinas, Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto; Marianna Da Ros, Bishop Garcia Diego; Matthew Kurata and Kelley Henderson, Bishop Montgomery; Julian Guzman and Jesus Moreno, Bishop Mora Salesian; Fernando Cerda Jr. and Sinthia Pedraza, Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary; Guillermo Alonso and Silvio Miranda, Cathedral.

Tyler Johnson and Sarah Wong, Chaminade; Daniel Olivo Sandoval and Lukas Surmeian, Crespi; Kyle Banks and Anthony Boulahoud, Damien; Donovan Gonzales, Don Bosco Tech; Kelly O’Connor, Flintridge Sacred Heart; Brittany Romano, Holy Family; Tiffany Kim, Immaculate Heart; Andrew Pfahler and Flor Maria Zacarias, Junipero Serra; Sarahanne Heredia, La Reina; Emma Martinez and Laura Borquez, La Salle; Brittney Nayelli Martinez, Louisville; Cesar Castro, Richard Windisch and Andrew Wallender, Loyola; Melinda Marasigan, Mary Star of the Sea; Natalie Catalan, Marymount; Lora Mei McManus, Mayfield.

Larissa Peltola, Notre Dame Academy; Tamar Tellado, Daniel Seungmyung Hah and Mariah Mercado, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks); John Jablonski and Jessica Talusan, Paraclete; Jenicka Rivera, Pomona Catholic; Katrin Rochon, Providence; Ellen Urtecho, Ramona Convent; Valeria Herrera, Sacred Heart; Justine Echenique, San Gabriel Mission; Colleen Raab, Santa Clara; Brenda Huerta and Kevin Hogan, St. Anthony; Jack Lueck, St. Augustine Academy; Devinn Bradford, St. Bernard; Austin Adams and Zoe Copeland, St. Bonaventure; Sebouh Bazikian, St. Francis; Analiza Torres and Gabriella Villareal, St. Genevieve.

Dakota Best and Delano Perera, St. John Bosco; Sheena Hufana and Rachel Udabe, St. Joseph (Lakewood); Alexis Laggren, St. Joseph (Santa Maria); Ifeoma Ekeomodi and Michaela Larson, St. Lucy’s Priory; Tiffany Hernandez, St. Mary's Academy; Anna Louise Goodwin, St. Monica Academy (Pasadena); Kyle Mamiit and Hannah Sornborger, St. Monica (Santa Monica); Alexander Amaya and Nathan Parnham, St. Paul; Ashley Mendoza, St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy; Pedro Armenta, Verbum Dei; Luke Prestridge, Villanova.

Teachers: Eileen M. Garabedian, Alverno; Tim Peeters, Bishop Alemany; John Fitzsimons, Bishop Montgomery; Paulina Gonzalez, Bishop Mora Salesian; Richard Vasquez, Damien; Dr. Vincent Dever, Mary Star of the Sea; Margaret “Maggie” Averil, Ramona Convent; James O’Connor, St. Francis; Daughter of Mary and Joseph Sister Regine Donner, St. Joseph (Santa Maria); Casey Morales, St. Paul.


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Spiritual, but not religious? Who to blame for declining church attendance

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

It’s no secret that today there’s been a massive drop-off in church attendance. Moreover, that drop-off in church-going is not paralleled by the same widespread growth in atheism and agnosticism. Rather, more and more people are claiming to be spiritual but not religious, faith-filled but not churchgoers. Why this exodus from our churches?

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