SVDP hosts fundraiser for Circle V Ranch Camp

Honorees, presenters and Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles leadership at the society’s fund-raiser for their Circle V Ranch Camp benefiting underserved children May 29. — Credit: ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

Underserved kids who have lost everything gain a week of happiness at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Circle V Ranch Camp each summer.

To support the camp and its young clientele, the May 29 “Mardi Gras in May” benefit dinner & awards ceremony at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles raised funds to send 1,200 children to camp this summer.

Additionally, the event honored Bishop Gordon D. Bennett, Deborah Estes, the Polenzani Family and Shoe Palace for their service to the Church and community.

Bishop Bennett, a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), is a product of Los Angeles marking his golden jubilee in 2014. The former president of Loyola High School served as an auxiliary bishop of Baltimore and bishop of Mandeville, Jamaica, before he retired, and has extensive experience in educational administration, cultural diversity, church leadership and Ignition spirituality and formation.

Estes is chair and president of Specialty Family Foundation, which seeks to alleviate the conditions that lead to persistent poverty, primarily expanding educational opportunities in low-income communities and treatment for substance abuse and alcoholism.

Tom Polenzani, founder of Polenzani Benefits, and Elizabeth Polenzani, professor emeritus at Pasadena City College, live lives guided by service to their community. Their affiliations include the Red Cross, United Way, City of Hope, Child Care Information Service and St. Elizabeth Church.

KCAL-TV journalist Sylvia Lopez served as emcee for the event.


Voices

‘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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February 1, 2015

  • Sunday, February 1

    Third Order Lay Carmelite Community Q & A Meeting, 1-4 p.m., St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church located at 12930 Hamlin St. North Hollywood. The Order is located throughout the Los Angeles area and open to new membership.  If interested in the ancient tradition of contemplative prayer, community and service, come and have your questions answered.  For more information, contact Regional Director Herman Briones, (818) 521-6564.

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