Hannon Foundation supports Jesuit Volunteer Corps

St. Francis Center in downtown Los Angeles is among the agencies served by the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, who have received a grant from the William H. Hannon Foundation. — Credit: R.W. DELLINGER

The William H. Hannon Foundation has provided a $10,000 grant to support the Los Angeles program of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for the program year beginning this month.

Currently, there are 20 Jesuit Volunteers working in 13 social service agencies, parishes and Catholic schools. During the current program year, it is anticipated that Jesuit Volunteers will contribute more than 40,000 hours of service to agencies throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

“The William H. Hannon Foundation’s previous financial support has been fundamentally important, making possible the placement of Jesuit Volunteers in Los Angeles area nonprofit organizations, which directly affect thousands of people for the better among the poor and disenfranchised,” said Mary Claire Ryan, Jesuit Volunteer Corps president.

Agencies assisted include Dolores Mission Church and School, Proyecto Pastoral, The Chrysalis Center, Homeboy Industries, Urban Compass, Verbum Dei High School, My Friend’s Place, St. Francis Center, Daybreak Center, St. Joseph Center (Family Self-Sufficiency, Bread & Roses Café and Culinary Training, and Homeless Service Center), Jovenes Inc. and Upward Bound House.

“Our foundation’s board of directors is a huge believer in the JVC mission,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation. “Jesuit Volunteers make an incredible difference in the lives of people in need in Los Angeles. We are also pleased that so many of the Jesuit Volunteers help in schools and agencies the Foundation supports.”


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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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