LA’s Cathedral honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with tolling of bells

Today at 4:01 p.m. Pacific Time, cathedral's bells will toll 39 times to honor the number of years Dr. King lived on earth

On Wednesday, April 4, at 4:01 p.m. PT, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles will join in solidarity with churches and schools nationwide in remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by tolling the Cathedral’s bells 39 times to honor the number of years Dr. King lived on earth. The bell-ringing pays homage to Dr. King’s legacy and his many … [Read more...]

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LA Archdiocese blesses, breaks ground on new seminary

Archbishop Jose Gomez blessed and broke ground of the new Queen of the Angeles Center for Priestly Formation in Torrance, California.

The patch of land where an old apartment building-turned convent rests is the future site of the Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Archbishop Jose Gomez blessed and broke ground of the new Queen of the Angeles Center for Priestly Formation in Torrance, California. “Vocations to the priesthood, that’s one of my priorities in the archdiocese and I will say that Diego House and … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez recognizes ‘first peoples’ in Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Archbishop of Los Angeles signs new protocols acknowledging Native Americans as deserving special recognition and pastoral concern

Archbishop José H. Gomez signed new protocols acknowledging that Native Americans of California, as the First People of the Land, deserve special recognition and pastoral concern. “These protocols that we are signing today are not a treaty or a legal document. They are a promise. A promise that we will work together so that our future will be more hopeful than our past,” said … [Read more...]

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Nun dies during court hearing over disputed sale of Los Angeles convent

Archbishop José Gomez offers condolences on death of Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, one of two sisters who opposed sale of Los Feliz convent to Katy Perry

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, IHM, one of the five remaining members of the Immaculate Heart of Mary community, died suddenly on March 9 at the age of 89.   Sister Catherine Rose had recently been involved in litigation surrounding the community’s Los Feliz property, which has been vacant since 2011 because it became too costly for the retired sisters to maintain and no … [Read more...]

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Without a home in the City of the Angels

What’s it like living on sidewalks and under bridges?

“Lady! Beautiful lady,” calls out Sister Rosaline Vu, opening the driver’s side door of the metallic Toyota van that has 94,000 hard stop-and-go miles on it. In her plain blue habit, she walks up to a dome tent back from the sidewalk. She says softly, “OK, wake up, Maria,” peeking inside. A short woman wearing a long, heavy sweater over purple pants sits up and comes out, … [Read more...]

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Weaving the divine

Artist John Nava tells stories of faith in L.A. cathedral tapestries

Originally, John Nava’s tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles were commissioned to enhance the musical quality and acoustics of the vast space. Engaging with this ancient technique, however, so significant in the history of church décor, Nava breathed new life into an old and almost forgotten art form. Technology met tradition, and meaning … [Read more...]

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Arrest made in Southern California church fires, vandalism

Most recent arson fires occurred at Resurrection Catholic Church in Los Angeles on Jan. 25 and the Church of the Angels in Pasadena on Jan. 13

A 25-year-old man accused of setting fires at churches around Southern California was charged this week with multiple felony counts. Christian Michael Garcia faces 20 felony counts: 13 counts of vandalism of religious property, three counts of arson of a structure, two counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count each of attempted second-degree robbery and arson … [Read more...]

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Fire at Catholic church in Los Angeles investigated as suspicious

It took 62 firefighters nearly half and hour to douse flames at Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights, investigators found vandalism afterwards

Fire officials are investigating whether a fire ignited at a Boyle Heights church early Thursday morning was an incidence of arson, and looking into whether it could be connected to other recent incidents. Firefighters first responded to the flames that broke out at Resurrection Catholic Church on the 3300 block of East Opal Street just after 2 a.m., said Capt. Erik Scott with … [Read more...]

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Vandalism at Pasadena church follows a recent pattern

Multiple churches affected since late 2016, vandals leave similar graffiti each time

Graffiti spray-painted at a 129-year-old Pasadena church that was set on fire last week resembled messages left on several other churches that were vandalized in recent months. Vandals broke into Church of the Angels — an Episcopal church on Avenue 64 that was built in 1889 — before sunrise Jan. 13 and lit a fire in the sanctuary. Using green spray paint, they wrote "Jehovah" … [Read more...]

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New Los Angeles ministry aims to help families of the imprisoned

The new program, which is part of the archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace, was launched Jan. 12 with a blessing that took place at the pastoral center of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in North Hollywood

Families with loved ones in prison are feeling isolated, and a new initiative of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is setting out to change that. Deacon Paulino Juarez and Deacon Louis Roche, both of the archdiocese, have headed up a new ministry that reaches out to families of the incarcerated and raises awareness in local communities of the suffering and challenges that these … [Read more...]

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