“Our Lady of Stono” depicts individuals who played prominent role in black Catholic history

Idea for 30-foot-wide mural depicting the Black Madonna and Child came from Fr. Claude Williams, parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist Church in Costa Mesa, and a member of the Norbertine Order at St. Michael’s Abbey

It’s surprising how the term “conventional wisdom” eventually turns out to be an oxymoron. For example, it’s conventional wisdom that blacks from Africa who had been enslaved and shipped to America became Catholics only after arriving.   Wrong. Many had been Catholics in Africa long before they were shackled in chains.  It’s one of the many fascinating elements rooted in … [Read more...]

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The Holy Man of Santa Clara

This coming Wednesday, Mission Santa Clara will have a Traditional Latin Mass for canonization cause of Fr. Magin Catala

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Roseanne T. Sullivan. The day before Thanksgiving this year, on Wednesday, November 22, a group of Catholics will gather at the restored Mission Santa Clara, as they have done for the past nine years. They will attend a sung traditional Latin Mass at 6:30 p.m. and pray for the canonization of Franciscan missionary, Fr. Magin Catala, … [Read more...]

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Meeting scheduled on sainthood cause for Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria

Officials of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will meet on November 17 to study the life, writings, and ministry of the Claretian Missionary known for his four decades of priestly work in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Antonio

A much-anticipated meeting by officials of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles into the Sainthood Cause of Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, CMF has been confirmed for November 17th. This milestone begins the study by experts into the life, writings, and ministry of the Claretian Missionary known for his four decades of priestly work in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Antonio. The Sainthood … [Read more...]

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Saints in the heart of LA

Archbishop José Gomez to graduates of Marymount California University: "It is amazing how many saints have walked these same streets that we do, and watched the sunrise and the sunset from these same beaches and mountains"

Editor’s note: On May 6, Archbishop Gomez accepted an Honorary Doctorate and delivered the commencement address at Marymount California University in Los Angeles. The following is adapted from his remarks. His complete address is available at ArchbishopGomez.com. My friends, you are graduating from a great Catholic university in a city that is named for God’s holy angels. That … [Read more...]

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There’s a patron saint for that?

Those affected by hangovers, archers, shoemakers, and motorcyclists all have their special saint

It may strike many Catholics as odd, improper, even irreverent, that there would be a patron saint of hangovers. We know from personal experience that through the prayers of the saints we are healed of serious ailments, protected in our travels, find stuff we’ve lost, and are granted a host of other graces. Why, then, would any saint get tangled up with people who don’t know … [Read more...]

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Vatican tightens rules for verifying miracles

Supermajority now required for a cause for sainthood to continue to the next step

The following comes from a September 23 Catholic News Agency article by Hannah Brockhaus: Changes to the regulations for confirming alleged miracles during the causes of saints aim to preserve the scientific rigor of the examination and maintain its distinction from matters of theology, it was announced Friday. The changes, which were approved by Pope Francis Aug. 24, … [Read more...]

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Remembering Mother Teresa’s visit to LA’s Skid Row

“She told us, ‘You are precious to God, and God is very generous’”

The following comes from a September 1 Angelus article by Clara Fox: On the eve of the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, many residents of Los Angeles are remembering how the Albanian nun’s special love for people helped transform lives that had once been hopelessly entrenched in drugs, alcohol and homelessness. While living on the streets of Los Angeles’ … [Read more...]

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Discipleship has a price

Archbishop Gomez on true freedom

The following comes from a July 6 Catholic News Agency article: As church leaders rallied U.S. Catholics to defend their faith against an increasingly antagonistic society and government, the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero and St. Junipero Serra made an appearance at the Los Angeles cathedral. “We are living in challenging times. Our society and our culture are becoming … [Read more...]

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Pope advances sainthood cause for ‘bishop of the barrios’

Alphonse Gallegos was also known for his support for members of lowrider car clubs

The following comes from a July 10 Crux article by Carol Glatz: Pope Francis has advanced the sainthood cause of a U.S. bishop who ministered to California farm workers and the poor. The late Auxiliary Bishop Alphonse Gallegos of Sacramento, California, was known as the “bishop of the barrio” because of his work with the marginalized and the “lowrider bishop” because of his … [Read more...]

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Is Dorothy Day suitable for canonization?

Why the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement is not an ideal candidate for sainthood, according to Crisis Magazine article

The following comes from an April 19 Crisis Magazine article by Father Brandon O'Brien: Dorothy Day was a complex person who hardly fit into anyone’s preconceived categories or notions. She was staunchly pro-life and much of her work with the Catholic Worker Movement centered on social justice. She was also a pacifist, marching against the Vietnam War. Even more than … [Read more...]

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