Thousands honor Our Lady of Guadalupe at annual tribute and Mass in Los Angeles

Faithful can see relic of the original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

The pews were packed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels last night, in a celebration that stretched through the wee hours of morning, to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.  “On this beautiful night, we thank God for sending his gift of Our Lady of Guadalupe, our mother,” said Archbishop Gomez. “She painted this picture of herself on the tilma because she wanted us to see her … [Read more...]

LA archdiocese to press charges against sisters accused of embezzlement

While the archdiocese initially announced that it would not press charges in the case, an archdiocesan spokesman said Monday afternoon that the archdiocese will become a “complaining party” in the case

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will file a criminal complaint against religious sisters who have been accused of embezzling from a Catholic school at which they had worked for more than a decade. Sr. Mary Margaret Kreuper, CSJ and Sr. Lana Chang, CSJ, who both retired this year from St. James Catholic School in Torrance, are alleged to have misappropriated nearly $500,000 from … [Read more...]

Religious sisters found to have stolen money from Redondo Beach Catholic school

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet misappropriated funds for their personal use over a period of years while working at St. James School; order promises to reimburse the school

An internal investigation by a Redondo Beach Catholic parish has found that two longtime nuns who worked at the St. James School misappropriated a “substantial” amount of school funds for their personal use over a period of years, according to a letter sent to school families Wednesday. Msgr. Michael Meyers, the pastor at St. James Catholic Church, said in the letter that the … [Read more...]

Jury awards teacher fired by Catholic school $3.57 million in damages

Science teacher at Transfiguration School in Los Angeles alleged she was fired for being pregnant and unwed, school argued she was terminated for other reasons

A former Leimert Park Catholic school teacher who sued the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, alleging she was fired for being pregnant and unwed, was awarded $3.57 million by a jury today. The Los Angeles Superior Court panel deliberated for less than a day before finding in favor of Kourtney Liggins, who was a science teacher at Transfiguration School, in her lawsuit that alleged … [Read more...]

“I’m tired of your apologies”

Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Brennan celebrates Mass of Reparation and Healing at St. Euphrasia Church in Granada Hills, followed by hour-and-a-half question-and-answer forum

Moments into a Mass of Reparation and Healing at St. Euphrasia Church in Granada Hills on Thursday night, Bishop Joseph V. Brennan invited the congregation to kneel. He then explained how appropriate he thought it would be for him to lay prostrate in front of the altar, asking Msgr. James Gehl and Father Anselm Nwakuna to join him on each side in the act of submissive … [Read more...]

“In the spirit of the Synod of Youth taking place in Rome”

For the first time this year, image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will visit schools in each pastoral region of the Los Angeles archdiocese, which includes Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties

In celebration of the 487th anniversary of the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego, this year La Peregrina, a pilgrim image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, will start the annual pilgrimage with visits to parishes in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, Oct. 27-Nov. 3. In the spirit of the Synod of the Young People, the Faith and Vocational … [Read more...]

Little Sisters still begging in LA

The first Little Sisters of the Poor -- "the begging sisters" -- to come to Los Angeles arrived on a train from Chicago on Jan. 18, 1905

The 2007 GMC Savana Cargo Van with 200,000 miles on the odometer pulls off the exit a little past 9 o’clock on this Friday morning. It’s August 31, one day after the Little Sisters of the Poor marked the 150th anniversary of the religious community’s arrival in the United States from France. Two of these “begging sisters” in full white habits are in the back seat, silently … [Read more...]

Small band of friars and nuns in habits feed homeless in Los Angeles

Archbishop José Gomez invited Friars and Sisters of the Poor Jesus to Los Angeles earlier this year; four friars and four sisters set out for Skid Row every weekend offering free food and water to the homeless

Friar Benjamin of the Most Holy Trinity walked down Towne Avenue in Skid Row, one hand wheeling an ice chest filled with oranges and bottled water, the other clutching plastic bags of peanut butter and ham and cheese sandwiches, chips and fruit snacks. Dressed in a full habit, a straw hat and brown flip-flops, Friar Benjamin, 42, along with a group of three other friars, one … [Read more...]

14th annual Celebration of Cultures Mass scheduled for Sept. 15 in LA archdiocese

Recognizes contributions of the nearly 40 ethnic communities represented in the archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest and most diverse diocese, will celebrate the contributions to the Catholic Church of nearly 40 ethnic communities at the 14th annual Celebration of Cultures Mass on Saturday, September 15. Archbishop José H. Gomez will preside at a special Mass at 3:30 p.m., at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown L.A. (555 W. … [Read more...]

LA Archbishop Jose Gomez leads parade celebrating city’s 237th birthday

The archbishop celebrated a votive Mass to honor the Patroness of the City of Los Angeles followed by a procession to La Placita Church and a fiesta in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Angels, for whom the City is named

Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrated a votive Mass to honor the Patroness of the City of Los Angeles on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Following the Mass, hundreds representing the city's multicultural communities joined the Archbishop to celebrate the 237th birthday of the City of Los Angeles with a procession to La Placita … [Read more...]