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The Sacrament Of Holy Orders My Friend Is Ordained A Priest

Recently I flew to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to attend the ordination, my first ever, of Timothy J. Smith. I met Father Tim, now 36, several years ago when he emailed me about a radio piece I’d done about my little brother’s punk band. Tim was a fan. We began a correspondence that flowered...

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‘Light Upon The Scaffold: The Prison Letters Of Jacques Fesch’

Servant of God Jacques Fesch (1930-1957), a murderer who spent three years and eight months in solitary confinement, experienced a profound conversion before his execution by guillotine in a French prison. “Light Upon the Scaffold: The Prison Letters of Jacques Fesch,” edited by...

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Cherry Hill Pick-Your-Own Farm

Ever since my first spring in Los Angeles 27 years ago, my heart sings at the opening of cherry season. And every year for about the last 20, I have told myself I’m going to take a field trip and pick my own. This year I finally did. One good place to start is the town of Leona Valley, outside...

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The Stained Glass Of William Frank

William Frank is Artist in Residence with Emil Frei & Associates, a St. Louis stained-glass studio. His extensive portfolio of selected large-scale projects includes churches, hospitals and schools. He and his wife Jane live in “a tiny 950-square-foot house with chickens in the back,” not far...

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‘Science Is Fiction: 23 Films By Jean Painlevé’

Jean Painlevé (1902-1989) was an early visionary in the genres of educational, science and nature films. A three-disc set from Criterion, available on Netflix, is called “Science is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé.” In an introduction to “Science is Fiction,” editor Marian McDougall wrote:...

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Corita Kent

The Center for Spiritual Renewal in Montecito was founded by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a community with an interesting history. Visiting there recently, I spotted a coffee-table book entitled “Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent.” Anyone who grew up in the New Hampshire...


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Since 1895, The Tidings has been telling the story of the Catholic Church — both here in Los Angeles and across the globe. On July 1, 2016, we transformed the Tidings newspaper into a multimedia platform, Angelus News.

Angelus is the weekly print “home” for, John Allen and his colleague, Inés San Martin. Nationally known Catholic journalists and essayists like Ruben Navarrette, Kathryn Lopez, Grazie Pozo Christie, and Mike Aquilina regularly contribute. Best-selling Catholic author, Dr. Scott Hahn, writes a weekly Scripture column for us. These voices complement key contributors like Archbishop Gomez, Bishop Robert Barron, Father Ronald Rolheiser and Heather King.

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As the largest archdiocese in the United States, we have a great story to tell. Our parishes, pastors and community of faith are the core of our story. And Angelus News tells it well.


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The G2 Gallery: Nature And Wildlife Photography

Smack in the midst of Venice’s über swank-hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a welcome oasis featuring nature and wildlife photography: The G2 Gallery. Founded in 2008, the award-winning G2 “facilitates change by bringing attention to environmental issues through the persuasive power of...

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The Charles And Ray Eames Foundation

Charles and Ray Eames, husband and wife, were one of the foremost design teams of the 20th century. Charles’ background was in architecture. One of his first commissions was St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas (1934). Architectural Forum published a review, after which...

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The White Heart Of Mojave’: A Trip To Death Valley

In the early 1920s, Edna Brush Perkins, a Cleveland socialite, and her pal Charlotte decided to come to California. “Charlotte and I knew the outdoors a little. Though we were middle-aged, mothers of families and deeply involved in the historic struggle for the vote, we sometimes looked at the...

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Mary Ann O’Connor, Foot Washer

Mary Ann O’Connor, 69, is a cradle Catholic and the oldest of seven children. She was born in Santa Monica, grew up in the San Fernando Valley and trained on-site as a nurse at L.A. County-General — an experience that had “a huge impact.” She worked bedside for 12 years, served two years in...

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Children’s Religious Education: Catechesis Of The Good Shepherd

Sofia Cavalletti (1917-2011), co-foundress of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, developed a three-level, nine-year method of religious education for children based on Montessori principles. A native of Rome and a Hebrew scholar, she had neither the background nor interest in children’s...

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‘Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir’

“Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.” — Genesis 28:16 D.J. Waldie, born in 1948, was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Lakewood, a planned suburb of 17,000 homes incorporated in 1954 and the first of its kind in the West. He still lives in the same 957-square-foot...

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The Mars 2020 Oxygen Experiment At JPL

Nohtal Partansky, 26, is my downstairs neighbor. He’s also a mechanical engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. He grew up in South Pasadena. So did he used to look at the stars as a kid?  “No, but I used to build stuff, K’Nex and Legos. [Remote control] cars,...

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Montecito’s Center For Spiritual Renewal

The Center for Spiritual Renewal, located on the grounds of the nonprofit retreat center La Casa de Maria in Montecito near Santa Barbara, is a house designated for personal retreats. A ministry of the Immaculate Heart Community, the center is located on El Bosque Road — “el bosque” means...

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Donald Evans And His Fantastic World Of Postage Stamps

Donald Evans (1945-1977) “put his whole life and everything that interested him into the stamps of his fantasy world.” So says Willy Eisenhart, author of the wonderful “The World of Donald Evans.”  Evans was born in Morristown, New Jersey, to Dorothy and Charles Evans. An only child, he...