Four members of the Los Angeles Catholic community who have extensive and distinguished records of service have been named recipients of the 2014 Cardinal’s Award. The honorees will be presented at a luncheon scheduled early in 2014 at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, beneficiary of the 2014 dinner set next March 1. The recipients are:—Louis Castruccio of St. Paul the Apostle Church, Westwood, partner emeritus for Irell & Manella law firm, and long active in support of Catholic higher education through Santa Clara University, Mount St. Mary’s College and the Jesuit School of Theology.—Janet Feeley of St. Paul the Apostle Church, Westwood, president of the board of directors of St. Anne’s social services agency and a licensed marriage and family therapist who volunteers at inner-city Catholic schools. —R-lene Mijares deLang of St. Andrew Church, Pasadena, general manager and partner of Mijares Restaurants and active in numerous church and community outreach services, including Villa Esperanza, restorative justice outreach, Good Shepherd Shelter and Christ Child Society. —Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Sartoris, retired San Pedro Region Bishop celebrating 60 years of priesthood in 2013, and former pastor at St. Madeleine Church, Pomona, and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Church, Lomita.The 2014 honorees bring to 124 the number of men and women honored with the award. Since 1990, more than $8 million has been raised to support schools, parishes, charities or relief efforts in all pastoral regions of the archdiocese.St. John’s Seminary, opened in 1939 under Archbishop John Cantwell, educates and forms priests for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (and other dioceses in California, the U.S. and around the world). Its current enrollment is the highest in years, while Juan Diego House in Gardena — the house of formation operated by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for college-aged seminarians who are aspiring to the diocesan priesthood, and the 2013 Cardinal’s Awards Dinner beneficiary — is at capacity. Promoting vocations to the priesthood and to religious and consecrated life is among the five pastoral priorities for the archdiocese outlined by Archbishop José Gomez in his pastoral letter, “Witness to the New World of Faith,” issued one year ago (Oct. 12, 2012).The 25th annual Cardinal’s Awards Dinner will be held March 1, 2014 at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. For information and reservations about the 2014 Cardinal’s Award Dinner, contact Judy Brooks, director of the Office of Special Services, (213) 637-7636 or [email protected], or visit www.cardinalsawardsdinner.org.
Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus).