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Southern Cross,’ USD Among Media Award Winners
BALTIMORE — The Southern Cross and the University of San Diego were among the winners at the 2023 Catholic Media Conference, which was held June 6 to 9 in Baltimore.

In the national journalism competition’s Newspaper division, The Southern Cross took third place in the “Best Print Special Supplement – One-Time Special Issue” category for “The Road to Cardinal,” a 40-page bilingual supplement to the August 2022 issue. It reflected on then Cardinal-designate Robert W. McElroy’s seven years as bishop of San Diego in anticipation of his elevation to the College of Cardinals.

The contest judges described the supplement as “a joy to read and savor.”

The University of San Diego received three awards in the Student Journalism Awards division, including a second place in “Best Publication,” a second place in “Best Use of Multimedia for Storytelling,” and an honorable mention in “Best Video — Single Episode.”

Blessed Sacrament Chapel Dedicated at COLFS
ESCONDIDO — Auxiliary Bishop Ramón Bejarano dedicated and celebrated Mass inside a new Blessed Sacrament chapel July 5 at Culture of Life Family Services (COLFS) in Escondido.

COLFS provides client counseling, ultrasounds, medical care and follow-up support for women and families in need, including referrals for housing and adoption. It is located at 362 W. Mission Ave., Escondido 92025.

For information, visit

National Summit Focused on Catholic Business Education
SAN DIEGO — The University of San Diego welcomed representatives from dozens of Catholic and Jesuit universities, as well as Catholic thought leaders, for an annual conference focused on advancing the Catholic approach to business education.

The 26th annual Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education Meeting was held on-campus July 13 to 15 and featured panels with special guests, research presentations and group discussions. Keynote speakers included theologian Father James Heft, S.M., and Father Robert Spitzer, S.J., who has spoken widely on the compatibility of faith and science.

Pope Names New Auxiliary Bishops for Los Angeles
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Albert M. Bahhuth, Father Matthew Elshoff, OFM, Cap., Father Brian Nunes, and Father Slawomir S. Szkredka as auxiliary bishops of Los Angeles.

The appointments were publicized in Washington, D.C., on July 18 by Cardinal-designate Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop-elect Bahhuth, a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, is currently pastor of Holy Family Church, South Pasadena. Bishop-elect Elshoff, a priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, currently serves as pastor of St. Lawrence of Brindisi Church, Los Angeles. Bishop-elect Nunes is currently vicar general and moderator of the curia for the archdiocese. Bishop-elect Szkredka, also an archdiocesan priest, currently serves as formator and professor at St. John Seminary in Camarillo.

Diocese to Host Restorative Justice Course
SAN DIEGO — The diocesan Office for Life, Peace and Justice will offer a two-day course on Restorative Practices and Facilitating Circles, July 31 and Aug. 1, at the diocesan Pastoral Center.

The course will utilize the curriculum of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, the only credentialed U.S. graduate school focusing solely on restorative practices, restorative justice and facilitating circles.

For more information, email

‘Witness to Love’  Founders to Lead Trainings
SAN DIEGO — Ryan and Mary-Rose Verret, founders of the marriage preparation program Witness to Love, are coming to Southern California to lead training sessions on the program.

A choice of two training sessions is available: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4, at St. Martin of Tours Parish in La Mesa, or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, at St. Edward the Confessor Parish in Dana Point, Calif. The latter is offered in collaboration with the Diocese of Orange.

There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be included.

For information, email or call (858) 490-8256.

Catechists to Attend ‘Faith & Science’ Training
SAN DIEGO — All catechists and Catholic school teachers who teach middle school are required to attend the diocese’s third annual Faith & Science Training with Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer.

Father Spitzer developed Credible Catholic’s Faith & Science Curriculum, which includes “seven essential modules” intended to demonstrate to middle school and high school students that faith and science are not incompatible.

The upcoming training, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11, at St. Pius X Catholic Church and School in Chula Vista, will focus on the two modules currently taught in the San Diego Diocese: “Evidence for God’s Existence from Science” (Module 2) and “True Happiness” (Module 6).

The event is free, but registration is required. Call (858) 490-8232.

Mass to Be Celebrated for Foster Care Awareness
OCEANSIDE — All foster and adoptive families and those interested in learning more about foster care are invited to a Foster Care and Adoption Awareness Mass at 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12, at St. Thomas More Parish in Oceanside.

After Mass, there will be fellowship over pizza and an opportunity to learn more about foster care.

For information, email or

Cardinal to Bless Shrine at Resurrection
ESCONDIDO — Cardinal Robert W. McElroy will visit Resurrection Parish on Thursday, Aug. 17, to bless a new shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m., with Aztec dancers. This will be followed by a 6 p.m. Mass celebrated by Cardinal McElroy. At 6:30 p.m., the cardinal will bless the shrine. A potluck on the plaza, featuring live music, will follow the blessing.

For information, call (760) 747-2322.

Open House to Shine Light on Parish Ministries
EL CAJON — Our Lady of Grace Parish is hosting its annual open house on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 and 27. Various parish ministries will share about themselves.

The open house will take place in the parish hall, after each of the weekend Masses. There will be ice cream, coffee and donuts after the Sunday morning Masses, and wine and cheese after the Saturday and Sunday evening Masses.

For information, call (619) 469-0133.

Ladies Guild Holding Luncheon, Arts & Crafts Sale
SAN DIEGO — The Father Joe’s Villages Ladies Guild will be hosting two upcoming events.

There will be a membership luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11; registration is required by Friday, Sept. 1. The group’s annual craft and bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9. Both events will be at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Scripps Ranch.

For information, call (619) 733-7410 or email

Chaldean Festival to Be Held Sept. 16-17
EL CAJON — The Knights of Columbus Mar Toma Council #10981 will host the 11th Annual Chaldean American Festival during the Sept. 16-17 weekend.

It will take place from 4 to 10 p.m. at Hillsdale Middle School, located at 1301 Brabham St. in El Cajon.

The two days of fun will include carnival games, rides, music, dancing, raffles and authentic Chaldean food.

Admission is $5, and the festival is open to all ages. All proceeds will help fund future projects at the parish.

Ignatian Volunteer Corps Seeking Applicants
SAN DIEGO — The Ignatian Volunteer Corps welcomes applicants for its 2023-2024 program year, which begins in September.

The nonprofit provides retired and semi-retired individuals (age 50 and older) with opportunities to serve the poor and marginalized and to engage in a spiritual program in community.

See the list of open placements at:

For information, call (858) 822-9814 or email

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