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By Ken F. Sawa
Executive Director, Catholic Charities 

 In the California Bishops’ recently released pastoral letter, “Hope and Healing,” on the care of those who struggle with mental illness, they state: “For them, our communities and parishes should be places of refuge and healing, not places of rejection or judgement.” 

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By Anna Hamilton

 We know that every person has a story to share. Some stories are adventures, others a romance, some stories do not always have a happy ending but if you listen carefully, you find strength and meaning behind them.

 On Sunday, May 13th, Mother’s Day, I joined Bishop Gerald Barnes and his emcees on a visit to the California Institution for Women (CIW) for a special Mother’s Day Liturgy for the incarcerated ladies in our Diocese. 

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SAN BERNARDINO—When she began her career, Patricia Vesely never envisioned herself leading the Catholic schools system for one of the nation’s largest dioceses. In fact, she never even saw herself as a school principal.

 But Vesely was called, literally, to a career in Catholic school administration that uncovered gifts and talents that enriched the lives students, families, teachers and fellow administrators.

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SAN BERNARDINO—The Annual Diocesan Awards were presented on May 18 at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, San Bernardino.

 In addition to the Papal Award (see related article), the St. Bernardine Award, Our Lady of Guadalupe Award and St. John Paul II Youth Award were also given.

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