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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.” 

Read more: Hope and healing for our homeless  

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. 

Read more: Bishop’s Mother’s Day Visit: Women of CIW express hurt, hope

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.

Read more: Retiring Superintendent Vesely reflects on 30+ years in Catholic education

By Marge Bitetti

SAN BERNARDINO—“Put your finger on a map any where you point your finger, there is someone with the same blood type as you. The world is getting smaller and that affirms that we are all neighbors.” 

Read more: Life, Dignity and Justice Conference tackles many social issues

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.

Read more: Diocesan Awards highlight contributions of the faithful to church and community

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