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El Paso seminarian Angel Valdez did a reading at a special Mass yesterday (20/Apr/16) kicking off a Day of Recollection at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. Bishop John Doerfler (background) of the Diocese of Marquette presided at the Mass and led the Day of Recollection. For the Day of Recollection, seminarians set aside their normal busy routine for a day of quiet prayer and guided reflection. Bishop Doerfler is a former faculty member of Sacred Heart.
Valdez is expected to graduate in the spring of 2020, and be ordained to the priesthood and begin serving in parish ministry in the Diocese of El Paso shortly thereafter.
Sacred Heart, in suburban Milwaukee, is North America’s largest seminary specializing in the formation of men over 30, with more than 30 U.S. and Canadian dioceses and religious orders using it for the formation of their future priests. More information is at www.shsst.edu.
14 Cathedral High School Students Named 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars
Students selected from over 50,000 nationwide applicants
El Paso, Texas, April 21, 2016:
The Cathedral High School Center for Advanced Studies is excited to announce that 14 of its students have been named 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS). Cathedral High School will be honoring these record-setting 14 students at an academic awards assembly from 1:50 – 2:25 pm on Monday, April 25, 2016, in the Houghton Multi-Purpose Building, located at 1309 N. Stanton Street, El Paso, Texas.
The Cathedral students named 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars are Daniel Barrio, Sebastian DeLaCruz, Daniel Fernandez, Cesar Garcia, Matthew Hallmark, Pablo Herrera, Sebastian Horcasitas, Anthony Nava, Esteban Orozco, Cameron Paredes, Victor Portillo, Tony Reynoso, Roberto Ruiz, and Fabian Yepo.
The goal of GMS, which was created in 1999 with a $1 billion grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students to reach their highest potential. The students were selected from a national applicant pool of students who demonstrated financial need, the highest academic standards, innovative community service and exceptional leadership qualities.
This is the final year for new Gates Scholars to be named. This year’s 14 winners, all of whom are El Paso Community College Dual-Credit Students, bring Cathedral High School’s total number of Gates Millennium Scholars to 59 since 2009.
Marco Ortigoza ’08, Director of the Center for Advanced Studies, credits the Writing Symposium for much of the success. “Students and adults essentially used all but four days of their Christmas break to work on their application. We guided them but the students did the hard work of finding their voice to tell their unique story. It’s a highly empowering experience. You’re a winner for having the experience; regardless of whether or not you’re selected.
“The Writing Symposium is a reflection of our Lasallian tradition of caring for each other. Almost all of the mentors were alumni: Dr. Joseph Viescas ’96, Luis Lujan ’66, Mario Vazquez ’09, and Jose Yanez. Many Gates Scholars already in college made it a point to come to encourage and help with editing. This is truly the legacy of Chief Justice Richard Barajas ’71 who realized that this life-changing scholarship was within the reach of our students,” noted Brother Nick Gonzalez ’80, president of Cathedral High School.
Saint Mary’s College of California, a Lasallian institution, also contributed to the Writing Symposium. Both schools have partnered for the past four years to provide two volunteer college students to assist Cathedral applicants with editing and organizing. Meg Birgen and Maddi Larsen were this year’s collegiate volunteers.
The Center for Advanced Studies serves as the coordinating point for all higher education opportunities available to its students and parents. In addition to providing college-level assessments for enrollment, the Center, in conjunction with the El Paso Community College, enables eligible students the opportunity to take affordable, high quality, college core courses prior to graduation from high school. The program also allows for enrichment and extension of the Cathedral High School curriculum and avoidance of unnecessary duplication in course work as students move from high school to college. A marquee of the Center is its unique annual Winter Writing Symposium for students which is focused exclusively on the preparation and submission of the students’ applications for the Gates Millennium Scholarship.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program annually selects 1,000 students nationwide to receive a scholarship for use at the college or university of their choice and complete their college education in any discipline they choose. Continuing Gates Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. The program provides Scholars with personal and professional development through leadership programs and academic support. In addition to meeting unmet costs of higher education, a GMS Scholarship provides recipients with access to leadership development programs with the implicit goal of becoming agents of change in their respective communities.
Church-run restaurant in El Paso takes parish dining to new level
By Nancy Wiechec
Catholic News Service
EL PASO, Texas (CNS) -- Move aside pancake breakfast. La Tilma Mexican Grill has brought parish dining to a new level.
Taking its name from the miraculous cloak of St. Juan Diego, La Tilma is a ministry of Sacred Heart Church in El Paso's Segundo Barrio, one of the city's oldest communities.
"This is the best breakfast deal in town," said manager James Martinez on a break from taking orders one Sunday morning.
He said the restaurant prepares home-style Mexican favorites at prices that can't be beat. Each Saturday and Sunday a team of cooks assembles plates of eggs, chilaquiles, beans and tortillas. Red chiles are prepared by hand for chilaquiles, a dish of fried corn tortillas and red chile sauce. Steaming soups are ladled into cups and triangles of soft tortillas constantly sizzle at the fry station. Everything is made fresh to order.
La Tilma is a nonprofit business but working there is not a volunteer opportunity. The positions are paid, in line with the mission of the grill and parish's social ministry efforts, Martinez said. "We call it social entrepreneurship," he told Catholic News Service. "Our focus is to generate employment for people in the area." The restaurant has eight people in full-time positions and adds temporary workers for large catering jobs. The pay is $9.09 an hour, above the Texas minimum wage of $7.25.
Restaurant and catering training is the aim of La Tilma's business plan. "We hope that people will receive skills to take to other jobs in the restaurant business," Martinez said. The community also benefits from the restaurant's low-cost meals.
A generous breakfast special -- two eggs, chilaquiles, beans and tortillas -- is priced under $4 and includes coffee. A plate of four tacos, with beans, rice, salad and tortillas is $4.95. At $5.95, the grill's combination plate, "platillo mexicano," is the most expensive item on the menu.
"People come because the prices are extremely affordable," Martinez said. "And if someone is in need, we help them out (by) providing a meal for even less or in some cases for no cost at all." La Tilma's offerings include other Mexican favorites like "menudo," a rich soup made with beef tripe; "caldo," chicken broth with vegetables; and "tortas," a warm Mexican sandwich, served with French fries.
Got a sweet tooth? Try the eatery's "bunuelos," fried pastries covered in cinnamon sugar, or its "capirotada," a sweet bread pudding packed with raisins and nuts, flavored with cinnamon and topped with colorful candy sprinkles.
The restaurant serves about 725 meals each weekend. But Martinez said it makes most of its money catering four to five large events each week "We don't do any advertising," he said. "When we cater a party or an event someone will recommend us. That's how most local people find out about La Tilma."
The restaurant is located in the parish hall behind Sacred Heart Church on South Oregon Street. It's open to the public Saturdaysand Sundays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. local time, Friday evenings during Lent and for parish festivals and events. Catering is available year-round.
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Bishop Seitz Visits Conception Seminary College
Conception, Mo. - Bishop Mark J. Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso visited his seminarians studying at Conception SeminaryCollege in Conception, Mo. on the weekend of April 2-3. Currently, the diocese has three men preparing for the priesthood at CSC, Cesar Garcia, Sergio Legarreta-Carrasco, and Peter Venegas.
“It was such a blessing seeing him spending time with him. He is a spiritual father to us that seeks our growth in this path,” said Cesar Garcia about the recent visit.
Throughout the academic year, bishops of many dioceses visit Conception Abbey and Seminary College. While on campus, they have the opportunity to visit with and provide pastoral leadership for their seminarians, get updates on the formation of their men, and get an opportunity to see the happenings at ConceptionSeminary College.
Bishop Seitz also had the opportunity to celebrate the Sunday Mass in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception for the seminary and monastic community. He was assisted at the altar by his own seminarians and other students from the seminary community.
Preaching on the encounter between Peter and Jesus, Bishop Seitz reminded the community that the same question asked of Peter is asked of us: “Do you love me?”
Bishop Seitz concluded his homily saying, “The Lord in his mercy speaks to us today: ‘Give yourself, don’t hold back.’”
Abbot Gregory Polan, OSB thanked Bishop Seitz for his visit and hopes to welcome him back for many more visits in the future.
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Today and in the coming days, you will hear about the decommissioning of San Jose Parish.
Understandably, some members of the San Jose community are upset. Bishop Mark Seitz is as well. We want to share with you his statement regarding this issue:
"It has come as sad news to me as it has to the entire parish of San Jose that the much-beloved adobe church of this parish was beyond repair and needed to be dismantled so that it would not be a hazard. A church building, especially one that has been in the midst of a community for a long time, feels like a member of the family. So many memories are tied to that particular place; encounters with God in the course of baptisms, weddings, First Communions and funerals and so many other celebrations. It feels like home. But the truth is that church buildings, just like each of us, have a life-span and eventually every church will have completed its service to the community. At a certain point it is time to say goodbye.
For many years the parish has raised funds realizing that this day would come and due to much hard work they have raised a significant amount of money for the building of a new church. I have met on a number of occasions with the pastor, Fr. José Alcocer and leaders in the community, regarding plans for the future. I explained to them that in my role as the Chief Pastor of this parish and of the entire Diocese that I had a responsibility to give careful study to this matter before building. A parish community depends not only upon a willing group of people and funding but the service of priests and other pastoral ministers. With the limited number of priests presently serving the growing Church of the Diocese of El Paso I have the responsibility along with those who give me counsel to be sure that I am apportioning them in such a way that the people are best served and so that the priests themselves are not overburdened.
I want to assure the dedicated and faithful community of San Jose that I will continue to be in dialogue with them as we study this issue and seek the best next step in the service of their community and the Diocese. Their input and participation will be essential to this process. I would ask all involved to join me in prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit that we might do what is the will of God at this moment in our history."
Bp. Mark J. Seitz
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