El Paso Global Youth Service Day toy collection to benefit Dia de los Ninos and Desarrollo Juvenil del Norte in Cd. Juarez.
The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has awarded Sister Elizabeth Anne Swartz, Superintendent of the El Paso Catholic Schools, with its “2016 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award,” which highlights the outstanding work of Catholic school educators in communities across the country. Sr. Elizabeth is one of three superintendents to receive the national award this year. Catholic school leaders, teachers, principals and presidents, pastors, diocesan superintendents, school boards and home school associations are among the cast of exceptional awardees entrusted with the faith formation in our communities of Catholic school education.
The other two superintendents awarded represented the Diocese of Orange County and the Diocese of Grand Rapids.
“NCEA commends the outstanding efforts, contributions and achievements of these exceptional leaders in Catholic education,” said Dr. Thomas W. Burnford, NCEA interim president. “These leaders are recognized as ambassadors of faith formation and academic excellence and serve as inspiration for all of us working in Catholic education.”
NCEA recognized 32 honorees of the “2016 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards” at the NCEA 2016 Convention and Expo at an awards dinner on Tuesday, March 29, at the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego, California.
NCEA is the largest private professional education organization in the world, representing 150,000 Catholic educators serving 6 million students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, in religious education programs, in seminaries, and in colleges and universities. The NCEA Convention and Expo is the largest private-education association gathering in the nation. The annual convention draws more than 4,500 members and participants from Catholic school communities including elementary and secondary school teachers and principals, religious education programs as well as diocesan offices, church pastors, superintendents, school boards. The convention is a forum to exchange ideas, hear about current research and data related to Catholic education and learn about new technology and resources.
This year, the NCEA 2016 Convention and Expo was hosted by the Diocese of San Diego, March 29 – 31 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Sr. Luz Doñez will leave her West Texas ministry for a huge job - she's been named Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
During Holy Week, parishioners she served had a chance to say goodbye.
Video here: http://bit.ly/1ULrl5O
The BBC was recently in El Paso to interview Gaby Federico, the diocese's Reverence for Life Coordinator.
The story, scheduled to air at a later date, focuses on Texas abortion law.
"In their opinion, they think that the Texas law is taking women back in time and I shared with them that we should work to support women and support common sense legislature that is designed to protect women," said Gaby. "They were able to see with their own eyes and cameras that people that show up to pray at the clinics are normal, peaceful and prayerful people."
Gaby said the BBC journalist joined her at the Hillside Reproductive Clinic as a group of faithful prayed outside.
"They were searching for answers and assuming that because there are people outside abortion clinics praying or protesting that it drives women to perform abortions on themselves," she said. "Blaming people that are pro-life for this behavior is absurd, and because we are people of faith, we know that our prayers and presence outside the abortion clinics saves lives and provides other options other than abortion to women. "
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In a standing room only Mass, El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz celebrated the Chrism Mass on March 21, 2016 at St. Patrick Cathedral.
The Mass is one of several significant Masses the diocese will celebrate during Holy Week.
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The El Paso Times put together an AMAZING photo book to commemorate Pope Francis' visit. The book was given to their subscribers BUT we have copies for sale!
If you are interested, please contact the Pastoral Center at 915-872-8400. The books are $5 a piece and available for pickup Mon-Friday, 9am-5pm.
The ladies of Our Lady of Assumption are hosting their 7th annual Enchilada Dinner. Free Delivery is available from 10am-2pm for ten or more orders
FLASH SALE! We still have some Pope t-shirts for sale. One for $10 or 3 for $25. Come by the office, 499 St. Matthews to pick up yours!