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Moved by faith from LA to East Bay

Lilianna Salcedo meets Ana Cortes, an extraordinary community leader and advocate for East Bay residents For Ana Cortes, a typical day begins with prayer, followed by two to four meetings, lunch, scheduling events and workshops, emails with clients, and dinner. Once she has finished all her tasks, her day ends as it began: with prayer. […]

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Struggling to survive

In the first of an occasional series on the COVID-19 pandemic, Clarissa Bautista meets a Los Angeles family struggling to survive Under a red and white canopy on the side of Lomita Blvd, the smell of carne asada and fresh tortilla fills the air, and behind the smoke stands Señora Vargas behind a taco cart. […]

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A sense of call

Inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph and their community from her high school years, Sister Mary McKay reflects on her life as a member of the CSJ. By Lizbeth Lopez Naranjo. Sister Mary McKay has been with the Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 56 years. She was with the congregation when she […]

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The voice behind the Mount’s advocacy for women’s education

In our continuing series on the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, Pamela Ardon meets Sister Kathleen Kelly. As Sister Kathleen Kelly recalls the moment she wanted to join the convent, she laughs at the memory. She was only in the fifth grade when she knew it was her calling. It wasn’t until after high […]

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“Do what makes your heart happy”

Sister Mary Sevilla has been a part of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet for 66 years. From being an usher at the 1984 Olympics to a being a licensed therapist and world traveler, Sister Mary does all she can to lend a helping hand. By Samantha Egurvide. Sister Mary Sevilla was born and raised […]

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Glimpses of heaven

Sister Annette Debs talks to Valerie Rose Vasquez about her life as a lawyer and teacher, and the healing power of laughter. Sister Annette Debs is an extraordinary nun who has lifted others as she climbed and broke through glass ceilings with her genius, tenacity, courage, faithfulness, and love. Sister Annette Debs is now 81 […]

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“There is no middle class in these prisons. You either have the keys or you don’t”

In the second of our profiles of the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, Michelle Leon meets MSMU alumna Sister Suzanne Jabro. The mass incarceration of people of color is a huge, ongoing issue in our society. According to The Prison Policy Initiative, as of 2019, there are 231,000 women locked up in the United States, […]

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Love without distinction

In the first of the Athenian Print’s series on the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, Claudia Diaz meets Sister Angela Faustina. “As Sisters of St. Joseph, we are called to love the Dear Neighbor without distinction – not to deny differences. We must acknowledge that everyone has human dignity, a human worth, and celebrate […]

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Shared Harvest Fund: Debt relief through volunteerism

By Jessica Hernandez Considering colleges can be quite stressful. Students often consider a college based on class size, location, culture, and majors, but one of the key factors is the amount of financial aid a school provides. Few of us have enough money in our pockets to avoid student loans, leading us to the crisis […]

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Goodbye rain, hello poppy festival!

By Claudia Diaz Following the heavy rainfall that washed over California this winter, the golden state has experienced a wave of color so vivid that it can be seen from outer space in what is being called the super bloom. Acres of orange poppies have blanketed the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, attracting thousands […]

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Former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres has melanoma and her story is motivating everyone to be health conscious

By Claudia Diaz Model and 1998 Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres was diagnosed with stage three skin cancer earlier this month. As she undergoes what will be a yearlong treatment that will be both physically and mentally draining, she urges everyone to not take their healthy lightly as was her case.  Torres talked about the news […]