Priestly Vocations – A Respond to God’s Call

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The joy of Easter invites us to the mission of spreading the good news with confidence that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. We are invited to recollect ourselves knowing that the Lord is present among us until the end of times. In order to reach all the corners of the world, this sign of God’s love requires the exercise of our priestly vocation both, baptismal and ministerial.

The words of St. Paul, “I became your father in Christ through the gospel,” express hope and assure the continual presence of the great gift that Jesus left us in the Last Supper. Throughout the centuries, thousands of holy priests have transmitted this abundant life, making it their own and enabling others to continue to await God’s gifts. In persona Christi captitis, a priest is the man of the future.

St. John’s Seminary mission is to prepare men as candidates for service as Roman Catholic priests in the United States and other countries. These men generously have responded to God’s call to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ by rooting themselves in Word and Sacrament and the Church’s theological tradition, and integrating the spiritual, human, intellectual and pastoral dimensions of their lives to develop skills for ministry, leadership and evangelization in a culturally diverse Church.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who generously have supported this institution, especially CCF-LA for the efforts in building funds to promote priestly vocations. I also wish to express my profound gratitude for your prayers to train our seminarians to become holy priests and emulate the servanthood of the Lord.

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2022 – the kindest year ever!

The greatest achievement for CCF-LA in 2022 was evident in the amount of grants that were issued. A total of almost $75 million was sent to schools, health care providers, social services organizations, and shelters that feed and house the poor and marginalized. Not bad for being in our eighth operating year!
This was a new milestone in reaching worthy Catholic and charitable organizations aligned with the values of our Church – and truly a testament to the CCF-LA mission that empowers charitable people and organizations to be more impactful.
In 2021 we issued $50.2 million in grants and that was a record year. To handle this much higher level of volume and to keep up with our extraordinary levels of services, we formed two dedicated functions as an outgrowth from the development effort.
 The Client Services team, led by Tania Naaman and with Janette Gordo, meets the daily demands of issuing grants and receipting gifts, while ensuring compliance to policies and procedures for recording all transactions.
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Every grant made by CCF-LA sends a strong and kind message to a charity, indicating that their mission is important to us and to the advisor on the charitable fund that was the source of the grant. The work done in a community foundation environment is truly the power of many like-minded people and organizations coming together to make a difference, and in 2022 it was an $75 million difference!