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Lou shares the words, “life of the mind” in relationship to the importance of education and of cultivating a healthy mind. He was raised in a good old-fashioned Italian family where his parents instilled in their children, self-reliance, a passion for education, respect for the dignity of the individual, the value of a solid work ethic and a deep and abiding Catholic faith. It was upon this foundation that Lou made his way through parochial grammar school, Loyola High School, Santa Clara University, the University of Southern California School of Law, and Harvard University. He and his wife Jane share these values and raised their three daughters to embrace the legacy. They are devoted to each other and to sharing their wisdom with a family charity, L. A. Music and Arts School, Mount St. Mary’s, Santa Clara, Paulist Productions and their parish, St. Paul the Apostle.

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Janet and her husband Michael are also members of St. Paul Parish in West Los Angeles, parents of two sons, Declan and Brogan. A graduate of Boston College she holds an advanced degree and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Janet’s effervescent personality and amazing energy are evident in her dedication to as a volunteer therapist at several of the inner-city archdiocesan high schools. She serves as Chairman of the Board at St. Anne’s and is a member of CHIPS, Juniors of the Social Service, the Orphanage Guild, Children’s’ Institute, St. Paul’s School Board and the Catholic Schools Consortium, Holy Cross Family Ministries, the Orders of Malta, Holy Sepulchre and St. Gregory, and Patrons of the Vatican Arts Museum.

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R-Lene is a third-generation “Mijares” to continue the American dream of her immigrant grandmother who began Mijares Mexican restaurant in Pasadena. R-lene affectionately refers to her grandmother as the “tortilla matriarch” who taught her from age 12 all about the art of the tortilla. R-lene is another ultimate volunteer within the community and church. Prior to returning to Mijares to help her family fun the restaurant, R-lene spent 14 years as a classroom teacher. She and her husband Gordon are members of St. Andrew Parish in Pasadena and parents of a son, Derek who is studying music in London.

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Bishop Joseph Sartoris celebrates 60 years of priesthood in 2013 — and 20 years as a bishop in 2014. Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is a disciple of Jesus in the truest sense of the word. He is a pastor, an international leader of pilgrims. Born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles, Auxiliary In that time, he has been praised as a “people’s priest and Bishop,” and a “priest’s Bishop.” As pastor and shepherd, he has long been admired for his deep spiritual life, his even temperament, his good-hearted nature, his generous service, and his untiring efforts to bring about healing and reconciliation.

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In 2014 Monsignor Royale M. Vadakin, a priest and Vicar General Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, will celebrate his Golden Jubilee. He was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. He has served as an ecumenical and interreligious leader in Los Angeles. Following the Watts Riots in 1965, Monsignor Vadakin and leaders from several different faith traditions were called in to help ease the tension in the community. The initial meeting, at which he met Rabbi Alfred Wolf of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, was the inspiration for their joint work towards establishing the Interreligious Council of Southern California in 1970. Msgr. Vadakin was the first Archdiocesan Officer of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, serving from 1971 to 1999. Monsignor served the Archdiocese as Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General and as pastor of St. Paul; St. Vibiana (when it was the Cathedral) and St . Anastasia, where he is Pastor Emeritus. He has received numerous awards for this work, including honorary doctorates from LMU and Hebrew Union College. He is a Regent Emeritus of LMU.

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2013 Honorees

2012 Honorees

2011 Honorees

2010 Honorees

2009 Honorees

Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead
Christopher Alders
Leo Lagasse, M.D.
Virginia Schneider
Vin Scully

2008 Honorees

H. Richard Closson
Antoinette Hodgkiss
Dorothy King
Gary Krauss
Reverend Robert B. Lawton, S.J.

2007 Honorees

Fe Israel Benito
Richard C. Dunn
Anita Finie
Philip M. Hawley
Dr. Steven B. Sample

2006 Honorees

Deacon Hosea Alexander
Mary Pat Cooper
Fran Curry
Dr. Clyde V. Von der Ahe †
William M. Wardlaw

2005 Honorees

David Frelinger, M.D. †
June Gleason
Stanley Hayden
Joan Payden
Reverend Monsignor John Sheridan †

2004 Honorees

Robert H. Ahmanson †
Kathleen Leavey McCarthy
Sister Cecilia Louise Moore, C. S. J. †
John O’Keefe
Edward Rose

2003 Honorees

William M. Close
Richard A. Grant, Jr.
Barbara Hudson
Mary Ann McEveety
Reynaldo Rojo
John F. Watkins

2002 Honorees

Vivian Burgess
Edward Illig
Thomas Laubacher, Sr. †
Sister Mary Jean Meier, R.S.M. †
Hilmar Rosenast

2001 Honorees

Joseph Campanella
Iva May Carrico
Brother Patrick Corr, O.H.
Robert F. Erburu
Margaret Jagels

2000 Honorees

Deacon Frank Dieter †
Mary Dohn
Stafford Grady
Edith Piczek
Isabel Piczek

1999 Honorees

Stan Chambers
William H. Edwards †
Irene R. Elshoff
Norma L. Gonzales
William S. Mortensen

1998 Honorees

Albert J. Centofante †
Veronica H. Dysart
Marie C. Poyer
Robert A. Smith, III
Lew R. Wasserman †

1997 Honorees

Sister Eileen Doherty, I.H.M.
Sister Edna Doherty, I.H.M.
Sister Michael Doherty, I.H.M.
Helen M. Guho
William C. Rivera
Paul F. Salamunovich
Most Reverend John J. Ward, D.D.

1996 Honorees

Robert T. Campion †
Frances S. Morehart
Josephine Wayne Nigg †
John F. Shea
Roger M. Sullivan

1995 Honorees

Stephen D. Gavin †
Gloria N. Griffin
Ivan Houston
William T. Huston
Gertrude M. Roberts †

1994 Honorees

William H. Hannon †
Justice Mildred L. Lillie †
Kenneth O. Olsen
Grace M. Rinaldi

1993 Honorees

Alphonse J. Antczak*
Charles F. Bannan*
Rev. Newman C. Eberhardt, C. M. †
Peggy J. Ferry †
Anne D. Kenney †

1992 Honorees

Dolores D. Hope
Gerald J. Lynch †
Margaret E. Rendler †
Wilfred L. Von der Ahe †

1991 Honorees

Thomas P. Pike †
Robert A. Smith, Jr. †
Helen H. Walsh †

1990 Honorees

Sir Daniel J. Donohue
Marian Hancock †
William R. Hayden
Dorothy Leavey †
Cyril C. Nigg †

† Deceased