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Mollie Baumer

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Mollie Baumer’s family seems to expand by the projects she becomes immersed in. A bond with husband John and children Maxwell, Delany and John Henry is strengthened through a faith life at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach. But outreach with the church’s sister parish at St. Lawrence of Brindisi in Watts has allowed her to pay things forward. Growing up at St. John Fisher in Palos Verdes, Mollie saw her parents do Marriage Encounter outreach and become friends with incoming St. Lawrence pastor Fr. Peter Banks. Mollie has served more than 10 years on the non-profit Friends of St. Lawrence-Watts board, which Fr. Banks founded, helping fund elementary and high school scholarships as well support a campus literacy center. “That parish was always an extension of our family,” Mollie says. “It was a full-circle moment when I realized it was my turn to pick up the torch.” Mollie’s support of the non-profit St. Sebastian Sports Project, which helps level the playing field for under-served inner-city Catholic athletic programs, led her and daughter Delany to be a liaison for St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in South L.A. She is also involved with the Campaign Cabinet for the University of Notre Dame and the Archdioceses of Los Angeles’ Development Department Advisory Board.