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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Fall Begins with Pastor Carlos

Fall Begins

Fall begins tomorrow. Growing up a teenager in the SF Bay Area, one of my house chores was to rake and sweep the autumn leaves that the large tree in front of my parents’ home would shed every day.

The days here are still warm and most trees do not change color in San Diego, but nevertheless the end of the liturgical year at the end of November is just over two months away, and Fall Festival preparations are well under way. Thank you to all who attended the Kick-Off this past Friday.

Unfortunately, this year I will not be able to join you during Fall Festival. My great-aunt, Sister Carmen Ferrer, OP, will be celebrating her golden anniversary of religious profession that weekend in Colombia, so I will be with her and her religious community. She has been an inspiration to me in my religious life, so although I am sorry to be missing the Fall Festival this year, I am glad to be able to celebrate my great-aunt’s 50 years of religious life.

For the school, the academic year has just begun. We assess and track academic progress of students and grade levels using the STAR test 3 times a year. The first session of tests to establish a baseline for this year was just completed. Also, the new music classes are going great, and student council just had elections last week. Congratulations to our new executive board of the student council: Sophia Chullino, Braeden Steele, Anilu Moreno, and Chloe Valdivia.

Also, the finance and marketing teams of the school board continue to meet on a monthly basis, working in forecasts, an enrollment plan, and increased awareness of the unique opportunities our school offers. The development team is planning a social event for alumni at Thorn Street Brewery on October 11th, at 6 PM.

God bless, Fr. Carlos, OSA

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Brunson describes the spiritual habits that helped her face persecution in Turkey.
Interview by Seana Scott
Officials arrested Andrew and Norine Brunson in 2016 when they applied for permanent visas in Turkey, where they’d lived and ministered for 23 years. Authorities released Norine 13 days later, but Andrew remained in prison for two years, accused of being a spy.
Norine stayed in Turkey after her release, advocating for Andrew’s freedom and helping to lead the church they’d planted. Andrew’s forthcoming book, God’s Hostage(Baker, October 2019), details the Brunson’s ...
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Young Life Voted Off Campus at Duke

Another university objects to the ministry’s sexuality policy.
Yonat Shimron - Religion News Service
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