Bishop Emeritus John Cummins and Archbishop Alex J. Brunett joined with about 250 people at a thanksgiving Mass on Jan. 27 at St. Stephen Church in Walnut Creek for newly named Msgr. Ray Breton, right. At the end of Mass, Archbishop Brunett read from the appointment by Pope Benedict XVI. Bishop Cummins thanked Msgr. Breton for his service to the diocese. He is retired as judicial vicar and head of the canon law department, and has been helping out at St. Stephen for about 10 years. "I feel very honored and very happy," Msgr. Breton said. "I see a lot of people that I serve in my ministry and I want to recognize the priests, bishops, the religious women who are great in the diocese and have been very special with all of us."
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Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva, a former priest of the Diocese of Oakland, returned to the East Bay to preside at the funeral Mass of Juana Najera Bothe, who died Jan. 30 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 73 years of age and had been the wife of retired Deacon Bill Bothe for 53 years. The Tampico, Mexico, native supported her husband as he studied for the diaconate. Like her husband, Mrs. Bothe completed four years of academic and ministry studies prior to his 1987 ordination. Mrs. Bothe is survived by her husband, three children, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
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Approximately 60 students from Carondelet High School in Concord participated in the ninth annual Walk for Life West Coast with more than 50,000 other pro-life supporters on Jan. 26.
Brian Copeland, a local radio talk show host, author and Catholic school alum, gave a talk Jan. 24 at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda during a special assembly that celebrated the memory and work of the late Martin Luther King Jr. The program also included a stirring performance of "His Eye is On the Sparrow" by freshman Destiney Knuckles. Laurence Atkins '14 and other members of the campus' African American Student Association participated by reading a speech given by the civil rights leader in 1967.
Catherine Farinas, a senior at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, is currently one of 25 artists whose work is being featured in the national Advanced Placement Studio Art Exhibit which is traveling to different locations in the U.S. Farinas' artwork was selected from more than 40,000 art portfolios submitted for the AP Studio Art Exam last May. This places her among the top 1 percent of high school artists today. Two public receptions sponsored by the Educational Testing Service and the College Board were held on Jan. 24 and Feb. 2 at the San Leandro High School Arts Education Center Lobby Gallery, marking the exhibit's only stop on the West Coast.
The Moreau Catholic Mariners Jazz Band traveled to the 24th annual Folsom Jazz festival to compete in the B/C division on Jan. 26. Despite tough competition — with 19 schools in that division — the Moreau Catholic students delivered a great performance and placed First in Class. The spotlight also shone on Adrienne Rodriguez, '14, and Theodore Tan, '13, who received outstanding soloists medals. The Folsom Jazz Festival brings together 65 band programs from Northern California for a magnificent day of music.
The Moreau Catholic Honors dancers performed Feb. 3 at the 13th Visions Series Dance Festival at the Fort Mason Center Cowell Theater in San Francisco. The Honors Dancers performed a dance piece titled Wavelength, a fast moving, contemporary piece described as "dangerous" and set to a global/techno composition by Safri Duo. The event brought together high school, college and emerging professional dance companies such as RISK Dance Co.
Eight student-athletes from Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School signed national letters of intent on Feb. 6. They agreed to attend a specific university for at least a year and the university agreed to pay that student's tuition for that year. These students are Alexis Carney, softball, UC Davis; Ryan Daniel, soccer, University of Hawaii; Eugene Hamilton III, track and field, University of Arizona; Kevin King, football, University of Washington; Biana Lowe, soccer, Cal State Northridge; Darby Nordin, soccer, Chico State; Kate Ranahan, soccer, UC Davis; Ryan Walker-Hartshorn, soccer, Stanford University.
BOD's Oderah Chidom is one of 20 high school seniors from across the nation selected to play in the 2013 WBCA High School All-America Game. The game will be held April 6 at the New Orleans Arena, as part of the national convention of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The 20 students will be split in two 10-member teams for the game, which is presented by Nike Inc. Past participants in the game include such notable athletes as Tamika Catchings, Chamique Holdsclaw and Sue Bird.
Meanwhile two BOD students, Rui "Jessica" Sun,' 15, and Evin Yang, '16 recently showed their math skills in the 55th Santa Clara University High School Mathematics contest held Nov. 10, 2012. The results were announced on Jan. 28. Sun and Yang placed in the 6th and 8th deciles respectively out of 233 top math students. The contest consisted of a three-hour exam which "tests problem solving skills and mathematical ingenuity rather than being directed toward the content of a specific course," according to the high school's Feb. 6 e-newsletter.
Student artists Grace Miller, Robert Elmendorf and Alex Rez will represent Berkeley's Saint Mary's College High School at the Lillian Black Arts Festival at Bishop O'Dowd High School on Feb. 24.
One hundred seventy alumni and friends of Saint Mary's High, raised thousands of dollars for tuition assistance at the annual Super Bowl Pool Luncheon on the high school campus on Jan. 27.
Alumni news from Saint Mary's High: Lorenzo Alexander, Class of 2001 and linebacker with the Washington Redskins, played in the Pro Bowl in Honolulu last month. … Ryan Coogler, Class of 2003, won the prestigious 2013 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for his directorial debut of the film, "Fruitvale," about the life and death of Oscar Grant.
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