2021 CALL Angel Awards Gala Tribute Book

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9th Annual

Angel Awards

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Plaza

Welcomes You

9th Annual Angel Awards Gala to the

Honoring Thomas Blumenthal Geary’s Business Award Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles Education Award Carmelite Sisters of the most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles Religious Service Award Guadalupe Radio Entertainment Award


OUR PURPOSE The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and spiritual formation of Latino leaders in their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith was co-founded by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez and Archbishop Charles Chaput in 2007. CALL seeks to build a lay membership core of Catholic business, professional and community leaders who advocate for education, social and faith issues important to both the Catholic Church and the community. The Los Angeles Chapter is committed to helping communities flourish by supporting kindergarten through career educational scholarships and vocations for those entering religious life.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Michael Molina, President Charles Carroll Nadine & Alex Chaves Ana Lourdes Garcia Diana & Rodrigo González Richard Gray Leticia & Arturo Ibarra, D.D.S. Rebecca & Aner Iglesias Mary Ellen & José de Jesús Legaspi Elvira & Carlos Ramos Sylvia Robledo Luis Sanchiz Donna & Fernando Vasquez Dorian & Javier Villaseñor


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT September 25, 2021 Dear Friends, Welcome to the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders’ 2021 Angels Awards and Gala. Tonight’s event by the Los Angeles Chapter of CALL gathers members and friends for an evening to celebrate angels among us. We salute our special honorees tonight: Mr. Tom Blumenthal (CEO, Geary’s), Dr. Ann McElaneyJohnson (President, Mount. St. Mary’s University), our Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, and Guadalupe Radio. Tonight, you’ll hear more about their tremendous contributions to the community and our local Church. Their service, like our angel honorees of past years, are examples of love for God and commitment to one another. We’re also excited to be gathering at our spiritual home – the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. For the last twenty years we have truly come to know this sacred space as “our” cathedral. What a fitting location to honor our local angels under the watchful guidance of the Queen of Angels. I thank all of you, especially our sponsors and donors. Your commitment to our organization is so appreciated. Your support tonight allows our mission to continue. In Los Angeles, CALL is dedicated to: • Catholic education from elementary school to college • Fostering youth and young adult ministry opportunities • Its membership, providing moments for professional and spiritual growth Our world has changed since our last Gala in 2019. Tonight, we honor the memory of family and friends lost to this insidious virus. We join in prayer for those who suffer, all who provide care and medical relief and that we soon be lifted from all fear and harm. We gather tonight in joyful hope of brighter days ahead. Tonight, let us come together and recognize all the angels among us. Wrapped in the protective garment of Our Lady of the Angels and bounded forever in our baptismal heritage, let us march forward together. Have a great evening,

Michael Molina, President Catholic Association of Latino Leaders / Los Angeles Chapter







THANK YOU TO THE 9th ANNUAL ANGEL AWARDS SPONSORS! Teresa & Michael Molina Mr. & Mrs. Charles Carroll

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PAST ANGEL AWARD HONOREES 2019 Supreme Knight Carl Anderson - Knights of Columbus Aner Iglesias - President, Baja R anch Markets R ay & Carmela Mellado - Founders of Great Minds in STEM Brother John Montgomery, FSC - Cathedral High School Lila Rose, Founder & President - Live Action

2018 Mauro Robles, Sr. – Founder, La Reina & Anita’s Mother Mercedes Rodriguez, S. de M. – Servants of Mary Richard Grant – President, Dan Murphy Foundation Dr. Ricardo Pedroarias – Dean, Loyola High School

2017 Mark Wahlberg – Actor, Producer & Philanthropist Msgr. Jarlath Cunnane - Pastor, Our Lady of Grace Church Nadine Chaves - Parking Company of America, LLC Dr. Nabil El Sayad – Founder, St. Mary ’s Foundation Eileen Garrido – Founder, Beating Hearts Foundatio

2016 Edward James Olmos - Actor, Director, and Producer Sister Edith Prendergast, R.S.C.- Director, Religious Education, Archdiocese of Los Angeles Javier Sosa – Founder, Javier’s


PAST ANGEL AWARD HONOREES 2015 Vin Scully - LA Dodger Announcer, MLB Hall of Fame Inductee Fr. Tony Marti, OFM, CAP - President, St. Francis High School

2014 Mark Burnett and Roma Downey - Film & Television Producers Dr. John D. Olivas, Retired NASA Astronaut - CEO, Olivas & Associates Sister Mary Catherine Antczak, O.P. - Principal, Santa Teresita School

2013 Antonia Hernández - California Community Foundation Eduardo Verástegui - Film and Television Star Fr. Allan F. Deck, Casassa Chair of Catholic Social Values Loyola Marymount University

2012 Richard Riordan - Former Mayor, City of Los Angeles Andy Garcia - Award-winning Actor and Director Sister Mary Elizabeth Galt, BVM - Chancellor, Los Angeles Archdiocese Schools


THOMAS J. BLUMENTHAL Business Award Thomas J. Blumenthal is the president and CEO of GEARYS Beverly Hills. He recently completed a five-year term as chair of the Mount Saint Mary’s University Board of Trustees where he continues to serve as a board member. Blumenthal is a former president of the Rodeo Drive Committee and Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills, the finance council of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels and serves as a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. Mr. Blumenthal regularly supports many religious communities including the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders and Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, as well as the Mayfield Senior School where his father, Cardinal’s Award honoree for 2018, Dr. Jack Blumenthal, continues to teach math and science to young women for over twenty years. Blumenthal attended Marymount California University, where he earned his associate of arts degree in business, and he was honored by the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills for his work in support of academia. GEARYS opened the first free standing Patek Philippe Boutique in the U.S. and also owns and operates Rolex stores on Rodeo Drive and in Century City and Santa Monica. In his leisure time, he enjoys traveling the world seeking interesting items for his stores, hand selecting many of the antique items for his clients.


DR. ANN MCELANEY-JOHNSON Education Award Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson is the 12th president of Mount Saint Mary’s University, the only women’s university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. She has over 30 years of experience and is recognized as a thought leader for the advancement of women and a champion for innovative teaching and learning. Since her appointment in 2011, Dr. McElaneyJohnson led and implemented a strategic vision for the University that fosters a culture of inclusiveness and excellence, preparing students to be global leaders and pursue purpose-filled lives. Her vision is rooted in the traditions and heritage of the University’s founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, as well as the University’s institutional mission. Mount Saint Mary’s has been recognized as the top private university for overall student social mobility by the U.S. News and World Report (2021) and 3rd most transformative college by Money Magazine (2020). As president, she identified gender equity, wellness, and diversity and inclusion as her top priorities. She serves on several executive boards including: Chair of the Board for the Women’s College Coalition, Advisory Board Member of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s, Member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), Member of the Board of St. Joseph Center, and Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Dr. McElaney-Johnson’s commitment to inclusive excellence supports and advocates for the success of all members of the Mount Saint Mary’s University community. She has led the transformation of diversity and inclusion at the Mount by prioritizing them as core principles of the University’s institutional identity. She has also established Mount Saint Mary’s as a national resource for women’s issues and research with the creation of the Center for the Advancement of Women. Under her leadership, the University launched its campus-wide Mount Wellness movement to develop healthy, confident, resilient leaders. Dr. McElaney-Johnson also grew the University’s international presence and expanded academic offerings at all levels to ensure a rich learning environment, including the University’s growing Graduate Division, which now boasts 10 graduate programs. Prior to becoming the President of Mount Saint Mary’s, Dr. McElaney-Johnson was the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College at Salem College in North Carolina. Her passion has always been educating the next generation of leaders, which she put into practice as a professor of French before assuming administrative leadership roles at Salem College. Dr. McElaney-Johnson earned her PhD from the University of WisconsinMadison, an MA from Middlebury College, Vermont, and a BA from the College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts. She speaks nationally and internationally about the importance of women’s colleges and the advancement of women and girls.


CARMELITE SISTERS of the most SACRED HEART OF LOS ANGELES Religious Service Award The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders in honoring our work in service to the Latino community in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The roots of our community were sown in Mexico and the love our foundress, Venerable Mother Luisita, had for her native land was imbued in the fledgling community in the United States and is something that continues to be very much a part of who we are. May God reward all the members of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders for your support of Latino Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Be assured of our prayers.


GUADALUPE RADIO Entertainment Award Created in 2006, Guadalupe Radio is a nonprofit organization that brings together all the voices of Catholicism with a talk radio format to fulfill its commitment to form, entertain and educate in human values. It is a comforting resource and faithful companion in good and bad times because it addresses the problems the community faces in their daily lives. Guadalupe Radio reaches an audience that includes migrants and underserved communities. The station provides content entirely in Spanish from psychologists, family counselors, Catholic priests, motivators, and experts in personal development. Guadalupe Radio is a leader amongst radio stations in the digital age. Newly modernized radio studios and a chapel with state-of-the-art technology allow it to broadcast daily formative radio content and a live Holy Mass, all of which are also available via mobile and TV apps. This has been a valuable resource to the Catholic Latino community in the US, especially during the pandemic. In 2019 Guadalupe Radio expanded the radio broadcast from Los Angeles to San Diego. In 2020, the station increased its visual radio presence through Los Angeles TV channel 6.1 KHTV and via its App on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google TV. In 2021, it began producing several podcast series and TV shows. Its unique programming, dedicated audience in California, plus four million followers on its social media platform, make it one of the most important Spanish language radio stations in the country.


Episcopal Motto Archbishop Gomez’s Episcopal motto is: “Let us go forth with confidence to the throne of Grace,” adopted from the New Testament’s Letter to the Hebrews (4:16). This motto expresses his joyful hope and Christian faith that all men and women may find mercy and salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


MOST REV. ARCHBISHOP JOSÉ H. GOMEZ Most Reverend José H. Gomez is the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic Archdiocese. In his ministry, Archbishop Gomez encourages people to follow Jesus Christ with joy and simplicity of life, seeking to serve God and their neighbors in their ordinary daily activities. For more than a decade, Archbishop Gomez has been a voice of compassion and reason on moral and spiritual issues in American public life and culture. He has played a leading role in the Catholic Church’s efforts to promote immigration reform and is author of the 2013 book, Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation. Archbishop Gomez has served as Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration and is currently a papal appointee to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI personally selected him to participate in a month-long “synod” or meeting of the world’s bishops on the “New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” In 2015, Archbishop Gomez was selected to represent the United States Catholic Bishops to represent them at the World Meeting of Families and the Synod of Bishops on “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.” Archbishop Gomez urges every Catholic, in all walks of life, to assume responsibility for the mission of the Catholic Church. He has worked to promote marriage and the family and vocations to the priesthood. He has been instrumental in promoting the leadership of Hispanics and women in the Church and in American society, as a founding member of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders and Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women). Archbishop Gomez is a native of Monterrey, Mexico, and a naturalized American citizen. Prior to becoming Archbishop of Los Angeles, he served as Archbishop of San Antonio (2005–2010) and Auxiliary Bishop of Denver (2001–2005). He holds a doctorate degree in theology (S.T.D.), as well as undergraduate degrees in accounting, philosophy and theology. He speaks and writes often on issues in the Church and American society. Among his books are: A Will to Live: Clear Answers on End of Life Issues and Men of Brave Heart: The Virtue of Courage in the Priestly Life. He has contributed introductions and essays to numerous books, including Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future, ed. Hosffman Ospino; The Love That Made Mother Teresa by David Scott; The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics, by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina; For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada, The Cristero War and Mexico’s Struggle for Religious Freedom by Ruben Quezada; Tweeting With God by Michel Remery; and The Heart of the Diaconate, by Deacon James Keating. His speeches and writings have been published in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, Vital Speeches of the Day, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, La Opinion, First Things, The New York Post, National Catholic Register, and elsewhere.


THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Wants to thank the Angel Awards Gala Committee, for their exceptional leadership in making this event possible.

Michael Molina, President, LA Chapter

Gabi Barbarena Mayra Brown Rosie Chinea Shawver Diana González Jacky Ibarra Diane Martinez Sylvia Robledo Crystal Torres

A special thank you to the 9th Annual Angel Awards Master of Ceremonies! Edgar Sotelo


Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries Our respective congratulations to our 2021 CALL Angel Awards Honorees

for their unwavering care and kindness in serving our Catholic faithful

Thomas Blumenthal Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson

Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Guadalupe Radio




Congratulations to the

2021 Angel Honorees



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We support CALL’s leadership and dedication to grow communities through faith. Congratulations to the 2021 Honorees Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles Thomas Blumenthal Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson Guadalupe Radio


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ROSIE CHINEA SHAWVER CALL Executive Director, National Office Thank you for joining us for our 9th annual Los Angeles Gala. Because of your generosity we have made an impact in our local community, serving those most in need through Catholic education. Now more than ever, our ongoing assistance to these students and families is vital. The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) is at the crux of an important moment in our Church and country. Hispanics that identify as Catholic represent the largest, youngest, and fastest growing group in the United States. However, the fastest population leaving the Catholic Church are also Hispanics. We have a tremendous opportunity to grow the Catholic Church and strengthen the fabric of our society through the formation of lay Catholic Latino leadership. If you are interested in joining this mission through becoming a CALL member, please contact Rosie Chinea Shawver, Executive Director at rosie@call-usa.org.


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