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August 14, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

'Champion for Youth'
Very Rev. James Matthews, rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, received the Champion for Youth Award from the East Oakland Youth Development Center on July 30 during the 14th Annual Scholarship Awards Soiree held at Coliseum of Lexus of Oakland. Savannah Johnson, student speaker and an incoming sophomore at the University of Nevada, presented the award to Father Matthews.
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Social Innovation Award
Catholic Charities USA presents a $5,000 prize to the Life and Justice Academy of Catholic Charities of the East Bay during a regional meeting July 10 at Saint Mary's College of California. The award, presented by Sister Donna Markham, OP, president of the national organization, recognized CCEB's program for teenagers in Richmond. Chuck Fernandez, executive director of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, receives the award.

Knights honor
St. James Council

Knights of Columbus St. James the Apostle Council 14541 received 11 awards during the 115th annual California State Convention of the Knights, including Best Council of the Year. The convention was May 18-20 at the Town & Country Resort Hotel & Convention Center, San Diego. Other awards: State Deputy Award, Best Council Activity Award, Best Yearbook; first place: Council, Family & Vocation Activities; second place: Youth & Community Activities; third place: Church Activities; and fourth place: Culture of Life Activities. The council is led by Grand Knight Paciencio I. Juan Jr. In the photo, taken June 11 after the Confirmation Mass, are Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, center, and St. James Pastor, Rev. Antony Vazhappilly, and by council officers and members.

Around the Schools

Jabari Bird, an alum of Salesian College Preparatory in Richmond, was selected as the 56th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. Bird, who completed his senior year at the University of California, Berkeley this past season, had a stellar career at Salesian where he was selected as a McDonald's All-American.

Ivan Rabb, an alum of Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School, was selected as the 35th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. Rabb was a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley.

Cooper Teare, who recently graduated from Alameda's St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, completed his track season by representing the U.S. at the Pan American Junior Championships in Lima, Peru July 21-23. After winning his first heat at the games he moved on to the next round. In the final heat he came in third place overall.

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Among the Religious

Holy Names Sisters Rosemary Delaney and Cynthia Canning were among those who applauded 60 Next Step Learning Center (NSLC) students who received diplomas or GED certificates during a July 27 graduation ceremony held in the cafeteria/community center at Oakland's Sacred Heart Parish. Eight community college graduates and nine students were also inducted into the National Adult Honor Society. The event held special meaning for Sisters Delaney and Canning who founded and served as co-directors of the Center for more than two decades. The NSLC's work of addressing the city's high school drop-out rate continues under Lisa Stringer, who became executive director last year. A sponsored ministry of the SNJM Sisters the NSLC, a non-profit, teams up with dozens of volunteers to offer free, individualized tutoring and classes in basic literacy and other services to help students complete their high school education, and prepare for college or job placement.

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Helen Osman

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Helen Osman, interim director, Communications and Community Relations, Diocese of Oakland, has begun a four-year term as the new president of the Brussels-based Signis, the World Catholic Association for Communication. Osman is the first woman and first North American to be president of Signis. She was elected to succeed Gustavo Andujar of Cuba.

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