For the second year in a row, Ave Maria Press sponsored an appreciation luncheon for Catholic high school religion teachers attending the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim. Over 100 teachers and several special guests attended the event on Friday, February 29, held at the Anaheim Marriott.

Sr. Angela Hallahan, C.H.F., Secondary School Religion Coordinator in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, welcomed teachers and offered praise and support for their ongoing ministry.

Her message was echoed by Most Reverend Gerald Wilkerson, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and great supporter of Catholic education.

The featured after-lunch speaker was Derrick Mayes, former standout wide receiver for the University of Notre Dame, Green Bay Packers, and Seattle Seahawks. Mayes’ mother is a thirty-year veteran teacher and administrator In Indianapolis. He told of her influence and that of other teachers, coaches, and mentors along the way who helped him reach his goal of playing football in the NFL and then readjusting his goals for business and family success.

Teacher-attendees were given a selection of complimentary books and gifts. of Kathryn Guerrero of Alverno High School in Sierra Madre won a complete set of 50 textbooks to use in her classroom.

The afternoon concluded with an optional roundtable discussion on issues related to teaching religion in Catholic High Schools. Among the topics discussed was the new National Curriculum Framework recently approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Look for opportunities for similar fellowship and sharing in your diocese. For more information contact Karey Welde.