Icons created by Holy Spirit congregant Josie Contreras
blessed at diocesan St. Francis day celebration

Original icons of St. Francis by Josie Contreras, congregant at Holy Spirit Fellowship in Atwater Village, were blessed by Bishop Coadjutor John Taylor during Eucharist at the Cathedral Center on Oct. 4, feast day of the popular patron of animals and creation. Displayed during a morning Eucharist for leaders of the diocesan schools, the four icons depict St. Francis in different contexts, said Contreras, a former ink-and-paint artist at Hanna Barbera Productions. Details of her rendering of “St. Francis Weeping Over Creation,” right, illustrate humanity’s failure to protect the environment. Also a longtime ministry volunteer at Sylmar Juvenile Hall, Contreras commented on a smaller 2002 icon of St. Francis, her first, noting that it was a gift to a friend named Frank, who deepened his faith and later changed his name to Francis. With Contreras’ agreement, Cathedral Center Press will print greeting cards, to be available within the coming year, featuring the four images.

Text courtesy of Episcopal News; Photos by by Bob Williams and Chris Tumilty


Grocery gift cards being collected for needy in diocese

To assist people in need in each deanery of the diocese, grocery food cards — ideally in amounts of $5 or $10 — are still being collected as part of the offering begun at Bishop John Taylor’s July 8 consecration liturgy.
Under the theme “Feeding Hungry Hearts,” 10 initial packets representing $150 in gift cards are being dispersed to food programs in each of the 10 deaneries, organizers said.
Gift cards, tagged “Feeding Hungry Hearts,” may still be mailed to the Bishop’s Office at the Cathedral Center, 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026 for future disbursement as part of an ongoing diocesan initiative.
“All people’s hearts are hungry for a sense of belonging, purpose, and ultimate meeting,” Bishop Taylor told The Episcopal News. “All too many of our neighbors are also struggling to feed their hungry families. I’m deeply grateful for our wonderful people’s generosity and love, in the spirt of our ‘Seeds of Hope’ food justice ministry and the anti-hunger ministries that thrive in so many of our churches.”
A similar offering will be taken when Diocesan Convention meets in December, planners say.