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College Hosts 2018 Seminar for Catholic Association of Latino Leaders

College Hosts 2018 Seminar for Catholic Association of Latino Leaders

Posted: June 12, 2018

This past Saturday members of the Ventura Chapter of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) came to campus for the group’s seventh annual Thomas Aquinas College seminar. A national organization dedicated to the growth and spiritual formation of the country’s Latino leaders, CALL has deep connections in Southern California and with the College. The Most Rev. José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, is the group’s episcopal moderator, and two members of the College’s L.A. Board of Regents, Justin Alvarez (’97) and Maria Peate, lead its Ventura Chapter.

Attendees at the CALL Saturday’s event began with Mass in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, offered by College Chaplain David Gonzalez, O.Praem. They then took a brief tour of the newly completed St. Cecilia Lecture and Concert Hall, after which they met for their 90-minute seminar in the boardroom of St. Bernardine of Siena Library.

A member of the faculty who is also a graduate of the College, Dr. Elizabeth Reyes (’03), led the discussion, which she began with the question, “Why did the Israelites leave Egypt?" From there followed several more questions and a discussion that covered a wide range of themes from Exodus: the majestic character of a living and personal God Who saves, leads, and instructs through His mercy; justice, holiness, love, and glory; and God’s faithfulness to the individual and the community who are on a pilgrimage of faith both with Him and towards Him.

After the seminar, attendees continued the conversation over a buffet lunch in St. Joseph Commons followed by a discussion about the College and a tour of the campus.