The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) hosted its 12th Annual Conference, at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles Friday, September 6. The 2019 CALL conference, themed, “Young People and Faith in Christ” focused on youth and their ethical development.
“The theme of this year’s CALL conference is close to my heart — celebrating and sharing our Catholic faith with our young people,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez. “Our young people are the future of our Church, and I am proud that this year’s conference is bringing young professionals together with leaders in our community for a rewarding weekend of friendship, fellowship, and growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ. We are building something special with CALL, year after year. We are building a community of Latino Catholics committed to evangelizing our culture and making a difference in our country.”
This year, CALL hosted 100 high school and college students at the Grammy Museum for a day filled with live music and lively speakers. The lineup included nationally recognized voices such as Paul J. Kim, speaking on the difference between to know and knowing, “Saber vs. Conocer;” Mike Patin on the treasure of living and how to appreciate going through life; and Luke Maxwell on mental health challenges with a talk entitled “Depression Confession: My Story of Suicide, Hope and Redemption.” Emily Wilson also spoke, guiding attendees in understanding their beauty with a talk titled “Love Your Own Bouquet.”
The annual Angel Award Gala featured Latino leadership from recognized national entities celebrating all 2019 Angel Award Honorees at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. This year’s honorees included Supreme Knight Carl Anderson with the Knights of Columbus for his philanthropic legacy; Ray and Carmela Mellado with Great Minds in STEM for their impact on career paths for minorities in STEM related fields; Aner Iglesias from Baja Ranch Markets for his business vision and success; Brother John Montgomery, FSC, from Cathedral High School for his leadership, and Lila Rose from Live Action for her advocacy and dedication.
CALL was founded and is led by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and its mission is to foster a love for Christ through praying together, learning together and serving together as a family of Catholic Latino leaders in the U.S. CALL is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the formation of Latino leaders in their knowledge and understanding of their Catholic faith. It is comprised of lay people dedicated to promoting the common good of the Catholic Church and of the nation. For more information, visit www.call-usa.org.