We will offer a pastoral conversation reflecting on the situation in our world and all the uncertainties, fear, and divisions among Christian peoples. We feel called to share words of hope, wisdom of prayer, discernment and a shared dream. Pope Francis' words from Fratelli Tutti offer a beautiful reflection on how important it is to dream together: "By ourselves, we risk seeing mirages, things that are not there. Dreams, on the other hand, are built together’.  Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travelers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all” - Fratelli Tutti - No. 8. Come be part of the conversation!
Fr. Dave Ayotte was recently assigned to St. John Eudes in Chastworth before coming to St. Monica. After emigrating from Canada when he was 4, Fr. Dave’s family settled in Eastern Los Angeles, where he attended Bishop Amat Memorial High School. During college, Fr. Dave discerned a vocation to the priesthood and entered the seminary, however he wasn’t yet sure of his true calling. It wasn’t until he returned to LA, began a teaching position in the Religion Department at Bishop Amat, and completed his graduate work at Mount St. Mary’s that he felt strongly called to the priesthood. Fr. Dave completed his seminary studies at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo in 1992. He worked extensively with the Jesuits and as a diocesan priest, both in the United States and abroad. Fr. Dave held simultaneous roles as the Director of Development for the Jesuit Conference of Africa & Madagascar and Undergraduate Theology Professor at Jesuit Schools of Theology at Hekima College in Nairobi Kenya. He has literally been all over the world living his vocation and credits both his diocesan and Jesuit formation that have challenged him, spiritually and professionally, in unique ways. Fr. Dave enjoys Hiking, visiting the Grand Canyon, being in nature, reading, and Sci-fi.
Fr. David Guffey is a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, living in-residence and assisting at St. Monica, Although he regularly preaches and presides at sacraments, his full-time job is National Director of Family Theater Productions where he has worked since 2008. Father David also gives retreats and talks on spirituality, faith and media, and Catholicism and film. He is a Notre Dame football enthusiast, loves to travel and is a film buff. Fr. David grew up in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, where both his parents and sister (with her husband and six children) still live. He received a BA in American Studies and a Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame and an MFA in film and television production at Loyola Marymount University. He was ordained a priest of Holy Cross in 1991. Fr. David’s work with Family Theater Productions and the Congregation of Holy Cross often take him out of town for meetings and projects.
Dr. Christine A. Gerety is the Associate Director of Outreach and Pastoral Care at St. Monica Catholic Community. After graduating from Yale University with a B.A. in History, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, she returned home to Los Angeles. She served as the Director of Editorial Review at a legal writing consulting firm, LAWriters, LLC, for several years before coming to St. Monica. Having actively participated in several Catholic communities across the country, Christine began volunteering at St. Monica, and has been a part of the ministry staff since 2009. At St. Monica, she enjoys collaborating with parishioners of all ages in about twenty ministries and programs, including serving the poor & homeless, coordinating retreats and grief groups, co-leading pilgrimages in Africa and Spain, working with community organizations, visiting the sick, planning fellowship events, and building with Habitat.
Thursday, Jan. 28 | 7:00 p.m. | Webinar on Zoom
Thursday, Feb. 4 | 7:00 p.m. | Webinar on Zoom
Webinar presented on Jan. 15 featuring Renita Lloyd, Francis Ota, Russ Altenburg & Kristen Kosinski.
Webinar presented on Nov. 19 featuring Laurie Wright Garry & Dale Sieverding
Webinar presented on Nov. 12 featuring Dr. Michael Horan & Dominik Gnirs
Webinar presented on Oct. 29 featuring Fr. Bob Dowd, CSC & Fr. Luke Muhindo, CSC.
Webinar presented on Oct. 25, featuring Kitty Felde & Dominik Gnirs.
Webinar prestented on Oct. 18, featuring Va Lecia Adams Kellum, John Maceri, Genevieve Riutort, & Bruce Rankin.
Webinar presented on Oct. 8, featuring Linda Dakin-Grimm.
Webinar presented on Oct. 1, featuring Linda Cota-Kumagai, Susan Patterson, Sarah Wilson, & Javier Stauring.
Webinar presented on Sep. 24, featuring Jonathan Roumie & Fr. David Guffey.
Webinar presented on Sep. 17, featuring Fr. David Guffey & Megan Harrington.
Webinar presented on Sep. 3, featuring Jamey Wheless.
Webinar presented on Jul. 31, featuring Fr. Dave Ayotte, Jason Semko, & Caitlin Smith.
Webinar presented on Jul. 23, featuring Bobby Vidal & Dominik Gnirs.
Webinar presented on Jul. 16, featuring Tim O'Malley, Suzette Sornborger, & Dale Sieverding.
Webinar presented on Jun. 25, featuring Ann Shoen & Will Peters.
Webinar presemted om Jun. 18, featuring John Flaherty & Dale Sieverding.
Webinar presented on Jun. 4, featuring Msgr. Torgerson, Delis Aljenadro, Christine Gerety, Dominik Gnirs, & Dale Sieverding.
Webinar presented on May 28, featuring Christine Gerety, Dale Sieverding, & Msgr. Torgerson.
Webinar presented on May 21, featuring Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC & Jenny Hoffman.
Webinar presented on May 14, feturing Dr. David Alberston & Rabbi Dr. Miriyam Glazer.
Webinar presented on May 7, featuring Meredith McCarthy, Dominik Gnirs, & Fr. Ian Hagan.
Webinar presented on Mar. 26, featuring Dominik Gnirs.
Webinar presented on Apr. 2, featuring Dale Sieverding & Jenna Clingingsmith
Webinar presented on Apr. 3, featuring Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts.