Welcome to my annual Christmas Letter. If you are reading this it may be because you received a postcard inviting you to visit, a small effort to save some trees. I hope 2007 has been a good year for you and that 2008 will be filled with joy and blessings for you and yours. This is in two parts, so keep reading!
Highlights at the Pauline Center for Media Studies (PCMS)
In June eight catechists and teachers received their Master Teacher in Media Literacy Certificate, the first group to do so. All eight were from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Congratulations and it was a wonderful year!
In September, nine more catechists and teachers began the Master Teacher in Media Literacy Certificate course; six are from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, two from the Diocese of Orange, and one from San Diego. All three dioceses recognize the certificate for recertification, certification, or specialization. For more information, visit www.paulinecenterformediastudies.org
In June, the first ever meeting of the new Daughter of St. Paul PCMS team met here and included Sr. Hosea Rupprecht from Toronto, Sr Nancy Usselmann from New York, and Sr Helena Burns from Chicago.
On July we hosted the eighth annual National Film Retreat. About 30 people came from as far away as Connecticut, Virginia, Massachusetts and Ohio. Our theme was: The City: A State of Mind and Sacred Space. Check out www.nationalfilmretreat.org for the 2008 National Film Retreat. It will be held July 4-5-6 here at the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City. We are thinking about a cruise retreat but possibly for 2009.
All this is in addition to our monthly Movie Bible Nights (the 2nd Saturday of each month) in conjunction with our Pauline Book & Media Center, and in May, a one-day seminar on How to Read a Film.
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