Our Gala event has been cancelled.

April 30, 2020

Dear Friends of St. John’s Seminary,

In a few short months, the world has changed in ways few could have imagined. While our parishes continued to have publicly-attended liturgies until early March, they have been closed since then. Fortunately, we have the benefit of livestreamed services and parish social media efforts that have helped to keep us connected.

We’re all praying for an end to this pandemic, and for those who have lost loved ones to this terrible virus. We also pray for those who have lost their jobs, their businesses … their livelihoods … in this time of trial. Some states have begun to re-open, but it will be a very gradual process. Many gatherings — the Tokyo summer Olympics, concerts, tours, sporting events, and many other activities have been postponed or cancelled.

The St. John’s Seminary Gala is held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels every fall. This al fresco dinner on the Cathedral Plaza honors distinguished alumni and presents the Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) award to our most dedicated Catholics. With regard to the seminary’s annual Gala scheduled for Saturday, September 19th, one of the concerns has been that medical professionals have been warning of the possibility of a resurgence of the coronavirus in the fall as the “regular” flu season gets underway. That could present a heightened risk for those of the seminary’s donors and supporters who are in higher risk categories, especially if no vaccine is available yet. In addition, once they are allowed to open their doors again, the parishes of the Archdiocese and elsewhere will probably not be in a strong financial position to support the Gala as they have done so generously in the past.

After discussions with Archbishop Jose Gomez, the rector Fr. Marco Durazo, and many others, and after taking these and other factors into account, it has been decided that the 2020 St. John’s Seminary Gala will be cancelled. Instead, the seminary and its honorees will be celebrated in September of 2021.

Needless to say, this is a disappointing development for all those in the Archdiocese and beyond who look forward to celebrating our beloved seminary each year. However, we feel that this decision is fiscally responsible, and in the best interests of the health and safety of those who would be the seminary’s guests that evening. Please join us as we look forward to celebrating St. John’s Seminary and its honorees in 2021.