Dolores Mission celebrates graduating seniors who have excelled in Christian Service in the community. Pictured front row from left are Nataly Quintero, Martha and Niko Martinez, award recipients Claudia Martinez and Karla Visuet, Georgina Visuet and Gilberto Limon. Back row, Fr. Mike Lee, SJ, Fr. Ted Gabrielli, SJ, and Ellie Hidalgo.
Dolores Mission Church and School is celebrating alumnae Claudia Martinez and Karla Visuet for recently receiving the Christian Service Award at the Cathedral. These young women, who are part of our Dolores Mission High School Scholars program, volunteered more than 1,600 hours combined by tutoring young students in our Boyle Heights community and supporting the summer camp at Pecan Park. They will be graduating from San Gabriel Mission and Sacred Heart High Schools later this spring.
“I just wanted to help the community,” said Claudia, who plans to study sociology in college and go on to become a social worker. “I love it – the relationship and the connection with the kids.”
The Christian Service Awards recognizes seniors at the fifty-one Catholic high schools who have excelled in Christian service throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Archbishop Jose Gomez presided the Mass on March 16.
Claudia’s sister Nicole also was selected for the award last year by San Gabriel Mission High School. Their mother, Martha Martinez, battles a life threatening illness and said she was so pleased with her daughters: “I’m extremely proud of both of them. My illness didn’t bring them down. It made them stronger.”
Service is an important value taught at Dolores Mission Church and School. Each year students engage in service projects, including preparing meals for the homeless men and women who stay at the church-based Guadalupe Homeless Shelter.
“It feels good to have this award,” said Karla, who plans to go to college to study nursing. “I enjoy helping others and being of service to people.” She said her years at Dolores Mission School taught her and her classmates to become “men and women for others.”