Father Paul Spellman’s Story on The Rozman Experience

Father Paul Spellman’s story

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As you may know, I am the Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Los Angeles, on Jefferson Boulevard, between Arlington and Western.

My journey to the priesthood has been a bit of a winding road, but each turn has filled me with many of God’s graces.  I grew up in a Catholic home in Memphis, Tennessee with my Mom and Dad, my older brother and two younger sisters.  In 1977 I graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Accounting and came to California to work as a Certified Public Accountant for Price Waterhouse, an international accounting firm.  For the next four years I continued to attend Mass each Sunday, but never got involved in my local parish.  I guess I was just too busy to give God anything other than one hour per week of praise and worship.

In 1981, at the age of 26, I entered graduate school at the University of Southern California, and got involved in the Newman Center (Catholic Center) on campus.  Two years later, in 1983, I graduated from USC with an MBA (Master’s in Business Administration) with the idea of becoming a financial consultant and then working my way up the corporate ladder.  While at Mass one Sunday at the Newman Center, I saw a notice in the bulletin regarding the Catholic Chaplains’ Program at Central Juvenile Hall in East Los Angeles.  I thought I would go and check it out, and from the minute I stepped in to their small chapel, I felt God working in my life.  Through the priests, sisters, and lay ministers, I began to experience my faith on a much deeper level.  And through the incarcerated youth I had an experience of Jesus in ways that I had never dreamed of.  We celebrated Mass each Sunday morning, met with the youth in small groups, and then came back on Wednesday evening to meet with them individually.  As a result of these discussions, I began to read the Bible more, especially the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25, in which Jesus says, “When I was in prison, you visited me.”

 

Six years later, in 1989, I began volunteering at Covenant House in Hollywood, driving around the streets in the Covenant House vans and reaching out to the homeless adolescents who were living on the streets and under the freeways.  Again, I saw the face of Jesus in those whom society considers, “the least of our brothers and sisters.”  Three years later, in 1992, I was appointed Treasurer for the House of Ruth in East Los Angeles that provides shelter for homeless women and children.  All this time I kept working at my day job as an accountant, and volunteering at Juvenile Hall.  For twelve years Juvenile Hall was my home parish, the center of my faith community.

During this time I began to really ask what God’s plan was for me in my life, and I took it to prayer and began meeting with a Spiritual Director. I was spending so much time at work, earning money, but it was my time at Juvenile Hall, Covenant House, and the House of Ruth that really energized me.  Could God be calling me to change my time commitments to truly serve Him?   Finally I began to realize that God was calling me to the priesthood, and after a long series of interviews, retreats, and applications, I entered Saint John’s Seminary in 1995, at the age of 40.  And six years later I was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, on June 2, 2001.

You can see why I say that my faith journey has been a bit of a winding path.  And throughout my six years in the seminary, I continued to follow that trend.  During our summer breaks I would travel to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico, in an effort to see what the Catholic Church was doing to help the poorest of the poor, and to see if I could learn a bit of Spanish.  In the spring of 1999 I traveled to Bolivia and lived and worked in an orphanage as part of a program with the Maryknoll Missionaries. Once ordained I joined a group of folks with Catholic Relief Services and went to Cambodia to get a first-hand look at how the Church is helping the people of this impoverished country in Asia, and four years ago I went to Uganda in East Africa to visit two friends of mine from my seminary days who are now priests in this poor African nation.  It was an incredible experience, especially when we went to the outlying villages to celebrate Mass.

My first assignment as a priest was as the Associate Pastor at Our Lady of the Assumption parish in Claremont, about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.  It is a wonderful parish and there I met a lot of fabulous people.  We expanded our Saint Vincent DePaul Society, and began a Side-by-Side Ministry to help people navigate the system of social services and help them get the assistance that they need.  I was the celebrant at each Sunday’s 5:00 afternoon Youth Mass, which is aimed at reaching the teens of the parish, and that was very rewarding.  This was a blessed experience for me as a newly-ordained priest, and I had a wonderful four years in the parish.

I am now in my eighth year as Pastor at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Los Angeles (South Central Los Angeles, in the Jefferson Park community).  The area is much more impoverished than Claremont, but the people of the parish have been most welcoming!   There is a lot more gang activity, drug abuse, and violence, but the people of the parish have a great sense of spirituality in them.  I have really enjoyed getting to know the people and walking with the people of God on our Journey of Faith.  We have shared our stories, and have walked together in the Light of Christ.  We have a school, Kindergarten through 8th grade, and I visit the classrooms each Tuesday and teach the children about the Good News of the Gospel.  I am blessed to be able to share our faith with our school children, and on Saturdays I meet with the students of our Religious Education program.  We also have a Soup Kitchen that serves soup and sandwiches to the homeless of our area, and our St. Vincent DePaul Society is quick to help anyone who may be struggling financially (or otherwise).  Each Friday I join the Eucharistic Ministers as we take Holy Communion to the sick and the elderly, especially those who have been long-term members of our parish but are physically unable to join us for the celebration of the Mass.

Throughout my twelve years of priesthood God has blessed me in so many different ways, and for that I give thanks to God!

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The Asomugha Foundation interviews with Rick Rozman on The Rozman Experience

Richard Rozman: My Life of Passion

Redondo Beach Educational Foundation.

03-24-2013 Listen to the live interview 4 pm pst

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My passion is people, and I have dedicated my life to helping people improve their lives. I also run marathons and love traveling. Like most others, passion fills me with complete and total satisfaction even when I simply talk or think about it. I have worked with many charitable foundations and wish to introduce you to some compassionate people who strive to make a difference in our world. May this inspire you to also reach out and touch someone.

Let me start with The Asomugha Foundation which focuses on creating educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth in the U.S. and underprivileged orphans and widows in Africa. I am honored to say that I have been intimately involved since the beginning with the foundation as a board member, and I have worked with a woman whom I consider to be a saint, Dr. Lilian Asomugha. Known as Dr. Lilian, she is a fearless leader and purpose driven woman when it comes to educating and empowering children yet she possesses the sensibilities and selflessness of a saint. She has raised her own amazing and successful children who work with her in The Asomugha Foundation.

Formally established in 2010, The Asomugha Foundation can trace its history to its core programming which began in 2005 serving orphans and widows in Nigeria and 2007 focusing on youth in the United States and their pursuit of higher education. Nnamdi Asomugha, Dr. Lilian’s son, serves as chairman of the board. He looks at giving back as a family project. At the same time, he pursues his demanding job as a professional football player in the NFL. He is a four-time All-Pro selection and Pro-Bowl athlete. Nnamdi, Dr. Lilian, and I are joined on the board by Dr. Chisara N. Asomugha – Vice President, Chijioke Asomugha, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, Frank Oti, Georgia Richardson, and Roger Rodas. Details of each board member are found on The Asomugha Foundation website below.

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The Asomugha Foundation is comprised of two primary programs: Asomugha College Tour for Scholars (ACTS) and Orphans and Widows in Need (OWIN). ACTS is an annual college tour and mentoring program that provides high-achieving students of color in high school with the opportunity to visit college campuses across the country. ACTS is built on the belief that education is the springboard of innovation. ACTS helps the students to focus on higher education, services to humanity, and giving back to the community. The tours have included colleges and universities located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC.

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OWIN provides aid to the growing populations of widows and orphans in Africa and creates programs for education, spiritual guidance, and vocational training. In 2005, Dr. Lilian founded OWIN following her passion for helping disadvantaged widows and orphans of our world. She is a motivational speaker, published author, and devoted advocate for women and children. More details about Dr. Lilian and her talented children can be found on The Asomugha Foundation website.

The Seventh Annual “Service Matters” Fundraising Gala presented by The Asomugha Foundation takes place, Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. I have been the master of ceremonies of this event in the past. My good friend Sam Beard, The Jefferson Awards, previously received The Asomugha Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. This year, taking the reins as master of ceremonies for the second year in a row is Rich Eisen of the NFL Network who hosts the show The Rick Eisen Podcast. The keynote speaker will be Omar McGhee of Executive Preparatory Academy; Attorney General Kamala Harris will receive the Visionary Award; Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle will be awarded Emerging Humanitarian; and brothers Dana and David Pump of the Harold Pump Foundation will receive the Leadership Award. Details of the event regarding sponsorship opportunities and tickets can be found on The Asomugha Foundation website at www.asomughafoundation.org or www.buildingtoday.org. You may contact us by email at info@buildingtoday.org.

As part of my outreach to spread the word of my passion for giving, I host a podcast on Blog Talk Radio through the EZ Way Broadcasting network every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. PST. My guest on March 24 will be Dr. Lilian of The Asomugha Foundation. I invite everyone to listen to the show and call to talk directly with Dr. Lilian to ask questions about the work of The Asomugha Foundation.

The Rozman Experience Talks to Keith “Sarge” Gibbs to help at risk youth

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L.A. Non-Profit Provides Leadership Training To At-Risk Youth

March 14, 2013 6:30 AM

Courtesy of 94.7 The Wave

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Photo courtesy of Keith “Sarge” Gibbs

The founder and creator of a local non-profit is providing the much-needed life skills training and leadership development to area youths who require a strong role model the most.

Keith “Sarge” Gibbs is the founder of the non-profit organization Sarge’s Community Base, which uses its “Commit II Achieve” program to provide guidance and life skills training for at risk youth in the greater Los Angeles area to encourage them to become leaders.

A former marine, Keith Sarge Gibbs decided to take his experience and skills from his service and apply it to a program to help at risk boys and girls turn their lives around and stay out of trouble.

“All these years where we’re at, it’s amazing the amount of lives and the amount of people that we’ve touched,” he said in an interview with The WAVE’s Pat Prescott.

His organization is throwing its 4th Annual Spirit Of Achievement Dinner & Fundraiser on March 23rd to help raise the necessary funds to keep the program alive and continue providing guidance for our future leaders.

“We put our life on the lines for these kids and we do it for free, we get nothing out it except for the self-gratification of seeing a kid do something in his life,” said Sarge, noting that much of the funds used for the program comes from the annual gala.

“We need your help,” he added.

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The Achievement Gala is hosted by our own Deborah Howell and features a dinner and live entertainment including local speakers, blues singer Barbara Morrison, comedian JeROME, singer/songwriter Tony Saint Tone, and saxophonist Poncho Williams.

The gala takes place on March 23rd at City Club on Bunker Hill, located in downtown Los Angeles at 333 S. Grand Avenue

The Rozman Experience interviews Olivecrest.org

03-10-2013 4 pm pst

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TODAY’S GUESTS FROM OLIVE CREST (Strong Families, Safe Kids)

WILLIAM BEDROSSIAN and TIM BAUER

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Celebrating Olive Crest 40th Anniversary

Olive Crest is proud that we have strengthened our full continuum of care while actually expanding our
services to best meet the increasing needs of youth and families in the community. Our development of
programs such as Safe Families for Children and our Family Resource Centers are specifically aimed at
preserving families through community-based services and support. At Olive Crest, we believe that keeping
families strong keeps kids safe.
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The Rozman Experience dives into the realm of finance and philanthropy with host Rick Rozman.  After 33 years in the world of finance and work with charitable and non-profit organizations, Rick has created a plan to enlist his fellow philanthropists and business leaders to offer advice on how to make a difference by focusing on the three T’s:  time, talent, and treasure.  Rick’s guests include the busiest Los Angeles movers and shakers who give their own time, talent, and treasure to unite the world through giving.

Rev. Andy Bales great guest on The Rozman Experience hosted by Rick Rozman

I had a amazing show today with my Rev. Andy Bales, who I am proud to call a friend. Please listen to this show click EZ WAY BROADCASTING to listen to it. I really hope that for those of you that listen to this, strongly think of helping in some way! Go to the featured show of the month link!

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The Rozman Experience Show with Union Rescue Mission C.E.O Andy Bales

The Rozman Experience will be live this Sunday 4 pm pst

03-03-2013

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Guest:

Union Rescue Mission CEO Andrew (Andy) J. Bales, M.A.T.

Andy brings over 26 years of experience in community outreach and service to “his
homeless friends”, as Andy puts it, as he leads Union Rescue Mission into a new era of
unique and innovative services for Los Angeles’ Skid Row community.

Andy’s vision for the future of the Mission is most definitely in keeping with the Union
Rescue Mission’s long and distinguished history of service in the City of Los Angeles.
Established in 1891, the Mission has always served the most desperate men, women and
children of the community.

One of Andy’s earliest challenges as Mission leader was to assist in the developing of
transitional housing for mothers and their children living in the Mission’s downtown
facility and in neighboring SRO hotels in and around Skid Row. He is also committed to
providing permanent supportive housing for senior women away from the mean streets
of Los Angeles. Hope Gardens Family Center, in the foothills of the Angeles National
Forest near Sylmar, was developed to serve this growing population of abandoned
and desperately poor women with children and elderly women. The Senior Women’s
Permanent Supportive Housing facility at Hope Gardens was opened in August 2006.
The Women’s and Children’s Transitional Living Facility opened in late June of 2007.

As CEO of Union Rescue Mission, Andy has had a pivotal role in reshaping hospital and
governmental policies related to “dumping” of homeless patients from hospitals on to the
streets of Skid Row.

Andy’s present focus is organizing and working with community partners to make a
commitment to ending homelessness in Los Angeles by a significant number within the
next 7 – 10 years.

Andy has many awards and honors for his community service, including: being named
as the 930th Point of Light by President George Bush in 1992, receiving the 1999 Des
Moines NAACP Community Service Award, and receiving the 2004 Martin Luther King,
Jr. Award from the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Pasadena. He has been
featured in Leadership Journal’s article “Great to Good Churches”, CBS’s 60 Minutes,
NBC’s Dateline, CNN and Social Media, and is a frequent guest speaker at conferences,
schools, and clubs. Rev. Andy’s Blog (www.urmblog.org/category/rev-andys-blog/)
was awarded 1st place for media success by the Association of Gospel Rescue Mission’s
at their annual convention of 350 participating missions world-wide in 2008, 2009,
2010 and 2011. Andy was named the “2011 Fundraising Professional of the Year” by
Fundraising Success Magazine for fundraising achievement in 2010. Andy received the
Los Angeles Business Journal’s award for Nonprofit Leadership Excellence in June 2012.

Andy was named the 2011 Central Area Citizen of the Year by the Council of the City of
Los Angeles at its meeting on March 7, 2012. The Resolution was signed by the Mayor,
each City Council Member, the City Attorney, City Controller and City Clerk.

In June 2009, Cone, Inc. published the Cone Nonprofit Power Brand 100 Report. Union
Rescue Mission was listed in the top 100 brands at #94, ahead of national charities
such as: YWCA, United Cerebral Palsy Association and Camp Fire USA. When you
consider that there are 1.1 million registered non-profits in the U.S., the fact that URM
was listed at #94 is incredible. Andy’s personal participation in embracing social media
opportunities has been credited for the Mission success in receiving this distinction.

Andy and wife Bonnie (a nurse) have six grown children, and delight in their
grandchildren, Elijah and Ava Marie. Also, Andy and Bonnie often open their home to
foster children.

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Reason to Believe Gala benefiting Executive Prep Academy Rick Rozman presents award to Louis Gossett Jr.

Yes you did hear correctly! Rick Rozman was the official presenter of the Life Time Achievement Award to Louis Gossett Jr. on 02-20-2013 in Downtown Los Angeles. This was a wonderful cause and had entertainment comedy by Tommy Davidson Jr. and a performance by Grammy Winner Johnny Gill. Plus much more. Here are some shots of “The Rozman Experience”

Reason to Believe Gala Benefiting the Executive Prep Academy “The Rozman Experience” Rick Rozman presents award to Louis Gossett Jr.

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Omar McGee on The Rozman Experience EZ WAY BROADCASTING Executive Prep Academy

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I hope you can find sometime to listen to this show. It will touch your heart what they are doing for these kids

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School Mission 
Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance (EPA) is a public charter high school located in South Central LA  (opening in August 2013) with a focus on closing the financial literacy gap within the minority community and to foster the next generation of minority entrepreneurs.  We are incorporating a progressive curriculum to truly engage our students, such as our student run businesses. We are using the industries that our students are drawn to, such as the music and entertainment industries to teach them business models and concepts. EPA’s mission is to provide a high-quality and extensive college-preparatory educational experience to youth that results in our students succeeding in college, and ultimately in their professional careers. We instill and practice our motto, “The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence.”
Omar’s Bio
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Our story begins with the founder, Omar Mcgee, who grew up on the hardened streets of Flint, Michigan during the height of the crack epidemic in the 1980’s. The baby of eight children, Omar was exposed to the harsh realities of divorce, drugs, violence, and alcoholism that plagued his surroundings and family.

Rising above his circumstances he went on to attend Howard University where he started his non-profit organization which is now Inner City Outreach. His original mission was to provide support to low income and inner city youth in need of financial assistance for secondary education due to his own struggles. He went on to achieve success in real estate development and a burgeoning film career which includes the award winning film, Flintown Kids, which gives accounts of life through the eyes of kids in the town labeled,  The Worst Place to Live in America by Money Magazine.  His heart however led him to abandon aspirations of a Hollywood film director and return to his roots, empowering youth whose backgrounds mirrored his.

He decided he wanted to provide the support system that many inner city youth lacked who actually made it to college– by starting his influence at the 9th grade through the creation of Executive Prep Academy to build the proper foundation for success.  Through Innercity Outreach, and now, Executive Prep Academy of Finance, Omar is able to fulfill his mission to provide all students with what he was not afforded, their right –to obtain a world-class education.

 

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