Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Urban planning students from UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, led by architect John Kaliski, AIA, and the Society's Director of Housing Ron Mulvihill, visited the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles' administrative offices and thrift store in Los Angeles, January 17, 2013. The students are studying the buildings, property and needs of the Society in Los Angeles to make suggestions on future use as a part of their Special Projects in Urban Design class.  Thank you UCLA!

Photos: (top to bottom) Society Director of Housing Ron Mulvihill leads architect John Kaliski, second from the left, and the UCLA students into the Society's administrative offices for a tour. Students then met to discuss the Society's needs with Mulvihill, Kaliski and some Society staff.

Monday, January 14, 2013


Carrom Signature Moroccan Fresco Foosball Table

How do you keep the Skid Row homeless staying at the Cardinal Manning Center (CMC) off the streets?  Buy a fun game for the CMC staff to offer the homeless at the Wishlist

After entering the website, go to “Find someone's list” on the top right, and type in SVDPLA Social Services. The CMC Wishlist page will come up. You can purchase the center a game or send a gift card. The center will send you a letter confirming your donation for tax purposes. 

Consider making a New Year's Resolution to do a good deed for the homeless today:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


     Deacon Bob Seidler, Assistant to Bishop Gerald Wilkerson, credits his three summers (1957 - 1959) at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Circle V Ranch Camp, with his interest in ministry.  "In those days, most of the counselors were seminarians," said Seidler. "They were a big reason I went to the seminary."  

Seidler rediscovered a photo of the ordination of  Monsignor Peter Amy (above). In the photo, left to right, are Reverend Amy, Bob Seidler, Mario Nargi, Tim Nielsen and Ted Schneringer.  "The four of us, and others from our grade school class at St. Patrick's in North Hollywood, were all at St. Vincent de Paul Ranch Camp where "Dead Eye" Pete was one of our counselors," said Seidler.

Seidler went to St. John's Seminary (1964 - 1968) but discerned a call to married life, later marrying and having two children and four grandchildren.  Seidler was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, trained as a motion picture lab technician, spent 31 years in that industry, at Universal Studios from 1990 to 2005, and left there as Vice President of Digital Video Services. 

"We were always involved in ministry," said Seidler, of his wife Pon and himself. "Once my kids were old enough to stay home on the weekends by themselves, I became a deacon."  

One of Seidler's cherished mementos is a hand-made, copper-plated athletic award from the Circle V Ranch Camp.  Most of the counselors wrote their names on the back. Perhaps some of these names will bring back memories if you attended the Circle V Ranch Camp in the late 1950s:
Tony Landes
Tom Haggerty
Rich Boylan
Pete Amy
John Clarke
Dave Regalado
Bill Flaherty
Don Farmer
Emery Tomar
Paul Dotson
Phil Berryman
Nick Barnett
Bundy Noonan
Larry Lynch
Michael Henschel
Don Reiman

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Maria Gonzalez, a Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles employee at the L.A. thrift store for seven years, retired December 31, 2012.  Society Executive Director David Fields said, "We would like to thank Maria for her years of service.  She is one of our dedicated, hard-working employees.  We wish her a happy retirement."  Gonzalez, who worked in the production area of the store preparing goods for sale, said she enjoyed working for the Society and wishes everyone well.

Photos: (Top) Society Director of Operations Jim Bibb, Executive Director David Fields, Gonzalez, Stores Director Kellie McCaffrey-Nady, and Human Resources Director Nan Sinclair; (Middle) Sinclair, McCaffrey-Nady and Gonzalez sing before cutting the cake; (Bottom) Gonzalez's cake.