Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dedicating Paseo Luis Olivares at Placita Olvera Church

On Monday the 17th, I had the distinct honor of commemorating the Paseo Luis Olivares at the Placita Olvera church. This was one of the fastest motions moved through City Council and I am proud that it came right in time to also celebrate the centennial of the Claretian Missionaries whom have served the community of Our Lady Queen of Angeles Church, La Placita since 1910. Fr. Olivares was a devout man who helped many Salvadoran immigrants find assistance during the country’s civil unrest. The Wall of Las Memorias played a momentous role in this honoring as Fr. Olivares contracted the HIV virus during a blood transfusion when he was ill from diabetes. Fr. Olivares continued to serve and honor his commitment and went on to help countless individuals with the virus. He was a true man of God and his presence is missed. I hope that with this humble honor, the people of Los Angeles know of the legacy he left behind. The work of the Claretian missionaries has been a compassionate endeavor to see the world through the eyes of the poor, and in these hard economic times, their guidance, love and support is in dire need.