Community briefs - Southside Reporter

Latino religious scholars to speak

San Antonio religion scholars Renata Furst, associate professor of Scripture and spirituality at Oblate School of Theology, and Nora O. Lozano, professor of theological studies at Baptist University of the Americas, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the SoL Center at University Presbyterian Church, 300 Bushnell.

Furst and Lozano, speaking respectively from Catholic and Baptist perspectives, will address the ways in which Latina Baptists and Catholics have related to Scripture and tradition. The two-hour course is part of the SoL Center’s series on the Protestant Reformation.

Furst’s academic focus has been on “prophetic literature in the Hebrew Bible and Hispanic biblical interpretation.” Lozano’s interest has been in Hispanic, Latin American and women’s theology.

Tuition is $20; to register call 210-732-9927.

Carver Library hosts book sale

The Carver Library will host a book sale Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21, at the library, 3350 Commerce St.

The sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, will include books for adults and children. Romance novels, history books, cookbooks, science and medical books, as well as CDs, videos and records will be sold.

Donations are welcome. Contact Shirley Coleman at 210-333-1705 for more information.

St. Mary’s gets $1 million gift

St. Mary’s University has received a $1 million gift that endows its interdisciplinary Center for Catholic Studies, which is expected to open next August.

When established, the center will develop coursework that examines Catholic and Marianist views on social policy. The center is expected to open next August when a director is named. A nationwide search has begun.

In addition to examining the church’s role in society and culture, the center will focus on the church in the Southwestern United States, among Latino Catholics and Latinos in other Christian denominations, a press release said.

Alumnus Martin D. Beirne and his wife, Kathleen, made the gift. He’s a 1969 graduate of the St. Mary’s School of Law and serves as chairman of the university’s board of trustees.

South Side

Harlandale Class of 1997 plans reunion

The Harlandale Class of 1997 invites classmates to join in a reunion on Nov. 11 to celebrate 20 years since graduation.

Reunite, reminisce, and make new memories with past classmates with food, drinks and dancing. Two complimentary drink tickets will be given to attendees; a cash bar will be available.

The first 20 people to buy their tickets to the reunion will be entered in a drawing for a raffle basket. Tickets are nonrefundable, and the cost is $70 per couple and $45 for individuals through Oct. 28.

Send an email to for more information.

South San ISD looks to fill jobs

The South San Antonio Independent School District needs to fill several positions, including jobs in its food service and transportation. Job candidates with experience as custodians, plumbers, electricians, painters and general maintenance workers also are needed.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in these positions, please visit the school district’s Central Administration Building, 5622 Ray Ellison Boulevard, on Friday, Oct. 20, between 9 a.m. and noon.

Interviews will be conducted on that day, so come prepared with appropriate attire and resources.

Contact Jocelyn Durand at for more information.

West Side

Catholic ministry is raising funds for refugee shelter

Posada Guadalupe, a Catholic ministry on the West Side, will hold a fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 5919 Ingram Road.

The event will benefit its men’s shelter for refugees from Mexico and Central America, most of whom have aged out of detention facilities for minors. Many were injured on their journeys to the United States. The ministry, run by Father Phillip Ley of the Conventual Franciscans, provides food, educational direction and medical attention.

The event will be held in the church’s Piper Community Hall, with food by La Sorrentina Italian Restaurant. Individual tickets cost $50; tables for eight cost $400. Checks made out to Posada Guadalupe can be sent to Father Ley at 1104 Kentucky Ave., San Antonio, TX 78201.

For more information, call 210-218-2882.

Compiled by Melissa Rentería