Mother Antonia responds with card


December 31, 2006

John Carroll School senior Katie Johnson recently received a Christmas card from Mother Antonia, the subject of the book, The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail by Mary Jordan.

The book was the Bel Air school's summer reading project.

The story chronicles Mother Antonia's transformation from a twice-divorced woman living a wealthy and privileged life to a nun ministering to criminals in one of the worst prisons in Tijuana, Mexico.

Katie responded to the book with a picture depicting how she envisioned Mother Antonia ministering to the marginalized prisoners. The John Carroll Religion Department heads were so impressed with Katie's work that they sent a copy of the picture to Mother Antonia, who responded with a card.

Gala to celebrate 50th year for HCC

Harford Community College will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a black tie gala from 7 p.m. to midnight Jan. 27 at the Maryland Golf and Country Club.

The Klassix will provide entertainment.

Those purchasing a ticket will be entered into a drawing for a new car from one of the 13 members of the Bel Air New Car Dealers Association, a minimum $30,000 value (must be 21 years of age or older to win).

Tickets are $250, with proceeds benefiting the Harford Community College Foundation Inc. Scholarship Fund.

Information: 410-836-4408.

Volunteers needed in math, English

The Literacy Education Department of Harford Community College is seeking volunteers to assist instructors for Adult Basic Education (ABE) math classes and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at locations around the county.

No specialized training is necessary.

Information: 410-836-4115.

Preparatory courses for real estate exam

Cecil Community College is offering a Real Estate Law and Practice class from Jan. 22 to March 29 on the North East campus.

The 20-session class will meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

The course explores the basic concepts of real estate law, ownership, transfers of property, closings, brokerage, contracts, listing agreements and laws.

The class will prepare students to sit for the Maryland Real Estate Commission Certification Exam.

Tuition is $210, and the course fee is $95.

Information: 410-287-6060, ext. 211.

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