News From CCF-LA | August 18, 2020
Market Results From CCF-LA
We just reported July activity to our clients, which included $376 million in assets under management, the highest in our 5½-year operating history. Our philanthropy management business is thriving due to our clients, who generously give to their funds and because of continuing improvements in the financial markets. The Balanced Pool results for July were 3.7 percent (net of fees) and 3.77 percent (gross of fees), close to the benchmark of 3.75 percent. Our Intermediate Fund had a monthly return of 1.98 percent (net of fees), which was above the 1.76 percent benchmark. Managing charitable assets is our business and we rely on our Investment Committee, our adviser and our fund managers to guide the decisions we make on our strategy for each of the pooled funds we manage.
What Constitutes a Vocation?
CCF-LA talked with Sr. Anna Mercia, one of the most recent Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Los Angeles, about how you find—and listen to—your calling.

Q: What or who inspired you to seek religious life, and when did you first experience that calling?
A: For as long as I can remember—to when I was even only 3 years old—I wanted with all my heart to belong to Jesus. I had probably seen a religious sister or two in my life, but I still did not know what they did. I was deeply attracted, however, and knew, seemingly instinctively, that they belong entirely to Jesus. Yes. That’s what I want. So really it was the Lord who prompted the inspiration for me to seek out the religious life. This desire was, however, buried for about 13 years beneath the desire to get married and have a family. Again, it was Our Lord who reawakened the desire for the religious life within me. During my sophomore year of college, I was suddenly and wholly intensely drawn to seek Him alone. I certainly would not have said at the time that I was contemplating religious life, but, oh my, that was undoubtedly the desire.

Q: What advice do you have for others who may be considering a religious vocation?
A: RUN! Your joy will be complete! Make haste in seeking Him and in discovering His will for your life. Whatever His will, your joy will be full.

CCF-LA Supports Our Church’s Tireless, Devoted Religious
Orders of religious women and men are the backbone of our Catholic history in the United States. CCF-LA is uniquely positioned to support these organizations with our Catholic values–based investing, responsive client services, and deep understanding of the Catholic philanthropic community.

We’re proud to support the work of these orders through a wide variety of funds that support their communities and their ongoing ministries. Click here to read more
News From ADLA and Beyond
Our prayers and hearts are with the people of Lebanon after the recent explosion in Beirut. CCF-LA treasures our partnership with the Maronite Catholic Church and the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon. Maronite Bishops A. Elias Zaidan and Gregory J. Mansour shared ways that we can all support Lebanon, and Bishop Zaidan shared a video message on the importance of prayer and support during this difficult time.

We can all learn from the example of religious orders who live in the power of prayer and simple living, like a Day in the Life of the cloistered Visitation Sisters, as well as the good works of the Carmelite Sisters' Santa Teresita Senior Living Community.
Opportunity awaits.... We are hiring!
Administrative Assistant—This entry-level position will provide filing and data-entry support for our client services and operations team. Attention to detail is a must, with excellent organization skills. See full description.
Senior Client Relationship Manager—This member of the development team will steward and build relationships with high-net-worth clients and prospects. Major gifts and/or financial-services experience preferred. See full description.
Chief Financial Officer—This position leads the overall financial operations of the foundation with special attention to investments, banking, accounting/audit, and all contracted service providers. See full description.
The Catholic Community Foundation of Los Angeles is committed to the prudent management of charitable investments to support the schools, parishes and ministries that help our neighborhoods thrive in faith. To join our mission to teach and sustain Catholic philanthropy, please contact our Client Development team at (213) 426-1187 or via email.
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