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Coffee With CEF

Coffee With CEF

This is a collaborative virtual gathering to hear from various Catholic school leaders, teachers, and students.

Join us in this special and unique opportunity that allows us to see the incredible ways our schools are coming together to ensure that their students are continuing to learn, grow, and excel in their studies.

Together, we will get an inside look into their new remote learning world and learn of the joys and the obstacles of this challenging season. This is a brand new reality we are in, and we are very blessed to have the chance to create a space where we can all stay connected!

Get your favorite coffee (or tea, kombucha, apple cider, etc.) mugs ready, and join us for this unique chance to hear directly from our wonderful school partners!

Join us for Season 3!
Coming in Spring 2021
Every Wednesday at 10:00 am PT.


*Catch up on past episodes! Recordings of all previous episodes are below.


Watch Recent Episodes

Season 2: Episode 12 
December 9, 2020

SEASON FINALE! CEF takes a dive into its own processes and vital partnerships to shine a light on the many reasons CEF continually strives to be better. CEF also gets to sit with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Department of Catholic Schools to hear a status update on the reopening of schools and in-person instruction. CEF’s Executive Director of Programs and Operations, Theresa Fragoso educates us on the journey of the application process and a couple of CEF Trustees chime in on why they love CEF so much!


Season 2: Episode 11 
December 2, 2020

Porteous Family Foundation joins Coffee with CEF to share why they decided to also fund sports programs in our Catholic schools in addition to the long-standing Art programs they have provided for over a decade. We were also blessed to hear from St. Sebastian Sports Project who disburses $100,000 annually for Catholic school sports programming!


Season 2: Episode 10 
November 18, 2020

Counseling Partners of Los Angeles (CPLA) joins CEF for an inspirational glimpse into the need for mental health awareness for students across Los Angeles. The pandemic has definitely created a void where healthy environments of social interaction and learning are hard to come by. CPLA and their 70+ team of volunteers are engaging in telehealth to continue their vital work.


Season 2: Episode 9 
November 4, 2020

CEF invited founders Richard Garcia and Erika Cuellar of Alma Backyard Farms to Coffee with CEF to teach us of the wonderful work they have been doing around Los Angeles. On a mission to end food insecurity, they landed on St. Albert the Great School‘s campus in 2013, began extensive programming for students, and now produce thousands of pounds of food a year!


Season 2: Episode 8 
October 28, 2020

CEF invites Development and Marketing officers from all over the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to a roundtable on the joys, surprises, and challenges that have arisen due to the pandemic. We truly enjoyed their insights and their passion to continue to provide a quality Catholic school education to their students.


Season 2: Episode 7 
October 21, 2020

Ellen P. Holton, Dr. Steven Johnson, Melissa Jara, Jessica Yost from the Catholic Schools Collaborative, and Sr. Adella L. Armentrout join Coffee with CEF to share and teach us all about the Collaborative’s programs to increase literacy and numeracy skills. We know that our CEF students are much more prepared for their future because of CSC!


Season 2: Episode 6 
October 14, 2020 – Season 1 Retrospective

We enjoyed short testimonies from almost all of our guests from Season One of Coffee with CEF. They are making great strides and we are so happy for all of the success they have had, despite being in the middle of a global pandemic! We heard from various leaders and students throughout the entire Archdiocese in this episode.


Season 2: Episode 5 
October 7, 2020
A Boyle Heights Farewell! John Rojas, principal of Our Lady of Talpa Elementary School and Jocelyn and Allyn, 8th grade sfftudents, join CEF in saying farewell to Katie Kevorkian, Associate Director of Development at CEF. Allyn performs a live piano concert and Jocelyn talks about life as a student athlete when school sports are canceled.


Season 2: Episode 4
September 30, 2020
CEF is joined by Nan Young and Gerri Wendel of Art Trek, Carol Dailey of the Porteous Family Foundation, and Nancy Kuria and Father Claude Williams of Sts. Peter and Paul School where the arts have changed the lives of many students.


Season 2: Episode 3
September 23, 2020
CEF takes a virtual trip to St. Odilia School in South LA and hears from Sima Saravia-Perez, principal; Richard Monteilh, vice principal; Myra Rivas, teacher; and Maria Reed, a USC engineering student and volunteer STEM instructor with the USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center.


Season 2: Episode 2
September 16, 2020
CEF is joined by Adrian X. Cuevas and Vanessa Rivera of St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School in central Los Angeles, and Erick Rubalcava of St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy.



Season 2: Episode 1
September 9, 2020
Season 2 premiere! Special guests include Dan Horn, President-Principal of St. Genevieve Parish Schools (SGPS); Vince O’Donoghue, Vice President of SGPS; Juan Jasso, Director of Admissions of SGPS; and Paul Escala, Senior Director and Superintendent of Schools for the Department of Catholic Schools.


Season One


Season 1: Episode 1
April 15, 2020
The Coffee with CEF premiere episode! CEF is joined by Antonio Felix, Director of PLACE (Partnership for Los Angeles Catholic Education) Corps. and CAST (Catholic Archdiocesan School Teachers) at the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University and Paul Escala, Senior Director and Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Gerri Wendel of Art Trek stops by with an offer for elementary school principals.


Season 1: Episode 2 
April 22, 2020
CEF goes to Boyle Heights in East LA to visit Alex Chacon, President of Bishop Mora Salesian High School, and Karina Moreno Corgan, President of Dolores Mission Elementary School who both serve some of the lowest income families in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Nancy Portillo, Chief of Staff at the Department of Catholic Schools, describes how they are supporting the students and families through the free breakfast and lunch program and the C3 Ignite technology program.


Season 1: Episode 3
April 29, 2020
CEF travels to southeastern Los Angeles County to the City of Bell Gardens and St. Gertrude the Great School and Parish. Peggy Weber, principal, and Father Nabor Rios, pastor, describe the challenges facing their community and how they are working to meet their physical and spiritual needs. Lilia Chavez, Director of School Food Service for the Department of Catholic Schools shares more information about the many school sites providing free breakfast and lunch to children and youth.


Season 1: Episode 4
May 6, 2020
CEF goes on a virtual visit to Bishop Conaty – Our Lady of Loretto High School in Los Angeles. Ambassadors from BCLHS include Principal Andrea Jenoff, Vice Principal Jacqueline Lucero, Development Director Diane Techam, English teacher Vanessa Poe, and students, Brianna and Jeaneth. Brianna and Jeaneth talk about remote classes, socializing while staying at home, and their plans for college and career.


Season 1: Episode 5
May 13, 2020
Deacon Doug and Dr. Phyllis Cremer of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish and School join CEF to introduce their community and show how they are adapting their ministry to comply with the Safer at Home recommendations and fundraising amid crisis to ensure that all of their students can stay at St. Elizabeth next year. Scott Higdon of the Dept. of Catholic Schools shares the successes of and challenges facing schools throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


Season 1: Episode 6 
May 20, 2020
It’s High School Day at Coffee With CEF! Special guest speakers include: Dr. Dan O’Connell, Deputy Superintendent of High Schools; Martin Farfan, President of Cathedral High School; Raymond Saborio, Principal of Sacred Heart High School; CEF students from Cathedral and Sacred Heart High Schools: seniors, Diana, Oscar and Daniel and junior, Kelley. (Remember Diana? She was featured in CEF’s 2019 video and in last year’s Impact Report.)


Season 1: Episode 7
May 27, 2020
CEF welcomes Bishop David O’Connell, Auxiliary Bishop of the San Gabriel Region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Xochitl Hernandez, Regional Director of Catholic Charities of the San Gabriel Region to talk about the growing need for families in the region, and combating loneliness during – and following – social distancing and isolation.

Season 1: Episode 8
June 3, 2020
Our first international episode! CEF is joined by Martina Amengual of SCHOLAS OCCURRENTES, a global education program founded by Pope Francis to speak about their work during the pandemic and the plans for the new headquarters in Los Angeles. Kathleen Domingo, Senior Director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace and Isaac Cuevas, Director of Immigration and Public Affairs at the Archdiocese of LA offer their thoughts on racial injustice and provide educational resources.


Season 1: Episode 9
June 10, 2020
Guest hosted by Tim Smith, President of the CEF Board of Trustees! Special guest speakers Father Matt Elshoff, OFM, Cap., and Alicia Camacho bring us to St. Lawrence of Brindisi Parish and School in Watts.



Episode 10
June 17, 2020
CEF has coffee with a team from Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope, a community of eight inner-city elementary schools in Los Angeles and Northern California. We are joined by Ann Magovern, Executive Director of Vision of Hope, Sister Georgette Coulombe, OP, Vision of Hope Los Angeles Office, Anabel Rodriguez, Principal of St. Michael School and Ileana Wade, Principal of St. Ignatius of Loyola School.


Season 1: Episode 11
June 24, 2020
SEASON FINALE! Paul Escala, Senior Director and Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles returns with an update about our Catholic schools. CEF is also joined by guests from St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood: Dr. Kris Anderson, Vice Principal, and Naomi, a rising sophomore. Guests from St. Frances X. Cabrini Elementary School, Carmen Hart, Principal, Maggie Byrne, Development Director, and Lynne Hook, Chair of the Development Board, describe challenges and successes with distance learning in a low-income community.


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