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The Board of Directors is pleased to announce this year's awardees:

Hearts on Fire Award

Yolanda S. Brown, D. Min.

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Dr. Yolanda Brown is a person who understands transition well, and credits the Holy Spirit as the light of her life. She feels called to serve the poor and marginalized in order to live more productive lives. Dr. Brown raised seven children, earned both Bachelor and Master degrees in Business Administration, and applied her knowledge to a very successful career in the banking industry as a Senior Vice President. She pursued a Master degree in Theology and a Doctorate in Ministry that led to her eight-year assignment as Pastoral Associate at Dolores Mission in East Los Angeles. Soon after, she was assigned to Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hollywood as the Parish Life Director with responsibilities for pastoral ministries, administration and pastoral staff management. After serving 10 years in this capacity, Dr. Brown went on sabbatical in February, 2021. A former Loyola Institute for Spirituality board member, Dr. Brown continues to serve on the boards of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, St John’s Seminary, and The Center in Hollywood for Homeless. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with each of her 22 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Writer's award in spirituality

America Media

America Media is a Jesuit media ministry which began as a magazine and evolved into a multiplatform media organization. America Media is a smart, Catholic take on faith and culture, the leading provider of editorial content for thinking Catholics and those who want to know what Catholics are thinking. America Media leads the conversation about faith and culture by producing excellent, unique, relevant and accessible content across multiple platforms. Their contributors are the principal figures in the American Catholic Church today, the decision-makers and opinion leaders who drive the ecclesial and civic debate about religion, society, politics and the arts. Those with something to say to the American church say it through

America’s platforms: popes and presidents, Nobel laureates, world-renowned scholars, distinguished men and women of letters, and even everyday professionals and students. The weekly magazine, America, has been published continuously since 1909, making it one of the oldest periodicals in the United States today.