2011 Cardinal’s Award Recipient Kathie Lund

February 12, 2011 at the Cardinal’s Award Dinner, our very own parishioner, Kathie Lund, will receive one of the Cardinal’s Awards for 2011. She is being honored for her tremendous advocacy in the pro-life movement and her many other charitable works throughout the Archdiocese.

Congratulations, Kathie from the entire parish and school community. We love you and are very proud of you.

Fr. Gerard O’Brien,
Pastor ABVM Parish


Cardinal Roger Mahony
Archbishop of Los Angeles
is pleased to announce
the 2011 Awards Honoree
Kathie Lund

If Tom is a “Man for all Seasons,” then Kathie Lund is most certainly a “Woman for all Seasons.” Kathie is the matriarch of the ever-growing Lund family which sports twenty-two beautiful grandchildren. Kathie spent decades working by the side of her husband Allen, as they “grew” their family truck brokerage business. They jointly call St. Francis High and Flintridge Sacred Heart High schools their second home. They are the force behind the annual Los Angeles Prayer Breakfast. Right to Life, Legatus, Sacred Heart School in Lincoln Heights, and a summer Bible School for the community at their home in Utah are only a few of Kathie’s involvements. She, too, is a past member of the Awards Committee.


Excerpt from The Tidings:

Dedicated to faith and service: The 2011 Cardinal’s Award recipients
By Mike Nelson

Five members of the Los Angeles Catholic community will be honored for their many years of service to Church and community at the 22nd annual Cardinal’s Award Dinner Feb. 12 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood.

The 2011 honorees are:

Tom Condon, Holy Family Church, South Pasadena;
Javier Guerena, Visitation Church, Westchester;
Kathie Lund, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Pasadena;
Patty Paumier, Santa Clara Church, Oxnard; and
Tom Von Der Ahe Sr., St. Charles Borromeo Church, North Hollywood.

The 2011 honorees bring to 109 the number of men and women honored with the award since 1990.

Kathie Lund

As a longtime member of Right to Life of Southern California, Kathie Lund knows that one of the strongest testimonials to life is the care and nurturing of a close, loving family. Which is exactly what she has done — with an infectious enthusiasm, and an ever-present smile.

Parish: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pasadena.

Growing up: Born in Ogden, Utah, where she attended St. Joseph Elementary and High Schools.

Family: Husband Allen, six children, 22 grandchildren.

Career and Activities: Collaborated with her husband in building Allen Lund Co., nationwide freight transportation business; president, Right to Life of Southern California; Cofounder and co-chair, Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast; Dame of St. Gregory; Lady of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher.

On the influence of her father, captured and executed in the Mauthausen Concentration Camp near Linz, Austria, not long before World War II ended: “My dad was a very strong Catholic. The archives recovered from the camp showed that during the six weeks of his imprisonment, he had prayed regularly. His faith was so strong – that was the greatest gift he left me.”

On Vacation Bible School for St. Joseph Church in rural Monticello, Utah, that the entire Lund family operates each summer for 60 youngsters from surrounding areas: “We try to blend faith, fun and education. It’s an area where priests live at least an hour away, so the people really look forward to having us there. I think we as a family get more out of it because it’s such a totally uplifting, faith-filled experience.”

On her life of service: “I’ve been given a lot in my life. So I think it’s only right that I give back what I can. We have always tried to be active, faithful Catholics. And I’m so proud that our children have done the same.”

Kathie Lund
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