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Film director Martin Scorsese and
artist David Hockney are to be honoured
by the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art (LACMA) later this year.
The pair will be honourees at the
museum's third annual Art+Film Gala in
November, the Hollywood Reporter said.
Scorsese's recognition comes after the
director criticised the museum for
cutting its weekend screening
programme four years ago.
This year's gala will take place on
In 2009, Scorsese wrote an open letter
to museum director Michael Govan,
saying he was "deeply disturbed" by the
decision to cut the film screenings.
"People from all over the world are
speaking out, because they see this
action---correctly, I think---as a serious
rebuke to film within the context of the
art world," he wrote at the time.
Since then, the museum has appointed
a curator for a new screening
programme and hosted a Stanley Kubrick
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts &
Sciences is also set to open its museum
on the LACMA campus.
The gala will be co-chaired by actor
Leonardo DiCaprio, who has worked with
Scorsese on films such as Gangs of New
York, The Aviator and The Departed.
Scorsese and artist David Hockney to be honoured at LA gala
June Johnston is not missing the week-
ly Wednesday deadline to put the
Catholic News to bed. But since her
last working day on May 24, she still gets
up late on a Thursday. Her body clock is still
attuned to the routine of the editor facing
the migraine-triggering battle of copy versus
advertising, developing story ideas and at
the same time balancing the message of the
Word and lessons of the world in a 24-page
It s been 22 years that Johnston has been
at the faith-based newspaper that has served
as the voice of the Roman Catholic com-
munity in T&T since February 1982. She
never considered herself a journalist---except
when Cuban officials deemed her so when
she went to cover Pope John Paul II s visit
there in 1998.
"I am just a Catechist who ran a news-
paper," Johnston said. "I never did an inter-
view, have never been a reporter but I
understand what a reporter must do."
She even taught herself how to type on
a borrowed IBM word processor before she
got her first Apple computer at the office.
Johnston s strength has been her under-
standing of the faith, having written books
on the church s Sacraments for school and
parish, taught as a religious education
teacher and worked at Servol in the capacity
of Spirituality and Pastoral Counselling.
Johnston s background is theology, found-
ed on her mother s belief that faith was
important and inspired by the Sisters of
Cluny at her alma mater St Joseph s Convent,
Port-of-Spain. During her teen years, she
was at a point where she could either own
her faith or dump it, so she started asking
questions, got involved in A Movement for
Better World which served as a catalyst for
"Some thought I would have been a nun.
I was sure about the faith but not a nun.
Maybe I would have been a priest," she said,
She did spend a lot of time at Mt St Bene-
dict, where young men are trained to be priests.
Like them she was following a spiritual path,
and was invited by the late Fr Henry Charles,
who was then a seminarian, to participate in
courses in communication. She also met her
husband and theologian, Everard, there. This
was after she returned from France after study-
ing for one year. Before that, she taught at
Providence Girls for two years after leaving
In 1975, she accompanied her husband to
Belgium as he pursued his PhD in Theology
at the Catholic University of Leuven. Johnston
earned her BA in Religious Studies and had
her first child. She attempted her master s
when Everard was at sabbatical in Chicago
but with baby number two on the way, she
didn t finish. Yet the exposure in her studies
and the understanding of everyday living
served as a deep connection between her faith
and the people.
So call her presence at Catholic News her
"There is the Benedictine motto: To work
is to live. I was just doing the will of God.
You just have to be open," she explained.
Fr Michel De Verteuil was the voice that
called her in 1991, asking her to be his assistant
editor when he was the editor. His plate was
already portioned with the running of the
Pastoral Centre, which meant he was often
away from the editor s desk and out of the
country two to three times for the year, leaving
Johnston in charge of the publication.
She worked under Archbishops Anthony
Pantin, who had total trust in everything that
was done at the newspaper; Edward Gilbert,
whose focus was on education and the synod
and Joseph Harris, who understands the local
climate and will speak when needs be.
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Lifetime dedicated to the Word
"The spirit may be there but
it's time for me to move off,
so other things can
happen," said June
Johnston of her retirement
from the Catholic News.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Johnston retires from Catholic News after...
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