CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1999 |
Sitting on a pew toward the front of St. Angela Merici Church in Brea, Mary Lou Mannion watches--with more than a bit of pride--as her two daughters follow the priest onto the altar during a recent 8 a.m. service. Mannion, 45, remembers her own childhood, when girls could never play such a role. Her father trained altar boys at this very parish, so she knew all the Latin prayers by heart. She knew when to ring the bell and how to genuflect.