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  September 3 , 2007 • VOL. 45, NO. 15 • Oakland, CA

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Pastor leaves Martinez parish to become Air Force chaplain

Seminarians’ summer includes volunteering at Catholic Charities

Celebrating Sisters' years of jubilee

CRS seeks $11 million to help victims of earthquake in Peru

U.S. poverty down slightly, but Americans without health insurance continues to rise

Faith-based investors say proposed rule could gut shareholder rights

Hundreds remember slain journalist at funeral Mass at St. Benedict’s

Father George Alengadan observes jubilee

Concord, Alameda parishes offer opportunities for spiritual growth

Bioethics seminar Oct. 3 in San Francisco

OBITUARY
Sister John Marie Samaha, SHF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrating Sisters' years of jubilee

SISTERS OF THE HOLY NAMES
OF JESUS AND MARY
80 Years

Sister Mary Teresina Bretz, SNJM


Present Ministry: Retired in Southern California, where she is an accomplished painter.
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Mary School, Oakland; St. Frances de Sales School, Oakland; Sacred Heart School, Oakland

75 Years

Sister Margaret Thompson, SNJM


Present Ministry: Retired
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, Sacred Heart School, Oakland; St. Mary School, Oakland; Our Lady of Lourdes School, Oakland; Holy Spirit School, Fremont. Pastoral ministry, St. Francis de Sales, Oakland; St. Bede/Kaiser Hospital in Hayward; St. Clement/Kaiser Hospital, Hayward, 1984-1987

70 Years

Sister Mary Felicitas Supple (Elizabeth), SNJM


Present Ministry: Convent of the Holy Names, Los Gatos
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Augustine School, Oakland; St. Francis de Sales School, Oakland. Principal, Holy Spirit School, Fremont. Senior ministry/foster grandparent at Holy Spirit in Fremont

60 Years

Sister Barbara Carroll, SNJM


Former Religious name:  Sister M. Cecile Collette
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Archivist, Los Gatos Regional Office of the Sisters of the Holy Names
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Theresa School, Marylrose School, Oakland. Principal, St. Theresa School, Saint Paschal Baylon School, Oakland; Holy Spirit School, Fremont

Sister Rose Eleanor Ehret, SNJM


Birthplace: Los Angeles.
Present Ministry: Holy Names Convent, Los Gatos.
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese:  Teacher, St. Augustine School, Oakland; Holy Names High School, Oakland; Holy Names College (now university)

Sister Jeanne Virginia Heinisch, SNJM


Former Religious name:  Sister Mary of Nazareth
Birthplace:  Alhambra
Present ministry:  Retired,  volunteer work at Ramona Convent in Southern California
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, Sacred Heart School, Oakland; Our Lady of Lourdes School, Oakland; Marylrose Elementary School, Oakland

Sister M. Helen Clare Howatt, SNJM


Birthplace: San Francisco
Present Ministry: Tutor at Aurora School in Oakland; teaches needlecraft at Mercy Retirement Center in Oakland.
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese:  Teacher, St. Augustine School, Oakland; St. Mary’s School, Oakland. Library Director, Holy Names University

Sister Miriam Henry Hussey, SNJM


Birthplace:  Berkeley
Present Ministry:  Volunteer Tutor at Next Step Learning Center, Oakland
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese:  Teacher, Sacred Heart School,Oakland; St. Francis de Sales School, Oakland. Principal, St. Augustine School, Oakland

Sister Josepha Rose Thompson, SNJM


Present Ministry: Assists with clerical work and other needs in the Sisters’ Care Center in Los Gatos.
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese:  Teacher Sacred Heart School, Oakland.; Raskob Institute, Holy Names University

50 Years

Sister Louise Bond, SNJM


Former Religious name: Sister M. Jeanne Dolora
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Present Ministry: California Institution for Women in Corona, CA, Catholic Chaplain.
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Francis de Sales School, Oakland. College Administration Staff, Holy Names University, Master Catechist ‘83, Theology of Religious Education ‘84;  RCIA ‘84 (Delegate from Oakland Diocese and Co-Chair)

Sister Marian Ruth Christensen, SNJM


Former Religious name: Sister Maureen Catherine
Birthplace: Wellsboro, PA
Present ministry: Convent of the Holy Names, Los Gatos.
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Faculty, Holy Names High School, Oakland. Chaplain, Children’s Hospital, Oakland

Sister Joan Doyle, SNJM


Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Community Life Coordinator for the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Center in Los Gatos.
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Principal, St. Theresa School, Oakland. Member of the Diocesan School Board

Sister Eleanore Maloney, SNJM


Former Religious name: Sister Miriam Robert
Present Ministry: Religious Education Director, Santa Cruz
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Augustine School, Oakland; St. Bede School, Hayward. Parish ministry, St. Paschal Baylon, Oakland; St. Bede, Hayward

Sister Molly Neville, SNJM


Former Religious names: Sister Rose Philomena and Sister Joan Marie.
Birthplace: Minneapolis, MN
Present Ministry: Director of Evangelization/ Stewardship for the Diocese of Monterey.
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Bede School, Hayward – 1962-66, 1975-76 and Principal of St. Bede School. Designed and produced “Project:Seed”, a monthly publication for Catholic Schools. Spiritual Life Minister, Pastoral Team Administration, St. Augustine Parish, Oakland. SNJM Vocations Director/Retreat Ministry/Spiritual Director

 
PRESENTATION SISTERS
70 Years

Sister Roberta Connolly, PBVM


Birthplace: Rodeo
Present Ministry: Volunteer at SafeHouse, San Francisco
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. John the Baptist, San Lorenzo

Sister Agnes Curran, PBVM


Birthplace: Berkeley
Present Ministry: Ministry of Prayer
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Joseph School, Berkeley; St. Columba School, Oakland

Sister Maryann Healy, PBVM


Birthplace: San Francisco
Present Ministry: Volunteer at The Lantern Hospitality and Educaton, Center, San Francisco; Volunteer, Presentation Motherhouse.
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Columba School, Oakland

Sister Euphemia O’Connor, PBVM


Birthplace: San Francisco
Present Ministry: Volunteer services to senior citizens
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Joseph School, Berkeley; St. John the Baptist School, San Lorenzo

60 Years

Sister Honora Barnacle, PBVM


Birthplace: San Francisco
Present Ministry: Ministry of Prayer
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Joseph the Worker School, Berkeley; Presentation High School, Berkeley

Sister Rosemary Campi, PBVM


Birthplace: San Francisco
Present Minitry: Volunteer at Sacred Heart Center, San Jose
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, Presentation High School, Berkeley

50 Years

Sister Anne Lucey, PBVM


Brithplace: Cork, Ireland
Present Ministry: Retired
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Coordinator of Sacramental Prep.,, St. Augustine, Pleasanton. RCIA Director, St. John the Baptish, San Lorenzo

Sister Rosemary McKean, PBVM


Birthplace: Merced
Present Ministry: Coordinator, internal administration, Sisters of the Presentation
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. John the Baptist School, San Lorenzo, St. Joseph the Worker School, Berkeley. Principal, St. Joseph the Worker School, Berkelely

Sister Helen Matosich, PBVM


Birthplace: San Francisco
Present Ministry: Teaching and faith reflection with adults in Santa Clara Valley
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Pastoral Associate, St. Benedict, Oakland

 
SISTERS OF THE HOLY FAMILY
60 Years

Sister M. Patrice Bradshaw, SHF


Birthplace: Oakland
Present Ministry: Ministry of Prayer, Motherhouse, Fremont
Past service in the Oakland Diocese: Religious Education Coordinator, St. Joseph, Fremont; St. Anne, Union City; St. Francis of Assisi, Concord. Ministry Department in Catechist Formation, Sisters of the Holy Family, Fremont. Sacramental Coordinator, St. Augustine, Pleasanton

 

Sister M. Cabrini Catania, SHF
Birthplace: San Jose
Present Ministry: Pastoral Ministry, Motherhouse, Fremont. Volunteer Chaplain, Washington Hospital, Fremont
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese:
Teacher, St. Barnabas, Alameda; St. Joseph the Worker, Berkeley; St. Jarlath, Oakland; Our Lady of Mercy, Pt. Richmond; St. Callistus, El Sobrante; St. Philip Neri, Alameda, Mary Help of Christians, Oakland; St. Anthony, Oakland; Our Lady of Grace, Castro Valley; St. Felicitas, San Leandro; All Saints, Hayward. Pastoral Minister, St. Augustine, Pleasanton

50 Years
 

Sister M. Thaddeus Cuellar, SHF


Birthplace: Los Angeles
Present Ministry: Community Ministry, Motherhouse, Fremont
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Catechist, Our Lady of the Rosary, Union City

Sister M. Ancila De La O, SHF


Birthplace: Cuba, NM
Present Ministry: Community Ministry, Ministry of Prayer, Motherhouse, Fremont
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Evangelization, St. Anthony, Oakland

 

Sister M. Victor Negrete, SHF


Birthplace: San Diego
Present Ministry: Parish Volunteer, Chula Vista, CA
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese:
Convent Companion, St. Joachim, Hayward; All Saints, Hayward; Our Lady of Grace, Castro Valley

Sister M. Alana Hartman, SHF


Birthplace: Burbank
Present Ministry: Music Instruction SHF Motherhouse, Fremont
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, Christ the King, Pleasant Hill; St. Catherine, Martinez; San Ramon Christian Academy, Danville

Sister M. Concetta Lombardo, SHF


Birthplace: Jamestown, NY
Present Ministry: Hospitality Director and Community Ministry
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Convent Companion, St. Augustine, Pleasanton; St. Michael, Livermore; Corpus Christi, Fremont. Cook, SHF Convent, Castro Valley; SHF Convent, Pleasant Hill. Infirmary assistant, cook, portress, seamstress, SHF Motherhouse, Fremont

40 Years

Sister Marie Deering, SHF


Birthplace: San Francisco
Present Ministry: Assistant Manager, La Vista Group Home, Redwood City
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Convent Companion, St. Anne, Union City; St. Edward, Newark. Teacher, St. Vincent Day Home, Oakland. Eucharistic Minister, St. Joseph Convalescent Hospital, Castro Valley. Curriculum Resource Coordinator, Callison Day Home, Fremont. Community Service, Motherhouse, Fremont

Sister M. Gladys Guenther, SHF


Birthplace: Saugerties, NY
Present Ministry: Congregational President, Sisters of the Holy Family, Fremont
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Leonard, Fremont. Convent Companion, St. Augustine, Pleasanton. Communications Director; Councilor, Development Director, Vice President, Sisters of the Holy Family

 
MARIST MISSIONARY SISTERS
50 Years

Sister Malia Vitalina So’oto, SMSM


Birthplace: Pago Pago, American Samoa
Present Ministry: Pastoral Care,
St. Felicitas, San Leandro

 
DOMINICAN SISTERS OF MISSION SAN JOSE
80 Years

Sister Hosanna Almaguer, OP


Birthplace: Zacaón, Mexico
Present Ministry: Apostolate of Prayer, St. Martin Residence, Fremont
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Cook, St. Joseph Priory, Fremont; St. Elizabeth Convent, Oakland

70 Years

Sister Ellen Mary (Amabilis) Cunningham, OP


Birthplace: Oakland
Present Ministry: Community Service and Outreach
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland; St. Mary of the Palms, Mission San Jose. Principal, School of the Madeleine, Berkeley. Internal Ministry, Treasurer General, Dominican Sisters

Sister Geraldine Meyer, OP


Birthplace: Philip, SD
Present Ministry: Apostolate of Prayer, St. Martin Residence, Fremont
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Internal Ministry, St. Joseph Priory, Fremont

Sister Maria Victoria
(Thora Marie) Hernandez, OP


Birthplace: Los Angeles
Present Ministry: Ongoing history and research for the region of Mexico, Dominican Sisters, Fremont
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland. Diocesan Immigration Program

60 Years

Sister Mary Denis Baldwin, OP


Birthplace: Pasadena
Present Ministry: Library Assistant, Queen of the Holy Rosary College, Fremont
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland

Sister Florence Cumbelich, OP


Birthplace: Oakland
Present Ministry: Music Teacher, Dominican Kindergarten, Fremont
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Joseph School, Fremont

Sister Frances Marie Henriques, OP


Birthplace: Alameda
Present Ministry: Treasurer, St. Therese Convent, Portland, OR
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland; School of the Madeleine, Berkeley. Director of Formation, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Fremont. Teacher Assistant, St. Joseph School, Fremont

Sister Eucharia Heidt, OP


Birthplace: New England, ND
Present Ministry: Health Care Assistant, St. Joseph Priory, Fremont
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Edward School, Newark

Sister Sheila Keane, OP


Birthplace: Oakland
Present Ministry: Social Worker, St. Anthony Foundation, San Francisco
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher/Principal, St. Mary of the Palms, Fremont

Sister Dolorice Ramirez, OP


Birthplace: San Antonio, TX
Present Ministry: Receptionist, Immaculate Conception Academy, San Francisco
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher, St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland; St. Joseph School, Fremont; St. Leonard School, Fremont

50 Years

Sister Maria Goretti Campos, OP


Birthplace: Los Angeles
Present Ministry: Community service, St. Joseph Priory, Fremont

Sister Eileen (Mary Gerard) Hinsberger, OP


Birthplace: Los Angeles
Present Ministry: Pastoral Staff, St. Robert Bellarmine, Burbank, CA
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Internal Ministry, Siena Community, Fremont

Sister Rose Marie
(James Mary) Hennessy, OP


Birthplace: San Francisco
Present Ministry: Principal, St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Principal, St. Joseph School, Fremont. Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools. Superintendent of Catholic Schools. Leadership Team, Dominican Sisters, Congregation of the Queen of the Holy Rosary, Fremont

Sister Barbara(Mary Magdalen) Larner, OP


Birthplace: Berkeley
Present Ministry: Associate Director, Congregational Development, Dominican Sisters, Fremont
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Development Director, St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland

25 Years

Sister Elizabeth O’Donnell, OP


Birthplace: Oxnard
Present Ministry: Doctoral Student, Universaity of San Francisco
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Teacher/Assistant Principal, St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland. Principal, St. Edward School, Newark. Pastoral Associate, Church of the Assumption, San Leandro

 
SISTERS OF MERCY
25 Years

Sister Patricia Creedon, RSM


Birthplace: San Francisco
Present Ministry: Chief Operating Officer, Mercy Retirement & Care Center, Oakland.
Past Service in the Oakland Diocese: Mercy Retirement Center. Salem Lutheran Home

 

 

 

 


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