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placeholder Five decades
of leadership

Bishop Floyd Begin,
a bridge builder for all

Oakland diocese's
first parish celebrates
its jubilee, too

The first priest
of the diocese

Commitment to a demanding life

Bishop Begin:
Blessed beginning, blessed ending

Fond memories of Bishop Floyd L. Begin

'Where were you …'

Pastoral Council made diocese a leader in giving laity a voice

Interfaith good feeling, openness part of our diocesan heritage

Housing to rise at former cathedral site

At Cooper Chapel, building community, Catholic identity

'Community' crypts provide peace of mind

Stewardship of the end-of-life

Institute aims to refute atheist influence in science

New film tells story of Cristero War


Catholic population at nearly 59 million in 2010

Religious freedom rally set for June 8

Fundraiser on May 26 for Haitian children

Visitation of the
Blessed Virgin:
What it means for us

50 years later, still answering Fatima questions

Magnificat Maternal Health: Mission to protect women in childbirth

Special collection
for Catholic Communication

Parishes lifeblood
of the diocese

placeholder May 21, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA

Sister John Dominic Samaha, OP

Sister John Dominic Samaha, a Dominican Sister for 71years, died May 4 at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Fremont. The San Francisco native was 90.

Sister Samaha spent much of those seven decades as an educator — in elementary and secondary education and administration. In addition to an assignment at St. Elizabeth Elementary School in Oakland, she served as principal at schools in San Francisco, San Gabriel and Los Angeles and took on teaching assignments at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco and Sacred Heart High in Los Angeles. After her retirement in Fremont she ministered in pastoral care, worked with Dominican kindergarten and tutorial services at Queen of the Holy Rosary College.

She is survived by her sister, Mildred Samaha of San Francisco; her brother, Marianist Brother John Samaha of Cupertino; and other relatives.

The funeral Mass was held May 12 at the Dominican Sisters Chapel. Burial followed in God's Acre, the Dominican Sisters' cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund or the Mother Pia Backes Education Fund at 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont 94539; or to the Vision of Hope Fund, 1555 — 34th Ave., Oakland 94601.

Sister Marion Castro, SHF

Sister Marion Castro, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family for 53 years, died April 20. She was 84 and a resident at the Motherhouse in Fremont.

The funeral Mass took place at the Motherhouse Chapel of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Fremont. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

At the request of Sister Castro, memorial remembrances may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, or to the ministries of the Sisters of the Holy Family, P.O. Box 3248, Fremont 94539.

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