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placeholder MAY 6, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 9   •   Oakland, CA
Sister celebrates 100th birthday

Sister Paschal Elvin, PBVM, Presentation High School, Berkeley, Class of 1929, turned 100 years old, Feb. 22, and was honored with a birthday party at the Motherhouse in San Francisco.

Sister Paschal Elvin, PBVM

After a Mass and tea, there were tributes from guests and friends and Sister Paschal was presented an "Oscar" statuette for "Best Sister in a Starring Role," presented by Sister Stephanie Still, PBVM, president of the Sisters of the Presentation.

Sister Paschal started teaching fifth grade at Salesian School, Saints Peter and Paul Parish, in San Francisco's North Beach in 1932. For 45 years, she taught fifth to eighth grades in Los Angeles, San Lorenzo, San Francisco and in San Jose at St. Patrick, St. Christopher, St. John Vianney and in Gilroy at St. Mary.

In 1963, Sister Paschal moved to Presentation High School, San Jose, where she taught Latin, English and religion. In the 1970s, she spent eight years teaching English at West Valley Community College in Saratoga. From the 1980s until 2010, she spent many years on the RCIA team and as moderator of the Over 50s Club at St. Christopher Parish, San Jose.

As Sister Paschal reflected on her years as a Presentation Sister in her official biography, she said, "Through it all, my spirit sings, 'How Great Thou Art.'"

Last fall, she had a dream come true. She was able to attend a San Francisco Giants baseball game and have a special one-on-one meeting with the team's catcher and Most Valuable Player Buster Posey.

— The Valley Catholic

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