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Pope Francis' simple, artless actions resonate powerfully

'Who am I to judge?' Pope's remarks
do not change
church teaching

FACE scholar is on
her way to Amherst

Chautauqua celebration set
for October 12

Maryknoll offers mission training September 13-15

Principals change
in Fremont

Youth, young adult events on calendar

Younger sisters
see smaller orders ahead, but say
future still bright

Presentation Sisters' gathering

Rev. George Matanic, OP

Sister Nancy Teskey, SNJM

Sister Mary Thomas Magee, PBVM

Mercy Center
provides a home
for a lifetime

Sisters' bathroom remodel project
gets a boost from
SOAR! grant

Senior group 'Tuesdays with Larry' keep Assumption grounds neat

Latin America too
is facing an aging demographic earthquake

First signs of
Alzheimer's can
occur on vacations

Care fits health mission, but too
few aware of it

Different paths
bring doctors,
patients to palliative
care, hospice

placeholder August 12, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA

Getting ready to tour the Presentation Motherhouse from left: Sister Ann Jackson, formation director and councilor, Dubuque; Sister Stephanie Still, president, San Francisco; Sister Mary Catherine Redmond, vocation director, New Windsor, New York; and Jayne Pickett, candidate, New Windsor.
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Presentation Sisters' gathering

Presentation Sister Jessi Beck, left, is welcomed to the dining room at the Motherhouse by Sister Patricia Marie Mulpeters.

Sister Michele O'Connell talked to soon to be a novice Sister Judah Leggett from San Antonio, Texas.

Just two weeks after the Nuns on the Bus national tour came to the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco, another group of Sisters came for high tea. These Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary and women in formation shared their stories and experiences.

They were in the Bay Area for the Giving Voice National Gathering 2013: Mission and Ministry in the 21st Century, which ran July 5-8 in Belmont. Then they spent several days at the Presentation Retreat Center, in Los Gatos, and toured San Francisco with a stop to meet the Sisters.

Sister Jessi Beck, 32, a Sister from Dubuque, Iowa, said, "Throughout our history, Sisters have been called to work with people living on the margins of society." Sister Jessi teaches second grade at an inner city Catholic school in Chicago, and she is a member of the Giving Voice conference planning team. "Today, the needs are growing as the gap between the rich and the poor expands. Having the wisdom of my sisters in community and a support group of peer-age sisters in Giving Voice helps me to respond to the needs of our day."

Giving Voice is a peer-led organization that creates spaces for younger women religious to give voice to their hopes, dreams and challenges in religious life.

(Rosana Madrigal is director of communications for the Presentation Sisters in San Francisco.)

Sister Jocelyn Quijano, PBVM, left, from San Antonio, Texas and who is on the United States Province of the Union of Presentation Sisters Leadership Team, is welcomed by Sister Ann Conlon, PBVM, who taught elementary school at St. John in San Lorenzo and St. Columba in Oakland. And waiting in the wings to greet Sister Quijano is Sister Joanne O'Shea, PBVM, whose career in the Diocese of Oakland dates to 1990, when she ministered as pastoral associate at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Berkeley. Then she became a case worker with court conserved frail elders in Oakland for two years. Since 1997, Sister Joanne has volunteered at the intensive care nursery at Children's Hospital, Oakland, and at A Friendly Manor drop-in center for homeless women, Oakland.
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