A Publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
Catholic Voice Online Edition
Front Page In this Issue Around the Diocese Forum News in Brief Calendar Commentary
Mission Statement
Contact Us
Publication Dates
Back Issues

Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland

Movie Reviews

Mass Times

Catholic Voice
articles list
placeholder Martyred
Salvadoran bishop
in Oakland

Passion of the
Christ, on a
grand scale

Mass remembers
sacrifice of slain
Oakland police

40 Days for
Life stands a vigil
in Hayward

Pupils display
their know-how at
diocesan science fair

Dominican Sisters
break ground
on expansion

Magazine honors
Moreau Catholic
for innovation

El Heraldo Católico
launches website

Lively boys' basketball playoffs end with final
double-OT game

40 teams compete
in CYO Girls
Basketball Playoffs

Diocese gets
thumbs up on safe
environment audit

Church audit: Abuse
allegations down,
training up in 2013

Sister Marion Loretta Carr, PBVM

Father William R. Stoeger, SJ

New members welcomed into
Church at Easter Vigil

'I'm going to know
the right way
to do things'

'The way God
worked in my life
was amazing'

'A joy to go through
this with my mom'

St. Elizabeth Ann
Seton's Lenten

Lent: the annual

Boomers can have
a good Lent even when not needing
to fast

Sacramento bishop

placeholder April 7, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 7   •   Oakland, CA
Sister Marion Loretta Carr, PBVM

Sister Marion Loretta Carr, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary Agnes Loretta) died Feb. 14, at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. She was 90. She was a native of San Francisco and a Sister of the Presentation for 73 years.

Sister Marion Loretta began her ministry in Catholic education in 1943, teaching in Presentation elementary schools. At that time the Diocese of Oakland was still a part of San Francisco Archdiocese. She taught in elementary schools in San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Jose.

During the 1970s Sister Marion Loretta served three years as the first National Communication Director for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. In 1976, she returned to San Francisco as an English literature professor and writing specialist at the University of San Francisco. In 1983, she was asked to develop an English composition/speech curriculum for Junshin Women's College in Nagasaki, Japan. She returned to the University of San Francisco faculty in 1983, retiring from teaching in 1996.

Most recently, Sister Marion Loretta has been engaged in the ministry of prayer.

Father William R. Stoeger, SJ

Jesuit Father William R. Stoeger, a staff scientist for the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson, Arizona, died March 24 in the Regis Infirmary at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos after a struggle with cancer. Father Stoeger was the main speaker at an annual dinner of about 120 Catholic scholars in Berkeley hosted by Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, on Nov. 21. Father Stoeger attended graduate school at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, was a deacon at Newman Hall and ordained a priest in 1972.

Father Stoeger specialized in theoretical cosmology, high-energy astrophysics, and interdisciplinary studies relating to science, philosophy and theology. He investigated the physics of black holes, mathematical issues of theories of gravity, and the origin of the universe, among other issues.

He was born in Torrance on May 10, 1943, grew up in Redondo Beach, and after graduation from Bishop Montgomery High School, entered the Jesuit order at Los Gatos in 1961. His studies took him to Jesuit-run Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, the University of California Los Angeles and Cambridge University in England. At Cambridge, where he worked with Stephen Hawking, the famed British theoretical physicist and cosmologist, he received his doctorate in astrophysics.

Father Stoeger was known as a dedicated priest, assisting at various parishes and was sought after as a retreat presenter.

He is survived by his brother, Father Jack Stoeger, a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and a sister, Rosemary Bruscino of Carrollton, Texas.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 28 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, followed by burial at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery in Santa Clara.

back to topup arrow


Copyright © 2014 The Catholic Voice, All Rights Reserved. Site design by Sarah Kalmon-Bauer.