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Holy Names
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• Sister Marian
Arroyo, SHF


St. Elizabeth golf tournament part of
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St. Anne's wraps up
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placeholder August 10, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
Jubilarians

Salute to our sisters and brothers 80 Years of Service (Sisters)

Sister Anne Gertrude Fitzgerald, CSJ
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington
Present ministry: Retired, San Diego
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Ministry to the elderly, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Martinez.












Sister Mary Martha Kiening, RSM
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Retired, Mercy Retirement and Care Center, Oakland
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Nursing supervisor, St. Mary's Hospital, San Francisco and other facilities. Holds a degree in psychiatric nursing from Catholic University of America and was key to the founding of McAuley Psychiatric Institute at St. Mary's and the University of San Francisco School of Nursing. Faculty member at USF; Acting dean of the School of Nursing.




75 Years of Service (Sisters)

Sister M. Josepha Baumann, SHF
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Ministry of Prayer and Presence, Holy Family Motherhouse, Fremont
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Religious education, St. Paul Parish, San Pablo; Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Point Richmond; St. Joseph Parish, Oakland; St. Philip Neri Parish, Alameda; St. Bede Parish, Hayward; Corpus Christi Parish, Fremont; St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland. Boutique director, Holy Family Motherhouse, Fremont. Teacher, St. Vincent's Day Home, Oakland. Volunteer, Callison Day Home, Fremont. Community ministry, Holy Family Motherhouse, Fremont.




Sister Mary Gratia De Francisco, CSJ
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut
Present ministry: Prayer and Witness, Carondelet Center, Los Angeles
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Catherine of Siena School, Martinez; Queen of All Saints School, Concord.








Sister Mary Christine Fleitz, SNJM
Birthplace: Oakland
Present ministry: Prayer, Our Lady of Fatima Villa, Saratoga
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Faculty, Holy Names High School, Oakland. Dean of Studies, Holy Names High School, Oakland. Staff, Holy Names University, Oakland.








Sister Mary Frances Horan, CSJ
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Retired, San Francisco
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Pastoral associate, St. Agnes Parish, Concord. Teacher, Queen of All Saints School, Concord.












Sister Ellen Joseph Russell, CSJ
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
Present ministry: Prayer and Witness, Carondelet Center, Los Angeles
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Office assistant, Carondelet High School, Concord. Teacher, St. Jarlath School, Oakland.







70 Years of Service (Sisters)

Sister Nora Christian, SNJM
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Present ministry: Prayer, Our Lady of Fatima Villa, Saratoga
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, Our Lady of Lourdes, Oakland; Marylrose, Oakland; St. Mary's, Oakland; Holy Spirit, Fremont; Adult Literacy, tutoring, Hayward.









Sister Eileen Mary Connors, CSJ
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Present ministry: Prayer and Witness, Carondelet Center, Los Angeles
Past service in the Oakland diocese: St. Patrick School, Oakland.











Sister M. Jeanne Creager, SHF
Birthplace: Edna, California
Present ministry: Ministry of Prayer and Presence, Holy Family Motherhouse, Fremont
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Director of religious education, St. Joseph Parish, Oakland; St. Patrick Parish, Oakland; St. Barnabas Parish, Alameda. Alameda Naval Base, Alameda. Religious education, Mary Help of Christians, Oakland; St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Berkeley; St. Paschal Parish, Oakland. Visiting the sick, Corpus Christi Parish, Fremont. Audio-Visual librarian, Holy Family College, Fremont. Community ministry, Holy Family Motherhouse, Fremont.




Sister M. Timothy Cronin, SHF
Birthplace: Richmond
Present ministry: Ministry of Prayer and Presence, Holy Family Motherhouse, Fremont
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Bookkeeper/Treasurer, Holy Family Motherhouse, Fremont.










Sister Michaeline Mary Falvey, SNJM

Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Prayer, Our Lady of Fatima Villa, Saratoga
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Augustine, Oakland. Juniorate director, Holy Names University, Oakland.









Sister M. Jean Elizabeth Griffin, SNJM
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Present ministry: Prayer, Campbell
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Music educator, St. Augustine, Oakland; Marie-Rose School, Oakland; Holy Names High School, Oakland. Professor, Holy Names University, Oakland. Graduate Dean, Holy Names University, Oakland.









Sister Barbara Hanagan, SNDdeN
Birthplace: Canada
Present ministry: Prayer and service, Mercy Retirement and Care Center, Oakland
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Joseph School, Alameda.











Sister Grace Ann Loperena, CSJ
Birthplace: San Diego
Present ministry: Prayer and Witness, Carondelet Center, Los Angeles
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Jarlath School, Oakland.












Sister Elizabeth Anne Malone, CSJ

Birthplace: Los Angeles
Present ministry: Computer Lab aide, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, Queen of All Saints School, Concord; St. Patrick School, Oakland.











Sister Mary Hilary Miller, OP
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Internal ministry
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, School of the Madeleine, Berkeley; St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland. Principal, School of the Madeleine, Berkeley.











Sister M. Georgette Roeder, SHF
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Ministry of Prayer and Presence, Holy Family Motherhouse, Fremont
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Director of religious education, St. Mark Parish, Richmond; St. Benedict Parish, Oakland; St. Paschal Parish, Oakland. Community service, Holy Family Center, Pleasant Hill; Holy Family Motherhouse, Fremont.











Sister Elizabeth Frances Scully, OSF
Birthplace: Windsor, Vermont
Present ministry: Volunteer, Franciscan Spiritual Center, Aston, Pennsylvania. Spiritual direction for the Sisters at Assisi House, Aston, Pennsylvania.
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Isidore School, Danville.











Sister Mary Henry Williges, OP
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Ministry of Prayer
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland. Boutique Crafts; Science Consultant; Therapeutic Arts and Crafts.









60 Years of Service (Sisters)

Sister M. Carmen Baca, SHF
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Present ministry: Director of ministry to the needy and Hispanic community, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Reno, Nevada
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Director of religious education, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Union City.











Sister Ramona Bascom, OP
Birthplace: Pasadena
Present ministry: Assisting in Development at Catholic Community of Stanford
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Partial sabbatical; research on Cristo Rey Model consultant to corporation boards.











Sister Jean Cather, SNJM
Birthplace: Oakland
Present ministry: Service and Prayer Ministry, Merrill Gardens, Campbell
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, Sacred Heart Elementary, Marylrose School, Holy Spirit Elementary. Justice and Peace ministry. St. Anthony Foundation Clinic. Retreat ministry. Sisters of the Holy Names Infirmary ministry.











Sister Sylvia Conant, OP
Birthplace: Natchez, Louisiana
Present ministry: Motherhouse Sacristan
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Child care provider. Practical nurse in care center. Infirmary/Sacristan.












Sister Kathleen Curtin, PBVM
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Advisor, Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, Guatemala and Houston, Texas.
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Joseph School, Berkeley.











Sister Barbara Darby, OP
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Present ministry: Administrative assistant, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Fremont
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Joseph School, Fremont. Principal, St. Joseph School, Fremont.












Sister Marcella Fabing, CSJ
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Chaplain, O'Connor Hospital, San Jose
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Resident student, Carondelet High School, Concord.











Sister Yvonne Feeney, OP
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Present ministry: Retired volunteer, Sinsinawa General House and the Sinsinawa Dominican Villa, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teaching and social work, St. Leo Parish, Oakland.











Sister Helen Garvey, SNJM
Birthplace: Iowa
Past service: Teacher, St. Francis de Sales School, Oakland; Sacred Heart School, Oakland. World Without War Council doing peace education in collaboration with the then diocesan justice program and the National Catholic Education Association.











Sister Joyce Marie Gaspardo, CSJ
Birthplace: Cornell, Illinois
Present ministry: Spiritual director, St. Clement Parish, Santa Monica
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Principal, Christ the King School, Pleasant Hill.
Sister Bernice Gotelli, PBVM
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Chaplain, University of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland.











Sister Joan Goulden, CSJ
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Volunteer, Carondelet Center, Los Angeles
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Associate director, Mt. Mary Immaculate Retreat Center, Lafayette. Parish associate, St. Patrick Parish, Oakland. Adult education/RCIA, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Concord. Teacher, Carondelet High School, Concord.











Sister Laurana Grose, RSM
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana
Present ministry: Retired, Mercy Retirement and Care Center, Oakland
Past service: Nursing supervisor in hospitals in California and Arizona; Sister visitor and chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona.











Sister Francis Marie Hansen, CSJ
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Campus minister, St. Cyril of Jerusalem School, Encino
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Religion coordinator, St. Francis of Assisi School, Concord. Administrator, St. Perpetua School, Lafayette. Teacher, St. Perpetua School, Lafayette; St. Catherine of Siena School, Martinez.











Sister Maureen P. Hester, SNJM
Birthplace: Oakland
Present ministry: Professor Emerita of Psychology, Holy Names University, Oakland. Mentoring new faculty, Holy Names University, Oakland
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Augustine School, Oakland; St. Theresa School, Oakland; Holy Names University, Oakland.











Sister Mary Beatrice Kelly, CSJ
Birthplace: Lackawanna, New York
Present ministry: Bereavement Chaplain, Orange
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, Carondelet High School, Concord.
Sister Virginia King, PBVM
Birthplace: Oakland
Present ministry: Congregation Health and Retirement Office Director. Motherhouse Liturgist
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Joseph, Berkeley; St. Columba, Oakland; St. Joseph Presentation High School, Berkeley.












Sister Joan Litch, SHF
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Volunteer ministry, Diocese of Fresno
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Preschool teacher, St. Vincent's Day Home, Oakland. Religious education, St. Joseph Parish, Fremont; St. John the Baptist Parish, El Cerrito; St. Mark Parish, Richmond; St. Jarlath Parish, Oakland; St. Patrick Parish, Oakland; Santa Maria Parish, Orinda; Most Holy Rosary Parish, Antioch; St. Anthony Parish, Oakley; Mary Help of Christians, Oakland; Our Lady Queen of the World Parish, Pittsburg; Church of the Good Shepherd Parish, Pittsburg.












Sister Joan Mary O'Dwyer, CSJ
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Campus minister, Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, Santa Maria School, Orinda.














Sister Lorraine Savage, OSF
Birthplace: Coalinga
Present ministry: Retired. Volunteer ministry
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Counselor, Horizon Service, Oakland. Started and staffed The House of Hope, Oakland.














Sister Dorothy Stack, CSJ
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona
Present ministry: Development Director, LEO Center, Oakland
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Director of Communication, Carondelet High School, Concord. Assistant Campus Minister, Carondelet High School, Concord. Teacher, St. Jarlath School, Oakland.











Sister Jeanenne Weis, SNJM
Birthplace: Dubuque, Iowa
Present ministry: Visiting with former students and parishioners
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Tutor, Holy Names University, Oakland.











Sister Claire Marie Williams, CSJ
Birthplace: San Francisco
Present ministry: Volunteer, Walnut Creek
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, Christ the King School, Pleasant Hill; Most Precious Blood School, Concord.









50 Years of Service (Sisters)

Sister Annunciate Auletta, OP
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Present ministry: Prioress, Motherhouse, Rosary Community, Fremont
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Prioress, Motherhouse, St. Martin Care Center, Fremont; Motherhouse, St. Joseph Priory, Fremont. Priory Infirmarian, Motherhouse, St. Joseph Priory, Fremont.











Sister Mary Becker, SNJM
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
Present ministry: Social Worker.















Sister Rosanne Belpedio, CSJ
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois
Present ministry: Director of the Office of Worship, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Religious Education/RCIA Director, St. Francis Cathedral, Oakland.














Sister Roberta Carson, SNJM
Birthplace: Oakland
Present ministry: Resourcing for non-profit agencies. Artist
Past service in the Oakland diocese: St. Bonaventure Parish, Concord. St. Mary Parish, Oakland.













Sister Celeste Crine, OSF
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey
Present ministry: Associate Director, Coordinator of Spirituality, Spiritual Director at the School of Applied Theology, Oakland.













Sister Sharon Dempsey, OP
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Present ministry: Principal, San Gabriel Mission Elementary School, San Gabriel
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Edward School, Fremont.











Sister Francis Clare Fischer, OP
Birthplace: Oakland
Present ministry: Assistant Director of Mission San Jose Development at Motherhouse; DSMSJ Foundation Administrator; Coordinator of former members
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Joseph School, Fremont. Assistant Principal/Development Director, St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland.











Sister Kathleen Ann Garcia, SHF
Birthplace: Oakland
Present ministry: Sabbatical
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Religious education, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Union City; St. Augustine Parish, Pleasanton; Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont. Teacher, St. Vincent's Day Home, Oakland; Emergency Shelter Program, Hayward. Director of religious education, St. Jarlath Parish, Oakland.











Sister Sharon Joyer, SNDdeN
Birthplace: Redding
Present ministry: Coordinator for Sisters of Notre Dame, Mercy Retirement and Care Center, Oakland
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Augustine School, Oakland. Earth Home Ministry (many contributions in working with diverse religious and cultural communities in the City of Oakland via Community Gardens).











Sister June Kearney, SNJM
Birthplace: Sonoma
Present ministry: Prayer, Campbell
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, Holy Names College, Oakland; St. Mary School, Oakland.













Sister Patricia Layman, OP
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Present ministry: Ministry to Affiliate schools, Los Angeles
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Principal, St. Elizabeth Elementary School, Oakland.














Sister Elizabeth Liebert, SNJM

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
Present ministry: Faculty member, graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Trustee, Holy Names University, Oakland.











Sister Gloria Loya, PBVM
Birthplace: El Cerrito
Present ministry: Vicar for Religious and Liaison for Human Trafficking for the Diocese of Monterey
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Adjunct Professor in Theology and Hispanic ministry, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley.











Sister Kathleen McCabe, OSF
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Present ministry: Spiritual direction and body work at various programs in the San Francisco Bay area, including the East Bay Services to the Developmentally Disabled
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Ministered at the School of Applied Theology, volunteered at the Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic, and served as coordinator of Justice Organizers, Leadership, and Treasurers (JOLT), a coalition of California congregations working with corporate social responsibility.








Sister Linda Orrick, SNJM
Birthplace: Woodland
Present ministry: Senior Financial Consultant, BMT, Oakland
Past service in the Oakland diocese: CFO/Treasurer for the Sister of the Holy Family, Fremont. Director of Finance/Treasurer, Sisters of the Holy Family, Fremont.











Sister Patricia Ottoboni, OP
Birthplace: Cloverdale
Present ministry: School Counselor, St. Anselm School, San Anselmo; St. Raphael School, San Rafael
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Catholic Counseling Service Director, Catholic Charities of the East Bay.











Sister Maria Luisa Quiles, MSS
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Present ministry: Pastoral ministry, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Brentwood
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher: Confirmation, RCIC, Continuing Religious Education (English/Spanish). Preteen group: Communion and visit to the homebound and member of the Pastoral Year committee for a seminarian.











Sister Nora Schaefer, OP
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois
Present ministry: Ministry of Prayer, Chicago, Illinois
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Campus Minister, Holy Names College, Oakland. Assistant Director, Adult Faith Formation, Diocese of Oakland. Pastoral Minister, Santa Maria Parish, Orinda.











Sister Carol Louise Smith, CSJ
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Present ministry: Communications, Carondelet Center, Los Angeles
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, Christ the King School, Pleasant Hill.









40 Years of Service (Sisters)

Sister Patricia Riley, OP
Birthplace: New Bedford, Massachusetts
Present ministry: Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, Our Lady of Lourdes Convent, San Rafael
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Teacher, St. Michael School, Livermore.











Sister Mary Greenan, FMA
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Present Ministry: Education/Administration, Salesian College Preparatory, Richmond
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Institute Salesian Studies /DSPT, Berkeley.










More Jubilarians

The following sisters who have served/are living in the Oakland diocese are also observing a major anniversary:

50 Years of Service
Sister Judith Benkert, OP
Sister Sara Michael King, CSJ


60 Years of Service (Brother)

Brother Dominic Berardelli, FSC

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Profession date and place: 1955, Robed; September 8, 1956, Ammendale, Maryland
Present ministry: Special Assistant to the President, Saint Mary's College, Moraga
Past service in the Oakland diocese: District director of Education and District Treasurer on the Provincialate Leadership Team, Lafayette and Moraga. Assistant to the President, Director of Parent Relations, Major Gift Officer, Saint Mary's College, Moraga.





50 Years of Service (Brother)

Brother Gregory Lira, OP
Birthplace: Visalia
Profession date and place: March 30, 1965, Solemn Profession, Kentfield
Present ministry: Retired, St. Dominic Priory, San Francisco
Past service in the Oakland diocese: Youth ministry, St. Albert Priory, Oakland; Most Holy Rosary Parish, Antioch; St. Mary Magdalen, Berkeley.







50 Years of Priestly Ministry

Rev. Thomas Saunders, MM
Birthplace: South Pasadena
Ordination: June 12, 1965,
Maryknoll Seminary, Ossining, New York
Present ministry: Retired
Past service: Outreach and parish work, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Pastor/Government housing project parish, Mexico City. Recruiting vocations, Denver, Colorado. Assistant Regional Superior, Maryknoll Regional Council; Regional Superior, Mexico. Charismatic Movement/Marriage Encounter, Mexico. Served in several parishes in Vera Cruz.

 
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