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Graduation 2016

A group of Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet who attended the 50th anniversary celebration are flanked by Rev. Richard Mangini and Bishop John S. Cummins. The sisters are: Joanna Marie Bramble, Mary Braun, Judeth Breslin, Elaine Coutu, Marion Donohue, Noreen Driscoll, Barbara Dugan, Peggy Dwyer, James Marien Dyer, Eleanor Eagan, Maureen Fallon, Angela Faustina, Carmel Garcia, Mina Gaskell, Anna Marie Gillet, Rosheen Glennon, Joan Goulden, Joann Heinritz, Mary Raymond Hopp, Mary Frances Horan, Kathleen Kelly, Kathleen Lang, Maureen Lyons, Merlynn Jane Martin, Mary Ann Martin, Louise McDonald, Therese Martin Merla, Anne Eugene Metcalf, Ann Bernard O'Shea, Noelle O'Shea, Kathleen O'Shea, Loraine Polacci, Mary Quinn, Cristine Marie Robertson, Dorothy Stack, Barbara Anne Stowasser and Claire Marie Williams.
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Carondelet's 50th anniversary culminates
with two-day celebration

Some of the past presidents and principals at Carondelet, top row from left, descending: Bonnie Cotter, Sisters Ann Bernard O'Shea, and Kathleen Lang, Kevin Cushing, Nancy Libby, Teri Hurlbut, Sisters James Marien Dyer, Kathleen Kelly, and Anne Eugene Metcalf.

Hundreds of members of the Carondelet High School community — including alumnae, students, past principals, board members, supporters, faculty and parents, as well as the school's founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet — gathered May 5 and 6 for special events to celebrate Carondelet's legacy and look toward its future as the school's 50th anniversary year comes to a close.

The two-day celebration began on May 5, with a Mass and dinner honoring the Sisters of St. Joseph, whose vision of educating young women for lives of leadership and service continues to infuse Carondelet's curriculum and spirit. Rev. Richard Mangini, pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord, and Most Rev. John S. Cummins, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Oakland, concelebrated this special Mass at which the sisters each received a medallion with the Carondelet crest and the words "Deus illuminatio mea" (God is my light) inscribed.

The next day, events included a prayer service for the student body, faculty and staff members, a lunch for the graduating Class of 2016 with the Sisters and special guests, and a festive evening reception for all alumnae, parents, faculty and the greater community.

Sister Kathleen Kelly, CSJ — one of the three Sisters of St. Joseph who, along with three laywomen, opened the doors of the school in September 1965 — traveled from Southern California for the celebrations. She assisted in the final blessing at the student prayer service and spoke to the Class of 2016 at the luncheon on Friday.

During the evening reception, she shared memories of the school's early days and reflected on the exciting changes that are moving Carondelet forward.

"It was an exciting and challenging task to start a school, and to set the traditions and spirit that would be Carondelet's foundation — and we had to do it with a hundred 13-year-old freshmen," Sister Kathleen laughingly recounted. "But the students really stepped up to help establish those traditions. They were impressive, as are our students today."

"As Sisters of St. Joseph, we emphasized that your education is not just for you — it's about what you can give back to the world," she continued. "I am happy to say that is something I have seen lived out by Carondelet's alumnae through the years, and that is still very much alive in our current students. I could not be prouder."

(Rosanne Siino, a member of the Class of 1980 at Carondelet High School, is the retired former vice president of communications for Netscape Communications Corp. She has a doctoral degree in management science and engineering and serves on multiple corporate and nonprofit boards.)

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