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placeholder July 11, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA

Sister Eileen Marie Ahern, OP

Sister Eileen Marie Ahern, who worked as an elementary school teacher, social worker and in pastoral care while serving the San Francisco Archdiocese and the dioceses of Oakland and San Jose, died June 22 at the age of 92.

Sister Ahern, formerly Sister Mary Robert, made her profession of vows as a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose in 1947. She spent 21 years as an elementary school teacher and a total of 40 years serving in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She will be remembered for her compassion "for the neediest of God's people and her firm resolve to address injustice in their lives," according to remarks from her religious community. She also had a "listening heart" that was "able to touch people deeply in their brokenness."

Her community cited Sister Ahern's strong leadership skills and courage which "enabled her to work effectively in difficult situations."

She served as a chaplain at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley and provided pastoral care to her own frail elderly sisters at the Motherhouse. She lived at the Motherhouse in Fremont since 2010 where she spent her last years in a ministry of prayer.

The funeral Mass was held in the Dominican Sisters' Chapel in Fremont June 27. Interment followed in God's Acre at the Motherhouse.

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