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September 5, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
Around the Diocese

Knights install officers at St. Joseph Basilica
The St. Joseph Basilica Knights of Columbus celebrated the installation of new officers on July 14. The council, chartered two years ago, has increased its membership from 24 when established to 56. The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization founded in 1882, referred to by St. John Paul II as a "strong right arm of the church." Most recently the Knights led the Alameda parish in providing dinner and hospitality to children participating in Camp Suzanne, a Center for Restorative Justice Works' program that enabled children from out of the area to spend a week visiting their mothers incarcerated in the Bay Area.
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Sister Marilyn Medau, PBVM, (third from left) holds her award with the elders of the Hope and Justice Project of Saint Mary's Center who are at the center of her ministry.

Sister given an award of gratitude

Sister Marilyn Medau, PBVM, who has worked with the elderly at Saint Mary's Center, Oakland, was awarded the center's Social Justice Hero Award in July.

The award notes Sister Marilyn has given critical support to Saint Mary's Center's Senior Advocate For Hope and Justice Project. Sister Marilyn has accompanied Saint Mary's elders, some of whom are homeless. They have traveled to Sacramento many times to advocate for Social Security refunds and to be part of Anti-Hunger Day, etc. They have also attended many Oakland City Council meetings. Each month, they are part of the Cease Fire Walk around the neighborhood in Oakland.

Sister Marilyn said, "The recognition is extra special because it comes from the seniors of the Hope and Justice Project of Saint Mary's Center." The San Francisco Sister adds, "It is the culmination of 20-years of service."

Sister Stephanie Still

Sister leads USCCB office

Sister Stephanie Still, president of the Sisters of the Presentation of our Blessed Virgin Mother, has been named director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Religious Retirement Office effective Oct. 3.

Sister Still has been president of her order since 2010. Previously, she held positions within her community as communicator/vocations director 2004-2010 and councilor 1998-2004. She also served on the National Board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious as Region XIV chair from 2013 to 2016.

Sister Still was born in Oroville and grew up in Albany. She was graduated from Presentation High School, Berkeley, and from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in History and a master's degree in Curriculum Design and Instructional Research. She also has a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Mercy Retreat Center in Burlingame.

She taught at Epiphany Elementary School and Presentation High, where she also served as principal. She made her first profession in 1985.

SVdP Poor Walk/Run

Immaculate Heart of Mary conference of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a nonprofit organization that helps those living in poverty, will sponsor its Fourth Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17, to benefit those in need. The event is located at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood.

All proceeds and donations from the event will directly benefit the people in Brentwood and the surrounding area served by SVdP, and there are no administrative fees associated with the event. Anyone interested in learning more, participating, or making a pledge can visit www.svdpusa.net/walk/1606. Participants also can make an online pledge.

Ken Willers

Leadership honored

Ken Willers, principal of the School of the Madeleine in Berkeley, received the 2016 Administrator's Network Outstanding Leader Award at the International Society of Technology in Education conference in Denver.

"Ken has advanced technology in education by his vision of transparent integration," the award presentation said. "He was able to achieve 100 percent of teacher technology adoption without a single mandate. Several students' notes descripted Ken as passionate, supportive and someone who brings in 'cool stuff' like Google Hangouts, 3D printers, iPads and the like.." Willers shares his experiences on Twitter as @21stCenPrinKW.

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