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
advertise
Circulation
Publication Dates
Back Issues


Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland



Movie Reviews

Mass Times



Web
Catholic Voice
placeholder
articles list
placeholder Treasuring
Catholic schools' legacy of excellence


St. Elizabeth
High School

St. Martin de Porres
Regional School

St. Jarlath School

St. Jerome School

St. Lawrence
O'Toole School

Our Lady
of the Rosary


CYO

39 teams join
in Girls' CYO Basketball Playoffs

26 teams participate
in CYO Boys
Sand Vollyball

Records broken
at annual track
and field event

Scholarship winner: CYO helps one become a leader


Senior Living
& Resources

Honoring the
grande dame of the Catholic Daughters

Generations unite
at St. Leo's Grandparents Appreciation Day

Joy-filled
celebration for centenarian Sister

Just for Seniors
calendar

Fall prevention:
Risk factors
and advice

Choosing a
home care agency
you can trust


Travel

Pilgrimage doesn't
end with the journey
— a reflection


Statue shot at
San Leandro parish

placeholder
placeholder June 26, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA
Senior Living & Resources

Sister Herbert has been a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for more than 80 years.
CARRIE MCCLISH/THE CATHOLIC VOICE

Joy-filled celebration for centenarian Sister

Sister Joan Doyle, SNJM, brought up the subject of Herby's Sherbert Shop, a local eatery, and how some eighth-graders got a sign of the shop's name and hung it on the door of Sister Mary Herbert Raphael's classroom.

"It wasn't the best joke of the year but we loved it," Sister Doyle said as she flashed a grin at Sister Raphael, popularly known to those in the room as Sister Herbert.

Sister Barbara Bray, SNJM, shared how she was just 4½ years old when she met Sister Herbert and that when a mutual friend brought her to Mass that Sister Herbert was attending, Sister Herbert insisted, "put her next to me and I'll take care of her."

"And you did," said Sister Barbara, as she and Sister Herbert traded grins.

Those were just two of many memories shared during a joy-filled celebration of Sister Herbert's 100th birthday held June 4 at Oakland's Mercy Retirement and Care Center, where Sister Herbert resides. Members of her religious community, including the provincial and other members of the provincial leadership team, joined family and friends from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond who gathered for the event.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Sister Herbert has been a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for more than 80 years. In the Diocese of Oakland, the longtime educator had taught at two Oakland schools, the former St. Francis de Sales School, 1944-45, and Holy Names High School from 1952-1953 and 1959-1960. She also served as registrar at Holy Names High from 1971-1995.

One of the most poignant memories was shared by Sister Herbert, herself, when she recalled an earlier birthday celebration that occurred shortly after she entered the novitiate more than 80 years ago.

"We were supposed to give up everything that we were attached to, everything that we liked and so forth. We had that practice," she said. "I can remember that my aunts and father and stepmother provided two gorgeous cakes with scenes of Hawaii on them. Oh, they were magnificent!

"The cakes arrived. I was shown the cakes. And then the cakes disappeared," she said. "We were taught the hard way."

"So you never had the cake?" asked Sister Dianne Nixon, SNJM, a friend who was seated next to Sister Herbert.

"No I never had the cake," Sister Herbert answered.

"Why did you stay?" Sister Nixon asked.

"The Lord decided to keep me," Sister Herbert said. "I don't know why."

The birthday celebration also included a hula dance by Sister Chris Patrinos, SNJM, a professor at Oakland's Holy Names University, and the singing of "Holy Names Forever," the school song of the Oakland high school. Sister Herbert, a member of the Class of 1934, noted that it was her class that gave the school the song. The centenarian could be heard singing the song word for word.

 
back to topup arrow

home

 
Copyright © 2017 The Catholic Voice, All Rights Reserved. Site design by Sarah Kalmon-Bauer.