Several SNJM Sisters and Associates attended the ceremony: from left, Sister Maureen Delaney, SNJM provincial; Marilyn Mackinnon, SNJM Associate; Rosemary Brennan, SNJM Associate; Sister Maureen Viani, SNJM (director of religious education, Christ the King Parish, Pleasant Hill); Sister Dianne Nixon, SNJM; and Carrie McClish.
Our reporter becomes a Holy Names Associate
Editor's note: Carrie McClish, a staff writer of The Catholic Voice, became the newest Associate member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary during a commitment ceremony held Oct. 22 at Sacred Heart Church in Oakland. With members of the parish community, Rev. William Mason, OMI, Sacred Heart pastor, and invited guests, including Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins, looking on, McClish promised to "live the Charism of the Congregation, to embrace the Acts of the General Chapter that touch the lives of Associates, and to deepen my personal relationship with God and to serve others in whatever capacity I am called." In addition to serving her parish as a lector and the diocese as a journalist and archivist, McClish is preparing to begin a new ministry as an extraordinary minister of holy communion at Oakland's Kaiser Medical Center. McClish made these remarks after the homily at the Mass:
Good morning, Sacred Heart
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you here for your support and prayers over the past several months during my discernment journey. I also thank the many wonderful souls who make up what I call the Sacred Heart section of heaven which is populated by many people who also have shaped my journey of faith over the years. (Such as Charlotte Bremond, the Rebellos, Priscilla Scotlan and Dorothy Allen.)
Another one of those wonderful souls is my mother. Though born and raised in the Baptist Church she first taught me to love the Lord. While her conversion to the Catholic faith pre-dated the RCIA or the Rite of Christian Initiation program she made sure that I received a solid and thorough education in the Catholic faith by enrolling me in Sacred Heart School, where I first met the Holy Names Sisters.
In the years that followed my education was enriched and blessed by an exemplary staff made up of women religious and lay teachers for the eight years I attended Sacred Heart School and Holy Names High School.
In short the SNJM's make up a big part of my spiritual DNA.
When Sister Carol Selak approached me last year and asked me to consider becoming an Associate of the Sisters of the Holy Names I was immediately intrigued at the thought of being in an even deeper relationship with this Congregation. Over the past year I have learned so much more about the SNJM Sisters and Associates and their charism or the Spirit that makes them who and Whose they are. In addition to their dedication to education, they are committed to social justice and have made corporate stands on issues like immigration, human trafficking and sustainability.
Why do I wish to become an SNJM Associate? Because I wish to continue to grow spiritually in my relationship with God and to continue this journey with the guidance and support of the SNJM Community.
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