JANUARY 26, 2004




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Official newspaper of the
Roman Catholic
Diocese of Oakland, California, encompassing all of
Alameda &Contra Costa counties.


Father Joseph Carroll, SJ

Jesuit Father Joseph P. Carroll, a former diocesan planning officer who was called a “wonderful ambassador” for the chancery office by retired Oakland Bishop John Cummins, died March 30 at age 93. The San Francisco native had been a Jesuit for 74 years.

Father Carroll, secretary for research and planning for the Oakland Diocese from 1979-95, relied on humor, an affable demeanor, and keen observation skills to build and nurture relationships between the diocesan administrative offices and various groups and entities in the diocese. “He was kind of our man-at-large,” said Bishop Cummins, a close friend of Father Carroll for over 40 years.

Because the priest had many connections to the religious communities of men and women and met countless people at meetings, he was able to build bridges and help encourage dialog and understanding. “I don’t know if he defended me, but I think he always tried to explain the administration, what I was about,” the bishop said. “He’d say, ‘Some of these people just don’t know you, John.’”

In addition to being a “very good spokesman,” Father Carroll was “just marvelously present to all kinds of people,” Bishop Cummins said.

Father Carroll, who joined the Jesuits in 1929, was ordained in San Francisco in 1941. A talented administrator, he served in a variety of administrative posts during his long ministry. He was business manager for America, the national Jesuit magazine, treasurer at the University of San Francisco, and superior at Loyola University in Los Angeles.

He also worked in administration and public relations for the Jesuit School of Theology when the institution, then known as Alma College, moved from Los Gatos to the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley in 1969.

He served as pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hollywood, CA, and also directed the pastoral care department at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.

During his years in the Oakland Diocese, Father Carroll provided assistance in several parishes, including St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Oakland, St. Peter Martyr in Pittsburg and St. Isidore Parish in Dublin. Last year failing health forced a return to the Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, seven decades after he began his priestly ministry there.

His sister, Frances Carroll of Cupertino, survives him.
Bishop Cummins presided at the April 5 funeral Mass at St. Isidore Church in Danville. Burial followed at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery in Santa Clara.

Sister Pierre Eymard Devich, OP
Mission San Jose Dominican Sister Pierre Eymard Devich, a former teacher at St. Elizabeth Elementary School in Oakland, died March 27 at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Fremont. She was 88.

A native of Mount Iron, Minn., she attended schools in Minnesota and San Jose before she joined the Mission San Jose Dominican Sisters in 1935. She made her first profession in 1937 and three years later began a ministry as a teacher. In addition to St. Elizabeth School, she taught in Los Altos, Los Angeles, San Gabriel, Anaheim, and Portland, Oregon. She was also an artist and continued her art work when she moved to the motherhouse in 1984.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Devich.
The funeral Mass was held March 31in the Mission San Jose Chapel.Memorial gifts may be made to the Dominican Sisters Care Center or the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 3908, Fremont, CA 94539.

Sister Marie Joyce Smith, OP
Adrian Dominican Sister Marie Joyce Smith, a former teacher at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, died March 24 in Adrian, Mich. She was 87 and in the 68th year of her religious profession.

The Oswego, Ill. native spent 38 years as an educator in Illinois, Florida, Michigan, Arizona and in Santa Cruz and Oakland, California. She taught at Bishop O’Dowd from 1956-66.

She also worked as a lab technician at a Henderson, Nev. hospital, as an office clerk at schools in Arizona, and in a parish in Chicago. She was a pastoral minister at a parish in Las Vegas before retiring in Henderson in 1989.

She moved to the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Mich. in 1997.
A brother, Daniel Smith of Oswego, Ill., survives her.

The funeral Mass was held March 27 in Adrian, with burial following in the congregation cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to: Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Mich. 49221.


Sharen Sulpizio-May
Sharen Sulpizio-May, a counselor at three Catholic elementary schools in the Oakland Diocese in the 1990s, died March 25 after her estranged husband stabbed her repeatedly as she was leaving a mediation session in San Mateo over their pending divorce and child custody issues.

According to newspaper reports a judge had rejected her request for a restraining order for her husband, Lawrence May, just days before her death. May, 49, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Sulpizio-May, 40, had been employed by Catholic Charities of the East Bay as a school counselor from 1992-97. She worked at St. Jerome in El Cerrito, St. Louis Bertrand in Oakland, and St. Cyril in Oakland. At the time of her death she was working as a licensed marriage and family therapist with San Mateo County Child Protective Services.

A devout member of Good Shepherd Parish in Pacifica, she had attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Grammar School in Daly City and South San Francisco High School. She earned her master’s degree from Notre Dame University in Belmont.

Survivors include two daughters and a son, ages 11, 8 and 4.
The funeral Mass was held April 2 at the Church of the Good Shepherd.Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery.

A trust fund has been established for her children. Contributions may be sent to: Borel Bank and Trust Company, 160 Bovet Road, San Mateo, CA 94402. Attn: New Accounts.