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  • Marin Carmelites celebrate 50th Foundation Day

    Fifty years after Mother Dolores and a small group of pioneering Carmelite sisters arrived in a downpour on Nov. 24, 1965 to found the Carmel of the Mother of God Monastery in San Rafael, former prioress Mother Dolores, 93 – the sole survivor of the original founding sisters – wore an orchid corsage and a broad smile on Nov. 1 during the first of three jubilee Masses this month.
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  • Dominicans celebrate 800 years of preaching, ministry

    From Nov. 7, 2015, to Jan. 21, 2017, Dominicans worldwide celebrate the 800th jubilee of the approval of the Order of Preachers by Pope Honorius III in 1216, beginning with the opening Mass at the seat of the order at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome on Nov. 7.
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  • Archdiocese honors retired priests

    Msgr. Jose A. Rodriguez struck a grace note of humor and appreciation for the retired priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco as the keynote speaker at The Fifth Annual St. John Vianney Luncheon Oct. 30.
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  • San Mateo SVdP expands thrift sales to e-commerce

    Its face-to-face ministry technique is based in the 19th century and still works wonderfully today but the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Mateo County is modernizing its outreach. Stifled by the cost of expanding its “brick and mortar” stores, e-commerce became an answer.
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  • Religious discuss ministry with seminarians

    Looking to raise awareness and understanding of religious life especially in this Year of Consecrated Life, men and women religious from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of San Jose spoke on the topic Oct. 24 with seminarians at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park.
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  • SF ballot measure addresses housing crisis

    It will take two-thirds of San Francisco voters to pass a $310 million housing ballot proposition aimed at buying, rehabilitating and preserving housing that middle income residents could afford as renters or homeowners.
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  • Order of Malta raises $170,000 toward clinic

    The Order of Malta joined Oct. 13 to raise $170,000 toward expanding the hours of its Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California in Oakland. The Silver Chalice Awards Dinner held at the St. Francis Yacht Club honored Tony and Lucille Sanchez-Corea for their leadership and generosity in the establishment and maintenance of the facility.
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  • Salesians celebrate jubilees

    Father Armand is a 1935 graduate of Sts. Peter and Paul School in North Beach. He has served as pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul, where he currently resides, and Corpus Christi Parish, San Francisco.
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  • Judge Ryan honored at Red Mass Tom Burke

    The St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco will honor Judge Kevin V. Ryan with its namesake award Oct. 22 in ceremonies around the annual Red Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 666 Filbert St. on Washington Square, San Francisco. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will be principal celebrant.
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  • Franciscan Missionaries: Devoutly committed to the poor

    In the spirit of St. Francis the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady of Peace have been devoutly committed to serving the poorest of the poor since they were founded. Humility and simplicity of lifestyle have kept these daughters of St. Francis close to the lived experience of the people they so faithfully serve within the church.
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  • Supporting marriage and family in the archdiocese

    Pope Francis has made it clear that supporting the family is a top priority of his pontificate.
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  • Secular Franciscans celebrate 100 years of ‘Franciscan joy’

    They’ve been quietly feeding and clothing the poor in San Francisco and sometimes not so quietly standing up against injustice and violence for 100 years.
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  • Notre Dame Sisters celebrate jubilees

    A native San Franciscan, Sister Helen taught in schools in cities including Belmont, San Jose, Santa Clara and Santa Barbara and more recently served at John XXIII Senior Center in San Jose.
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  • ‘Carbon neutrality’ goal of USF’s new sustainability coordinator

    A University of San Francisco graduate who earned a master’s degree in environmental management in 2013 is back on campus as the school’s first sustainability coordinator.
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  • Pope canonizes Junipero Serra, proclaims joy of mission spirit

    WASHINGTON – Canonizing the 18th-century Spanish missionary, Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis insisted a person’s faith is alive only when it is shared.
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  • 2016 Respect Life Essay Contest question is about angels

    Did you know we have some very powerful allies in our pro-life battle? Angels! The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.”
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  • Expanding free clinic focus of Order of Malta dinner

    A dinner Oct. 13 will help fund the continuing service of the Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California in Oakland which offers free complete medical care to the poor. The special focus of the evening is to help expand the clinic’s operation to five days a week from its present half that.
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  • Social Service Sisters: Leaders in pastoral ministry, religious education

    Our community, the Sisters of Social Service, came into being inspired by Pope Leo XII’s encyclical “Rerum Novarum” (“On the Condition of Labor,”) the first of the great encyclicals calling for social justice. We were established in Los Angeles in 1926 under the leadership of Sister Frederica Horvath.
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  • 500-plus guests honor Serra Clubs at seminary gala

    More than 500 guests came together Sept. 19 on St. Patrick’s Seminary & University campus for prayer, dinner and recognition of the Serra Clubs of the Greater Bay Area for their work in encouraging and supporting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
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  • ‘Pardon of Assisi’ offered to shrine pilgrims on Francis’ feast day Christina Gray

    Pilgrims who visit the National Shrine of St. Francis on Oct. 4, the saint’s feast day, and meet certain sacramental conditions may receive the “Pardon of Assisi,” a plenary indulgence, according to shrine rector Capuchin Father John De La Riva.
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