San Rafael Dominicans celebrate combined 370 years of service: Pictured from left: Sister Joan Hanna, OP, 60 years, director, St. Raphael Preschool; Sister Adele Gerlach, OP, 60 years, volunteer ministry; Sister Lois Silva, OP, 60 years, volunteer ministry; Sister Susan Allbritton, OP, 40 years, Congregational Leadership; Sister Anne Providence Frassinello, OP, 50 years, director of Religious Education, Mission Dolores Academy. Not available for photo were Sister Sharon Cross, OP, 50 years and Sister Jane Ferdon, OP, 50 years, adjunct faculty, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. (Courtesy photo)
April 6, 2017
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sister Linda Roby, BVM, who has ties to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, celebrates her golden jubilee on July 30, 2017, with a liturgy and dinner at Mount Carmel, Dubuque, Iowa. Sister Linda attended St. Robert School, San Bruno, and Mercy High School, Burlingame. She entered the BVM congregation July 31, 1967, from St. Robert Parish. She is the daughter of Robert Roby of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Burlingame. Sister Linda currently ministers as director of Catholic Deaf Ministry for the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.
Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy who entered the Mercy Community in Burlingame will celebrate jubilees at a Mass at Mercy Chapel in Burlingame July 30. They are now part of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community.
Sister Diane Marie Clyne, 50 Years
Sister Diane’s religious life has been deeply enriched by ministry among the Spanish-speaking community. From the late 1990s to the end of 2000, she lived and ministered in El Salvador and then Honduras. She served 10 years at Dominican Hospital as chaplain and seven at Hospice of Santa Cruz County and today is development director with Caribbean, Central America and South America Community supporting Mercy ministries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.
Sister Charleen Koenig, 60 Years
Sister Charleen has ministered in nursing beginning with her position as head nurse at St. Mary’s Medical Center in 1959 and was the first neurological and neurosurgical supervisor of the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. She also served in supervisorial nursing positions at Mercy Hospital, Bakersfield and St John’s Hospital, Oxnard. Trained in spiritual development, she has been a receptionist at Mercy Center and staff in the Mercy Center bookstore since 1994.
Sister Patricia Ryan, 60 years
Sister Patricia (formerly Sister Mary Gertrude) served for many years as a science and math teacher at Mercy high schools in Burlingame, San Francisco, Imperial Beach and in Maghull, England and is a former Superior General of the Burlingame community. A published poet, she is presently living at Marian Oaks Retirement and Care Center in Burlingame.
Sister Marilyn Gouailhardou, 70
Sister Marilyn taught elementary school for 10 years at St. Gabriel, Holy Name and St. Stephen schools in San Francisco, and high school for 30 years at Mercy High School, San Francisco and Mercy High School, Burlingame. She also taught at Maricourt High School in Liverpool, England and is currently, and for the last 24 years, regional community archivist for the West Midwest Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy.
Sister Elizabeth Wekall, 70 years
Sister Elizabeth has ministered in elementary schools as teacher, principal and part-time school librarian for the past 70 years. She taught in schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco including St. Gabriel, St. Charles and St. Thomas.