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  • Lenten exercises: Dominican brothers, sisters race to support aging friars

    Five Dominican brothers in formation at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland who share a running pastime turned a half-marathon on March 18 into a run-a-thon to support the care of elderly friars of the Western Province.
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  • Marin parish celebrates National Catholic Sisters Week

    Members of nine different communities of women religious from all three counties of the Archdiocese of San Francisco were honored by the St. Patrick Parish community in Larkspur on March 12 at a special Mass commemorating National Catholic Sisters Week.
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  • Consecrated Life Mass: ‘You are the bonfire’

    In his homily as celebrant of the annual Consecrated Life Mass on Feb. 5, Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice likened the women and men religious of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to a campground bonfire that illuminates the darkness, dispelling fear and hopelessness and helping others see the path to God.
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  • New diaconate formation class to begin

    In September we will welcome a new class of aspirants to the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Men who are interested in discerning a call to the diaconate are invited to attend a presentation at St. Mary’s Cathedral from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.
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  • Presentation Sisters elect leadership team

    The Sisters of the Presentation from San Francisco have elected a leadership team who will serve 2016-2022. They are Sister Michele Anne Murphy, PBVM, president; Sister Pam Chiesa, PBVM, vice-president; Sister Paula Baker, PBVM, councilor; Sister Giovanna Campanella, PBVM, councilor.
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  • Clergy appointments announced

    The Office of the Vicar for Clergy announced the following clergy appointments effective Jan.1, 2016, unless otherwise noted, on behalf of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.
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  • Little Sisters: Serving the elderly poor

    Although life now is different than that of the first Little Sisters of the Poor who arrived in San Francisco in 1901, some things never change – the elderly poor still need a home and we continue to be blessed by the kindness of people who support our mission.
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  • Mercy Volunteer Corps members return to San Francisco

    Mercy Volunteer Corps members have returned to San Francisco. First year MVC member Lauren Mifsud and Bianca Huerta, a second-year member, are learning to be at home here in a city known for a deep divide between rich and poor.
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  • Sisters of the Immaculate Conception: ‘Forward, go always forward’

    We, Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, were founded in 1892, by St. Carmen de Jesus Sallés in Burgos, Spain. We came to California in 1962 to the Diocese of Fresno and in the early 1980s we expanded to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, where we are still present in St. Brigid School.
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  • Society of Divine Word priests bringing missionary charism to archdiocese

    The new pastor of All Souls Parish is a member of a missionary order founded by a German saint in 19th century Holland that first came to the Archdiocese of San Francisco to minister to Japanese speaking Catholics.
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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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  • First San Francisco archbishop was a Dominican

    The first archbishop of the newly created Archdiocese of San Francisco in the U.S. territory of California was a Spanish Dominican, Joseph Sadoc Alemany, whose “evangelical poverty” amid the excesses of the Gold Rush included living in a little two room metal shack behind St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.
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  • 18 men studying for priesthood in archdiocese, including 5 who enrolled this year

    This year there are 18 men studying for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Francisco at St. Patrick Seminary & University, five of them enrolled just this year. The number of seminarians is heartening, said archdiocesan vocations director Father David Schunk: “It is an encouraging sign for us and more reason to continue to pray for vocations.”
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  • New study highlights family influences on religious vocations

    Father Angel Quitalig didn’t learn until after he was ordained that his father had started praying specially for him right after his younger self called his parents to notify them he was leaving seminary studies.
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  • Major findings of national study

    Here are the major findings of the “2015 NRVC/CARA Study on the Role of the Family in Nurturing Vocations.”
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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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  • 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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  • 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. She is grateful for her Notre Dame family she says, as well as “all the friends I’ve known and loved in my 75 years as a Sister of Notre Dame.”
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