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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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  • 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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  • Dominican vocations on the West Coast: ‘A real sign of hope’

    On the eve of the 800th anniversary of its founding, the West Coast Dominicans are seeing an increase in the number of men entering the Order of Preachers.
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  • ‘Entering into the desert’: St. Dominic parishioner called to monastic life

    St. Dominic parishioner Lise Faus is entering the Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park, a story parochial vicar Dominican Father Isaiah Mary Molano covered in an interview posted on the St. Dominic blog Aug. 26 at http://blog.stdominics.org/2015/08/26/entering-into-the-desert/.
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  • Religious host picnic in park for homeless

    Religious men and women of the archdiocese hosted a picnic for the homeless Sept. 12 in Golden Gate Park. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and sisters, brothers and priests interacted with all who passed through the Panhandle during the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. hospitality, some having extended conversations.
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  • St. Francis Sisters: Evangelizing the world

    Itineracy has always been a characteristic of Franciscans dedicated to the church’s mission and evangelization anywhere in the world. So too that itinerate characteristic is evident in the history of the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, better known in the Bay Area as the Redwood City Franciscans.
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  • BVM Sisters celebrates Diamond Jubilee

    Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary were honored for their 75 years of consecrated life Sept. 6 in the motherhouse chapel in Dubuque, Iowa.
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  • 2 Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose profess perpetual vows

    The Motherhouse Chapel of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose overflowed with sisters, guests and family members from California, Texas, Illinois, Canada and Vietnam for the profession of perpetual vows by Sister Mary Yun, OP and Sister Mary-Han Nguyen, OP on the feast of St. Dominic Aug. 8. Sister Gloria Marie Jones, OP, congregational prioress witnessed the rite.
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  • Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: ‘Westward Ho!’

    San Francisco’s Archbishop Patrick Riordan in 1887 contacted Mother Mary Frances Clarke, the founder of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, about obtaining sisters to teach the school at St. Brigid Parish.
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  • Sister Taryn Ruth Stark professes perpetual vows

    Sister Taryn Ruth Stark professed perpetual vows as a Sister of Mercy on July 11 in Mercy Chapel, Burlingame. Mercy Sister Deborah Troillett, a member of the Sisters of Mercy Institute Leadership Team witnessed the rite.
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  • Mercy Sisters celebrate jubilees: 50, 60 and 80 years in religious life

    Sisters of Mercy of the Mercy West Midwest Community marked jubilees at a Mass Aug. 1 at Mercy Convent Chapel. Father Daniel Nascimento, pastor, St. Anne of the Sunset Parish, was principal celebrant. Sisters, family and friends recognized the dedicated lives and ministries of those who entered the Mercy Community in Burlingame from 50 to 80 years ago.
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  • San Francisco Presentation Sisters celebrate jubilees

    Sisters of the Presentation celebrated jubilees marking significant milestones as women religious at a community celebration July 12 at Presentation Retreat Center in Los Gatos.
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  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet: Called to ‘divide the city’ and care for the dear neighbor

    After the devastating San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, the Richmond District was rapidly developing. Father Philip O’Ryan, pastor of Star of the Sea Parish, saw a great need. He invited the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to staff his new school which opened in January 1909 with 137 students in grades one-seven.
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  • Daughters of St. Paul: A century of media ministry

    Since the foundation of the Daughters of St. Paul in 1915, methods and means of communication have expanded and developed to ways undreamed of in the past. The congregation began by printing diocesan newspapers in Northern Italy and soon expanded to writing, printing and distributing books, magazines and literature worldwide.
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  • Men, women religious celebrate jubilees

    The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael will celebrate 2015 jubilarians July 26 with Mass and a reception in San Rafael.
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  • Archbishop ordains 2 priests June 6

    Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone ordained Marin County natives Cameron Faller and Patrick Summerhays as priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco June 6 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, in a joyous event that included parents, other family members and family and friends, as well as numerous well-wishers.
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  • Clergy assignments announced

    Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has announced the following clergy appointments effective July 1, 2015, unless otherwise noted.
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  • Nuns of the Perpetual Adoration: Tirelessly venerating Christ

    The Nuns of the Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – popularly known throughout North America as “The Sisters of Perpetual Adoration” – were founded in Italy by Mother Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation (born Caterina Sordini; beatified in 2008) in response to a vision of Christ she experienced in 1789 as a Franciscan nun.
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  • Priest assignments announced

    Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has announced the following appointments, effective July 1, 2015, unless otherwise noted. Some of these assignments have already been made known.
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  • Daughters elect American sister as superioress general

    The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul elected Sister Kathleen Appler of the community’s province based in Albany, New York, their Superioress General May 25 at the sisters’ General Assembly in Paris, France. Sister Kathleen entered the Daughters of Charity in April 1973 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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