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by Tom Burke

Email items and electronic pictures – jpegs at no less than 300 dpi to burket@sfarchdiocese.org or mail to Street, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109. Include a follow-up phone number. Street is toll-free. My phone number is (415) 614-5634.


  • All hats off for former SF treasurer and ICA alumna and administrator

    by Karessa McCartney | Sep 26, 2017

    04 carroll Schmitz 101 PAGEHAPPY BIRTHDAY: St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Burlingame, wishes a happy 101st birthday to longtime parishioner Carroll Schmitz, pictured here with his son Michael and great-granddaughter Eliza Ayala, at a family birthday party Sept. 9 He was born in Burlingame Sept. 7, 1916, and attended McKinley school and Burlingame High School. Carroll and his wife Charlene were married in 1955 and continue to attend daily Mass together at St. Catherine’s where for years he was an usher and extraordinary minister of holy Communion. Carroll received a letter of congratulations from the White House signed by then-first lady Michelle Obama on his 100th birthday in 2016: “As you mark this milestone, please know how grateful our nation is for your service and sacrifice,” the letter told the Army veteran. Burlingame issued a proclamation in note of the century natal day signed by then-Mayor Ann Keighran with congratulations on “living a full life.” Carroll, a crossword puzzle fan, is a retired engineer with a degree in chemistry from UC Berkeley.

    September 28, 2017
    Tom Burke

    04 Mary Callanan THUMBLongtime San Francisco treasurer Mary Irene Callanan died Sept. 11 at the age of 86. Mary was a lifetime parishioner of St. Paul’s in San Francisco and graduated from St. Paul School going on to the University of San Francisco for an undergraduate degree and MBA. Mary belonged to the Young Ladies Institute, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the United Irish Cultural Center and served on the board of regents for St. Ignatius College Prep. San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop William Justice remembered Mary, a former member of the Finance Committee and other advisory bodies of the Archdiocese of San Francisco: “Mary was a wonderful person. She could light up a room with her smile and laughter. Her great Irish American singing and her incredible public service was a gift to her beloved City of San Francisco. Her faith in the Lord called her to share her gifts also with her parish St Paul in the Noe Valley and with the Archdiocese of San Francisco on the various boards she served. She was an inspiration to the joy of life and to the service of others. May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be at your back. And may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Thank you Mary.” A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 18 at St. Paul Church with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.

    04 Patty Cavagnaro THUMBI don’t think I am overstating it when I say with great respect that long before it became ICA Cristo Rey, Immaculate Conception Academy might have been called ICA Patty Cavagnaro. Patty was always among the first at my door with promotional information during all my 33 communications years here especially the last 18 for Catholic San Francisco.

    The 1960 ICA alumna, who filled several important posts over 36 years at the school, perhaps most especially in alumnae outreach and fundraising, died Aug. 17 after a battle with cancer. She was 75. In the program for her funeral Mass at St. Veronica Church Aug. 24, the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose said: “Patty leaves an indelible mark on all of us.” Dominican Sister John Martin Fixa, an ICA alumna a few years ahead of Patty and a former principal at the school, remembered her in a eulogy: “Faith-Family-ICA were her greatest loves and she taught us all through them,” Sister John Martin said. “No one could question her love of ICA nor her love of the Dominican Sisters.” Eileen Emerson-Boles, who worked with Patty in development, remembered her with these words: “If ever there was a woman who let her light shine, it was Patty, and I feel so grateful to have basked in that light for the last few years of her life. I’m not sure I have the appropriate language or wherewithal to capture Patty in prose, but suffice it to say she embodied for me the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel: She was the salt of the earth who let her light shine before all. Her deep faith and generous devotion were great gifts to me.” ICA principal Lisa Graham told Catholic San Francisco: “Patty Cavagnaro was a Spartan through and through, selflessly dedicated to nurturing the relationships that form the ICA Cristo Rey community. In her years as ICA’s director of development, Patty oversaw major fundraising, including the campaign to add Herbst Hall to ICA’s campus. We miss Patty tremendously, but she is surely with us in spirit, encouraging us to move forward in mission to benefit the school and the students she loved so dearly.”

    IHM CONSECRATION MOSAIC: Join host J.A. Gray, Father Joseph Illo and Claire Herrick on Mosaic, Oct. 1, 5 a.m., KPIX Channel 5, for a look at Marian events in the Archdiocese of San Francisco Oct. 7: Rosary Rally, Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and celebration of Our Lady at Fatima. The show will later be posted for viewing permanently on the archdiocesan website.

    Email items and electronic pictures – jpegs at no less than 300 dpi to burket@sfarchdiocese.org or mail to Street, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109. Include a follow-up phone number. Street is toll-free. My phone number is (415) 614-5634.

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