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‘Every year brings new insights and experience,’ cathedral music director says on 25th anniversary
Apr. 11, 2017, By Tom Burke
The music program at St. Mary’s Cathedral has a proud history and an exciting future and for the last quarter century, Christoph Tietze has been overseeing both. 

‘Truth centered in Christ,’ St. Tim’s young adult leader says
Apr. 4, 2017, By Tom Burke
While I remember the good that youth ministry did for me as a teenager 50 years ago in Wildwood, New Jersey, I do not recall young adult ministry as having been available to me in the years subsequent to those. For young adults today that is not the case. 

‘Prayer is thread holding each day together,’ Brother Isaiah says
Mar. 21, 2017, By Tom Burke
Brother Isaiah Marie Hofmann, a graduate of Marin Catholic High School and Boston College, told me his invitation to religious life “was there all along, hidden in my every joy, hope, desire and struggle growing up.” He joined the Community of the Franciscans of the ...

Sheila Ortega ‘exemplary Catholic school educator,’ OLPH principal says
Mar. 7, 2017, By Tom Burke
Sheila Ortega has been part of Catholic education since 1989 and teaching at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Daly City, since 1991. “I was honored to work alongside Sheila as co-vice principal from 2010-2013,” Corrine Muscat, who became OLPH principal in 2013, ...

Mercy Sister is 96 years old ‘looking forward to 100’
Feb. 20, 2017, By Tom Burke
A very happy 96th birthday Nov. 15 to Mercy Sister Mary Edith Hurley and thank you to Mercy Sisters’ communication manager Liz Dossa for these bright words about her.   

Marin Catholic alum brings vocation home
Feb. 7, 2017, By Tom Burke
Renewal Friar Isaiah Marie Hoffman was once again among the halls of Marin Catholic High School where he graduated in 2004. He entered the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in 2008 making final vows July 26, 2015. 

‘Mosaic’ is TV show and bigger picture, communications, staffer says
Jan. 24, 2017, By Tom Burke
New among us chancery grunts and appropriately welcomed is communication manager, J.A. Gray. John calls himself “the third member of a three-person team” in the Office of Communications that includes Mike Brown, director, and assistant director Jan Potts.

‘Veterans have sacrificed so much for our freedom,’ new Eagle Scout says
Jan. 10, 2017, By Tom Burke
Coby Sobrepeña has his sights set on becoming an Eagle Scout and his plan to attain the rank is just as firm. The St. Ignatius College Prep freshman coordinated a backpack drive that filled more than 120 of the bags with items including blankets, personal items, ...

‘Encounter, accompany’ the poor, San Mateo SVdP director says
Dec. 13, 2016, By Tom Burke
“Every person’s story is totally unique,” Lorraine Moriarty, executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Mateo County told me in an email about the people SVdP serves. “Many are victims of neglect from an early age, and have never had ...

Poor seek ‘to be seen and heard,’ Marin SVdP deputy director says
Dec. 5, 2016, By Tom Burke
“While people approach us with many different needs, often the greatest need is to really be seen and heard, and just treated as a human being,” Suzanne Walker, deputy director of St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County, told me via email. “We are not in a ...

Youngest helped are ‘babes in arms,’ St. Anthony’s director says
Nov. 28, 2016, By Tom Burke
“St. Anthony’s is a place where everyone can come and know that they’ll be treated with dignity and respect,” Barry Stenger, executive director at St. Anthony’s, told me in an email. “Virtually all of our guests – 97 percent – ...

Table of Plenty serves in ‘irreplaceable atmosphere,’ volunteer says
Nov. 15, 2016, By Tom Burke
Help, for those in need and those who assist in meeting those needs, seems to be an active ingredient of so many good works in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Table of Plenty in Half Moon Bay is no stranger to the recipe. TOP, established in 2012, will serve almost 8,000 meals ...

‘Spirituality, charity, justice drive Vincentians,’ new SVdP prez says
Nov. 1, 2016, By Tom Burke
Though I have never met a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society who would claim any credit for the work he or she does, as a longtime witness to the goodness they have wrought I can say with confidence, and humbly in their shadow, they have all earned their stripes as ...

Playing sports ‘gift from God’ SI kicker says
Oct. 18, 2016, By Tom Burke
Claire Dworsky has been playing soccer since age 3. Now a junior at St. Ignatius College Prep and with years of experience putting the ball where she wants it, she is place-kicker for the SI varsity football team.   

Priests, seminarians square off in basketball game at Riordan
Oct. 4, 2016, By Tom Burke
Putting on a full-court press Oct. 21 as point guards, centers and forwards will be more than a dozen priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and about an equal number of seminarians from St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park. The game is a first here ...

‘Truth brings youth,’ OLA youth minister says
Sep. 26, 2016, By Tom Burke
Youth ministry has been touching young lives for decades. It was a gift to me as a kid in Wildwood, New Jersey, 50 years ago and is an active front for youth in the Archdiocese of San Francisco today. Chris Mariano leads the effort at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Burlingame. ...

St. Dunstan teacher takes the ‘Wheel’
Sep. 20, 2016, By Tom Burke
It’s been exciting and fun speaking on email with St. Dunstan School math and science teacher Charlene Calaunan who just won $3,200 during Teachers Week on “Wheel of Fortune.” The show aired Sept. 13 but “I won’t get the prizes for a while,” ...

Holy Name School remembers 75 years
Sep. 12, 2016, By Tom Burke
A planning committee has been working for almost a year on the all-school reunion Sept. 24 to celebrate the first 75 years of Holy Name of Jesus School in San Francisco.   

Little Sisters honor ‘friend, volunteer, benefactor’
Aug. 23, 2016, By Tom Burke
Above the hoopla of a fall gala will be heard the more than 30 years of service put forth by Yvonne Sangiacomo for the Little Sisters of the Poor and the elderly served at St. Anne’s Home in San Francisco.   

Baton passed at De Marillac
Aug. 9, 2016, By Tom Burke
It’s “welcome aboard” at De Marillac Academy for Theresa Flynn Houghton, the school’s new president and CEO. For the last 11 years, Theresa has led fundraising at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory which like De Marillac is a Christian Brother/Daughter of ...

Thanks to Bea Sullivan!
Jul. 26, 2016
 THANK YOU!  Bea Sullivan has been at the side of thousands during almost 70 years as nurse and then volunteer at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. 

Outreach of highest order at St. Dominic’s July 16
Jul. 12, 2016, By Tom Burke
St. Dominic Parish invites Catholics to join them in hitting the streets to share Christ’s light July 16. Heading up the face-to-face evangelization effort is parishioner and 10-year lay missionary Tricia Bolle.   

‘Rich because of children and families,’ OLV teacher says
Jun. 21, 2016, By Tom Burke
Our Lady of the Visitacion School has had Lynn Ellison on its team for 38 years and “will dearly miss her,” the school said about the retiring educator.   

Riordan grad to ‘give back to community that has served me’
Jun. 7, 2016, By Tom Burke
The University of San Francisco will soon welcome 2016 Archbishop Riordan High School graduate Nick Banaria to its nursing program. In an email Nick said: “I wanted to attend USF’s nursing program as it is a nationally recognized program and of the many connections I ...

Mercy every day at ICA
May. 24, 2016, By Tom Burke
Immaculate Conception Academy is a bit ahead of the curve when it comes to a spiritual role model in this Year of Mercy: The school was founded in 1888 by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose so who to look to first more than Order of Preachers, Dominicans founder St. ...

Mercy Sisters’ ‘caring presence lives on’
May. 10, 2016, By Tom Burke
Thanks to Liz Dossa of the Mercy Sisters front office for this take on the work of the sisters and their St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center. I was born in a Mercy Sisters hospital in suburban Philadelphia returning many times during my youth for stitches always ...

Mercy, SF’s first graduates ‘proud, grateful’ women
Apr. 26, 2016, By Tom Burke
Mercy High School, San Francisco, “Where young women prepare to make a difference in the world,” graduated its first class, dubbed “the Pioneers,” in 1956. The women gather for a 60th reunion Sept. 17. I had the pleasure to speak via email with two ...

‘Witness to Gospel’s mercy,’ fruit of special year for Mercy, SF
Apr. 19, 2016, By Tom Burke
The Year of Mercy is alive in wide and varying ways at Mercy High School, San Francisco. Carrie Schroeder, the school’s director of Campus Ministry, tells how.   

Every year mercy year at Riordan, per alum now campus minister
Apr. 5, 2016, By Tom Burke
“The spirit of the Year of Mercy has always been present at Archbishop Riordan High School following Catholic tradition and Marianist education,” Leonardo Magnaye, campus ministry assistant and community service coordinator at the San Francisco school, told me. For ...

Year of Mercy ‘incredibly good news,’ Mercy, Burlingame says
Mar. 21, 2016, By Tom Burke
The Jubilee of Mercy is taking root at Mercy High School, Burlingame. Sandy Flaherty, Mercy’s director of mission integration, puts the effort in focus for us.  

‘Warm all over,’ says SHC junior
Mar. 15, 2016, By Tom Burke
San Francisco’s St. Anthony’s has found a disciple in Kiana Sisneroz. The Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep junior gathered up 300 coats, cash and three large containers of clothing and shoes for St. Anthony guests over three recent Sundays of accepting donations at St. ...

ICA grad’s first draft on future
Mar. 1, 2016, By Tom Burke
Madesyn Boger’s “The Chilkat Blanket” is 26 pages long, a very sweet career beginning for the writer/children’s advocate. Madesyn is a 2012 graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy and in May graduates from Iowa State University with a degree in child, ...

All Souls ‘second home’ to cafeteria manager
Feb. 15, 2016, By Tom Burke
The numbers are staggering, not the least of them that Cathy Barri has been cafeteria manager at All Souls School for 50 years. “In one year the average lunches served is 21,450 for students plus faculty, multiply by 50 and that is a lot of lunches,” Cathy told me in ...

‘Living out mercy in fabric’ of Notre Dame, campus ministry director says
Feb. 2, 2016, By Tom Burke
Students at Notre Dame High School are making a choice to let mercy more into their lives, Kay Dinglasan told me via email. Kay has been at Notre Dame, Belmont for nine years, the last five as director of campus ministry. She is also a former young adult minister at the Newman ...

‘Teaching is profession with many special moments,’ Epiphany teacher says
Jan. 26, 2016, By Tom Burke
Sharon Rodriguez teaches kindergarten at San Francisco’s School of the Epiphany and has taught at the school for 40 years. She is a graduate of the Excelsior District’s Corpus Christi School and holds a lifetime teaching credential from San Francisco State ...


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