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Happy 100th birthday April 20 to Norma Frances Tealdi long of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish and its Italian Catholic Federation in North Beach. The soon-to-be-centenarian is pictured with her daughter Judy Fontana and her son Fred Tealdi.

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Every year mercy year at Riordan, per alum now campus minister
April 5th, 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 the record, Leo should know: He is a 2005 Riordan alumnus and was very active in Riordan ministry activities as a student there. He is also a graduate of St. Anthony Immaculate Conception School.

“I went on all the retreats, and was part of the leadership teams,” the UC Davis graduate said. “I felt the strongest in my faith my senior year after our KAIROS retreat, and I still feel the effects of my journey of discovery and spirituality until today. I am returning to campus ministry to continue my calling as a Crusader brother to mentor and guide the new generation into faith, fellowship, and the Catholic-Marianist spirit.”

The Year of Mercy has given a spark to the underlying current of care at Riordan. “Broadly, our goal is to create gentlemen of society that feel the spiritual hunger to serve others and reflect as Pope Francis encourages that, ‘No one can be excluded from God’s mercy,’” Leo said. “The school has already planned to increase student body and community exposure to experience God’s mercy and perform works of mercy.”

In addition, campus ministry and the Theology Department are collaborating on curriculum integration emphasizing the importance of Christian community service throughout all four years of theology courses. “The integration will encompass personal reflection, empathy and compassion, altruism in outreach and service, and a spiritual need to continue community service after high school and into the world,” Leo said. The school has made confession more available and regular celebration of the Mass has helped build community and fellowship.

Pope Francis is on the radar with Riordan students. “Pope Francis has been a new voice for our traditional Catholic teaching, and the students have been very aware of the role that he is playing in shaping how our traditions are being perceived in the world,” Leo said.

The school has a strong base in saintly example. “We often refer to the founder of the Marianist Order, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. He saw the incredible needs of our world and called on all people, not just vowed religious, but also the lay community, to be voices of change.”

NICE WORK: Nick Jaeger, a senior at Woodside Priory in Portola Valley, has been named a top runner-up in The 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The recognition honors young Americans for outstanding community service. Nick has been involved with “Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse” since the age of 13. With the help of his dad, Wilf Jaeger, he founded and now manages the “Another Door Opens Fund,” an investment fund for CORA. Nick has raised $85,000 to help raise awareness about domestic violence. He also speaks to the media and conducts awareness events with the objective of helping all those who seek refuge from abuse.

CONSECRATED LIFE MASS: Annual Mass to celebrate consecrated life and those celebrating milestone jubilees as religious, April 17, 4 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral, Gough Street at Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, with Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone principal celebrant and homilist. Religious celebrating jubilees will renew their vows at the Mass, and religious will serve as ministers of the Mass including readers and gift bearers. A general reception follows the Mass in the cathedral’s lower halls with a special dinner for jubilarians later in the evening, (415) 614-5535;

MISSED STEP: My apologies to Sister Anne Cronin, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for not including Sister Ann’s 10 years as principal of San Francisco’s St. Paul School in the item March 24 in this column thanking her for her long service as a religious. Sister Ann is celebrating her 50th year as a BVM sister in 2016.

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From April 7, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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