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Holy Name School remembers 75 years
September 12th, 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.

The committee has members from many eras of the school’s life including principal, Natalie Cirigliano; former principal, Judy Cosmos, and alumni Jim Regan ‘63, Lenore Lamey ‘66, Jeanne O’Brien ‘71, Dan Ehrmann ‘72, Colleen Durkin ‘72, Kevin O’Brien ‘78, Laurie O’Brien ‘79, Mark Burke ‘80, Marlena Fiumara Sheeran ‘82, Stephanie Currivan Haining ‘86, and Ai Lin Morten ‘93.

“All the living Sisters of Mercy who were faculty are invited to join us,” Coleen Durkin told me in an email. Also invited are all alumni, former faculty and staff and priests who served in Holy Name Parish during the school’s years. The event will “celebrate the school’s presence in the neighborhood since 1941 and in all our lives, to renew old friendships, wax nostalgic about the good old days and to create new memories,” Colleen said. Father Arnold Zamora, pastor, is among concelebrants of the Mass at 1:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 3 p.m.

Holy Name School opened Sept. 2, 1941, and reached its maximum enrollment of 900 kindergarten through eighth grade students during the 1950s and 1960s. “The Sisters of Mercy began a new ministry of mercy which has continued to this day,” Colleen said.

To register visit; admission is free but numbers are needed for logistics, food and beverage planning.

WELCOME HOME: Alumna Claire Rietmann-Grout, a 2004 graduate of Mercy High School, Burlingame has come aboard as assistant director for student life and athletics at her alma mater.

“Claire’s responsibilities will include all freshman new student activities, acting as sophomore moderator, assisting in athletic operations as well as assuming her role as varsity softball head coach,” the school said. Claire holds an undergraduate degree in sports studies from Maryland’s Towson University and a graduate degree in journalism from Cal State Northridge.

CHARISMATIC RENEWAL: The annual Holy Spirit Conference themed “Mission & Mercy” takes place Sept. 24, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral Event Center, Gough Street at Geary Boulevard, San Francisco. Day includes talks, workshops in English, Spanish and Vietnamese and a healing service led by Father Vito Perrone of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph: $15, food items available for purchase. Preregistration encouraged but registration at the door will be available; John Murphy (650) 261-0825;

SERIES: The Mercy Year series of talks on the topic sponsored by the Office of Consecrated Life continues Sept. 25 with Vivian Clausing, program director, Catherine’s Place as featured speaker at Presentation Sisters’ convent, 2340 Turk Blvd., San Francisco, 2-4:15 p.m. Registration required,, (415) 614-5535. The series continues through December when Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will look back on the Year of Mercy. There is no fee for these events but a freewill offering is accepted and later will be donated to good works.

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From September 15, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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