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Marianist Father Jack Russi (1939-2011) received Archbishop Riordan High School’s 2017 Chaminade Award posthumously for his dedication to Marianist education. His family by birth, from left, Jan Mangini, Joe Russi, Cathy Thomas, and Patrick Russi

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Sheila Ortega ‘exemplary Catholic school educator,’ OLPH principal says
March 7th, 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, told me. “Sheila’s love for our school is unparalleled. She cares deeply and passionately about the community she serves. Sheila Ortega is an exemplary Catholic school educator.” Sheila currently teaches seventh grade and serves as vice principal at OLPH. The school spoke of Sheila, this year celebrating her 25th year at OLPH, in its “Perpetual Light” newsletter. In her quarter century there Sheila has “made numerous contributions” at OLPH, the school said, including donating personal time to write grant requests that have secured funding to introduce and upgrade the technology program, provided scholarship money for families in need, and helped fund school repairs. Sheila also oversees the school’s student council. “Mrs. Ortega’s passion for teaching centers around her love of children and her ability to make lasting connections with her students. Her kind, caring demeanor and leadership skills are unparalleled,” the school said.

Was happy to run into Msgr. Floro Arcamo, retired pastor, Star of the Sea Parish, San Francisco. “I am even busier now,” Msgr. Arcamo told me about his retirement schedule. He helps out at St. Veronica’s, Our Lady of Mercy and Holy Name and considers himself “on call” as needs arise at those parishes and others. Msgr. Arcamo lives at St. Cecilia Parish. “It is a very happy house there,” he told me. “Msgr. Mike Harriman is a very good pastor, very warm and we all have dinner together most nights.” Msgr Arcamo has been a priest for 51 years and is 76 years old. Along with his good work at Star of the Sea, he is former pastor of St. Augustine, South San Francisco and St. Mark, Belmont. Just a note but during our conversation, Msgr. Arcamo told me he was missing this column in his weekly read of Catholic San Francisco. I told him it was moved to Page 4 from Page 2 a while back. “I’ll be reading it again then,” he told me.

ALL IS WELL: “The sun shined brightly for us that morning,” Knight of Malta Ken Ryan told me about the Mass commemorating the Day of the Sick Feb. 11 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. “It is always such a lovely service. The archbishop remained near the baptismal font at the end of Mass and greeted everyone.” Ken is one of the Order of Malta coordinators of the liturgy that welcomes sick and disabled persons and their caregivers for prayer and anointing. “My one wish is simple, to get more people to attend and experience the healing and love of the sick that is renewed in my heart every year,” Ken said. Ken and his wife, Kathleen, have been married 34 years and live in, what Ken eloquently called, “the newest parish in the archdiocese, St. Monica-St. Thomas the Apostle.”

ST. PATRICK’S DAY: The celebrated holiday is just around the corner with celebrations a many in the wait. Among them is St. Mary Star of the Sea, Sausalito, traditional Irish dinner and dance, March 18, 6:30 p.m., Duggan Hall. Enjoy corned beef and cabbage dinner, adult beverages, and sing and dance to Irish music by DJ, silent auction and raffle too. Tickets $20 adults, $5 children may be purchased at the door; (415) 332-1765;; One more is the Hibernian Newman Cub’s luncheon, March 17, 11 a.m., Westin St. Francis, San Francisco. Tickets $110. Reserve by March 10, (415) 386-3434.

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From March 9, 2017 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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