Daughters of St. Paul moving to Menlo Park
October 4th, 2016
The Daughters of St. Paul, who have had a communications ministry in the Archdiocese of San Francisco for almost 50 years, have announced they will establish a resident convent and bookstore facility in Menlo Park over the coming months. The sisters are calling the developing project their “Miracle on Middlefield” and if all goes as planned look to move in not far into 2017.
“We really need help,” said Pauline Sister Irene, who entered the congregation after graduating high school in 1969. “The building needs a lot of work and we are hoping for a few or more guardian angels who will help us with the expense.”
Six Pauline sisters here share the work of the bookstore as well as regular weekend evangelization outreach at parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and beyond. Some half dozen volunteers assist.
Sister Irene said the new facility has the room the sisters need as well as the opportunity for the sisters to live onsite. “After a hard day it will be so good to only go upstairs,” she said.
Since the foundation of the Daughters of St. Paul in 1915, methods and means of communication have expanded and developed to ways undreamed of in the past. The congregation began by printing diocesan newspapers in Northern Italy and soon expanded to writing, printing and distributing books, magazines and literature worldwide. For the past century the sisters have been part of a worldwide network of Paulines committed to evangelization in the church, using all forms of media.
Today, the sisters are fully immersed in social media – producing iPhone apps, digital magazines, e-books, online retreats, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and Instagram accounts.
For the past 50 years and most recently in Redwood City, the Pauline Center “has been a place where God’s people find resources for their faith, spiritual reading, pastoral ministry, books for their children, or a good word of encouragement and prayers. From the center, the sisters reach out to the entire Bay Area and beyond,” the sisters said in an announcement. “People who have visited the Pauline Books and Media Center, or have established a relationship with them over the years, know that the Paulines are more than a bookstore. In a Pauline center there is an atmosphere of serenity, peace and joy. There are thousands of books and other media inviting one to life, inspiration, and faith-filled growth through the ageless wisdom of the church.”
“Miracle on Middlefield”
A celebration of the Daughters of St. Paul’s pending new home in Menlo Park, which the sisters call their “Miracle on Middlefield,” will take place on the campus of Sacred Heart Schools, 150 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton, Oct. 9, 4 p.m., Mass with Father Raymund Reyes, archdiocesan vicar for clergy, principal celebrant and homilist, Sacred Heart School Chapel followed by reception and presentation of the new facility, 5 p.m. Sacred Heart Otto Library; RSVP to Sister Irene, (617) 483-0338. The complete renovation of the new building, formerly a restaurant and which will include the retail facility on the first floor and the sisters’ residence on the second floor, is a massive undertaking.
From October 6, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.