Standing from left: Sr. Carla Kovack, OP; Sr. Patricia Dougherty, OP; Sr. Barbara Green, OP; Sr. Catherine Murray, OP; Sr. Bernadette Wombacher, OP; Sr. Cathryn deBack, OP; Sr. Gene McNally, O
Women religious of archdiocese celebrate jubilees
October 3rd, 2016
ADRIAN DOMINICAN SISTERS
Sister Romona Nowak, OP, 50 years, served as chaplain at Seton Medical Center, Daly City, and at St. Patrick Seminary & University in Menlo Park as associate director of field education. She now lives and serves in Detroit.
SAN RAFAEL DOMINICAN SISTERS
The congregation celebrated with family and friends July 23 with Mass at St. Raphael Church and a reception at the Dominican Sisters Center.
Sister Catherine Browne, OP, 75 years, community volunteer.
Sister Bernadette Wombacher, OP, 70 years, community volunteer.
Sister Gene McNally, OP, 60 years, administrator and educator, Colonia Esperanza, Tijuana.
Sister Carla Kovack, OP, 50 years, congregational leadership.
Sister Patricia Dougherty, OP, 50 years, professor of history, Dominican University of California.
Sister Barbara Green, OP, 50 years, professor of biblical studies, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Graduate Theological Union.
Sister Cathryn deBack, OP, 50 years, resident manager, Rose Court Community in St. Dominic parish.
Sister Catherine Murray, OP, 25 years, clinical social worker.
SISTERS OF CHARITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGN MARY
BVM Sisters celebrated jubilees at Mount Carmel Motherhouse Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa Sept. 11.
Sister Eleanor Craggs, BVM, 73 years, is a former principal of St. Paul High School, San Francisco and now lives in retirement at the motherhouse in Dubuque.
Sister Rita Mary Zander, BVM (Magdalene), 73 years, taught elementary school at St. Philip, Most Holy Redeemer, St. Paul, and St. Brigid schools in San Francisco. She is now retired and lives in Dubuque.
Sister Mary McElmeel, BVM (Eugenne), 72 years, taught at St. Philip School in San Francisco. She is now retired and lives in Dubuque.
Sister Mary L. Stokes, BVM (Charlotte), 72 years, taught at St. Paul High School in San Francisco. She was on the faculty at Clarke University in Dubuque, where she now resides in retirement.
Sister Margaret Devereaux, BVM (Williamette), 70 years, taught at St. Monica School in San Francisco. She is now retired and lives in Dubuque.
Sister Dolores Doohan, BVM (Sarah James), 70 years, was born in San Francisco and entered the BVM congregation from St. Paul Parish, San Francisco. She is now retired and lives in Dubuque.
Sister Marian Hurley, BVM (William Marie), 70 years, taught at St. Brigid School in San Francisco and currently volunteers and resides in Los Angeles.
Sister Marie Neff, BVM (Charles Marie), 70 years, taught at St. Paul School in San Francisco. She is now retired and lives in Dubuque.
Sister Kathleen O’Sullivan, BVM (Donall) 70 years, was born in San Francisco and entered the BVM congregation from St. Philip Parish, San Francisco. Sister Kathleen taught at St. Paul School in San Francisco. She is now retired and lives in Dubuque.
Sister Kathleen Spurlin, BVM (Bernardone), 70 years, taught at St. Brigid School in San Francisco. She is now retired and lives in Dubuque.
Sister Joan Stritesky, BVM (Magdaletta), 70 years, taught at St. Paul School in San Francisco. She is now retired and lives in Dubuque.
SISTERS OF MERCY WEST MIDWEST COMMUNITY
Jubilee commemorations take place Nov. 6 at the Mercy Convent Chapel.
70 year Jubilarians
Sister Mary Anita Iddings ministered in nursing service, nursing education, and care of the aging and helped establish licensed vocational schools at St. Mary’s Hospital and San Quentin Prison. She is currently in a ministry of presence and prayer at Marian Oaks Life Center in Burlingame.
Sister Mary Elise Triglia ministered as a nurse for more than 30 years at hospitals in San Francisco, Bakersfield, Oxnard, and San Diego. In 1979 she traveled to a refugee camp in Thailand as part of a medical team sponsored by Catholic bishops. She currently resides at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland.
Sister Celine Zetah taught primary grades for almost 25 years. Inspired by the Charismatic Renewal Movement, she ministered at the Chatsworth House of Prayer in California and became a massage therapist. Her current ministry is one of prayer.
60 Year Jubilarians
Sister Corita Burnham ministered in elementary schools as teacher, principal, and community education director in the archdioceses of San Francisco and Los Angeles. She said, “In Jubilee, I reflect with joy and gratitude on the blessings of my Mercy Community, family, friends and all those to whom I have ministered and they to me.”
Sister Marian Joseph Kelly served at St Mary’s Hospital San Francisco and was an instructor at the School of Nursing at the University of San Francisco. She was a planning analyst at St. Mary’s Hospital from 1982 to her retirement in 2001.
Sister Terese Marie Perry has served as CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco and is s a former Superior General for the Sisters of Mercy, Burlingame. Holding a law degree from the University of San Francisco she retired from Catholic Healthcare West Legal Department in 2008.
Sister Marian Rose Power has served at St. Peter School, San Francisco for almost 40 years and has been involved in formation and retreat ministry during her 60 years of religious life in fulfilling her passion for serving those in need and strengthening their faith relationship with Christ.
Sister Marian Clare Valenteen has enjoyed a ministry of teaching and administration in Catholic elementary and secondary schools over almost 50 years. “I celebrate this 60th jubilee of religious profession in profound gratitude for all of the gifts that have been mine in my community of Mercy,” she said.
From October 6, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.