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Sister Eileen Marie Ahern, OP
July 12th, 2016

Sister Eileen Marie Ahern, a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose for 69 years, died June 22.


Sister Eileen served in elementary education for 21 years and in social work and pastoral care for 40 years in the dioceses of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. “The keystone of Sister Eileen Marie’s ministry was her compassion for the neediest of God’s people and her firm resolve to address injustice in their lives,” the sisters said in a statement. “She had a listening heart that was able to touch people deeply in their brokenness.”


Her last active ministries were chaplaincy at Alta Bates Hospital and pastoral care to elderly sisters at the congregation’s Fremont motherhouse where Sister Eileen resided.


A funeral Mass was celebrated June 27 with interment in the sisters’ cemetery.


Remembrances may be made to Vision of Hope, the sisters’ foundation for support of inner city schools, 1555 34th Ave., Oakland 94601.


From July 14, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.






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