Sister Cleta Herold, PBVM
October 17th, 2016
Presentation Sister Cleta Herold died Sept. 26, at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. Born in San Francisco, Sister Cleta was a Presentation Sister of the Blessed Virgin Mary for 75 years and 94 years old. She held undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the University of San Francisco and was a former member of the faculty at Presentation High School, San Francisco.
Sister Cleta also served at St. Benedict Parish for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired and for 10 years as a pastoral associate at Most Holy Redeemer Parish, San Francisco.
“She loved tenderly as evidenced in her presence among those who were deaf or hard of hearing and among those suffering with AIDS,” said Presentation Sister Rosina Conrotto in a talk at Sister Cleta’s funeral Mass Sept. 30. “And she walked humbly with her God, confident that God was her constant companion, her strength, her courage and her deepest love.”
In her retirement years, starting in 1993, Sister Cleta volunteered at SafeHouse, a residential program for women seeking to leave prostitution and The Lantern, a Presentation literacy ministry in the Mission district of San Francisco. Most recently, Sister Cleta was engaged in the ministry of prayer.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at the Presentation Motherhouse with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.
Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation, Development Office, 281 Masonic Ave., San Francisco 94118.
From October 20, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.