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					Sisters of the Holy Names, US-Ontario Province



San Francisco
Mission Centre
                 January 2006 – December 2010




                                           Prepared by Helen Garvey, SNJM
                                                               Contents



Contents .......................................................................................................................................... 1
  GREETINGS .............................................................................................................................. 2
  BEGINNINGS ............................................................................................................................ 4
  A TIME OF TRANSITION ........................................................................................................ 4
  COMINGS AND GOINGS ........................................................................................................ 5
  OUR MINISTRIES ..................................................................................................................... 5
  CELEBRATIONS....................................................................................................................... 6
    Feast of the Immaculate Conception....................................................................................... 6
    Summer Days .......................................................................................................................... 7
    Jubilees .................................................................................................................................... 7
  NEW ASSOCIATES .................................................................................................................. 7
  PART OF THE BIGGER SOCIETY .......................................................................................... 8
  EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES..................................................................................................... 9
    Parishes ................................................................................................................................... 9
    Schools .................................................................................................................................. 10
    Local Community ................................................................................................................. 11
  ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITIONS .................................................................................. 11
  PROVINCE AND CONGREGATON ..................................................................................... 12
  IN LOVING MEMORY ........................................................................................................... 14
  HOSPITAL AND ILLNESSES ................................................................................................ 14
  JUSTICE AND PEACE ............................................................................................................ 15
  END OF THE FIRST FIVE YEARS........................................................................................ 16
  APPENDIX ............................................................................................................................... 16
    Meet the New Associates ...................................................................................................... 16




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GREETINGS

Our San Francisco Mission Centre (SFMC) came into being in January 2006 when the four U.S.
Provinces (California, New York, Oregon, and Washington) joined with the Province of Ontario
in Canada to become the new U.S.–Ontario Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names. The
SFMC, one of 17 US-ON Mission Centres, takes in three California Counties that lie between
the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. We are part of the San Francisco Archdiocese.
This history relates the story of the first five years of Mission Centre as part of a newly formed
US-Ontario Province.




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Row 1: Jeanenne Weis, Marilyn Murphy, Cecilia Calva, Sally Thompson
Row 2: Michaeline Falvey, Carol Fleitz, Ann Gilchrist
Row 3: Judy Borland*, Marianne Viani, Colleen Kern, Pat Hunter
Row 4: Catherine Nessi, Sharon Martin*, Helen Garvey, Mary Berchmans Trentacosta
Row 5: Marilyn Miller, Peggy Kinzie, Mary Alice Hein, Dianne Nixon
Row 6: Eileen Ramos*, Fran Kearney, Dolores Barling, Jean Cather        (* Associate)


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BEGINNINGS

In January 2006, the four US Provinces (California, New York, Oregon, and Washington)
merged with Ontario Province in Canada to become one Province (US-Ontario). Our new
structure created 17 geographical Mission Centres and thus the San Francisco Mission Centre
was born. Small in comparison with most other MCs, San Francisco began with 17 Sisters and 3
active Associates from Belmont, Daly City, Millbrae, Pacifica, San Carlos, San Francisco, San
Mateo, and San Rafael. The San Francisco Mission Centre (SFMC) stretches from the North Bay
(Marin County) through The City (San Francisco) down the Peninsula (San Mateo County). We
are named for “The City by the Bay”.

Our geographical boundaries are the same as the San Francisco Archdiocese. The same year as
our inauguration (2006) the Archdiocese welcomed a new leader. Bishop George H. Niederauer,
Bishop of Salt Lake City, was ordained as the new Archbishop of San Francisco. Other changes
in the hierarchy of the diocese were the appointment of two auxiliary bishops: Father William
Justice in 2008 and Monsignor Robert McElroy in 2010. Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius Wang
retired in 2009.

Before changing to the MC structure the SNJMs were linked to the Archdiocese through our
Provincial structures, a link that went back over a hundred years. The reconfiguration of the
Provinces, along with the fewer number of Sisters in the Archdiocese, changed that relationship.
We had to redefine how we stayed connected to Archdiocesan Church structures. That is still a
work in progress.


A TIME OF TRANSITION

The move from being a Los Gatos/California based SNJM Province to a much broader
organizational structure meant that we were to adjust to significant changes in our community
life. For the Sisters it meant moving from being a defined Province (where we began our
religious life, where we “grew up”, and where for many years we shared a common life and
ministries) to uniting with four SNJM former Provinces and joining with them in building new
relationships and a new history. How the Associates fit into the structure is not quite clear. They
are listed as part of a Mission Centre (some participate) but seem to have a regional organization
that is separate. Although some preferred that the change would happen in more sequential
steps, all accepted the challenge. In these five years of the transition to the new US-ON Province,
we have come to know both the good that has come as a result of the change as well as the
confusions of the “not yet” organizational structures and unintended losses of ties and
relationships as we moved out of the former structures.


The US-Ontario Province was divided into 17 Mission Centres with one of the members of the
Province leadership Team (PLT) as liaison. Joan Saalfeld, Province, became our liaison. She
was able to visit the MC a number of times.



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One of the first organizational tasks of our MC was to choose a Mission Centre Coordinator
(MCC). Jeanenne Weis graciously accepted the job although, like the rest, she did not know
what would be expected of a MCC. Carol Fleitz, Michaeline Falvey and Eileen were chosen to
be part of the team. Jeanenne served two terms and then Helen became the coordinator, with
Cecilia Calva and Eileen Ramos as part of the team. Peggy Kinzie stayed on as Health person
and Jeanenne took on the job of treasurer.

The Sisters and Associates meet regularly about once a month. We have moved into a pattern of
having a business meeting one month and a social the next. Our gatherings are well attended and
we enjoy this time together. Eileen Ramos and her housemate, Pat Rogers, BVM, have the
custom of inviting all to a Christmas open house – one Christmas it is for Sisters and Associates
and the next one for other friends.


COMINGS AND GOINGS

Unfortunately Mary Berchmans Trentacosta had a stroke just a few months after the MC began
to function. She moved to Los Gatos in order to get the care she needed. Jeannie and Mary Alice
Hein decided to move to Los Gatos in 2007. This offered the opportunity for Cecilia Calva
(from Oakland) and Helen Garvey (from Nicaragua) to move into Flood Avenue residence with
Sally Thompson. Marilyn Murphy left Epiphany Parish after 17 years and retired to Los Gatos
while Dolores Barling (moving from the Los Angeles area) came to live in Daly City. In
December of 2010, six new Associates joined the SFMC.

In June of 2010, Dianne Nixon resigned her position at St. Peter parish. She served ten years in
the parish. From September to December Dianne did volunteer work at the SNJM Clinic and
Community Center in Tutwiler, Mississippi.


OUR MINISTRIES

Sisters and Associates, in their lives and ministries, are committed to the Congregational
direction set forth in the 31st and 32nd General Chapter Acts of 2001 and 2006. We serve in a
variety of ways.

       Parishes
              Epiphany, San Francisco. Marilyn Murphy, (Pastoral Associate.)
              Our Lady of Angels, Burlingame. Pat Hunter, (Pastoral Associate)
              St. Peter, Pacifica. Dianne Nixon, (Director of Liturgy and RCIA)
              Church of the Good Shepherd, Pacifica. Carol Fleitz, (Pastoral Associate),
                      Judy Borland and Sharon Martin involved in RCIA and liturgical
                      ministries. Dolores Barling (accompanies the choir)
              St. Anthony Parish, Novato Colleen Kern (Children’s Choir)
       Formal Education
              St. Cecilia’s School. Marilyn Miller (Principal), Ann Gilchrist (School
              Psychologist), Catherine Nessi (Plant Manager), Peggy Kinzie (2nd Grade Teacher

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              and children’s choir director), and Sally Thompson (volunteer teacher’s aide).
              Sally moved to help at St. Finn Barr’s in 2008.
              St. Thomas More. Eileen Ramos (2nd Grade Teacher)
              Holy Names University. Jeanenne Weis (math tutor)
              Archdiocesan Department of Catholic Schools. Marianne Viani (Associate
              Superintendent for Curriculum/School Improvement)
              Coleman School, San Rafael, Colleen Kern (Volunteer assistant to first grade
              teacher, and teaches rhythm band and hand chimes to students.)

Community Service
           Epiphany Center. Fran Kearney (Parent-Child Center Program Director)
           St. Anthony Medical Center. Mary Berchmans Trentacosta (Head Nurse and in
           charge of Pharmacy)
           Holy Names Sisters Global Justice Cards. Jean Cather and Mary Alice Hein (co-
           directors and staff)
           ESL at Epiphany Parish. Michaeline Falvey (Volunteer Teacher)
           Rotary Manor Apartments Colleen Kern (President of Residents’ Council and
                   member of the Board of the 49er Booster Club. )
           Mercy Center. Cecilia Calva (Formation Team for Spanish Speaking Spiritual
                   Directors and Massage ministry during retreats)
           Casa de las Madres. Helen Garvey (Volunteer Office Support)
           SNJM California Justice Program. Cecilia Calva (Northern California
                   Coordinator until 2009)
           Center for Education and Training (CECIM), Nicaragua. Helen Garvey
                   (Education Consultant)
           Tutwiler Clinic and Community Education Center, Mississippi. Dianne Nixon
           (Volunteer for
                   3 months).
           North Peninsula Food Pantry. Dolores Barling (Volunteer)
           Los Gatos House. Cecilia Calva (Massage Ministry), Helen Garvey (Library),
                   Dolores Barling (Driver)



CELEBRATIONS


Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The four Northern California MCs continued to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate
Conception together. It always offers a time to reconnect with people, renew our vows and
promises as members of a community, and celebrate the Eucharist. In 2009, it was the SFMC
year to organize the event.




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Summer Days

Summer Days had become a custom in the former California Province. The days provided an
opportunity to reflect together on Community concerns, about Justice and Peace issues, to pray
together, and to enjoy one another’s company. In April of 2006, Jeanenne Weis, MC
Coordinator, met with the Coordinators from the other three Bay Area MCs (Los Gatos, South
Bay, and East Bay) to plan for summer/community days. Later, it was decided that the
Coordinators would select a committee to plan and organize these days.

Jubilees

The California MCs have continued the custom of celebrating jubilees together generally the
weekend after Easter for the Golden Jubilarians and in the summer for those have completed 60
years or more. SFMC Jubilarians are:

       Golden Jubilee                               Diamond Jubilee
       Sister Marilyn Murphy (2006)                 Sister Michaeline Falvey (2005_)
       Sister Marianne Viani (2008)                 Sister Sally Thompson (2005_)
       Sister Peggy Kinzie (2009)                   Sister Colleen Kern (2008)
       Sister Dolores Barling (2009)                Sister Catherine Nessi (2010)
       Sister Dianne Nixon (2009)

NEW ASSOCIATES

In December 2010, we welcomed seven new associate members in a celebration held at Los
Gatos. Six of this group will belong to the SFMC. Anne Lagorio and Cynthia Angell live in
Weaverville (about a five hour drive from the Bay Area). They found us via the Internet.
Michael and Margot Toberner live in Cloverdale which is about an hour north of San Francisco.
Margot is the younger sister of Sister Sharon Francis (Southern California MC) Kay Krause lives
in Pacific and works with Carol Fleitz and Judy Borland in the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Sabina Guotaco lives in Daly City. Sabina worked as CEF for three years in the financial offices
of the then California Province. (See Appendix: Meet the Associates)




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PART OF THE BIGGER SOCIETY

In these five years, much has happened that affects our lives – our world, our country, our
Church and our daily living. Briefly:
     In 2005 Cardinal Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI. Several of us were concerned
        because of his reputation as an ultraconservative.
     The Roman Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life, under the leadership of
        Cardinal Rode, decided to investigate American Women Religious. The announcement
        was simply made without any consultation with the U.S. Leadership Conference of
        Women Religious.
     In 2008, Americans elected Barak Obama, the first black American to become President.
        He won over Senator John McCain and his vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The
        latter had the support of ultraconservative republicans. Palin is closely connected to the
        new movement known as The Tea Party. The campaign brought out inflammatory
        rhetoric particularly with regard to immigrants.
     At the end of 2008, the country went into a deep recession. The Housing Market
        crumbled and the financial markets were in disarray. All this resulted in many losing
        their homes and in an extremely high unemployment rate.
     In 2010 California elected Democrat Jerry Brown as the Governor. He previously served
        as governor from 1975 to 1983. His opponent, Republican Meg Whitman, spent more
        than $160,000,000 of her own money on the campaign.. Brown takes over in a State that
        has high unemployment and lacks money to run the state.
     Consciousness about Global warming and the global water crisis have increased in these
        five years. Hurricane Katrina that hit New Orleans and the surrounding areas as well as

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      the oil well explosion under the waters of the Gulf of Mexico made us even more aware
      of our responsibility for the environment.
     The earthquake in Haiti took lives of thousands of people and this small nation has not
      yet recovered.
     San Francisco, led by Mayor Newsom, is proud to consider itself “green”.
     The war in Iraq and Afghanistan continues and Homeland Security tightens travel
      security at the airports.




EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Parishes
      In fall of 2008 Church of the Good Shepherd, Pacifica, celebrated the parish school’s
      fortieth anniversary with a special Mass.

      Judy Borland organized the selling of quilts from the SNJM Tutwiler Community
      Education Center in Tutwiler, Mississippi. They were able to send $1,486 to support the
      Center.

      Annually Good Shepherd hosts The Kateri Tekakwitha sale of items made by women of
      Guatemala. The proceeds of these sales benefit the education and advancement of these
      women and their families.

      Five days after the gas line fire that killed four people, injured 50 and destroyed 38
      homes in San Bruno in September of 2010, The Church of the Good Shepherd hosted a
      fund raiser organized by Mazzetti’s Bakery in Pacifica for San Bruno City Fire Relief

      St. Peter Parish in Pacific celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006. The stained glass
      windows for the Church and Chapel were completed. The designer and artist is Peter
      DeMartini, is a graduate of Sacred Heart Elementary School in Oakland, where SNJMs
      taught for many years.

      The Parish constructed a brick labyrinth, designed by a parishioner Michael Duterte, as a
      place of peace and reflection. To honor parishioners who for 20 years of more have
      volunteered their time and talent to enrich parish liturgies, Dianne initiated an award to
      be presented to one or two individuals each year. The honoree would have a brick added
      to the labyrinth in their honor.

      St. Peter Parish, along with four Pacific churches in participated “Re-Building Together”,
      an annual activity to help people in need repair and refurbish their homes. In 2009, the
      parish collected games, school supplies, toothpaste, and soap to be sent to the SNJM
      Province in Lesotho, South Africa to be used in their schools, clinics and children’s
      programs.

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     Marilyn Murphy initiated the RCIA program and the Children’s Liturgy of the Word,
     both programs have enabled greater participation by the laity.



Schools
     St. Cecilia School has made a major effort to make its school green. Besides recycling,
     they use biodegradable plates for the hot lunch service and children do not use plastic
     water bottles but rather bring a non-disposable one from home. They recycle and
     compost all of their garbage.

     Children who want to help those in need prepare weekly sandwiches at home which are
     picked up at school by members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and delivered to one
     of their centers.

     At Christmas, they give to the Toys for Tots campaign and have for a number of years
     given to the SNJM ministry efforts in Lesotho, South Africa. They have a unique way to
     give to such needs as Katrina, Haiti, and other like causes. The school announces a free
     dress day and those who want to participate donate a dollar or more to the cause and
     come to school in free dress.

     In September of 2009, Janessa Greig, St. Cecilia class of 2011, and her mother, Jacki,
     were victims of the gas explosion and fire in San Bruno. The explosion killed 8 people,
     destroyed 38 homes, and displaced 55 families. The shock of these sudden deaths brought
     together the school and the parish communities to mourn their loss and to express their
     support for the family and for one another.

     The school is proud that out of a staff of 50, 18 are graduates of St. Cecilia’s. They are
     also proud that many children have at least one parent or grandparent who graduated
     from the school.

     The school upgraded its technology in 2010 and now has internet connections in all the
     classrooms along with connection to white boards, document readers, computers, and
     cable TV.

     St. Thomas Moore School undertook a major expansion project under Principal Joe
     Elsbernd. A library, Gym, science room, and permanent kindergarten and pre-school
     were added to the campus. Eileen Ramos and her housemate Pat Rogers, BVM both
     teach in the school. These three have worked together in different sites for many years
     before coming to St. Thomas Moore. Joe was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and it was a
     very difficult time for the school community when he died in 2010.




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Local Community

      Commemorating a San Francisco Event. Every year Fran Kearny and Michaeline Falvey
      attend “The 1906 Earthquake and Fire Annual Commemoration.” They participate in the
      ceremony of the spraying the fire hydrant - the one that “saved the Mission District”-
      recalling that on April 18th, 1906, the SNJMs at St. Joseph Convent/School joined in the
      efforts to save the Mission District and minister to those in the street.

      Go Giants - A very special time for San Francisco -- the Giants baseball team won their
      first World Series title since the New York Giants became the San Francisco Giants in
      1954. A great celebration for all in the Bay Area! At our MC meeting on November 14th,
      rain or shine fans like Fran Kearney, Michaeline Falvey, Catherine Nessi, Colleen Kern
      and Eileen Ramos were joined by the rest of us in toasting OUR team.


      Three of us have received ministry grants from the Province. Dolores Barling twice
      asked and obtained a grant of $1200 for the North Peninsula Food Pantry and Dining
      Center in Daly City. Denise Kelly is the Director. Her husband, Patrick, attended St.
      Cecilia elementary school and has fond memories of the Sisters. Cecilia Calva received
      two grants ($5000 and $3000) for Mercy Center Burlingame’s Program to train Hispanic
      spiritual directors where she is a member of the Mercy’s team. $2000 was awarded to
      the Maura Clarke School in Ciudad Sandino, Managua, Nicaragua for the purchase of
      textbooks. Helen Garvey established a school library and mentored the school
      administration for five years prior to joining the SFMC. Maura Clarke School is named
      for the Maryknoll Sister who was martyred by military government in El Salvador in
      1980. The school is sponsored by the Center for Education and Training Sister Maura
      Clarke has served the poor in Ciudad Sandino for more than 30 years. The Director of
      CECIM, Isabel Sanchez is a SNJM Associate.

      Jeanenne Weis supports the SNJM Community Center in Tutwiler, MS by organizing
      sales of handcrafts. She keeps them in the back of her car ready to sell as opportunities
      arise.

      Members of the SFMC signed a letter addressed to Governor Elect Jerry Brown,
      congratulating him on his election and asking for a continuance of state funds for child
      care programs.


ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITIONS

     Marianne – In June 2010, after 20 years of service as the Associate Superintendent for
      Curriculum and School Improvement for the K-12 Schools of the Archdiocese, retired
      from full-time ministry.
     Marilyn Murphy – Epiphany Parish in San Francisco celebrated 17 years of dedicated
      service by Sister Marilyn Murphy and bid a loving farewell to her at a special Mass and
      reception.

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      Peggy Kinzie and Catherine Nessi – In 2009,St. Cecilia’s Parish celebrated Peggy
       Kinzie’s Golden Jubilee with a special Mass and reception honoring Peggy and her more
       than 30 years of service in the School. The next year, the Parish once again celebrated an
       SNJM jubilee. A special Mass and reception was held to honor and thank Catherine
       Nessi for her service.
      Dolores Barling – The Northern Peninsula Food Pantry awarded Dolores the Doug
       Carner Memorial Award for her work with the poor and needy.
      Dianne Nixon – At a Sunday Liturgy, St. Peter’s Parish celebrated Dianne’s Golden
       Jubilee. The reception was organized by the Women’s Guild and the Men’s Club.
      Dianne was also recognized by Peninsula Interfaith Action (PIA) as a PIA hero for
       encouraging the parish to become a member of PIA which is affiliated with People
       Improving Communities (PICO) a community action group that trains leaders and
       organizes to improve communities.
      Sally Thompson – St. Anselm’s School in San Anselmo, once an SNJM school, presented
       the Distinguished Graduate Award from the National Catholic Education Association to
       Sally. Sally attended St. Anselm’s elementary and high school. She graduated in 1939.


PROVINCE AND CONGREGATON

The first US-ON Provincial Leadership Team (PLT) took office in January 2006. Their task was
to build the administrative structure for the new province as well as be spiritual and community
leaders.

It is not surprising that we have had much “Community Business” to do in our Mission Center
meetings. First there was getting accustomed to our new structures and trying to accommodate
ourselves to being a Mission Centre. There were two Provincial Chapters of the Whole during
these five years, one in 2008 and the other in 2010. At the latter a new PLT was elected. Eileen
Ramos worked with a committee to plan and prepare the ambiance for both Chapters. Judy
Borland served on the Associate Planning committee for the 2008 Chapter and on the Planning
Steering Committee as well as was part of the Associate Consulting Group for the 2010 Chapter.

We also had a Congregational Chapter in 2006 and a new Congregational Leadership Team
(CLT) took office. In late 2009 we began preparation for a Congregational Chapter that will take
place in 2011. Judy Borland is one of two Associate Delegates for this General Chapter.


The Provincial Chapter of 2008 was the first official coming together of the entire Province. The
structures had yet to be tried and so there was little in terms of decision making. Those from the
SFMC all commented that they felt the chapter was a good “getting to know you experience”.
There was more participation in the preparation of Provincial Chapter of 2010. An extensive
survey evaluating the Mission Centres was organized by the Government Structures Committee
and sent to the Sisters. 8 of our group responded. The GSC sent two reports to the Province.
The first was the report how the MC responded and the other was a report of the whole Province.
SFMC responses indicated some lack of clarity about the MC Coordinator’s role as well as


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indicating some sense of disconnect with the PLT. In general the Sisters were satisfied with the
workings of the MC.

With regard to the structures, in 2007 the Sisters were asked if they thought that the MC
Coordinators could fulfill the role of an Advisory Board for the PLT. The sisters in our MC
responded that the proposal needed to be fleshed out as it was unclear what would be expected of
this group. Also, they did not think it was fair to ask the MCCs to take on a role that was not part
of the election process when they accepted the position.

Over the five years a major concern of the Sisters was the organization and functioning of the
Health and Wellness Program. A full day of the chapter 0f 2010 was devoted to this topic. There
was uncertainty about the role of the Care Coordinators and local health persons for each MC.
There was also resistance to an Advisory group that had been set up by the PLT. The group is
named IMAGINE. The email that was sent to announce the formation of the group left people
wondering about the purpose and the legitimacy of the group itself. Sisters asked why there was
not a Sister on the group to represent Los Gatos. The representative for Los Gatos, Dayna Hurst,
was new to Los Gatos and had very little experience as Director of the Los Gatos Campus and
with the SNJMs. The PLT later sent out a more detailed explanation but still the Sisters were
unsure about IMAGINE. With IMAGINE came the announcement of REALM, a professional
group, who would work with the Province in defining its care for the elderly. In general the
Sisters did not feel that REALM had much to offer. A common comment was that that we had
already discussed the questions they were asking. In March REALM came to Northern
California to meet Sisters in small groups but these were not well attended. The day at the
Chapter did not seem to resolve many of the questions the Sisters had. We haven’t heard from
REALM lately so it is assumed that they are no longer working with the Province.

For Californians, who look to Los Gatos as H&W center, neither IMAGINE nor REALM
addressed the future of Los Gatos. At our CA summer days in 2010, the Los Gatos Long Term
Planning Committee was initiated. Mary Pat Leroy chairs this committee that has five Sisters
from California, Dayna Hurst, Los Gatos Campus Director and Sister Judith Mayer, PLT
Liaison.

In 2009 Cardinal Franc Rode, prefect of the Roman Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated
Life, initiated an investigation of apostolic religious congregations of women in the United
States. In the radio interview Nov. 4, 2009, Cardinal Rode expressed some concern about "some
irregularities or omissions in American religious life. Most of all, you could say, it involves a
certain secular mentality that has spread in these religious families and, perhaps, also a certain
'feminist' spirit." The PLT consulted with others of the Leadership Conference of Religious
Women and also canon lawyers so that their responses to the questions asked by the
representatives of the investigative group were appropriate. We were not one of the
Congregations that had an onsite visit. All of us in the SFMC supported the PLT’s decision to
work with other Congregations to determine how to answer the questions. Since the Roman
process was not transparent, it was difficult to know why there is an investigation and what its
purpose is. The Church in California was not much interested in Rome’s concerns.
OurArchbishop and many in the Churches spoke out in favor of Catholic Sisters. The Sisters
appreciated the PLT’s efforts to keep us informed each step of the way.

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In September 2010, we enjoyed a visit from our Congregational Leadership Team. Sisters
Lorraine St.–Hilaire, Superior General, Margaret Kennedy, Jocelyne Latreill, and Dolores Wehle
spent several days in California. We had the opportunity to get to know them when we had an
evening of dinner and conversation at Flood Avenue residence. We also joined with the East
Bay Mission Centre at Holy Names University in Oakland for a day with them in which the CLT
addressed topics of interest in the Congregation.



IN LOVING MEMORY

      Edna Gilchrist, Ann Gilchrist’s Mother
      Mary Nessi, SNJM , died peacefully at our Care Center in Los Gatos. She was
       Catherine’s Nessi’s sister.
      Mary Nixon and Jack Harrison, Dianne mother and brother-in-law Jack Harrison
      Jannessa and Jacki Greig, Student at St. Cecilia’s school and her mother
      Roberta Fleitz, Sister of Carol Fleitz
      Father Bruce Drier, diocesan priest, graduate of St. Anselm School and Marin Catholic
       High school where SNJMs taught and friend of many in the SFMC .Many mourned the
       passing of Bruce Drier. Father was pastor of Epiphany parish for many years.
      Dave Weis, Jeanenne Weis’s brother
      Jose Elsbernd, Principle of St. Thomas Moore School.

HOSPITAL AND ILLNESSES

We have not escaped a few visits to the hospital. In 2006, shortly after we began as a MC,
Berchmans Trentacosta had a stroke. Since she needed more care than we could give her here in
San Francisco she moved to the SNJM Care Center in Los Gatos. In 2007 Jeanenne Weis had
heart surgery and spent two months recuperating in Los Gastos. Sally Thompson fell and broke
her pelvis in 2008, spent a few days in the hospital, another couple of weeks in Lawton
Convalescent Home for physical therapy and then a few more weeks recuperating in Los Gatos.
Peggy Kinzie had knee surgery and recuperated in Los Gatos for several weeks where she could
get the care she needed, especially physical therapy. Michaeline Falvey came down with
pneumonia in December of 2010, spent a couple of days in the hospital and then a couple of
weeks in our Los Gatos Care Center to recuperate. Carol Fleitz had a second hip replacement in
June 2007. The doctor accidentally stretched the sciatic nerve and caused drop foot. Carol spent
the summer in Los Gatos Care Center, but was able to continue ministry in the fall. After much
physical therapy and three different braces in a year, her foot slowly improved over a three-year
period.


Our support and prayers continue to go out Marianne Viani and her sister, Maureen, SNJM of the
East Bay Mission Centre. Maureen is recuperating from cancer surgery.



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JUSTICE AND PEACE

The Province organized a Justice Network with Jo’Ann Dequattro as the responsible person on
the PLT. The group meets annually. Over the five years, SFMC has sent different
representatives to the meeting: Dianne Nixon, Helen Garvey, and Dolores Barling. Cecilia Calva
was named to the Congregational Justice Network in 2009 and attends the meeting in that
capacity. We have a justice committee in the MC chaired by Dolores.

The California SNJMs sponsor an annual Justice Meeting, generally in the fall, where they share
information, plans and ideas. Dianne Nixon, Cecilia Caalva, Michaeline Falvey and Dolores
BArling have been part of the planning of these meetings at different times. This group has, for
a number of years, supported persons who participated in the protests at the School of the
Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. Dianne, with other SNJMs, represented us in 2007 and
again in 2009. The justice group has worked together on issues like anti trafficking efforts,
immigration, the water crisis and a presentation by Muslim women to help us know and
understand our Muslim brothers and sisters.

We are happy that our anti-trafficking efforts helped to convince Craig of Craig’s Internet List to
remove his adult section. Several of us have participated in education and anti-trafficking
activities in the Bay Area.

Supporting justice efforts, Jean Cather and Mary Alice began the Holy Names Sisters Global
Justice Cards project over twelve years ago. Each of their greeting card s has a design that calls
attention to a specific justice concern illustrated by a photograph taken by Jeannie and an
appropriate message. On the back of the card there is a brief explanation of the justice issue. The
project began several years before they moved to Flood Avenue. Jeannie and Mary Alice
travelled widely with the cards. Among a number of other places the cards were exhibited at the
Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) meetings in various parts of the country as
well as at the annual Los Angeles Archdiocesan Religious Education Conference. The Notre
Dame Sisters who have their central house in Rome selected the “Eucharist” card for one of
their annual jubilee celebrations and sent the cards to their sisters who live and serve in various
parts of the world. A $5000 grant helped Jeannie and Mary Alice purchase a new computer and
other materials. For a number of years cards were sold on their website. When they moved to
Los Gatos in 2007, Jeannie and Mary Alice closed the justice cards project.

In 2010 Helen began a blog titled “Water – Sacred Gift and Source of Life” as a contribution to
educating SNJMs about critical water concerns.

Catholic San Francisco published an article by Dolores Barling titled: “A Small Step toward a
Nuclear Free World”. It came out just a week before the Senate ratified the START Treaty with
Russia.



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END OF THE FIRST FIVE YEARS

We welcomed six new associate members in December and we bid farewell to Joan Saalfeld,
Provincial Superior, who served as our PLT contact person during these five years. We thanked
her at a dinner held at Flood Avenue residence. We hope that once in a while she will wear our
gift to her - an “I love San Francisco” tee shirt.

December 2010 marks the end the first five years of our US-ON Province. Much has happened
in these five years and we are grateful for the effort and dedication of the Province Leadership
Team, the many members who have contributed to building our new Province and to one another
for the generous participation and commitment to our San Francisco Mission Center. We end the
five years with 16 sister members and 9 active associate members.


APPENDIX
Meet the New Associates

Katherine (Kay) Krause
                Kay is a widow from a marriage of 51years, has three children and four
                grandchildren. At her parish, Good Shepherd Church, she serves as Lector,
                Cantor, Eucharistic Minister, Special Minister to the Homebound, and sings in
                the choir. She is a sponsor for the RCIA program and assists in retreats and
                fundraising for the parish. Kay is a Cursillista and belongs to the Women’s 4th
                Day Group.


Sabina Gotuaco
                  Sabina is a member of St. Andrew’s Church in Daly City and is a lector,
                  commentator and Eucharistic Minister. She has two daughters, Christina who
                  is 22, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California and Catrina,
                  19, a sophomore at the University of California in Berkeley. Sabina is the
                  Finance and Administration/Human Resources Officer at the Pacific Pension
                  Institute in San Francisco. She is also a realtor with Exit Excel Realty in
                  Millbrae. For three years she worked as CFO for the former SNJM California
                  Province. Presently she works at Pacific Pension Institute in San Francisco.
                  She has two cairn terriers, Precious and Special.


Michael & Margot Tobener

                  Michael and Margot are the sister and brother in law of Sr. Sharon Francis,
                  SNJM. They live in Cloverdale, California and have three children, 7
                  grandchildren and a brand new great grandchild. Margot graduated from the
                  eighth grade from St. Cecilia Parish. Michaeline Falvey was her teacher and


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                  principal. Michael was in the newspaper business for a number of years and
                  how has an internet business. They were married at St. Cecilia’s church.

Anne Lagorio:     Anne lives in Weaverville, California and is the divorced mother of two adult
                  children, Matt, age 21, goes to Chico State and Katie, age 24, is studying at
                  Cornish College of Arts in Seattle. Anne is involved in ministry in her parish.
                  With Cynthia Angell (see below), she organized the RCIA process in 2004.
                  She is Chair of the Board for Northern Valley Catholic Social Services for
                  Trinity County, member of the board of the Redding Chapter of California
                  Marriage Family Therapists and a member of the California Marriage Family
                  Therapists Professional Association. She organizes Cursillo weekends.


Cynthia Angell: Cynthia is Private Practice Attorney and lives in Weaverville, California. She
                is a divorced mother of two adult children; Sonyia, age 31 and Matt, age 21.
                Sonyia is married, lives in Napa and works in the wine industry. Kane is a 3rd
                year college student in Weed, California studying to be a Paramedic. Cynthia
                is active in Parish Ministries in Weaverville and directs the Parish Religious
                Education Program. She is active in the Cursillo movement. She works
                closely with Catholic Social Services and helped establish and run a family
                resource center serving the poor of Trinity County. Cynthia also helped
                establish a soup kitchen in her area. She is part of retreat ministry and gives
                retreats throughout Northern California.




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