A group of 15 Sisters, Associates, friends and neighbors gathered at St. Joseph Faculty House to mark its closure as a local SNJM house in Seattle. Its last residents have now moved to Spokane or other Seattle places or, in the case of Ann Cornelia Sullivan, SNJM, seen in the photo on the mantel, gone to heaven.
“We voiced many grateful memories of 41 years of occupancy, bringing much laughter, and shared bountiful appetizers and desserts,” said Linda Riggers, SNJM.
Judy Ryan, SNJM convened the group and led joyful conversation and prayers. A particular blessing was the knowledge that many household goods have been given to a Honduran refugee family.
Southern California Associates Densy and Greg Chandra were among four San Bernardino Diocese recipients of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross Award, the highest honor bestowed upon laypersons by the Vatican. Greg and Densy are active in many parish and diocesan ministries including building and development, Asian-Pacific ministry and social concerns. Densy served as a national delegate to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Asian Pacific Ministry for more than 10 years. She is the coordinator of the Diocesan Migration Mass. The couple belongs to the Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher, which provides for the needs of the Church in the Holy Land. They are also regional advocates for Catholic Relief Services.
Over 100 administrators and staff members of the Oakland Diocesan Chancery Office gathered for a luncheon on June 22 to honor and thank Barbara Bray, SNJM (East Bay) as she retires from her ministry as Superintendent of Schools. Bishop Emeritus John Cummins offered the invocation. Bishop Michael Barber and Assistant Superintendent Linda Basman spoke in glowing and grateful terms of Barbara’s gifts of servant leadership, her creation of a “community of schools” in the Diocese and her mission-driven and child-centered service during her 38 years of educational ministry in Oakland. She served as principal in two parish schools, assistant superintendent and superintendent.
In recognition of her 40 years of service to DePaul Housing Management of Albany, NY, Joan Byrne, SNJM received the “2016 Outstanding Contribution by a Senior” award from the New York State Office for the Aging. Sr. Joan also received a citation from the New York State Assembly, presented by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, and a “Proclamation Honoring Sister Joan Byrne” from New York State Senator Neil D. Breslin. Click here to read the New York State proclamation honoring Sr. Joan.
On May 10, 1868, six foundresses arrived in San Francisco after a long journey from Longueuil. The Sisters of Mercy welcomed them with strawberries and cream. This was a special treat for the Canadian Sisters, who were not accustomed to having strawberries so early in the year. We honor the arrival of these foundresses every year on Strawberry Day by sharing strawberries with students and colleagues.
Villa Maria del Mar retreat center in Santa Cruz, CA held their “Meet Me at the Villa” fundraiser on May 18 which included a reception and dinner for 135 guests. There was an auction of golf packages and travel that raised additional funds for the Villa. It was great fun for all. Learn more about the Villa at: http://www.villamariadelmar.org/
Holy Names Academy, Seattle bestowed its Loeken Award on its registrar, Linda Riggers, SNJM at a recent assembly. The award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has gone the extra mile in service to the Academy. In the Attendance Office, Sr. Linda lives the mission of the school in many ways through her attentive care to the needs of each student.
Dubbing her the “water nun,” the Pasadena Star News celebrates the passion of Anna Keim, SNJM for teaching Ramona Convent Secondary School, Alhambra students about justice and free, clean water. Read more at: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/environment-and-nature/20150621/nun-at-alhambra-catholic-school-teaches-water-conservation-bashes-bottled-water
Sixteen Ramona students recently attended Ramona’s first Homelessness Solidarity Retreat, designed by Anna Keim, SNJM. Students listened to a presentation on homelessness by Judy Vaughn, CSJ, director of Alexandria House in Los Angeles. Sr. Judy brought a guest speaker who shared her own experience of homelessness. The students spent the night in cardboard boxes on the tennis courts at Ramona and got up at 5 a.m. to serve breakfast to the homeless at the Midnight Mission on Skid Row in downtown L.A.
Photos from the Final Vow ceremony for Anna Keim, SNJM are available to view on our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151705257358808.1073741826. 159027698807&type=3. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view them.