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Mercy Sisters celebrate jubilees: 50, 60 and 80 years in religious life

August 14, 2015

Sisters of Mercy of the Mercy West Midwest Community marked jubilees at a Mass Aug. 1 at Mercy Convent Chapel. Father Daniel Nascimento, pastor, St. Anne of the Sunset Parish, was principal celebrant. Sisters, family and friends recognized the dedicated lives and ministries of those who entered the Mercy Community in Burlingame from 50 to 80 years ago.


50 years

Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM

Sister Eileen was born in San Francisco and attended St. Charles/Holy Name, Mercy High San Francisco, and Russell College. She began the ministry of teaching third and fourth grades in the Bay Area at St. Gabriel’s, St. Peter’s, and Holy Name Schools. She was school secretary of St. Peter’s School from 1986 to 1996 and has been executive secretary of Our Lady of Mercy School from 1996 to present. “I am a deeply grateful woman, for my God has given so much to me - my family, good friends, my Mercy Community, and those with whom I have ministered,” she said.


Sister Krista Ramirez, RSM

Sister Krista was born in San Francisco and attended Holy Name School and Mercy High School San Francisco. She served at several Mercy-connected hospitals in California for 45 years and as bi-lingual resource nurse at Scripps Mercy in San Diego for seven years. Currently, Sister Krista is staff education resource coordinator for staff on the Mercy campus in Burlingame. “I have served in many departments, utilizing my two languages and the language of the heart, among many diverse ethnicities and always as a member of a team of valued and supportive colleagues in ministry,” she said.

Sister Helen Santillan, RSM

Sister Helen was born in Los Angeles and entered the Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame. She became a licensed social worker with a degree from UCLA and worked at the Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center in Venice, California, from 1988 to 2004. “Through my ministries, God’s plans for me have led me to serve for and with some wonderfully awesome peoples. I have come to see the merciful love of God for them in their most vulnerable as well as in their most triumphant moments,” she said.


60 years

Sister Laurana Grose, RSM

Sister Laurana was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, entered the Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame in 1955. She spent many years as a nurse and nursing supervisor in hospitals in California and Arizona. She said, “I have been blessed to hear the personal stories shared with me – those of much suffering and those of joy.” Sister Laurana loves animals and birds of all kinds and has enjoyed writing.


Sister Jane Meuse, RSM

Sister Jane was born in Melrose, Massachussetts. Her ministry has been in elementary education since 1958. She taught at Our Lady of Angels and St. Catherine schools in Burlingame. In San Francisco she taught at St. Gabriel and St. Peter Schools and then began at St. Anne School in 1988. “I knew science would be like teaching religion – showing God in all his creation,” she said. “Since I have been at St. Anne for such a long period of time, I have had the chance to watch the students grow ‘in wisdom, age, and grace.’”


Sister Patricia Williams, RSM

Sister Patricia was born in Los Angeles and entered the Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame. She began her ministries with teaching in primary grades for 17 years: Holy Name and St. Gabriel schools in San Francisco. After studying pastoral care in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she worked at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynnwood, California, then at Catholic Charities training those who worked with the elderly. She continued to work with older adult care and hospice in Palo Alto and Santa Clara until 2006. “Today I am aware that my call is God’s gift to me. During these 60 years, I slowly became God’s gift to others.”


80 Years

Sister Mary Martha Kiening, RSM

Sister Mary Martha entered the Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame in 1935 and received her degree in nursing in 1948. She served as a nursing supervisor at St. Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco, and other facilities. She holds a degree in psychiatric nursing from The Catholic University of America and was key to the founding of McAuley Psychiatric Institute at St. Mary’s and the University of San Francisco School of Nursing. “I will never stop thanking God, with constant words of praise. My soul will boast of God,” she has written on the occasion of her jubilee.

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