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  • Dominican sister turns late-life literary calling into book

    Her writing experience was limited to a lifetime of scribbles on classroom blackboards as a Catholic elementary school teacher. But that didn’t stop retired San Rafael Dominican Sister Gloria Montanez from authoring her first book this year at the age of 79.
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  • Earth Day: San Rafael Dominican Sisters support climate action

    In a statement released before Earth Day, April 22, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael invited “all concerned citizens to join us in studying the issues of climate change in terms of its effect on all living things, the economy, national security, and future generations, to modify our own behaviors as we think appropriate, and to express our concerns to our elected representatives.”
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  • Daughters of Charity name provincial superior

    The Daughters of Charity, Province of Los Altos Hills, have announced the appointment of Sister Julie Kubasak, DC, as new provincial superior.
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  • Clergy assignments announced

    Father Raymund Reyes, vicar for clergy, made the following announcement April 3, 2017.
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  • Presentation Sisters celebrate jubilees

    Presentation Sisters celebrating jubilees will be honored at a community celebration April 30 at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco.
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  • Women religious of the archdiocese celebrate jubilees

    Sister Linda Roby, BVM, who has ties to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, celebrates her golden jubilee on July 30, 2017, with a liturgy and dinner at Mount Carmel, Dubuque, Iowa.
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  • Lenten exercises: Dominican brothers, sisters race to support aging friars

    Five Dominican brothers in formation at St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland who share a running pastime turned a half-marathon on March 18 into a run-a-thon to support the care of elderly friars of the Western Province.
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  • Marin parish celebrates National Catholic Sisters Week

    Members of nine different communities of women religious from all three counties of the Archdiocese of San Francisco were honored by the St. Patrick Parish community in Larkspur on March 12 at a special Mass commemorating National Catholic Sisters Week.
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  • Consecrated Life Mass: ‘You are the bonfire’

    In his homily as celebrant of the annual Consecrated Life Mass on Feb. 5, Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice likened the women and men religious of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to a campground bonfire that illuminates the darkness, dispelling fear and hopelessness and helping others see the path to God.
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  • New diaconate formation class to begin

    In September we will welcome a new class of aspirants to the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Men who are interested in discerning a call to the diaconate are invited to attend a presentation at St. Mary’s Cathedral from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2.
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  • Presentation Sisters elect leadership team

    The Sisters of the Presentation from San Francisco have elected a leadership team who will serve 2016-2022. They are Sister Michele Anne Murphy, PBVM, president; Sister Pam Chiesa, PBVM, vice-president; Sister Paula Baker, PBVM, councilor; Sister Giovanna Campanella, PBVM, councilor.
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  • Clergy appointments announced

    The Office of the Vicar for Clergy announced the following clergy appointments effective Jan.1, 2016, unless otherwise noted, on behalf of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone.
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  • Little Sisters: Serving the elderly poor

    Although life now is different than that of the first Little Sisters of the Poor who arrived in San Francisco in 1901, some things never change – the elderly poor still need a home and we continue to be blessed by the kindness of people who support our mission.
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  • Mercy Volunteer Corps members return to San Francisco

    Mercy Volunteer Corps members have returned to San Francisco. First year MVC member Lauren Mifsud and Bianca Huerta, a second-year member, are learning to be at home here in a city known for a deep divide between rich and poor.
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  • Sisters of the Immaculate Conception: ‘Forward, go always forward’

    We, Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, were founded in 1892, by St. Carmen de Jesus Sallés in Burgos, Spain. We came to California in 1962 to the Diocese of Fresno and in the early 1980s we expanded to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, where we are still present in St. Brigid School.
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  • Society of Divine Word priests bringing missionary charism to archdiocese

    The new pastor of All Souls Parish is a member of a missionary order founded by a German saint in 19th century Holland that first came to the Archdiocese of San Francisco to minister to Japanese speaking Catholics.
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  • Marin Carmelites celebrate 50th Foundation Day

    Fifty years after Mother Dolores and a small group of pioneering Carmelite sisters arrived in a downpour on Nov. 24, 1965 to found the Carmel of the Mother of God Monastery in San Rafael, former prioress Mother Dolores, 93 – the sole survivor of the original founding sisters – wore an orchid corsage and a broad smile on Nov. 1 during the first of three jubilee Masses this month.
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  • Dominicans celebrate 800 years of preaching, ministry

    From Nov. 7, 2015, to Jan. 21, 2017, Dominicans worldwide celebrate the 800th jubilee of the approval of the Order of Preachers by Pope Honorius III in 1216, beginning with the opening Mass at the seat of the order at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome on Nov. 7.
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  • Archdiocese honors retired priests

    Msgr. Jose A. Rodriguez struck a grace note of humor and appreciation for the retired priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco as the keynote speaker at The Fifth Annual St. John Vianney Luncheon Oct. 30.
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  • First San Francisco archbishop was a Dominican

    The first archbishop of the newly created Archdiocese of San Francisco in the U.S. territory of California was a Spanish Dominican, Joseph Sadoc Alemany, whose “evangelical poverty” amid the excesses of the Gold Rush included living in a little two room metal shack behind St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.
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