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Riordan alum joins staff; former reporter onboard at Mercy, SF

04 St.Matt.jpeg PAGEASPERGES: San Mateo’s St. Matthew School celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Oct. 4, with a blessing of animals. Father Tom Parenti, retired pastor of St. Brendan Parish, San Francisco, and in residence at St. Matthew, presided, with his dog Lucca among the blessed guests. Adrian Peterson, St. Matt’s principal, fourth from left, also took part.

October 19, 2017
Tom Burke

04 Cronin THUMB04 Street - Joel Danoy Headshot THUMBTwo Catholic high schools in the archdiocese have welcomed new people to their outreach teams: Paul Cronin, new director of alumni and donor relations at Archbishop Riordan, and Joel Danoy, new director of marketing and communications at Mercy, San Francisco.

Paul is a Riordan alumnus graduating in 1993. “For the past 20 years Cronin has worked in technology sales and sales leadership positions at several Bay Area companies including CoStar Group and LoopNet,” Riordan said in an announcement of his having been hired. Paul has been an active member of Riordan’s Alumni Board, and says he wanted to get involved at a deeper level at the school. “I’m excited to be back at my alma mater and help build on the momentum that Riordan has created over the past few years,” he said. “Riordan is certainly part of the fabric of San Francisco. It is a one-of-a-kind school on many levels, but most significantly in the way that it helps students grow and development into fine young men.”

Paul played football and soccer at Riordan and earned an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Nevada-Reno. He, his wife Danielle and their three children live in San Mateo.

“Paul has been a great addition to Riordan,” the school said. “He is a great Crusader.”

Joel is a graduate of West Virginia University where he earned an undergraduate degree in journalism. “Before coming to Mercy San Francisco, I worked nearly three years for Oakland Unified School District managing internal communications for 5,000 employees and web communications for the district’s 89 school websites,” Joel told me via email. He also served six months as interim communications director for the district managing media events involving people including Rev. Jesse Jackson, White House officials and the Oakland mayor’s office. He is a former managing editor of The Tracy Press, and was a crime and courts reporter for The Winchester Star in Winchester, Virginia, and The Dominion Post in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Joel is glad to be aboard at Mercy. “Storytelling is my passion and it’s a true blessing to have this opportunity to shape the narrative of Mercy High School, San Francisco by highlighting the incredible stories and successes of our amazing students, families, employees, and alumnae who love to call Mercy home,” he said.

04 cathcenter.jpeg PAGEOUTFITS: SVdP’s Catherine Center held its Twilight Fashion Show Aug. 22 at Trinity Church in Menlo Park with more than 250 supporters in attendance. Center residents, graduates, volunteers and staff stepped in to model the couture selected from SVdP Thrift Stores. Pictured on the runway are Deacon Martin Schurr, SVdP’s restorative justice chaplain, Mercy Sister Marguerite Buchanan, a founder of the center, and Deacon Abel Mejia, SVdP’s San Mateo Homeless Help Center manager. The center helps women leaving incarceration in rebuilding their lives.YOUNG ADULTS INVITED: St. Cecilia’s Collins Center is the site for a Young Adult Retreat, Nov. 4, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with a focus on balancing work and life and for youth ministers, core team members, and all young adults. $12 ticket includes lunch. Retreat leader is D.J. Bernal who was also presented at Steubenville NorCal, http://ymyaretreat.eventbrite.com.


STAYING IN THE KNOW: It happens every year and is always on target: “Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference: God is Always With Us,” Nov. 3, 4, workshops in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese on the word, worship and witness as key components to our ongoing faith. www.SCFFC.org. If parishes are paying for parishioners’ attendance, they must register their parishioners and staff prior to Nov. 3. On-site registration will only be available for cash, check or credit card.

St. Anselm Parish, Ross is bringing a topic to the fore with its session on palliative care Oct. 28 in the parish Centennial Hall at 11 a.m. Dr. Dawn Gross, a palliative care physician at UCSF, speaks on “creating a safe space to transform the experience of end-of-life conversations from dread to discovery,” the parish said. Register with Sissy Ratto, (415) 453-2342; St.anselmoffice@att.net.

The season is already sending its greetings so mark your calendar for “Christmas at Kohl,” Nov. 29, 5-9 p.m. at the mansion on the Mercy High School campus in Burlingame. More than 65 vendors will display unique holiday treasures, jewelry, clothing and holiday decorations. Docent tours of Kohl at 6:30 and 7 p.m. Adults $10, children under 12 free, www.mercyhsb.com.

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