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Women religious celebrate jubilees
January 12th, 2011


Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

– 50 years –

Sister Carol Marie Baum, BVM, (Joseph Louis) taught at St. Paul School in San Francisco. She has also been active in congregational service since 1997.

Sister Ann DeLeeuw, BVM, (Charles Ann)
has been an educator and medical secretary. She taught at St. Paul and St. Brigid schools in San Francisco. Currently, she is teacher, medical secretary and medical records coder in Phoenix, Ariz.

Sister Bette Gambonini, BVM, (Esther Mary)
was a music teacher at St. Paul Elementary School in San Francisco. Sister Bette has been active in congregational service since 1971.

Sister Patricia Peach, BVM, (Janet Irene)
taught at St. Paul High School in San Francisco. She has also taught in Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; and Portland, Ore.

Sister Linda Quinones, BVM, (Frances Jean)
has ministered as secretary at the now-closed Most Holy Redeemer School and as secretary/librarian at St. Thomas More School, both in San Francisco. Since 2004, she has lived in Kilauea, Hawaii, and volunteers in hospice and at St. Catherine’s Parish and Senior Center.

Sister Marilyn K. Wilson, BVM, (Claudia),
since 1980, has served primarily in campus, retreat and adult spirituality ministry and adult education in Santa Clara. She has been very active in congregational service since 1970.


Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community

– 75 years –

Sister Martha Kiening, RSM,
has served as a nursing supervisor at St. Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco and other facilities. She holds a degree in psychiatric nursing from Catholic University of America and helped in the founding of McAuley Psychiatric Institute at St. Mary’s. She also helped found the University of San Francisco School of Nursing.

– 60 years –

Sister Mary Rose Christy, RSM, now retired, began ministry as a nurse. In 1991 she moved to Romania to reform the practices in orphanages there later beginning a social services organization serving families with food, clothing, rent money, job training and programs in family budgeting.

Sister Rose Davis, RSM,
now serving in the ministry of prayer, holds a graduate degree in history from Loyola University and taught in elementary and high schools for 20 years in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She also served as a hospital wound care specialist and liaison for immigrants in Mexico.

Sister Marilyn Gouailhardou, RSM,
taught elementary school at St. Gabriel and Holy Name schools in San Francisco and also taught at Mercy High School in Burlingame and Mercy High School in San Francisco. Sister Marilyn became the Sisters of Mercy Burlingame community archivist in 1993, a position she continues to hold.

Sister Loretto Hunt, RSM,
a graduate of San Francisco’s now-closed St. Peter Academy, holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in education. She served for many years as an educator in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and the dioceses of Oakland and Fresno and currently serves in a San Francisco crisis support program.

Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM,
who holds graduate degrees in educational administration in higher education from San Fernando Valley College and in spirituality from Gonzaga University, taught at St. Peter’s School in San Francisco. She currently is retreat and spiritual director for the Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame.

Sister Barbara Moran, RSM,
who holds a post-graduate degree in English from Catholic University of America, has taught kindergarten to college. Since 1998 she has been a docent at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

Sister Diana Petz, RSM,
now retired, was for 25 years a teacher and principal at St. Gabriel and St Peter schools in San Francisco and St. Catherine of Siena school in Burlingame. She served as a pastoral associate for the Hispanic community at St. Athanasius Parish in San Jose for 20 years.

Sister Helena Sanfilippo, RSM,
holds a post-graduate degree in history from the University of Notre Dame and has taught at the elementary, secondary and college levels. She worked in Appalachia for eight years where she started a free clinic for the poor in Virginia.

Sister Paulina Simms, RSM,
was principal of San Francisco’s St. Stephen School for 18 years. Since 2003 she has been a volunteer in the school library for St. Peter school in San Francisco’s Mission district.

Sister Maria Juanita van Bommel, RSM,
taught for 35 years in the archdioceses of San Francisco and Los Angeles and dioceses of Fresno, Oakland and San Diego also serving as a homeless counselor and coordinator of volunteers. She also served in restorative justice ministry at Elmwood Correctional facility in Milpitas.

Sister Elizabeth Wekall, RSM,
currently serving in Southern California, entered her lifelong ministry of education teaching in Catholic elementary schools in the archdioceses of San Francisco and dioceses of Oakland and San Diego.

– 50 years –

Sister Patricia Beirne, RSM,
currently serves in Los Angeles and has taught at St. Gabriel and Holy Name of Jesus schools in San Francisco and Our Lady of Angels School in Burlingame. She has also served extensively in the Los Angeles area. Photography is a part of her contemplation.

Sister Rosann Fraher, RSM,
a San Francisco native, attended Mercy High School, San Francisco. She is a former principal of Mercy High School in Burlingame leading the school through an enrollment increase and expansion of academic programs and has taught junior high at St. Anne School in San Francisco since 2004.

Sister Mary Timothy Gallagher, RSM,
now Nursing Director at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, attended St. Cecilia School and Mercy High School, San Francisco. She holds a nursing degree from University of San Francisco and a health education degree from San Jose State.

Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM,
is a graduate of Mercy High School, San Francisco, and for 23 years was religious education coordinator at San Francisco’s St. Stephen School. She has also worked with children suffering loss of a parent, and in programs assisting people living with HIV/AIDS.

Sister Bernadette Hart, RSM,
a graduate of Mercy High School, Burlingame, is now director of religious education at St. Gabriel Parish in San Francisco. During her time as vocation director she was drawn to spiritual direction and became a qualified spiritual director through a three-year program at Mercy Center.

Sister Marilyn King, RSM,
holds a post-graduate degree in theology from St. Paul University as well as from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and taught at the college level until 1980. Today, she lives at the Laura, a contemplative retreat in rural Kentucky ministering in outreach to rural neighbors.


Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

– 75 Years –

Sister Sylvia Hamilton, PBVM,
lives at the Presentation San Francisco Motherhouse and is engaged in the ministry of prayer for vocations. She began her ministry as a Catholic elementary and high school teacher in 1942 until 1981, with periods in Congregational roles including the fundraising for construction of the new Motherhouse on Turk Boulevard.

– 60 Years –

Sister Bernard Joseph George, PBVM,
currently volunteers as a caregiver. She began her ministry in Catholic education in 1949 at St. Anne School in San Francisco. Most recently, she served as Coordinator of Religious Education at South San Francisco’s Mater Dolorosa Parish from 1989 to 2007.

Sister Janet Harris, PBVM,
began ministering in restorative justice ministry in 1969, focusing primarily on youth and gangs. In 1974, she began work with the Los Angeles Probation Department in a program with gangs. Sister Janet has focused her ministry on the escalating of punishment for juveniles, and communicating with young people.

Sister Joanne O’Shea, PBVM,
volunteers at A Friendly Manor, a day time drop in center for needy women in Oakland. A Catholic elementary school teacher from 1949 to 1981, Sister Joanne has lived and ministered in Berkeley since 1981 and has been a Case Manager with Catholic Social Services in the Oakland diocese.

Sister Jude Ristey, PBVM,
a graduate of San Jose’s St. Patrick School and Notre Dame High School, ministers at the Archives of the Archdiocese of San Francisco in Menlo Park and taught in Catholic schools in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland, San Leandro, and Gilroy for 30 years.

Sister Vivian Vaccari, PBVM,
now retired from full time ministry, has been involved in volunteer work and in pursuing an interest in eco-spirituality. Sister Vivian taught in many Bay Area Catholic schools and developed one of the first computer labs and computer science programs for Bay Area elementary age students.

From January 14, 2011 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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