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Mike O’Leary, director of development, and I just a bit after Mike underwent a kidney transplant. Pictured celebrating his 30th anniversary since the procedure June 2, is Mike with John Bisordi, Susan Gallagher Stuteville and John Martinez.

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All school reunion joins several generations
July 11th, 2012
By Tom Burke

MEMORIES: St. Matthew School, San Mateo held a “Multi-Class Reunion” April 28. Msgr. Mickey McCormick and his brother Father Kieran McCormick who are both St. Matt’s alums concelebrated the Mass opening the evening that was followed by a nostalgia-filled reception. Classmates Eileen Giannini and Anna Maes from the class of 1937 – the school was founded in 1931 – were in attendance. “I felt like a queen”, said Eileen. “It was a beautiful evening filled with wonderful memories of my time at St. Matthew.”

Remembered lovingly by the people he served for decades was Salesian Father Salvatore Giacomini who died in January. A Salesian for 71 years and a priest for 60 years, Father Jack’s “smiling presence, good words to everyone, especially the young, will be remembered by all,” said Salesian Father John Itzaina, pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, in a special note in the parish school’s annual report. “He turned to the Lord and believed in the Gospel,” Father John said. “We are confident he is enjoying the sounds of angelic music in the kingdom of heaven.”

“Ollanta is the most beautiful town I have ever been to,” said Susannah Therese Groh about the village in Peru where she is volunteering this summer. Susannah is 21 and the daughter of HQ colleague Annabelle Groh, office manager for Bishop Bill Justice and Bishop Bob McElroy. The excited words came in a recent daughter to mom letter that closed with, “Only my first real day but I am so, so, so happy and feel so good. Colors, people, food, llamas everywhere, most beautiful mountains I have ever seen.” Susannah is in the final stages of earning her nursing degree and is in Peru as part of Partners in Health, a group serving the very poor. She is a graduate of St. Hilary School in Tiburon and St. Ignatius College Preparatory. “She is wearing a medal of St. Therese given to her by a good family friend as she experiences life in the context of this saint’s `little way,’” Annabelle told me. “I will travel to different rural villages and help with health campaigns, focus on women’s and children’s health,” Susannah told her mom. “I wish I could show you around, so beautiful here! I feel very alive.”

Gregory Carini, a graduate of St. Charles Elementary School and Bellarmine College Prep, has received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from UCLA and started work at Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto. Thanks very much to “proud grandfather” Bernard Vas for lettin’ us know.

Happy 50 years married June 2 to Marge and Conn Hagan of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, San Francisco.

Had the pleasure just a few days ago to interview Archbishop Niederauer for Mosaic at KPIX CBS 5. During the visit we had a chance to talk with KCBS Radio news and program director, Ed Cavagnaro. Ed recalled how he and his wife Barbara said “Hi” to the archbishop as he was leaving a recent Giants game in the seventh inning with the Giants behind. “I told Barbara that if the archbishop was leaving early, the Giants didn’t have a prayer,” Ed said. Just for the record, the Giants lost. Mosaic with Archbishop Niederauer airs July 22 at 5 a.m. on KPIX CBS 5.

Father Brian Costello will be missed at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Parish where he has been pastor since 2010. A farewell reception over Memorial Day weekend had parishioners singing a rewrite of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” extolling the priest’s many qualities. The song is a “tribute to one of the archdiocese’s best,” parishioner Zella Kotala said.

A few people have called and asked where “Street” went. Well, if you’re reading this you know it’s now on Page 4. Please spread the word. As I’ve said so many times, “It’s an empty space without you.”

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From July 13, 2012 issue of Catholic San Francisco.



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