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Celebrating 80th Anniversary of Entrance


Sister Mary Euphemia O’Connor and Sister Maryann Healy, two Sisters of the Presentation,
celebrated their 80th Anniversary of Entrance to the San Francisco Community on July 2, 2017.
The Motherhouse Sisters were invited to an afternoon tea to celebrate Sister Euphemia’s and Sister Maryann’s
eight decades in the San Francisco Community and their Irish heritage.
 



Sister Maryann Healy was ready for cake to celebrate 80 years!
 



Sister Mary Euphemia O’Connor was delighted to
celebrate eight decades, too!



The afternoon tea to celebrate Sister Euphemia’s and
Sister Maryann’s eight decades in the San Francisco community
and their Irish heritage was enjoyed by the Motherhouse Sisters.


Sr. Gloria would like to share this video from the Jubilee at Presentation Center with Sisters and Associates.
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Presentation Sisters Celebrate Jubilees

By Rosana Madrigal, Director of Communications, Sisters of the Presentation S.F.
 

Four Sisters of the Presentation celebrated jubilees to mark significant milestones in their lives as women religious
at a community celebration on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. 
Each one celebrated sixty (60) years from their entrance in the Congregation. They are
Sister Catherine Mary King, PBVM; Sister Lucia Lodolo, PBVM; Sister Helen Matosich PBVM; and Sister Rosemary McKean PBVM.
 

Sister Rosemary McKean, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary Donald) is celebrating sixty (60) years.  Sister Rosemary earned a B.A. in Education and an Elementary Teaching Credential from San Jose State University before entering the convent.  She taught in public schools for three years in San Lorenzo.  In 1965, she earned a M.A. in Education from the University of San Francisco.  She also holds credentials in Administration, Reading Specialist, and Learning Handicapped Education.  Sister Rosemary taught in elementary schools in the Bay Area and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Including for 28 years, she taught children with special needs at Saint Christopher School, San Jose.  Throughout her life, Sister Rosemary has been involved in work in promoting environmental justice and sustainability for the future.
 



The Sisters of the Presentation who celebrated jubilees
gathered in the dinning room. They are from left to right
Sister Rosemary McKean (religious name Sister Mary Donald),
Sister Lucia Lodolo (religious name Sister Mary Anthony Daniel),
Sister Catherine Mary King and
Sister Helen Matosich (religious name Sister Mary Alphonsus)
 

Sister Catherine Mary King, PBVM, is celebrating sixty (60) years.  She earned her B.A. degree at the University of San Francisco in 1967.  Sister Catherine Mary taught for nearly forty (40) years in Catholic elementary and high school education, including Presentation High School, San Francisco.  In 2006, with two other Presentation Sisters, she founded El Proyecto de las Rosas, a literacy center for immigrants, in Tipton, California.  Currently, Sister Catherine Mary is a volunteer tutor at Sacred Heart Nativity School in San Jose.
Sister Lucia Lodolo, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary Anthony Daniel) is celebrating sixty (60) years.  She earned her B.A. in education and her M.A. in Religious Education from the University of San Francisco.  She taught in Catholic elementary schools in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montebello, and Morgan Hill.  In 1974, Sister Lucia became a Pastoral Associate at Saint Teresa Parish in San Francisco; and she spent thirty-five years serving in that position.  In 2006, she helped found The Lantern, a hospitality and education center for immigrants sponsored by the Sisters of the Presentation in the Mission District of San Francisco.  Currently, she ministers at the Saint Anthony’s Foundation, visiting residents of downtown hotels and at Saint Anthony’s Dining Room.
 
Sister Helen Matosich, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary Alphonsus) is celebrating sixty (60) years.  She earned a B.A. in Education from the University of San Francisco and a Certificate of Training in Pastoral Ministry from the Dominican School of Theology, Berkeley.  She taught elementary school for fourteen years in Presentation schools in San Francisco and San Jose.  After receiving a Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Sister Helen served in liturgy, catechetical and pastoral ministry for parishes in West Oakland, San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara.  In 2002, Sister Helen began a new ministry giving workshops in prayer journaling and in personal and spiritual growth in the second half of life.  She is also an artist working in the media of clay and collage and more, which she shares with the Sisters at the Motherhouse in San Francisco.

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Two Sisters of the Presentation celebrated seventy (70) years from their entrance in the order
at the Archdiocese of San Francisco Annual Consecrated Life Mass on February 5, 2017 at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. 
They are Sister Joanne O’Shea, PBVM; and Sister Janet Harris, PBVM.  In addition, Sister Lucia Lodolo, PBVM, marked sixty years at the annual celebration.
 

Sister Joanne O’Shea, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary Evangelist) is celebrating seventy (70) years.  Sister Joanne earned a B.A. in Education from the University of San Francisco.  From 1949 to 1977, she taught junior high school students in Catholic schools in San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles.  During those years, she served as vice-principal of Saint Christopher School, San Jose, and principal of Cathedral Intermediate School, San Francisco.  In 1977, Sister Joanne became Director of Religious Education at Nativity Parish, Menlo Park.  From 1982 to 1990, she served as a case worker and later as Director of the Home Care Program in the Office of Aging at Catholic Charities, San Francisco.  From 1990 to 1993, Sister Joanne ministered as pastoral associate at Saint Mary Magdalene Parish, Berkeley.  In 1993, she became a case worker with court conserved frail elders in Oakland for two years.  Since 1997, Sister Joanne has volunteered at the intensive care nursery Children’s Hospital in Oakland; A Friendly Manor, a drop-in center for homeless women in Oakland; and at The Lantern in San Francisco.  She continues to minister to the Sisters at the Motherhouse in San Francisco.   Sister Janet Harris, PBVM, (religious name Sister Mary de Montfort) is celebrating seventy (70) years.  Sister Janet earned her B.A. degree at the University of San Francisco.  She taught at the elementary and secondary levels, including ten years at Our Lady of Loretto High School, Los Angeles.  In 1974, Sister Janet completed an M.A. degree in Film from Loyola University, Los Angeles.  Her thesis on Los Angeles gangs served as a catalyst for her ministry as a prison chaplain and gang counselor.  Work with gang members in East Los Angeles in the 1970s led to her being featured in People magazine, the Merv Griffin Show, and “O” The Oprah Magazine.  As head of Detention Ministry for the Diocese of San Bernardino in the 1980s and 1990s and later as Catholic Chaplain at Central Juvenile Hall, Los Angeles, Sister Janet worked closely with incarcerated youth, often using writing as a means of helping them to express themselves.  In 1997, a group of professional writers and Sister Janet started the Inside Out Writing Program at Central Juvenile Hall.  This program became a vehicle of change for many young offenders and led to the publication of their writings.  Currently, she serves in the ministry of prayer.
 

Consecrated Life Mass: ‘You are the bonfire’

For the complete article by Christina Gray, go to February 9, 2017 issue of Catholic San Francisco.
 


Photo by Debra Greenblat/Catholic San Francisco
 

In his homily as celebrant of the annual Consecrated Life Mass on February 5, 2017, 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.

The Consecrated Life Mass honors all sisters, brothers and priests but pays special homage to those celebrating milestone anniversaries, or jubilees. In 2017, 38 men and women religious celebrate jubilees from 25-70 years representing a total of 2,125 years of service.

Bishop Justice concluded the Mass with a message of gratitude.

“It is an honor for all of us because your life challenges us to remember that we are all called to be of service in the ministry of the church,” he said.

        
Photo by Debra Greenblat/Catholic San Francisco    

Jubilarians gathered after the annual Consecrated Life Mass on February 5, 2017 at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. Front from left to right were Sister Sheila Keane, OP, (70 years); Sister Joanne O’Shea, PBVM, (70 years); Sister Janet Harris, PBVM, (70 years); Sister Maria Concepcion, MC, (25 years). In the center row from left to right were Sister Lucia Lodolo, PBVM, (60 years); Sister Diane Aruda, OP, (50 years); Sister Lois Silva, OP, (60 years); Sister Adele Gerlach, OP, (60 years); Sister Susan Allbritton, OP, (40 years); Sister Joan Hanna, OP, (60 years); Sister Shirley Garibaldi, OSU, (50 years); Sister Patricia Shaffer, RSCJ, (60 years); Sister Clare Pratt, RSCJ, (50 years). In the back row from left to right were Sister Angela Furia, FdCC, (50 years); Sister Patricia Ryan, RSM, (60 years); Sister Kathleen Gibson, FMA, (60 years); Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice; Sister Dolores Maguire, CHF, (50 years); Sister Dee Myers, BVM, (60 years); Sister Katie O’Shea, CSJ, (60 years); Sister Ann Providence Frassinello, OP, (50 years).   Carrying the gifts during the Consecrated Life Mass were Presentation Sister Lucia Lodolo who celebrated a 60-year vocation
and Missionary of Charity Sister Maria Concepcion who celebrated 25 years. In addition, Sister Joanne O’Shea, PBVM, and
Sister Janet Harris, PBVM, both celebrated 70 years at the annual event on February 5, 2017 at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.

Sister Paschal turns 104!

By Rosana Madrigal, Director of Communications, Sisters of the Presentation S.F.
 
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, about twenty Sisters and staff gathered to celebrate Sister Paschal Elvin turning 104 at the Motherhouse in San Francisco.
 

 


At which point, to the polite roar of laughter, Sister Rita Jovick, said, “Let them eat donuts!” Later Sister Rita added she remembered a Jubilee where Sister Paschal quoted from the film Goodbye Mr. Chips, “To fill the world with love.”

 

Sister Maryann Healy says, “I’m almost as old as she is!  I’ve lived with her for many years. Today, I saw her birthday cake drop!” 

 

 

At which point, to the polite roar of laughter, Sister Rita Jovick, said, “Let them eat donuts!” Later Sister Rita added she remembered a Jubilee where Sister Paschal quoted from the film Goodbye Mr. Chips, “To fill the world with love.”

 


Pictured below from left to right are Sister Corinne Avila, Sister Eileen Canelo, Sister Constance Madden, Sister Michele O’Connell, Sister Eileen Diggins, Sister Rosemary Campi and Sister Rita Jovick.
Sister Rosemary Campi said, “She gave the most beautiful homily at my Silver Jubilee. I’ve already celebrated my 70th! But, that is how long ago, she touched me with her words.”
 

 


Sister Eileen Canelo was taught by Sister Paschal in the 7th grade at Saint Patrick School in San Jose.

 

 

Sister Euphemia O’Connor said, “She is the best Sister ever because she makes us smile. Her students never forget her. One of them still treasures a poem in which she corrected every line.”

 


Sister Pashcal received a hug from
Sister Michele Anne Murphy,
President, Sisters of the Presentation.
Sister Margaret Webster says, “She was my master teacher when I was started teaching the 7th grade at Saint Anne School in San Francisco. She taught me how to deal with the teens. I needed that!”

 

 

Sister Vivian Vacari says, “San Jose’s Saint Christopher Parish Over 50s club always ask for her.”
 

 


Sister Patricia Marie says, “I see her every single day, but I know Sister Paschal only pretends to see me as her eyesight is almost gone. Oh! When she is upset, she is upset!”

 


Above: Sister Paschal (left) confers with
Sister Toni Martinez, (right)
Director of Pastoral Care, Sisters of the Presentation.
Sister Janet Harris, said, “She is always very gracious and listens with genuine interest.” Sister Janet wrote “WOW!” on her birthday card.

 

 

Sister Paschal asked that the many birthday balloons be left on her wheelchair where she could see them. She enjoyed two helpings of French vanilla ice cream and requested birthday cake. At 104, her requests are met.
 

 


Above: Sister Paschal received hugs from
Sister Paula Baker, Councilor, and
Sister Michele Anne Murphy, President,
Sisters of the Presentation.
 

Presentation Justice Representatives Meet in Chicago
 


Justice representatives from Conference congregations met at Techny Towers in Chicago, Ill., recently.
Look for enhanced communication about justice efforts in the near future from this group of motivated
and dynamic women who are passionate about working for justice for all!

 


New President and Council Elected in San Francisco


Presentation Sisters elected a new President and Council at their Chapter held in March.

Sister Michele Anne Murphy, PBVM will take office with her Council on July 1, 2016.   Sister Pam Chiesa, PBVM was elected Councilor and Vice President and Sister Paula Baker, PBVM and Sister Giovanna Campanella, PBVM were elected Councilors.  Their term is six years.

The Chapter also affirmed a Visionary Directional Statement to guide the work of the congregation over the next six years:

Led by the Spirit and inspired by the life and charism of Nano Nagle, we are Presentation women filled with hope, rooted in contemplative consciousness, and committed to the primacy of relationship.  We acknowledge the challenge of our reality as a smaller, older community with limited resources and commit to addressing these challenges with a sense of urgency.  We

continue our commitment to participate in the universal mission of Jesus Christ and to follow Nano’s exhortation to love one another and to spend ourselves for the poor.

In the light of this commitment we call ourselves to…

        Envision a new future through growth in communal contemplative prayer and dialogue

        Foster dynamic engagement in every stage of our lives

        Steward our limited resources wisely in the on-going care of members and for supporting our mission and legacy

        Intensify efforts to care for those made poor and to care for our Earth community

        Utilize a collaborative mode as our way of being in community and ministry and in all our structures of leadership


Taking office July 1, 2016 will be (from left to
right sitting) Sister Michele Anne Murphy, President, Sister Pam Chiesa,
Vice President, (from left to right
 standing) Sister Giovanna Campanella, Councilor,
and Sister Paula Baker, Councilor.



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Presentation 160th Anniversary Newsletters and Video

The Sisters of the Presentation invite you to share in their joy of marking their 160th Anniversary of their arrival in San Francisco, California. Former Presentation Archivist Chris Doan has assembled four online Presentation Roots newsletters looking back at the many ways the spirit of Nano Nagle has been made live in the Sisters’ ministries to the people of God. The Presentation Roots newsletters feature historical photos, interesting facts and insights which you may be delighted find similar to those in your Congregation’s history. You can access these newsletters here: Presentation Roots Newsletters.

160th Anniversary Video


You can learn more about our amazing foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation by reading One Pace Beyond. It is available for $15.00 at our shopping cart at Sisters of the Presentation Shopping Cart. This biography by Sister Raphael Consedine, PBVM, tells the story of Ireland under the Penal Laws and Nano Nagle’s courageous and unique response to the poverty and oppression. For the millennium, the Irish people voted Nano Nagle, the most influential person in Irish history from 1,000 to 2,000!

Sr. Gloria would like to share this video from the Jubilee at Presentation Center with Sisters and Associates.
Click here
Jubilee Video  and use the password "presentationjubilee".


 

 

Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco
Women of light. Women of passion and imagination working to empower the poor.
281 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118-4416

www.presentationsisterssf.org

 

Mission Statement
We, Sisters of the Presentation, (San Francisco) are a community of Catholic women religious committed to living and transmitting the message of Jesus Christ through prayer and service. In the tradition of our foundress, Nano Nagle, we seek to promote a society which respects the dignity of all persons with emphasis on compassion and justice for the poor and oppressed.

Join the Legacy of Sisters of the Presentation of San Francisco.

November 13, 1854, Five Sisters of the Presentation travel from their native Ireland to establish a foundation in San Francisco, California. Read more in With Hearts of Oak see our Store.

December 1, 1854, The Sisters of Presentation of San Francisco open their first school on Green Street. Between 1930 and 1960, Sisters of Presentation establish and staff nineteen schools. Sisters of the Presentation continue to minister in all levels of education.

1968, The Second Vatican Council called women religious, including the Sisters of the Presentation, to renewal and more engagement in the society in which they lived. The Sisters of the Presentation embraced this call.

You can learn about each Sister’s unique response in Presentation Women, a Legacy of Vision, Faith and Service see our Store.

1984, Sister Cleta Herold helps co-found the AIDS Support Group at Most Holy Redeemer parish in San Francisco to offer volunteer services to patients with HIV and AIDS.

November 20, 1999, a corporate stance against the death penalty is accepted by the congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco.

In 2001, Sisters of the Presentation begin their Day Laborer Project, serving breakfast and monthly lunches to the day laborers on Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco. ROI- more than one thousand five hundred are served a year.

November 13, 2004, San Francisco, California proclaims The Sisters of the Presentation Day to honor their service and mark the 150th Anniversary of their arrival.

September 18, 2006, The Project of the Roses/El Proyecto de Las Rosas, is established in Saint John parish in Tipton, California by Sisters Rita Jovick, Catherine Mary King, and Patricia Reinhardt to provide adult education to the immigrant and migrant worker communities in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the most underserved areas of California. ROI- more than one thousand two-hundred are served a year.

October 2006, Sister Maire Sullivan opens the Lantern Center for Hospitality and Education/La Linterna to provide English and computer classes, as well as hospitality for men and women in the immigrant community of San Francisco’s Mission District. ROI- more than one thousand have been served since its inception.

Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization, Tax ID #94-2209052

 

 


 

 

 

Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco
Enhancing lives in countless ways. A continuing presence in times of need since 1854.
281 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118-4416

Presentation Sisters SF Website
 

2009-2013, The Sisters of the Presentation are featured in WOMEN & SPIRIT: Catholic Sisters in America sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The traveling exhibit had a stop at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. where it was recognized by the United States Congress. It received numerous accolades and awards along the way, including a proclamation from the California Assembly.

 November 12, 2011, Plaque dedication ceremony honors the presence and role of the Sisters of the Presentation in the educational history of the city of Berkeley.

 January 14, 2012, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Pedro dedicated the Fireside Room of its Parish Center in honor of the Sisters of the Presentation of San Francisco.

 January 2013, the Sisters of the Presentation commit to working on Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Stopping Human Trafficking.

 In November 2014, the Sisters of the Presentation will mark their 160th Anniversary of their arrival in San Francisco, California and serving the needs of the Bay Area. The Sisters of the Presentation continue to partner with the community to promote the Gospel’s Justice Issues of Peace and Caring for God’s Earth and to directly help those made poor locally and globally.

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Not Words, But Deeds
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The Sisters of the Presentation will always be good
and faithful stewards of YOUR crucial financial support.

For information on gift giving contact Helen M.Z. Harwood, CFRE, Director of
Development, Sisters of the Presentation, (415) 422-5015 or hharwood@pbvmsf.org

 

                                     



Who Are Sisters of the Presentation?


Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco, trace their history from the five founding sisters who came from Ireland at the request of Bishop Joseph Alemany in 1854.
They came to teach Irish immigrants pouring into California as a result of the Gold Rush and California becoming a state.

Leading the way around the Bay. Dynamic communities... our many outstanding organizations around the Bay.
Enhancing our lives in countless ways. A continuing presence in times of need since 1854.

To learn more read With Hearts of Oak, Sister Rose Forest, PBVM. It is available for $30.00 at our shopping cart at our Store. This publication is great anyone who loves the history of San Francisco and Sisters of the Presentation.

Sisters of the Presentation were founded in Cork, Ireland in 1775 by Nano Nagle and now serve the people of God throughout the world.

You can learn more about our amazing foundress of Sisters of the Presentation by reading One Pace Beyond.  It is available for $15.00 at our shopping cart at our Store. This biography by Sister Raphael Consedine, PBVM, tells the story of Ireland under the Penal Laws and Nano Nagle’s courageous and unique response to the poverty and oppression. For the millennium, the Irish people voted Nano Nagle, the most influential person in Irish history from 1,000 to 2,000!

Learn more about Sisters of the Presentation, by reading Presentation Women, A Legacy of Vision, Faith, and Service.

This Biography Book is available for $45.00 at our shopping cart at our Store.  This publication chronicles the lives of every Presentation Sister from 1854 to 2004. Enjoy discovering the personalities and personal stories of the women who became Sisters of the Presentation of San Francisco.

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