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Ongoing CA Ministries

"The Sisters have been an integral part of my life since 1968. They have enriched my spiritual life, nurtured me, laughed with me, and often given me the courage I needed to continue on my path. They make me proud to be a woman of faith." ~Monica Haupt

California Ministry

Our ministries cover a broad spectrum of needs. You will find us teaching in preschools, elementary schools, high schools, learning centers, colleges and universities. Some of us are social workers, therapists, psychologists, and health care professionals. Some serve as pastoral associates and as retreat and spiritual directors. Even after retirement, many of our senior sisters continue in ministry as volunteers, and most are also involved in prayer ministry.


Featured Sister in Ministry: Sr. Barbara Nixon

Sister Barbara Nixon heads Family Faith Formation at St. Anne Church in Byron, California. Byron is a small culturally-diverse agriculture community ‘off the beaten path’ in Contra Costa County. Sister Barbara recently implemented a Teen/Youth Outreach program, which has given middle and high school low-income students new and enriching educational opportunities.

The outreach program has two focuses. The first is to provide cultural enrichment field trips: music, art, drama, athletics, and robotics events; interfacing with people with physical limitations, experiencing religious youth conferences as well as local after-school educational classes. A recent Teen Leadership Training workshop made quite an impression. Afterward, when asked what she thought, one participant, reflected “This day, away from all the everyday noise, helped me know God is near and here for me.”

The second focus is to help expose and involve the youth in the three social justice concerns of the Sisters of the Holy Names—water, human trafficking, and immigration. All three topics are very relevant today in California. Sister Barbara plans to take the students to participate in Walk/Runs and other events addressing these issues.


Featured Sister in Ministry: Sr. Carol Selak

More than 15,000 people in California’s Alameda and Contra Costa counties are served by the Regional Center of the East Bay, a California agency that assists people diagnosed with developmental, mental health or physical disabilities.

Carol Selak, SNJM, a social worker, manages cases for 65 of those people— meeting with them regularly and working out plans for fulfilling their individual dreams and aspirations.

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Featured Sister in Ministry: Sr. Annamarie Therese Colapietro

Sister Annamarie Therese feels “privileged and blessed to be a part of God’s compassion and care for the dying, and for those who mourn”. She believes that in being part of Pathways Hospice, she has found a very special ministry.

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