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Ongoing CA Ministries

“The education I received at HNHS and HNC prepared me for my career as a teacher of math in the Oakland Public High Schools and then at Diablo Valley Council. For a number of years, I used my education and teaching experience as a volunteer at Next Step Learning Center in Oakland. Those years were a special time in my life and very rewarding. I also received a good education in my faith and that has been a very important part of my life as I respond to the changes that occur. I believe that both the mind and the heart are necessary components of a strong faith life.” - Angela Campbell Backman

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. Carol Selak, Social Worker

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, Spiritual Counselor

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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Featured Partners in Mission: The Haupt Family, Making a Difference in Lesotho, Africa

Sr. Mary Haupt (L) and Chuck Haupt (R) with their parents, Margaret and Jim

While traveling in Lesotho, Africa with his sister, Sr. Mary Haupt, Chuck Haupt saw first-hand the great need that the clinics and hospitals there had for supplies and equipment. When he was hired as the West Coast Executive Director of MedShare, Chuck and his wife, Mary Louise, along with Sr. Mary and the rest of the Haupt family, gathered together their resources to help address the problem.

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