California SNJM News


Sister Susan Maloney Publishes Article in the "U.S. Catholic Historian"  

The U.S. Catholic Historian, a scholarly journal devoted to the history of the Catholic Church in the United States, selected an article by Dr. Susan M. Maloney, SNJM (Southern CA), "Obedience, Responsibility and Freedom: Anita M. Caspary, IHM, and the Post-Conciliar Renewal of Catholic Women Religious" to be published in their Vatican II anniversary issue (Fall, 2014 vol.32. no.4). Based on original research, this article is part of a larger biographical project, which includes documentation of Caspary's influence on the development of religious life for women in the United States.


Large SNJM group Walks 4 Freedom in L.A.

SNJM Associates Pat Boroughs, Susie Hitchcock Bob Juarez, Sally McEachen, and Sylvia Rousseve joined SNJM Sisters Jo’Ann De Quattro, Mary Leo Grijalva, Anna Keim and Susan Maloney at the “Walk 4 Freedom" on Saturday January 10. Walk 4 Freedom was hosted by the Southern California Partners for Global Justice, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking and the LA Metro Task Force to raise awareness about human trafficking. The group walked two miles through Koreatown, a neighborhood where known cases of human trafficking have surfaced. 

This was the largest group SNJM has had for this event. Anna Keim and Maggie Averill, Ramona faculty, brought about a dozen Ramona students. Former SNJM Mary Ann Murphy’s eighth graders from Immaculate Conception School came via public transportation and in uniform! Most of the communities who are members of our SCPGJ were represented; students from UCLA, Verbum Dei and Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High Schools along with a contingent from the Los Angeles Police Department Human Trafficking Task Force.


Sr. Sophia Park Publishes Book in Korea

Sr. Sophia Park (East Bay) published a book, Beauty of the Broken, in Korea through Marianist Publishing. This book is collections of her essays of her reflection on daily life, including religious life, ministry at Holy Names University, social concerns and social justice.


Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Northern California

On December 8, the St. Mary's School in Los Gatos celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with a special Mass led by the 6th grade. Twenty-six Sisters attended the Mass as special guests and renewed their vows. Earlier this year, the 6th graders interviewed the Sisters at Merrill Gardens in Campbell. During the Mass, two students shared heartfelt reflections on their visit and they came away with the knowledge that Sisters are open and gracious, they embody the "Attitude of Gratitude" and can tell very funny stories!