California SNJM News


Sister Sophia Park Featured in Global Sisters Report  

In her article "A legacy of border-crossing spirit," Sister Sophia Park discusses the "middle space" as it relates to immigration and early women religious. Read more at:


Charism Retreat at Villa Maria del Mar, Santa Cruz  

On June 20, Sisters and Associates gathered at Villa Maria del Mar for a day retreat to hear Sister Lorna Cooney (Quebec), SNJM Charism Director, speak about the spirit and charism of Blessed Marie Rose and our early foundresses as lived through the Pilgrimage of the Heart Retreats. Sr. Lorna shared stories and video clips of retreat gatherings and sacred sites. Attendees were truly inspired by the Holy Spirit's love and energy unifying our mission and ministry.


Associate "Come and See" Day in Southern California

On June 20, the Southern CA Mission Centre presented a "Come and See" retreat day for prospective Associate candidates at Ramona Convent. Attended by three candidates, Sharon, Margaret and Christian, the Sisters and Associates invited the candidates to reflect on the SNJM Core Values as part of their discernment


Installation of Archbishop Wester in Santa Fe

Throughout the activities of his installation as the 12th Archbishop of Santa Fe, NM, John Charles Wester,  wore his pin as an SNJM Associate. Sister Rosemary Everett and Sister Fran Kearney, SNJM, long-time friends of Archbishop Wester, share that the installation was the most culturally rich ceremony they have ever experienced. Many aspects of Catholic culture, going back to the 1500s, were incorporated. Read more, and see photos at: