California SNJM News


Golden Jubilee - Meet the 2018 Golden Jubilarians


Six Sisters of the Holy Names renewed their vows in celebration of 50 years of consecrated life on Saturday, April 7th at St. Mary’s Church in Los Gatos. Pictures and biographies for these Sisters can be found on the US-Ontario Province website.

Celebrated Sisters, left to right: Sister Ann Gilchrist, Sister Marilyn Miller, Sister Carol Sellman, Sister Cheryl Milner, Sister Susan Maloney, Sister Annamarie Therese Colapietro.

For more information on each Sister, use the link below, click on "About Us" and scroll down to "Jubilarians."



2017 Jubilee Celebrations

Sr. Carol Fleitz (Sr. Roxanne Marie) and Sr. Mary Duffy (Sr. Mary Michele). Golden Jubilee
Surrounded by the SNJM community, relatives, friends and musicians, Sr. Carol Fleitz and Sr. Mary Duffy celebrated their 50 years of consecrated life at Sacred Heart Church in Saratoga, CA on April 22nd. The presiding priest was Sr. Mary’s cousin, Rev. Anthony McGuire. The seven other members of their 1964 entry group were able to attend and the two Jubilarians read a prayer of gratitude for these women and the paths they chose.
To read short biographies of Sr. Mary and Sr. Carol,
as well as all the Golden Jubilarians across the province:

L-R: Sr. Miriam Henry 70 years, Sr. Lois MacGillivray (Sr. John Bernard) 60 years, Sr. Helen Clare Howatt 70 years, Sr. Joan Doyle (Sr. Marion Joseph) 60 years, Sr. Helen O’Sullivan (Sr. Margaret of the Sacred Heart) 70 years, Sr. Molly Neville (Sr. Rose Philomena) 60 years. Not shown: Sr. Eleanore Maloney (Sr. Miriam Robert) 60 years.Senior Jubilee
On Saturday, June 3rd Sisters, Associates, families, friends and ministry partners celebrated the Jubilees of seven Sisters who made First Profession sixty and seventy years ago. The Eucharistic Celebration and reception were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Los Gatos. Sr. Maureen Delaney welcomed all to the celebration where the Jubilarians renewed their vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Father Ron Shirley from the Diocese of Monterey was presider and toward the conclusion of Mass, John Cummins, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland and educated by the Sisters of the Holy Names, shared some brief reflections on the history of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary coming to the Northwest and then California, and the constants of change over more than 150 years of ministry in the region.


Southern California Spring Luncheon

On March 18th, 54 guests gathered in the Holy Family Room at Ramona Convent Secondary School  for the Marie Rose Guild Spring Luncheon. It has been a tradition for 65 years to help fund the needs of the Sisters; in the beginning furniture for the novitiate and now to support the retired Sisters. During this year’s luncheon, the guests from St. Anthony in San Gabriel were honored. They are parents of students, graduates, teachers, grandchildren, parishioners, and wives of the Knights of Columbus and are pictured in the photo above. Plans are underway for the Fall Luncheon to be held on October 21, 2017 and will include a Boutique organized by Lisa Lambert [daughter of long-time Guild member and Associate, Vicki Boore (RIP)].


Celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a traditional time for Sisters to renew their vows and for Associates to renew their promises. Across California, Sisters and Associates gathered together.

In Southern California, Sisters and Associates gathered at Ramona Convent Secondary School on Saturday, Dec. 3. Mass was presided by Father Nick Reina, SDB. During the liturgy, two new Associates were welcomed, Margaret Kaiser and Sharon Girolimon Corbitt. Afterward, they enjoyed a delicious catered dinner. 

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Sisters, Associates, Lay Consecrated and friends from Northern California gathered at Holy Spirit Chapel in Campbell, CA. A reception was held after Mass and the Renewal of Vows. Jesuit friend Fr. Chuck Tilley celebrated the liturgy.  

Later in the week, several Sisters from Merrill Gardens, Our Lady of Fatima Villa, and the local area joined St. Mary School community for the Student Mass and reception on Dec. 8.  Stephanie Lynott(Associate) and the fourth-grade class prepared the liturgy. The Kindergarten students entertained the Sisters during the reception and gave them handmade Christmas stockings filled with goodies.