California SNJM News


CBS Bay Area Jefferson Award Given to SNJM Sisters

(L-R) Sister Rosemary Delaney, Sister Cynthia Canning (CBS)OAKLAND (CBS 5) – The latest statistics show 40 percent of Oakland’s high school students don’t graduate. For those who try to get their GED later in life, there’s help. Sharon Chin introduces us to this week’s Jefferson Award winners; two women who’ve helped hundreds of adults take the “next step” in education.

When the Sisters of the Holy Names started a new ministry in 1994, their West Oakland neighbors were thrilled. Sister Cynthia Canning and Sister Rosemary Delaney made it their mission to help students 17 years and older improve their reading skills for GED programs and college applications. They are two of the co-founders of Next Step Learning Center which matches about 100 students with 60 volunteers for free one-on-one tutoring.

“I didn’t like school. I didn’t go to school. I was a cut-up,” said 19-year-old Nick Adams before stumbling upon the Next Step Learning Center. Thanks to Sister Cynthia and Sister Rosemary, Nick has a new outlook as a Laney College freshman.

Michole Edwards also came to the center as a 17-year-old high school drop out, but now three years later, she’s not only studying for the GED, she plans on going to law school. “Anything I want to do is possible,” Michole says. “I can achieve my goals and dreams.”

Sister Cynthia and Sister Rosemary raised more than two million dollars in grants and donations to buy their West Oakland center. Together as a team they are helping students step into success, which is indeed priceless.


Sister Marcia Frideger Joins SNJM Leadership Team

Marcia Frideger, SNJM, Ph.D., will be part of the new the SNJM Leadership Team taking office in January, 2011. Along with four others, she will lead the U.S.-Ontario Province for the next five years. Sr. Marcia is leaving her tenure at Holy Names University, where she has been influential as leader of the Department of Business in developing new and innovative programs and increasing enrollment.

Sr. Marcia has been often nominated for the team, because of her reputation as an effective leader and knowledge of Management and Organizational Behavior (her area of academic expertise) but this is the first time she felt the timing was right for her to leave HNU and take on the five-year commitment. She is honored to do so, and looks forward to "emphasizing the importance of our ministry in the world" and "promoting the social justice dimension of our community and its values, while at the same time we make sure that we care for our aging Sisters."


Sister Anne Dinneen Garners Honors

Sister Anne Dinneen, SNJM, was one of four special honorees recognized for service to the community by the Diocesan Catholic Campaign for Human Development during its 2010 annual lunch in November. Sister Anne Dinneen, a member of the CCHD local committee received the award for her “50 years of compassionate ministry as an SNJM and for her years of dedicated service on the Campaign for Human Development local committee.”

Earlier, in the year, Sister Anne received one of the four Children’s Choice Awards bestowed by Saint Vincent’s Day Home, where she has been a volunteer since the 1970s. She was honored for her life's work in the field Early Childhood Education and acknowledged for "the profound difference she has brought to the Day Home” and "her gentle way with the Kindergarten children and her empowerment of our teachers!”


Meet the 2010 Jubilarians!

2010 Golden JubilariansEach year, we joyfully commemerate milestones of Sisters' service in SNJM with Jubilee celebrations.  Jubilee celebrations are held throughout the year.  This flyer (PDF format) lists our California Jubilarian celebrants through June 2010.

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