California SNJM News

Friday
Nov042016

Celebrating the 101st Birthday of Sr. Ruth Raftery

With great joy the Sisters at Our Lady of Fatima Villa in Saratoga helped Sr. Ruth Raftery celebrate her 101st birthday on October 12th. Outside on the patio, all indulged in Ruth's favorite dessert - root beer floats.

Friday
Nov042016

Simone Campbell, SSS Comes to Holy Spirit Chapel in Campbell

L-R: Molly Neville, SNJM, Susan Maloney, SNJM, Simone Campbell, SSS, Rosemary Everett, SNJM and Miriam Daniel Fahey, SNJMSimone Campbell, SSS of the NETWORK Lobby held an informal gathering for Sisters and Associates at Holy Spirit Chapel, Campbell on Oct. 12. Earlier, Sr. Simone spoke at a news conference in San Jose sponsored by Women Religious of the South Bay and SF area and the San Jose Diocesan Social Justice Project. Topics she spoke on included Mending the Gap, Working Partnerships and PACT, Affordable Housing Initiatives, Work Initiatives (California Ballot Measures E and A) and the importance of registering to vote. Sr. Molly Neville  noted that the SNJM involvement in the event relates to the LCWR's Call for Civil Discourse, which states, "We call for a return to civility in our discourse and decency in our political interaction that promotes the common good, reaches out to others, engages in constructive dialogue and seeks together the way forward." 

Friday
Nov042016

Sr. Maureen Hester Honored for 50 Years at HNU

Holy Names University (HNU) celebrated its 136th convocation on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Students, faculty, and staff gathered to welcome the class of 2020 and officially begin the 2016-17 academic year. During convocation, Professor Emerita of Psychology Sr. Maureen Hester was recognized for her 50 years of service to HNU. Josh Hammer '16, Sr. Marcia Frideger and Vice President for Mission Integration Sr. Carol Sellman offered moving tributes to Sr. Maureen's warm personality, her generosity of spirit and her intense devotion to HNU and the HNU community.

"Sr. Maureen, you have been such an important part of this campus for the past 50 years," Sr. Carol said. "We can never thank you for the numerous ways you have contributed to the psychology department, the Integrative Studies Across Cultures (ISAC) program, our service learning program, our new faculty as their mentor and the countless other things that you have done to help form Holy Names University into a wonderful institution. In 1999, you were designated by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology as a PRT (Precious Resource in Teaching). For HNU, Maureen, you are our most precious resource. We thank you and we love you and we invite you forward to receive our applause."

Friday
Nov042016

Alums from St. Cecelia Still Close to Former SNJM Teacher

Sr. Michaeline Falvey seated centerSt. Cecilia Class of 1954 Alums recently enjoyed a luncheon with Sr. Michaeline Falvey at Our Lady of Fatima Villa in Saratoga, CA. Missy Leonard Davey, HNHS '58 and HNU 1962, shared the following reflection: "My mom picked HNHS for me because of her Holy Names College days and her friendships with the Sisters... Wasn't I lucky to have Holy Names for both high school and college, and then to meet Peter (her husband, and also Sr. Joan Doyle and Sr. Patti Doyle's cousin) with all his Holy Names connections!"