"They whom we love and lose
are no longer where they were before,
they are now wherever we are."
~ St. John Chrysostom
November 10, 1914 - March 8, 2015
"I have loved every minute of my religious life and have never had a ministry that I could not make enjoyable."
-Sister Gabriel Kennedy
Sister Gabriel celebrated her 100th birthday in grand style in November, 2014. She made her first profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary 77 years ago in Oakland, California. Sister Gabriel was an elementary school educator par excellence with a special love for kindergarteners. "Kindergarten was my idea of heaven," she wrote. Her educational ministries took her to elementary schools up and down the State of California -- Sacred Heart (Oakland), Saint Monica (Santa Monica), Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra), Saint Elizabeth (Altadena), Marylrose (Oakland), Saint Mary (Los Gatos), Saint Anastasia (Los Angeles), Saint Francis de Sales (Oakland), Saint Bede (Hayward), Saint Anne (Ridgecrest) and Saint Monica (San Francisco). Sister Gabriel was a great community woman. Her love of her religious community was deep and her more than 25 years of community service was often understated. Sister Gabriel responded generously whenever help was needed. We remember the playful and mischievous twinkle in her eye, her joy and delight in life, her readiness for an adventure, especially a road trip, her Hawaiian connection and her love of the Dodgers.
January 5, 1929 - September 27, 2014
Looking up to heaven, Jesus sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately the deaf person’s ears were opened, tongue released, and the person spoke plainly.
“It’s been a blessing that I can be of help to others.”
–Sister Felice Marie
July 10, 1926 - September 18, 2014
"In the names of Jesus and Mary, we desire to proclaim by our lives the primacyof the love of God. Moved by an active love, we collaborate in the church's mission of education, with emphasis on education in the faith, and with special concern for the poor and disadvantaged."
“You are precious and cherished in my eyes and I love you, ” were words Sister Barbara (Sister M. Cecile Collette) heard in the early evening of September 18th, as our God called her into the fullness of joy and eternal life. Sister Barbara was 88 years old and had celebrated 67 years of religious profession.
March 24, 1926 - June 2, 2014
Sister Sally Thompson, SNJM, Sister Sally Thompson (Sister Mary Anselma) was welcomed into the loving arms of God the afternoon of June 2, 2014 surrounded by family members and her sisters in community. Sister Sally was 88 years old and had celebrated 69 years as a vowed member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
In 1990 Sister Sally wrote: 'I came. I loved. I died.' Indeed she came and loved.