"They whom we love and lose

are no longer where they were before,

they are now wherever we are."

~ St. John Chrysostom

Friday
Jun152018

Sister Christine Patrinos, SNJM

December 29, 1955 - May 14, 2018

He Mele Mahalo

A Song of Thanksgiving

He mahalo nui ko‘u

I have a deep appreciation

Konikoni i loko nei

Pulsing here in my heart

I ka nani kamaha‘o

For the amazing beauty

I pōmaikal ai

Of the blessings I receive

        Puakea Nogelmeier

Very peacefully on the morning of May 14, 2018 Sister Christine Patrinos (Nahuanani) was welcomed forever into the embrace of her Dancing God on whom she had staked and given her life and love.  While her 3 year battle with cancer presented her with many challenges she never let it define her. She was 62 years old and celebrated 37 years of profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.


Sister Chris was born in Oakland; attended Saint Felicitas Elementary School, Moreau High School and then Cal State University, East Bay. In 1978 she entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

She started her ministry in education teaching 7th graders at Saint Gerard Majella (Los Angeles) and Saint Bede (Hayward).  After graduate study at the University of Hawaii she found her home teaching adults at Holy Names University. For 28 years, Sister Chris loved, inspired, and educated students. Summers and other university holidays found Sister Chris in Hawaii doing research and renewing her spirit.

We remember and celebrate Sister Chris‘ great love of her family, her deep and abiding friendships, the gracefulness and beauty of her dancing, her humor, her Hawaiian and Greek heritage, her intellect, her love of travel, good food, sci-fi and most importantly, her embracing of life to the full.

She was predeceased by her father, George Patrinos. She is survived by her mother, Helen, her brother, Stephen Patrinos (Kathy), her sister, Gina White (Randy) nieces, Athena (Ryan), Kaleo, and  Nami and nephew, Alika, great-niece, Serenity and great-nephew, Dustin,  as well as many other relatives.  Her family, countless friends, the Sisters of the Holy Names and Associates, colleagues and current and former students will miss her greatly.

Her Mass of Resurrection will be on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Boulevard, San Leandro, CA, 94579. Those coming are invited to wear Hawaiian attire. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Her burial will be at 2:15 pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California. Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sister Chris Patrinos Scholarship at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, California, 94619.

Friday
Jan192018

Sister Helen Clare Howatt, SNJM

April 5, 1927 - January 10, 2018

Sister Helen Clare Howatt, SNJM (Barbara Helen Howatt) entered into eternal life on January 11, 2018.  She was 90 years old and a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 70 years.

She touched the lives of children and teachers as an educator for 30 years, serving at Saint Augustine (Berkeley), Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Saint Anne (Santa Monica), Saint Mary (Oakland), Saint Anastasia (Los Angeles), Saint Monica (San Francisco) and Saint Cecilia (San Francisco). Additionally, she was principal at Saint Monica (Santa Monica) and Saint Mary (Los Angeles).  She served as the Library Director at Holy Names University for 17 years, where she enhanced the students’ educational experience by making significant additions to the library’s collections.  Later, she shared her gifts with senior citizens at the Collins Center at St. Cecilia’s, before serving at St. Monica’s Elementary School in San Francisco and Holy Names High School in Oakland.

Sister Helen Clare is remembered for her characteristic reserve, her love and commitment to the care and preservation of historical documents and photos, her interest in her family’s genealogy and the coffee plant she lovingly tended with its history tied deeply to her family. In her final years, as a resident of Mercy Center in Oakland, Sister Helen Clare was known for her beautiful smile and her delight in welcoming visitors to her room. 

She is survived by cousins Nancy Wright and WillIam (Charlotte) Howatt and colleague and friend, Florence Fong. She is remembered by the Sisters and Associates of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

The Mass of Resurrection for Sister Helen Clare will be on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm at Holy Spirit Chapel, 65 W. Rincon Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008. Her burial will be at 10:15 am on Monday, January 22, 2018 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at www.snjmca.org.

Friday
Jan192018

Sister Helen O'Sullivan, SNJM

November 11, 1927 - January 4, 2018

Sister Helen O’Sullivan, SNJM (Sister Mary Margaret of the Sacred Heart) entered into eternal life on January 4, 2018.  She was 90 years old and a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 70 years.

Sister Helen was in elementary schools for all 46 years of her ministry in education. In schools she served as music teacher, girls coach, classroom teacher and principal. She taught at Marylrose (Oakland), Saint Gregory (Los Angeles), Saint Mary (Los Angeles), All Souls (Alhambra), Saint Augustine (Oakland), Saint Cecilia (San Frnacisco), Saint Monica (Santa Monica), Ramona Convent (Alhambra), Saint Anastasia (Los Angeles), Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Saint Anthony (San Gabriel) and Saint Gerard Majella (Los Angeles). For over 23 years Helen ministered at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz with her gracious hospitality.

Sister Helen loved her family and was a faithful friend. She is survived my nephews, nieces, grand-nieces, grand-nephews. 

She was a woman of the arts; she sought and created beauty through music, flower arranging and in the gardens created and lovingly tended at Villa Maria del Mar. We remember the twinkle in her eye, her quick quip, her love of travel and love of British dramas on PBS, perhaps from her background in theater and drama.

The Mass of Resurrection for Sister Helen will be on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 2:30 pm at Holy Spirit Chapel, at Holy Spirit Chapel, Holy Spirit Chapel, 65 W. Rincon Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008. Her burial will be at 10:15 am on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at www.snjmca.org.

Wednesday
Nov012017

Sister Betty Shields, SNJM

November 15, 1942 - October 4, 2017

Teaching has been my passion, joy and fun in life.
As a teacher there is nothing like seeing the "light go on,"
connections made or looking into the beauty of a
child's eyes or being part of bringing about the full
development of the human person.
Sister Betty Shields, 2001

Sister Betty Shields, (Sister Michele Therese), began her forever journey after a noble battle with cancer.  Sister Betty’s life was characterized by her gentleness, unfailing trust in her God and love of children. She was 74 years old and celebrated 53 years of profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Sister Betty was an educator par excellence. From inviting children at Casa Maria Montessori (Los Gatos) to find their “heart space”, to the profound respect she showed to each person, Sister Betty was able draw out the best and the holiest in each child and each person she met. She was an educator of educators, mentoring numerous teachers with her wise teaching methodologies.

She shared her presence and gifts at Saint Anselm (San Anselmo), Saint Clement (Ocean Park), Saint Cecilia (San Francisco), Saint Mark (Venice), Casa Maria Montessori (Los Gatos), Saint Stephen (Monterey Park), Saint Theresa (Oakland), Saint Bede (Hayward), Saint Theresa (Alhambra), Saint Christopher (San Jose) and Saint Mary (Los Gatos).

She is survived by her brothers, John (Vui), Tom (Claudia) and Don, and her sister, Mary Harkins, and many nieces and nephews. She is remembered with great love and respect by the Sisters and Associates of the Holy Names.

The Mass of Resurrection for Sister Betty will be on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm at Saint Mary Church, 219 Bean Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030. Her burial will be at 10:15 am on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA, 95031 or on-line at www.snjmca.org.

Friday
Apr212017

Sister Mary Berchmans Trentacoste (Rosalie Trentacoste)

March 16, 1931 - April 15, 2017

To be a missionary has been the
only desire of my life and everything else
has always been geared to this end.
In a way, I will never fully understand
my vocation as a Holy Names Sister
or feel like a complete person
unless it reaches fruition.
          ~Sister Mary Berchmans, 1963

Sister Mary Berchmans (Rosalie Trentacoste) waited until Holy Saturday, April 15, 2017, to make her entrance into heaven. Perhaps so she could add her voice to the heavenly Alleluias. Sister Mary Berchmans was 86 years old and celebrated 61 years of profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

For five years, at the start of her religious life, Sister Berchmans was an educator at Saint Anthony (San Gabriel), Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra) and Saint Mary (Los Angeles).

Sister Berchmans, from a young age, was drawn to missionary life and to the love of those who were poor. These two “loves,” as she described them, became the cornerstones of her life. She served in Lesotho in Southern Africa for 17 years as nurse, mid-wife, educator including teaching at Mazenod Training College. She started the “Winter School” for the education of sisters of many religious communities in Lesotho which continues to this day.

After returning from Lesotho in 1980, Sister Berchmans was drawn to another ministry which allowed her to serve those who were poor as a nurse at Saint Anthony Medical Clinic in San Francisco’s Tenderloin for 16 years.

She is survived by her sister, Palma Trentacoste, nieces, nephew and other relatives. Her quiet and steady presence was a beacon to others.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at www.snjmca.org.