"They whom we love and lose

are no longer where they were before,

they are now wherever we are."

~ St. John Chrysostom

Tuesday
Dec062016

Sister Miriam Jeanne Murphy (Helene Patricia Murphy)

June 12, 1925 - November 29, 2016

When she raised her hands over the keyboard I had a sense of total authority, and also a sense of terrific love, as though the piano was not an inanimate object but a dearly beloved person. And when she started to play, it was as though she and the piano were playing together.
     ~Madeleine L’Engle

Sister Miriam Jeanne Murphy (Helene Patricia Murphy) a native of San Francisco, California, entered into eternal life on November 29, 2016. She was 91 and a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 70 years.

Sister Miriam Jeanne’s music ministry spanned from elementary to university education. She taught at Marylrose (Oakland) for a very brief time and then was missioned to teach music at Holy Names High School (Oakland), Saint Andrew H.S. (Pasadena) and Saint Monica H.S. (Santa Monica). She was on the Holy Names University music faculty and Director of Recruitment and Admission for 11 years. For 29 years she lived and ministered at Saint Monica School and Parish, San Francisco, teaching music, directing children’s and adult choirs and playing the organ and piano. She also was on the SF Archdiocesan Commissions for Liturgy and Worship, Liturgical Music and representative to the San Francisco Youth Concerts Committee.

Sister Miriam Jeanne is remembered for her love of San Francisco, her life-long commitment to Saint Monica’s School and Parish starting with her baptism to her many years of ministry, to her creative song parodies for many events and to the organ pipe (Tuba Miriam 8’) at Saint Monica Church named for her.

She is survived by her cousins, Kathleen (Ken) Greenwood, Suzanne (Chad) Landsom and Michael (Sherry) Parker.

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
Nov042016

Sister Mary Alice Hein (Sister Emmanuella Mary)

Feb. 22, 1924 - Oct. 31, 2016

My Beloved lifts up his voice: he says to me:
Come then, my love, my lovely one, come.
For see, winter is past,
the rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth.
The season of glad songs has come.
                ~ Song of Songs


Sister Mary Alice Hein (Sister Emmanuella Mary) a native of Oakland, California, entered into eternal life on October 31, 2016. She was 92 and a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 62 years.

A significant part of Sister Mary Alice's life was in music education - first, in elementary education at Saint Monica (San Francisco) and Marylrose (Oakland) and then at Holy Names High School (Oakland) and finally at Holy Names University. In addition to teaching in the music department, she served as Resident Dean for 4 years. She will remembered most significantly for her study of the Kodaly method and the founding and directing of the internationally acclaimed Kodaly program at Holy Names University.
In 1991 she began 7 years of work at Saint Anthony's Clinic in San Francisco's Tenderloin District ministering to the homeless and most vulnerable. Following her work at Saint Anthony's she and Sister Jean Cather began a Justice and Peace Card ministry creating beautiful photographic images with powerful messages.

Sister Mary Alice had a deep love for her family and for nature from Yosemite to the ocean and everything in between. She was a classically trained trumpeter and it is easy to imagine that heaven is now further enriched by Purcell's Trumpet Voluntary.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Doris Hein, her nieces, Lindsey, Kerry, Corrine and Lisa and several grand-nieces and nephews.
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
Oct262016

Sister Nora Christian (Sister Thaddeus Mary)

July 31, 1925 - October 20, 2016

I have another day
There may be nothing heroic in it.
But it’s mine.
The steps - the words -
The things I’ll touch -
The faces I’ll see -
They are part of the fabric of my life.
Life is this - no more - steps, touch, small deeds,
eloquent or not ..... it’s up to me.
      ~ Sister Nora Christian, 1986


Sister Nora Christian (Sister Thaddeus Mary) a native of Cleveland, Ohio, entered into eternal life on October 20, 2016. She was 91 and a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 71 years.

Sister Nora was in elementary education for over 46 years. She taught in 12 different elementary schools in Northern and Southern California. Eleven of those years she was librarian and led reading groups at Saint Andrew Elementary School in Pasadena. She thoroughly enjoyed her years teaching. For 12 years in her “retirement” she tutored adults in literacy in the Hayward Public Library.  

Sister Nora is remembered for her gentleness of heart and sensitive spirit. She had a deeply contemplative side that found expression in poetry. She crocheted many baby blankets for hospitals, enjoyed all of nature, especially, being at the ocean, gardening and birding.

She is survived by her sister, Katie, and brother-in-law, David Godino.

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.

Thursday
Oct062016

Sister Margaret Campbell (Sister Lawrence Mary)

Sept. 24, 1932 - Oct. 2, 2016

To Winter’s somber night
Life-light comes streaming
All of life’s darkness is vanished away.
As fern frond waits, hidden,
Tight-wound with promise
To unfold its green splendor
In the love-light of day.
Child - now call us
To awaken, refreshed...
Let all of Creation in hope be now blessed.
      ~Sister Jackie Graham, PBVM


Sister Margaret Campbell entered into eternal life on Sunday, October 2, 2016. She was born in Oakland, California. She just had celebrated her 84th birthday in September and was a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 62 years.

Sister Margaret spent 18 years in secondary education teaching history, Spanish and theology at Marin Catholic (Kentfield), Holy Names High School (Oakland), Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Saint Monica (Santa Monica) and St. Bernard (Playa del Rey). For 24 years she was on the Holy Names University faculty. There she helped found the Masters Program in Pastoral Ministry. Sister Margaret was a consummate theologian and thinker and always a scholar, story-teller and student. She loved to teach, to learn and to invite others to ponder matters of theology, of the world and of the heart.

She enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors, especially as she hiked and backpacked in the Sierras. She played the dulcimer and for years drove a light blue VW Bug. She had great pride in her Scottish heritage.

She is survived by her sister, Angela Backman, nephew Mark Backman (Adriana), great-nephew, James, and other cousins and relatives. She will be missed by the Sisters, SNJM Associates, friends, former students and her peers.

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
Jul272016

Sister Guadalupe Maria Johnston (Jean Constance Johnston)

December 6, 1934 - July 23, 2016

Quien a Dios
tiene nada le falta.
Sólo Dios basta.

~Saint Teresa of Avila

Sister Guadalupe Maria Johnston was born on December 6, 1934 in Los Angeles, California. Sister Guadalupe Maria passed into eternal life on July 23, 2016 in Saratoga, California. She was a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 61 years. Sister Guadalupe's ministries included music education at Holy Names High School (Oakland) and Saint Cecilia (San Francisco). For 27 years she was an educator Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra) teaching music, Spanish and Latin American culture. She also taught secondary school at Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Saint Lawrence (Santa Clara) and in Arequipa, Perú. In 1995 Sister Guadalupe helped establish a Sisters of the Holy Names ministry of prayerful presence among the low-income families of the Santee Mission. Putting contemplation into action, Sister performed innumerable works that included education, social justice, faith formation, music ministry, liturgy planning and journeying with many people. When the Santee mission was joined to Our Lady of Refuge Parish in 2012, Sister transitioned as pianist and director of the Spanish-singing choir. In her neighborhood, at Santee Mission and Our Lady of Refuge Sister Guadalupe's gentle simplicity and quiet presence was a source of strength for each person she met. She will be remembered affectionately by friends, the parishoners of Our Lady of Refuge, the Sisters of the Holy Names and their Associates.

Gifts in Sister's 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.