"They whom we love and lose

are no longer where they were before,

they are now wherever we are."

~ St. John Chrysostom

Friday
Apr212017

Sister Marion Patrick Connors (Lillian Connors)

January 25, 1934 - April 14, 2017

With the grace of God,
I hope to be a faithful daughter
of Mother Marie Rose
during my life.
          ~Sister Marion Patrick

On April 14, 2017, Sister Marion Patrick (Lillian Connors) was called forth into the loving hands of our God. She was 83 years old and celebrated 64 years of profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Sister Marion Patrick had a keen mind for numbers. So here is her ministry by the numbers. She spent 9 years ministering in elementary education at Saint Cecilia (San Francisco), Our Lady of Lourdes (Oakland), Sacred Heart (Oakland), Saint Ignatius (Sacramento), Saint Gregory (Los Angeles) and Holy Spirit (Fremont). She worked 18 years in the Provincial Treasurer's Office; 10 years in the Finance office at Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra) including the time of rebuilding after the 1987 earthquake in Southern California and 13 years in the SNJM Development Office.

Sister Marion Patrick's love of family was evidenced in her care and concern for them. She was loyal to friends and committed to the Marie Rose Guild, especially the Tuesday Group and their activities. She loved sports, by sight she could identify the make and model of cars and in the last couple of years an artistic side of her developed at Fatima with her clay creations.

She is survived by her sister Marie Wood, nieces and nephews Chris Wood, OP, Gary Wood, Brian Wood, Dennis Wood, Lindsay Wood , and Sharon Wood Urias and brother-in-law Daniel O'Neill, nieces and nephews Lawrence O'Neill, Rita O'Neill, Louise O'Neill, and Timothy O'Neill.

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
Feb162017

Sister Barbara Williams (Sister Roberta Marie)

Sept 29, 1926 - Feb. 12, 2017

Give me only your love and your grace.
That’s enough for me.

     ~Saint Ignatius Loyola

Sister Barbara Williams, on February 12, 2017, met face-to-face the God to whom she had long ago given her heart. Sister Barbara was 90 years old and just celebrated her 68th year of religious profession.

Sister Barbara was called and found great joy in being an educator.  She spent 13 years in elementary education including teaching at Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Lourdes (Oakland), Saint Anselm (Kentfield) and Saint Joseph (San Francisco). From elementary education, she moved to secondary education where she ministered at Marin Catholic and Holy Names High School.  For 25 years she taught and served at Holy Names University.

Just as she was called to be an educator she also was called to walk with others in their journey with God. From the early 1970’s until her death she did this. This journeying with others found expression in the Christian Life Communities she facilitated at Holy Names University, in being part of the SNJM Retreat Team, in her spiritual direction with countless individuals, including those at the Institute for Spirituality and Worship and the School of Applied Theology and very recently, in her leading the 19th Annotation - an Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life at Merrill Gardens in Campbell.

Sister Barbara will be remembered for her keen intellect, profound faith, depth of knowledge of spirituality, her laughter, her love of family and her gentle and loving presence.

She is survived by nieces, Monica Wilcox, Margaret Williams, Andrea Nelson, Roberta Williams, and nephew, Peter Williams, as well as other relatives.

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
Jan062017

Sister Ruth Raftery (Sister Rosalia Mary)

Oct. 7, 1915 - Dec. 23, 2016

I am eager to give God
the best that is in me,
to thank God
for God's great gift to me.
     ~Sister Ruth Raftery, 1934


Sister Ruth (Ruthie) Raftery entered into eternal life on December 23, 2016. She was 101 years old and a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 80 years. She was born in Rockville Centre, New York and moved to California when she was very young.

Sister Ruth ministered in secondary education from 1936–1979, often teaching French. She started at the Academy of the Holy Names (Pomona), then to Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra), Holy Names High School (Oakland), Saint Monica (Santa Monica) and Marin Catholic (Kentfield). Then from 1979 until her retirement Sister Ruth found a perfect place to use her gifts ministering to both the elderly and young children at Saint Mary's Center in Oakland. Sister Ruth was recognized with many commendations for her ministry in Oakland, including "Sister Ruth Raftery Day" proclaimed by the City of Oakland.

In Sister Ruth's utter simplicity she created a heart of welcome for all. She had an unfailing dedication to the people of Saint Mary's Center. She delighted in all of life and had a contagious spirit of adventure. Her love of singing and her ability to sing almost any song is legendary. She had great love for her large and extended family and she is survived by her sister, Joan Raftery, her brother, Father Paul Raftery, OP, and numerous other relatives.

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.

Tuesday
Dec272016

Sister Mary Ann Stark (Sister Clara Mary)

Nov. 17, 1930 - Dec. 20, 2016

May we live this day...
Compassionate of heart
Gentle in word
Gracious in awareness
Courageous in thought
Generous in love
    ~John O'Donohue


Sister Mary Ann Stark, SNJM (Sister Clara Mary) entered into eternal life on December 20, 2016. She was 86 years old and a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 65 years.

The first years of Sister Mary Ann's educational ministry were at the elementary school level at Marylrose (Oakland), Saint Mark (Venice), Saint Mary (Oakland), Sacred Heart (Oakland), Saint Ignatius (Sacramento) and Saint Gregory (Los Angeles). It was in secondary education where Sister Mary Ann's gifts and talents found a home. She taught at Holy Names High School (Oakland) and Saint Bernard (Playa del Rey) for a total of 7 years and then ministered at Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra) for 35 years. At Ramona, she was a teacher, Dean of the Resident Students and Alumnae Director.

Sister Mary Ann is remembered for her great love, devotion and fidelity to her family, her graciousness and hospitality in welcoming and remembering generations of Ramona alumnae, the twinkle in her eye and her playfulness, and her love of furry feline friends.

She is survived by her sisters, Margaret Stark and Nancy Stark Balogh, her brother, Bill Stark, as well as numerous other relatives.

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.

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.