"They whom we love and lose

are no longer where they were before,

they are now wherever we are."

~ St. John Chrysostom

Entries in 2016 (9)

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.

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.