Meet Sister Lucy Holguin

Meet Sister Lucy Holguin

Simona Holguin was born into a close Mexican Catholic family with two brothers and a much-loved sister named Lucy. She first came to know the Sisters in Santa Barbara after third grade, when she attended a summer program. Later, the Holguin children transferred to Dolores School, where Simona was impressed with the way the Sisters

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Remembering Sister Mary Lonich, 1924-2018

Remembering Sister Mary Lonich, 1924-2018

We remember with gratitude the life of Sister Mary (Marie Thomasine) Lonich, who was a Sister of Notre Dame for 71 years.  She died peacefully at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland the day before her 94th birthday. A proud San Franciscan, Mary was born on January 17, 1924, and graduated from Notre Dame

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Sister Julie Carmel Mingoia, 1917 – 2016

Sister Julie Carmel Mingoia, 1917 – 2016

For almost 99 years of life and 76 years as a Sister of Notre Dame, Sister Julie Carmel Mingoia reflected God’s goodness to everyone she met. She was born in San Jose on July 28, 1917, as the fourth of five children to Italian parents, Frank and Rose Mingoia, Carmela attended Notre Dame High School in

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Meet Sister Georgianna Coonis

Meet Sister Georgianna Coonis

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not evil, to give you a future and hope. -Jeremiah 29:11 Priscilla Jo Coonis met the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as a first grader at St. Columbkille School in Los Angeles. She loved the school, loved the

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Meet Sister Nancy McCarron

Meet Sister Nancy McCarron

An educator first, last, and always!  After graduating from Dominican College in the early 1960s, Nancy began teaching at Hunter’s Point, San Francisco. In an area of deep poverty, she saw firsthand the importance of providing educational opportunities for children. It was also during this time that she saw religious life as a credible path

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Meet Sister Sharonann Skain

Meet Sister Sharonann Skain

“Thanks to my grandparents who immigrated from Ireland,” says Sr. Sharon Skain, “I was born in The City by the Bay, San Francisco, a town of diverse cultures. That diversity shaped my life.” She remembers that during World War II her parents kept a place at the table for military men her Dad would bring

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Meet Sister Louise O’Reilly

Meet Sister Louise O’Reilly

Sr. Louise O’Reilly has given her heart and gifts to many ministries. She taught in Notre Dame elementary schools in California and Hawaii and was principal of Mission Dolores in San Francisco. She has served as formation director for the California Province and Development Coordinator for Moreland Notre Dame, Watsonville. She enjoyed working at the

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Meet Sister Peggy Offley

Meet Sister Peggy Offley

For Sr. Peggy, who is celebrating 70 years as a Sister of Notre Dame, each day starts with prayer. “Here at the Province Center I can always find a peaceful place and look out at the beautiful trees.” Peggy did not always have such a quiet life. She grew up, as one of her friends

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Meet Sister Sharon McMillan

Meet Sister Sharon McMillan

Sister Sharon McMillan was the first woman in the United States to receive both a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome. Sr. Sharon joined the Sisters of Notre Dame after Vatican II. “I was formed in a pre-Vatican II church,” she says, but the Sisters at Mercy

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Meet Sister Jacinta Martinez

Meet Sister Jacinta Martinez

As a nine-year-old, Jacinta came to San Francisco with her mother and sister from Nicaragua. They had family who lived not far from Notre Dame School on Dolores Street so she started there in fourth grade. Her family was religiously oriented and their parish, Mission Dolores, was very important. Each month the children got a little

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