VOL. XXIV NO. 1 SPRING 2017
A PUBLICATION OF THE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME
A Message from the Provincial
VOL. XXIV NO. 1 SPRING 2017 Vision & Challenge is published three times annually by the Sisters of Notre Dame, California Province. Sisters of Notre Dame Founded by Hilligonde Wolbring in Coesfeld, Germany in 1850, the Sisters of Notre Dame is an international congregation of women religious who serve the church in 18 countries. The Sisters of Notre Dame have ministered in California for more than 92 years, bringing hope to humankind through education, faith formation, spiritual development, pastoral ministry, health care, social outreach ministries and missionary service. For more information, visit www.sndca.org. Vision & Challenge Team Provincial Superior: Sr. M. Anncarla Costello, S.N.D. Director of Mission Advancement Services: Sr. M. Lisa Megaffin, S.N.D. Contributors and advisers for this edition: Sr. Maria Elka Baumann, Sr. M. Sheila Fay, Sr. Marie Paul Grech, Victoria Hillyard, Sr. M. Leanne Hubbard, Anne Interrante, Sr. Marie SoWha Kwak, Jodee McElfresh, Mary Jo Quevedo, Noah Quevedo, Sr. M. Regina Robbins, Sr. M. Joan Schlotfeldt, Sr. M. Paulynne Tubick, Sr. M. Joanne Wittenburg Updates: Please contact the Mission Advancement Office for name and/or address corrections at email@example.com or 1776 Hendrix Ave., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Please accept our apologies for any misspellings or omissions. Printing Vision & Challenge is printed locally by Custom Printing in Oxnard, California. Please remember to recycle your copy after reading.
Dear Readers, Springtime provides many images of newness… bright green slivers of new life appear on branches and boughs as they awaken from the sleepiness of winter. Some say that parts of our southern California landscape now resemble the Emerald Isle as wild grasses pop up through formerly dry brown soil in varied hues of greens. Flowering plants, dormant from their long rest, sprout up, bringing color and celebration to the fresh landscapes around us. Springtime is also a time for planting. Sowing seeds requires knowledge, faith, courage and generosity. Sowing requires faith in the potential of each seed and the courage to risk sowing the seed without knowing the real fertility of either soil or seed, without knowing what future the weather will bring, but knowing that this year’s grain must be sown for next year’s harvest. The features of this issue of Vision and Challenge reveal the promises of springtime and various images of what we are about. For us, the work of seed-sowing has been our privilege for over 92 years as we serve the people of God in the mission entrusted to our care here in California. As we reflect on the heritage that is ours as a province, we see again and again the sowing of the seed and the good harvest that God’s grace produces. In particular, we thank our many donors and volunteers who choose to be our partners in this harvesting. In October, our worldwide congregation held a meeting in Germany; sister representatives from our 19 provinces and delegations came together to determine the direction of the congregation for the next six years. The statement it produced describes succinctly the vision of who we hope to become as we live the mission of Jesus: Trusting in God who makes all things new, we commit ourselves to LIVE incarnational spirituality, GROW in life-giving relationships, BE one in diversity. This is a springtime of sorts for our congregation as we grow in deepening our relationships with our good and provident God and sow the seeds of God’s love in our service to our sisters and brothers. Incarnating Jesus’ values in our daily lives, fostering life-giving relationships with all creation and honoring the beautiful diversity that comprises the world in which we live, we strive to “make all things new” with our Creator God. During these days of spring, I invite you to enjoy these stories of our sowing and harvesting. They are both global and local and provide a glimpse of how we hope to satisfy the spiritual hunger of those we serve. It’s springtime, a time to rejoice and celebrate! Sincerely,
Sr. M. Anncarla Costello, S.N.D. 2
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From Classmates to Global Ministers by Sr. M. Regina Robbins, SND
When Sr. Mary Joel Upmeier and Sr. Mary Kenneth Hegler pioneered St. Matthias Catholic Girls High School in the fall of 1960 in Huntington Park, they had no idea of the impact that two of their students would make on the global mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Sitting in the freshman homeroom were Sharon Blunck, a graduate of St. Matthias Elementary School, and Janice Tubick from St. Rose of Lima Elementary School in Maywood. These many years later, Sister Gina Marie Blunck and Sister Mary Paulynne Tubick are returning to California from ministry abroad, looking forward to new ministries and opportunities to share the global perspectives they have gained. Sr. Gina Marie Blunck taught high school science for several years before becoming principal of Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles. Under her leadership and guidance, NDA was twice recognized by the United States Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School in the 1990’s. With graduate degrees in education and business administration, she learned Italian and spent 16 years at the Motherhouse in Rome, serving as the Treasurer General of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame. In this capacity, she coordinated the finances of the international
These students from St. Julie’s Nursery School are very attentive to their schoolwork. Ugandan students prefer wearing a sticker rather than placing it on their worksheets.
congregation and brought her business acumen to many locations. As she stated, “I had the privilege to see the ministries of the sisters up close and to see the seeds of new ministries actually come to fruition.
the bishop in the Philippines provided us with property, and after careful planning, building and furnishing, Stella Maris Retreat Center and an international novitiate are now open in Bataan.”
Sr. Gina Marie’s knowledge, vision
and experiences of diversity have provided her with even greater insights.
As she closes this period in her life, Sr.
Gina Marie is ready to take up yet another new challenge. Recently she accepted the position of Executive Director of the Hilton Fund for Sisters. In this capacity she will oversee the fund’s grant-making activities for religious communities throughout the world. From her earliest days in ministry, Sr. Mary Paulynne Tubick dedicated herself to the education of youth and has never stopped updating her skills as a teacher and principal of elementary schools. While she has successfully ministered to children of various economic groups, her love and focus continues to be, “for the poor,” as she experienced during her years at St. Lawrence of Brindisi School in South Los Angeles, California. Sr. Paulynne first volunteered to go to St. Julie’s School in Buseesa, Uganda in 2001, where she served as a full-time teacher, treasurer for both the high school and elementary school, and maintenance coordinator for the mission property. She returned to California in 2005, teaching at St. Matthias High School in Downey and at St. Hedwig’s Elementary School in Los Alamitos. In 2013 she once again heard the missionary call and returned to Buseesa for an additional
One of the highlights for Sr. Gina Marie was personally meeting Pope Francis.
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“Run with Purpose” Saturday, February 4 was memorable as the Third Annual Nun Run found more than 1,000 friends of the Sisters of Notre Dame gathered for a 5K run, a one-mile fun run/walk, community service fair and pancake breakfast. Sr. Gina Marie Blunck
Sr. Mary Paulynne Tubick
supervisor, payroll manager and formation instructor for the native Ugandan sisters.
Sr. Paulynne enjoyed
The Nun Run seemed like a family reunion, since it gave the SNDs, current and former colleagues, students, and other friends the opportunity to celebrate the community spirit which is a cherished part of SND tradition.
watching the growth and development of St. Julie’s Nursery School for 2 ½ to 5-year-old children whose parents are subsistence farmers near the mission in Uganda. As principal, convinced of the importance of empowering others, Sr. M. Paulynne worked to bring out the best in her teachers. She established an administrative team and shared responsibility, helping to foster leadership among the Ugandan teachers. The call to mission is a powerful part of the Tubick family heritage.
Paulynne’s sister was the late Sr. Mary Gabriella Tubick, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul.
herself was a missionary in Pakistan and Australia and also served in Italy. Now, Sr. Paulynne looks forward to her next ministry ventures. More than 50 years have passed since Sr. Gina Marie and Sr. Mary Paulynne were pioneers at St. Matthias High School.
Since then, they have pro-
moted the SND pioneering spirit that Sr. Mary Joel and Sr. Mary Kenneth shared with them and they look back with joy and gratitude for all that has been.
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A new feature this year was the community service fair. Fostering a spirit of service is a treasured aspect of the SND mission in education and faith-formation. As Anne Interrante, Nun Run Coordinator, stated, “We wanted to showcase organizations whose mission complements our SND outreach. We wanted our guests to learn about these organizations’ unique missions, programs and volunteer opportunities.” The Sisters of Notre Dame are also deeply grateful to the La Reina High School & Middle School staff and students for their gracious hospitality
Representatives from CASA invited guests to learn more about becoming a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for a foster child.
in hosting the event on the La Reina campus. Proceeds from the Nun Run will subsidize the SND Life & Ministry Fund, supporting sisters who give uncompensated service both locally and internationally, and underwriting programs such as Kindred Hearts Ministry, the SND Associates, CAST, South Central LAMP and vocation discernment activities.
Corporate Sponsors 911 Biocare • Active Spine And Sports Care • Ameci Pizza And Pasta • Baja Fresh Mexican Grill • Bandits’ Grill & Bar • Baskin-Robbins • Bay Alarm • The Berry Man, Inc. • Coast Hills Credit Union • The Coffee Bean And Tea Leaf • Costco Wholesale • CVS Pharmacy • Dermatology Office of Dr. Carlson • Dick’s Sporting Goods • Emcor Service Mesa Energy Systems • Enterprise Fleet Management, Inc. • First Auto Group Of Simi Valley • Furlong And Furlong • Goodman Family Chiropractic • Great Harvest Bread Company • The Habit Burger Grill • Jafra Cosmetics • Juice It Up • Kazmir Llc • Lazertag Extreme • Lloyd’s Plumbing • McDonalds • Nestle Ready Refresh • New Balance Camarillo • Nutrishop • O’Connor Electric • Office Locale • Olive Garden • Omega Rehab & Sport • Park Place Dental Group & Orthodontics • Pieology • Quigley And Miron • Ralphs • Roadrunner Sports • Rocket Fizz • Sam’s Club • See’s Candy • Shave It • Sobrino’s Termite & Pest • Solmate Socks • Staples Construction • Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt • Target • Thousand Oaks Smile Design – Daniel Elbert, DDS • Trader Joe’s • U.S. Foods • Wells Fargo • Whole Foods • Wonderful Citrus
Organization Sponsors Holy Cross Church Junior High Youth Ministry • Knights of Columbus Councils: Holy Cross, Moorpark #9969 • Our Lady of the Assumption, Ventura #2498 • St. Jude the Apostle, Westlake Village #8072 • St. Julie Billiart, Newbury Park #8397 • St. Mary Magdalen/Padre Serra, Camarillo #5272 • St. Rose of Lima, Simi Valley #5803 • St. Mel Parish Men’s Group • St. Paschal Baylon Men’s Club
Congratulations to the top 10 teams and their captains Ranked in order of the number of participants. Sr. M. Judeen Julier personally thanks Rodney Fernando for his dedication in raising $900 in Nun Run sponsorships.
Associate Candidate Diane Hunn is shown here with her daughter, Lisa Nagelman Hornbaker, a La Reina alum.
This year’s teams showed a lot of spirit and represented many different areas and age groups!
Nick Newton, a student at Thomas Aquinas College in Ojai, nears the finish line.
Sr. M. Joyanne Sullivan and David Webb were happy to share memories from Sacred Heart Parish in Ventura.
Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Oxnard Dr. Julio Tellez
USC Catholic Trojans Sr. Jenny Zimmerman, SND
Italian Catholic Federation Anne Interrante
West Los Angeles Walkers Sr. M. Judeen Julier, SND
#5 St. Catherine of Siena School, Reseda Sr. Louise Marie Hlavac, SND #6
Cheered on by staff members Sr. Florette Marie Adams and Sr. Shawn Marie Doyle, the team from Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Oxnard captured the participation prize for the second consecutive year.
Team Hanson (family of Sr. Mary Ann Hanson, SND) Michael Hanson
#7 Thomas Aquinas College, Ojai Mary Coble #8
Holy Cross Junior High Ministry, Moorpark Erika Jones
Thousand Oaks Pacers Richard Cimadoro
#10 St. Paschal Baylon Men’s Club, Thousand Oaks Jeff Lavorato Sr. Mary Ann Hanson and her family, “Team Hanson,” ranked sixth in the team competition. A PUBLICATION OF THE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME
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The Sisters of Notre Dame of the California province are profoundly grateful to our many friends who made financial contributions between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, including those who wish to remain anonymous.
We also express our gratitude to the many individuals and organizations whose in-kind donations make a special difference in our lives and ministries.
Through your gracious philanthropy, you are Caring for the daily needs for the Sisters of Notre Dame who serve the Church and all of humankind in uncompensated ministries, service such as eldercare, congregational/ province administration, or volunteer work Providing initial and ongoing education and spiritual formation for our members, both in California and in East Africa
Bruce Kelly, an SND Associate Candidate, wields a paint brush during the Beautification Day at South Central LAMP. LAMP provides a supportive, nurturing environment for economically poor women and their families in South Los Angeles.
Underwriting the expenses of the powerful ministries which touch the hearts of those seeking spiritual fulfillment through a closer relationship to God, activities such as Kindred Hearts Ministry, the Associate Program, Stephen Ministry and vocation discernment Collaborating through our partner ministries to meet the needs of immigrant women and children (through South Central LAMP) and victims of human trafficking (through CAST, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) Over the years, a number of our retired sisters have served in uncompensated ministries, meaning that they did not receive a stipend or retirement benefits. Their total years of service in this category is 187. Today, these sisters receive a small Social Security benefit, but national research shows that a retired religious receives approximately $10,000 less in Social Security than those retired from secular employment. In addition, the province has a modest retirement fund, but the National Religious Retirement Office assesses continued on page 7
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Sr. M. Sheila Fay brings a welcoming voice and a friendly smile to her receptionist duties at Notre Dame Center.
The Sisters of Notre Dame are grateful to the many donors whose generosity provided funds for St. Julie’s Nursery School in Buseesa, Uganda. The smiles on the boys’ faces indicate the success of this new venture!
Siham Abu-Khalil • Helene Acton • Susan Adamich • Carole & Alan Adams • Anne Adams • Janell & David Adams • Georgette & Joseph Adang • Pearl & Henry Ahn • Rosalinda & Eduardo Alcantara • G. Todd Alderman • Joyce Alessandrino • Catherine & Scott Alexander • Virginia Allender • Mari & Joseph Amoroso • Grace Ray Anderson • Rochelle & Kirk Anderson • Linda & Roger Anderson • Lisa & Frank Ange • Anonymous • Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Galveston, Texas • Sharon Arnett • Raquel Arriaga • Carmen Artese • Rose Mary Asuncion • Margherita L. Aufmuth • Paul Aussem • Michele & Edward Austin • Kathleen & Ronald Auth • Carol & Thomas Bader • Beverly Baird • Carmen Baltierra • Chad Barber • Tina Barbosa • Jo Ann & Thomas Barclay • Linda D. Barkley Trust • Sue & Bruce Barna • Christine Barnard • Karen & Thomas Barnes • Giselda & Luis Barreras • Katherine Barriciello • Barbara & Edward Barry • Wini & Philip Barry • Bonnie Barwick • Joshua Basen • Marlene & James Basso • Virginia Bates • Helene Claire Battles • William Battles • Judith Baumhover • Mary Baur • Marivic & Silvestre Bautista • Deanna B. Bayer • Russell W. Beasley • Catherine & David Beatty • Mary Anne & Richard Beck • Patricia Beckerman • Catherine Belisario • Joann & Stan Benson • Isabella & Peter Benze • Georgia & Ronald Berges • Catherine & Armando Berriz • Ellen Berryhill • Elda & Douglas Bielanski • Kristen Blachley • Annette & Joe Blaine • Joyce & Albert Blandin • Anne & Richard Blankenship • Dr. Robert A. Bobic, DDS • Janice & Stephen Boggs • Virginia & Gilbert Bojorquez • Wanda & Blake Bolt • Theresa Bond • Kelly Borchard • Virginia & Peter Botsford • Eugenie
May you each experience the prayerful gratitude of each Sister of Notre Dame and God’s abundant blessings for your personal sacrifices.
Sr. Anna Maria Vasquez and Sr. M. Teresita Keliher enjoy chatting during a social event.
our unfunded retirement liability at approximately 50%. Donations to the Retirement Fund subsidize the cost of medical, dental, vision, hearing care and other living expenses for our senior members. The Uganda Mission Fund underwrites the operating expenses for St. Julie Primary School and Nursery School, as well as Notre Dame Senior Secondary Academy, and the missionaries’ living expenses. Since the majority of these students are boarders, a farm on the mission property provides some of the necessary food. The Julie Fund permits the Sisters of Notre Dame and their Associates to request funding in support of their ministries which benefit the poor, disadvantaged and marginalized.
& Patrick Bowler • M. L. Boyd • Francine Bradley • Michelle & John Brady • Rosa & Sean Braig • Ghislaine Brassine • Jacqueline Brewer • Mickele & Raymond Bries • Julie Brooke •Dolores Brown • Victoria Brown • Barbara Brunasso • Theresa Brunasso • Michelle & Charles Bubnis • Karin & Duane Buccowich • Debra Buckingham • Marilyn & Robert Burick • Stephen Burns • Mary A. Burton • Susan & Jay Butterfield • Finola Byrne • Shelley & Mark Calde • Barbara & Joseph Callaghan • Marie & Peter Callari • Jan & James Campanile • Judith & Milan Caratan • Linda & Joseph Caravana • Yolanda & George Carbone • Elizabeth & James Carlin • Ramona & Victor Carreon • Diane & James Carter • Susan & Edmund Cass III • Mary & Richard Cathcart • Dorothy Caughey • Mary Joyce & Deacon Jerry Cellner • Daniel Centurioni • Josefina & Ignacio Cervantes • Roland Chabot • Maria L. Chan • Tina Chappel • Theresa & Daniel Chavez • Margaret Chen • Marcia & Bernard Chin • Lorna & Clifford Christensen • Julie Christensen • Sandra & Robert Christian • Jackie & Bob Churner • Grace Cihanowyz • Kathryn Cilley-Wagner • Janis & Bruce Clark • Ron Clark • Susan Clarke • Susan & John Clay • Nancy Clements • Dawn & Don Cobb • Jack Cochran • Cecilia & David Coe • Kristi & Bruce Colell • Anita & Victor Colello • Pamela Collins • Ruth & Robert Conboy • Frances A. Connelly • Martha & John Conti • Mary Contini-Gordon • Leisa Contreras • Marsha & Joseph Conwill • Irene & Ignacio Cota • Michael L. Cotter • Sandy & Robert Coultas • Jeannine Covault • Lai-Ming Crego • Sandhya & David Crossley • Margaret & Hector Cuellar • Helen & Richard Cunningham • Joann & Pat Cunningham • Nasser & David Dabour • Elizabeth & William Damianakes • Laura M. Darling • Michelle & Pierre Dauphin • Carol A. Davis, Esq. • Elaine & John Davis • Martha & Richard De Blois • Irma & Guillermo De La Torre • Anne & Michael Deddens • Mary & Justin Dedeaux • Noelle & John Deinken • Tania & Charles DeJohn • Marie Del Castillo • Rachel & Nemesio Del Rosario • Elizabeth & Keith DeMario • Ofelia DeSantiago • Suzanne DeVaney • Ellen Devericks • Diocese of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan • Janet & Neal Dixon • Sharon & Charles Dobeck • Joan Dodge • George W. Dollman • Cynthia & W. Matthew Dombrowski • Margaret Domercq • Agnes Donahue • Eleanor & Brian Donnelly • Verna & James Dormer • Colleen Dougherty • Marion Dougherty • Jet Doye • Marianne & Joseph Doyle • Kathryn & Patrick Doyle
Through ongoing donations, generous support for the Uganda mission appeals in various schools and dioceses in the United States, participation in the Second Annual Nun Run, and planned gifts, our donors provided $279,698 during the 2015-16 fiscal year. These contributions are deeply appreciated, for they represent a personal statement indicating the donor’s desire to be in partnership with the Sisters of Notre Dame. May you each experience the prayerful gratitude of each Sister of Notre Dame and God’s abundant blessings for your personal sacrifices. (Right) Fr. Paul Hruby, pastor of St. Julie Billiart Parish in Newbury Park, congratulates Tom Ryan, one of the pioneer care-givers through Stephen Ministry, co-sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame and St. Julie’s.
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• Silvia & Kevin Dretzka • Helen Drislane • Sue Drisner • Mary Drummer • Marleen Du Milieu • June Dube • Norma & Paul Duffy • Carol & Patrick Duffy • Edna & Peter Dumaual • Jean Dunvan • Geraldine & Robert Eckert • Josephine L. Ehrlich • Sheila & James Eickhoff • Diana M. Eisendrath • Sandra Elias • Katherine Ellis • Beth & Michael Ellis • James Ellison • Gail Ennis • Peggy & Carlos Enriquez • Enterprise Fleet Mgmt. • Patricia Erb & Brent Burley • Rosemary & John Erlinger • Jerome Ernst • Jean & Weldon Erwin • Lucy & Randy Fahrbach • Carol A. Farney • Diane & Gerry Fay • Irene Ferro • Patricia L. Field • Sarah Fierro • Joan & Charles Fieweger • Lynn Figueiredo • Joanna & Kevin Finn • Barbara & Erick Fischer • Joan & Robert Fisher • Martha & James Ford • Marlene Forthun • Jim Fortuna • Claire Foster • Jo Ann Foster • Francine & Stephen Foulkrod • Shannon & Russell Frazier • Judy & Kenneth Frederick • Patricia & Kenneth Free • Elizabeth & George Freitas • Joan Freudenberger • Manuel A. Frias • Mary & Michael Friedrich • Jean A. Fries • Kelly & Thomas Fritsch • Kathleen & Mark Frystak • Lorene & Raymond Fuess • Joan M. Funk • Nadine & Ted Furey • Mary Ann & Gerald Furlong • Sandra & Jose Gaitan • Debra Gallagher • Theresa & Michael Gallagher • Christine & Siegfried Galonska • Joan & Epigmenio Galvan • Paul Gamba • Elizabeth & Demetrio Garcia • Lynn & Jerry Garcia • Eileen & Martin Garcia • Tina & Deacon Donald Gath • Julie & Jesse Gavia • Gelson’s • Patricia & Edwin Genhart • Kathleen Gervais • Patcee & William Giamela • Eileen & James Gibbs • Mary Louise Giglio • JoAnn & Arthur Gilbert • Almadean & Patrick Gillespie • Margaret & John Given • Donna & Edward Gladbach • Diane & Robert Glas •
Sr. M. Jolisa Lazaro (left) confers with Ms. Lilliam Paetzold, principal of Notre Dame Academy Schools of Los Angeles, before the family Mass.
Margaret & Donald Glynn • Jean Goebel • Doris & Otto Goerisch • Jo Ann Goff • Maria Victoria Gomez • Nancy & Michael Gonzales • Julia & Michael Goodus • Annabelle Gordon • Rachel & Howard Gottlieb • Charlotte Govero • Nancy & Thomas Grasmehr • Edward Grech • Lucie & Renald Gregoire • Mary & Robert Griley • Eleanor Gronenthal • Flo Guerra • Douglas Hahn • Marisa Hakala • Lynn & Arthur Hall • Pickens & Ronald Halt • Audrey & Joseph Hamamoto • John Hamers • Shirley & Bruce Hamilton • Norma Hammons • Michael Hanson • Janet Hansted • Mary & Richard Harris • Mary & James Harrison • Theresa Hausser • Ann & E.J. Hawkes • Laura & John Haydel • Mattia & Thomas Healy • Patricia & Kevin Hearst • Mary Anne Hedrick • Priscilla Hein • E. Mary Hekhuis • Judy Hernandez • Leticia Hernandez • Marilyn & Max Herstein • Patricia & Sherick Hess • Rose L. Hetherington • Claire & John Hickey • Georgianna Higson • Denise Hinojosa • Stefanie & • Gregory Holcomb • Walter Hollenstein • Geraldine & Robert Hollingshead • Holy Cross Catholic Church, Moorpark, California • Beverly & Kenneth Horn • Lisa & Darin Hornbaker • Joan C. Horne • Madalyn Horton • Eleanor A. Howells • Peggy Hubbard • Lori Hubbard • Joachim & Robert Huber • Christine & Thomas Hudson • Martha & Joseph Huggins • Diane Hunn • Jennifer Hyll • Anne & Richard Interrante • Nichole Ipach • Gloria & Richard Jacobs • Sharon & Paul Joelson • Sally & Carl Jones • Maria & Raymond Jones • Susan & Vincent Jones • Linda & William Jones • Bridget & Daniel Jordan • Eugene Jordan • Fran Jorgensen • Marilyn Jorgensen • Socorro Juarez • Anne Kahle • Catherine & William Kaiser • Jeannie Kalivoda • Clem Karlin • Barbara Karlton • Arthur Karma • Kathryn Kassar • Patricia Kelley • Ingrid & William Kelly • Lynn & Dennis Kelnhofer • Diana Kennedy & Spencer MacNeil • Grace & Gary Kennedy • Patricia Kennedy • Kristene & Michael Kenney • Ann & George Kershaw • Robert Kerslake • Patsy & James Kiesner • Judith & William Klenk • Sandra & Elmer Klingshirn • Knights of Columbus Holy Cross Council #9969, Moorpark, California • Knights of As a volunteer with Many Mansions, Sr. M. Lisa Megaffin (on the right) participates in the annual homeless count, learning about the unique background and needs of the man sleeping on the street.
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Columbus Simi Valley Council #5803, Simi Valley, California • Robyn & Michael Knoell • Dr. & Mrs. Arthur L. Kobal, DDS • Nancy Kofranek • Frederick Kovar • Patricia & Raymond Krakowski • Barbara Kringle • Lynn & Edward Krol • Paula & Deacon John Kruer • Thomas Krupa • Joseph F. Krzewinski • Christine Kudija • Joanne & John Kulka • Darlene Kundrick • Mary & Berk Kusnierek • Connie M. La Face • La Reina High School & Middle School, Thousand Oaks, California • Nancy & Robert LaBelle • Ellen & James Lafrieda • Norma & John Lahickey • Bonnie Lara • Cathy & James Latty • La Vonne Laughlin • Maria Laureola • Tina & David Lavendier • Dorothy & John Lawson • Catherine Lazaran-McKee • Patricia & Robert Leamy • John Lebert • Margaret LeDuff • Kathleen & James Lee • Sara Leehey • Anne & Rod LeGate • Leslie & John Lenko • Yvonne & George Leung • Patricia Libby • Virginia & Thomas Liederbach • Debbie & Dick Lieu • Patricia & Dennis Limkemann • Kim & Mark Lindaman • Jean Linn • Lindy Lizenbery • Lois & Peter Lofy • Elizabeth & Joseph Loll • Candace Long • Tam & Gregory Lontok • Mabel Shen & Robert Loo • Sally & Patrick Lopker • Raelynne Lorenz • Kathleen Lorick • Linda & Kevin Lower • Suzanne & William Luke • Andrea & Kevin Lunde • Lisa Victoria Lutz • Wesley Lyerly • Kris Lynch • Christine & Stephen Maguin • Connie Maguire • Linda & Robert Maguire • Gloria & William Maguire • Nancy Mahoney • Margaret-Mary Major • Mary Lee Maline • Kathleen & Gary Mallaley • Denise & Michael Malloy • Deacon Joseph M. Manion • Joanne & Edward Marek • Barbara & Felix Masci • Lillian Masters • Lynn & Michael Masterson • Dolores Mattern • Emma Mayer • Anna & Kevin Mc Verry • Mary & Samuel McCarthy • Rita McClellan • Gloria & Donald McDermott • Patricia & Robert McDonald • Carroll & Jack McEachern • Margaret McGarrey • Mary Lou & Jack McGee • Sheila & Martin McGrath • Frank McHugh • Florence & Thomas McInally • Monica & Richard McKay • Donna & Robert McKennon • Lucy G. McKnight • Rosemary & Robert McLarty • Vicki & Kevin McNamara • Bobbi & Robert McRae • Mary & Peter Medina • Yolanda & Deacon Richard Medina • Anne & Michael Megowan • Cynthia A Mehner • Elaine & Vincent Mendoza • Ellahe & Robert Mernick • Jane Meros • Renee & James Meskauskas • Cheryl Metoyer • Rosemary & Ronald Meyer • Elizabeth Mian • Rita & Louis Michie • Elizabeth & Kim Middleton • Barbara & George Miller • Kathleen A. Miller • Mary J. Miller • Michael Miller • Michele G. Miranda • Rosanna & Salvatore Mistretti • Mary Molnar • Marion Mongan • Karen & Paul Montagna • Richard Montanio • Raymond L. Moon • Antonio Morales • Celia Morelli • Margaret & Robert Morgan • Fran Morley • Denise & Christopher Morris • June & Robert Morris • Jean McHatton • Yvette & Richard Moss • Karen & Victor Moy • Judy & Jerry Mulenburg • Margaret & Ralph Mulhern • Kathryn & Daniel Murphy • Jean S. Murphy • Kathleen Murray • Jeanne & Laurence Murray • Susan & Brian Murrieta • Christine Mutell • Lavina Narvaez • Dennis P. Nash • Rae & Michael Nastacio • Rosemary & Curtis Nemchak • Margarita & Oscar Nevarez • Sylvia Nevarez • Mary K. Norris • Charles R. Northcross • Notre Dame Academy Elementary School, Los Angeles, California • Notre Dame Academy, Los Angeles, California • Patricia & Terry Nystrom • Elizabeth & Joseph O’Brien • Deanna Ochoa • Sharon O’Connor • Linda Odre • Rafael Ojeda • Sonja Oliver • Suzanne
Olsen • Marlene Oreski • Jean & Joseph Ornelaz • Robert Ornelaz • Susan & Thomas Ortenburger • Paul Ouellette • Maximilian G. Paetzold • Shannon Pagano • Sonia & Johnny Palacio • Mary Palmisano • Thomas Panno • Roger Papet • Martha & Robert Parke • Patricia & Kenneth Parker • Janet L. Parrone • Therese & Thomas Pasadyn • Bernardine Pasino • Joan Pastor • Carol Patnaud • Jannett Paule • Judy & Tim Paulson • Sandra & Thomas Pavick • Consuelo & Sergio Perez • Joanne Perkins • Sheri & Nick Petrisca • Judy & James Pingel • Valinda M. Pintauro • Concetta Piro • Christine & Michael Pohlen • Marion Power • Peter Prado • Linda & Harry Preston • Patricia & Robert Prieve • Janet & Harold Prukop • Brendan Purdy • Mary Inez Quevedo • Janet & Lawrence Quilici • Rita & Gerald Raffee • Nan & Jon Rager • Coretta Ramey • Bettie & Willam Randal • Jeri Ransen • Dolores & Robert Rau • Raymond Reinmann • Rose & Marek Relich • Adele Rennie • Mary Alice & Michael Reyburn • Linda & Robert Reyes • Regina Mc Shane & Vincent Ridge • Mary & Lawrence Riggs • Karen & Randall Rigney • Carolyn & Samuel Rinaldi • Caren & Richard Rios • Carmen & Henry Rivers • David Robbins • Sheryl & Patrick Rogers • Yolanda & Thomas Rogers • Jane Rollingson • Vanessa Romano • Helen Ronan • Colette & Keith Rosenkranz • Barbara & Francis Roth • Geri & Peter Rotter • Ed Roxburgh • Dale & Michael Rubino • Marti Ruble • Patricia & Raymond Rumble • Mary Jean & Robert Rumer • Laurel & Wally Rutledge • Sacred Heart Religious Education, Ventura, California • Teresita & Tony Sales • Janis & Robert Sanchez • Billy Marie Sanders • Melodie & Alex Santana • Claudia Santos • Corazon & Reynaldo Santos • Michael Sapien • Alice & Robert Sapien • Cynthia & Douglas Sassen • Patricia & Jeffrey Sauser • Jacqueline & Kurt Sauter • Save Our Aging Religious! • Victoria & William Sawtelle • Joyce Saxer • Alice & Robert Scheiperpeter • Marianne & Jeffrey Schlarbaum • Lynne & Thomas Schlarbaum • Darlene & Wilfred Schmoll • Barbara Schnell • Rose & Alvin Schultz • Barbara & Richard
As Dean of Mission at La Reina High School & Middle School, Sr. M. Rebekah Kennedy blesses the new DeBruno Family Mock Trial Courtroom, in memory of Mrs. Eileen DeBruno, founding moderator of La Reina’s Mock Trial team. AAPUBLICATION PUBLICATIONOF OFTHE THESISTERS SISTERSOF OFNOTRE NOTREDAME DAME 9
These contributions are deeply appreciated, for they represent a personal statement indicating the donor’s desire to be in partnership with the Sisters of Notre Dame.
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(Left) Msgr. Marc Trudeau, rector of St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, presents the Distinguished Alumni Award to Sr. M. Anncarla Costello. VISION & & CHALLENGE CHALLENGE || SPRING SPRING 2017 2017 10 VISION
To Heaven on Foot | Around Uganda by Truck In the nineteenth century, St. Julie Billiart, spiritual mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame, was often seen walking along the roads of Belgium as she went from convent to convent, visiting the sisters. Her personal concern for each of them led her to undertake her endless journeys by coach, cart or donkey, or most often, on foot. In view of her own experience of traveling, there was special meaning to her comment to a novice, “You don’t get to heaven on wheels, sister, you walk!” (Adapted from To Heaven on Foot by Sr. Mary Linscott, S.N.D.) The Sisters of Notre Dame on mission in Uganda have gone past the coach or cart to more modern modes of transportation, but they still face many transportation challenges. In the rainy season, the roads are very slippery. Both the SNDs and mission volunteers have stories of fishtailing into ditches and getting stuck in the mud. This situation is exactly what happened shortly after the photo above was taken. Another recent mishap: the sisters report that they were transporting the netball team from Notre Dame
Academy Secondary to a competition. They were about 4 hours away from Buseesa when the truck’s differential broke. Fortunately, the truck was repaired, but it was an expensive undertaking and illustrated the need to replace the truck. Sr. Anita Marie Stacy wrote that they are “really frightened to continue taking groups of students in the truck that we have, a Toyota Landcruiser 79 series. It is the only vehicle we have to transport larger numbers of passengers. Unfortunately, it is frequently in need of repair.” The truck is used to: • Transport students to music and athletic competitions
Haul animal feed and firewood Travel to Kampala (about a 4-5 hour drive) for rice and other staples to feed the children
Our current goal is to provide a new, safe and durable 4x4 truck, similar to the one that has served the mission well in the past. The cost of the truck is estimated to be $80,000. The Covington and California provinces are working together to fund this much-needed vehicle. Since walking is not really an option, we invite you to make a generous contribution in support of our Ugandan mission truck fund. Be assured of the gratitude of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the staff and students in the nursery, elementary and high schools in Buseesa, Uganda.
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The Grapevine In collaboration with St. Julie Billiart Parish, the Sisters of Notre Dame are co-sponsoring Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministers are church members (Catholic or non-Catholic) trained through 50 hours of formation to offer personal Christian care to individuals dealing with grief, divorce, job loss, hospitalization, financial struggles, loneliness, terminal illness and other life difficulties. The local trainers present the curriculum with a Catholic-Christian focus. After their training, Stephen Ministers meet with an assigned care-receiver weekly. For further information, contact Sr. Cristina Marie Buczkowski, Stephen Leader and Team Coordinator, at 805498-3602, ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A unique Lenten retreat was presented through the SND Kindred Hearts Ministry. Sr. Antoinette Marie Moon and Sr. Marie Paul Grech led parishioners from St. Kevin’s, and Sr. Anna Maria Vasquez and Associate Candidate Sherry Reynolds gave the same retreat simultaneously in Spanish at the neighboring parish, Precious Blood. In total, there were 225 participants. For further information about Kindred Hearts Ministry, contact Sr. Marie Paul Grech at email@example.com.
Presidents’ Day weekend found several hundred young adults at UCLA for the University Catholic Conference of California 2017. Priests and sisters offered spiritual direction (including Sr. M. Judeen Julier and Sr. M. Leanne Hubbard) during the schedule of conferences, worship and fellowship opportunities. This event was an opportunity to fulfill the mission of UCCC, networking Catholic university students through intellectual engagement, spiritual nourishment and faith development.
We are willing to be last. Bequests or gifts from estates are a powerful means for a donor to share in the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Residuary bequests are used to give all or a portion of the rest, residue or remainder of a donor’s estate after payment of expenses and any specific amounts designated to other beneficiaries. Our legal title is “The Sisters of Notre Dame of Los Angeles” and our IRS nonprofit identification number is 95-2005867. For further information, contact the SND Mission Advancement Office at 805-917-3714.
Sr. M. Leanne Hubbard, Sr. Valerie Marie Roxburgh, Sr. M. Paulynne Tubick, and Sr. Jennifer Zimmerman served as weekly spiritual companions to participants in the “Busy Student Retreats” at USC and UCLA during Lent.
The Associates of the Sisters of Notre Dame from across the United States will have a National Gathering in Chardon, Ohio from October 20 through 22, 2017.
Published on May 2, 2017