The Chapel at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco (Broadway) was recently named in honor of Mary (Be) Mardel, RSCJ. Sister Mardel served as a teacher, principal and Director of Schools at Convent & Stuart Hall, and is credited with leading the transition of the school from one owned by the Society to an independent organization. For the full story, visit the school's website.
San Francisco/East Bay
The San Francisco Bay Area has been a home for RSCJ for many decades. Our ministries in San Francisco and the East Bay include:
- teaching at St. Martin de Porres Elementary/Middle School (Kathy Buschman, RSCJ)
- higher education at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley (Mary McGann, RSCJ)
- the University of San Francisco (Theresa Moser, RSCJ)
- parish ministry at St. Boniface Church in the Tenderloin district (Irma Dillard, RSCJ)
- psychotherapy (Columba Kim, RSCJ);
- nursing and hospice nursing (Juliet Lee, RSCJ and Kum Soon Eum, RSCJ);
- volunteer and translation service (Mary Elizabeth Fisher, RSCJ)
- Province vocations ministry (Mary Pat White, RSCJ)
The newest community in the province is found in this area. Sophia House is a community of "intentional hospitality," created to reach out to women and young adults in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
One evening a month we gather with lay women from the area – friends, associates, colleagues – for prayer, conversation and sharing a meal at the Oakland Community. Religious of the Sacred Heart come together regularly for meetings, provincial teleconferences, and to celebrate feasts, especially that of St. Madeleine Sophie, and to enjoy each other’s presence. Smaller groups enjoy walks in Golden Gate Park, meals together, visits to other parts of the state, and of course, spontaneous fun!
Two Religious of the Sacred Heart, Fran Tobin and Mary Ann Foy, are members of STOP SLAVERY: Northern California Coalition of Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking, a coalition of nine Bay Area congregations. Reflecting on the reality that the incidence of trafficking rises at major sporting events, the coalition decided to take action steps in advance of the America’s Cup races scheduled for August and September. A year ago the sisters identified a prominent hotel corporation with known connections to event preparations and compiled a list of its hotels in the Bay Area.