Seven San Francisco Sisters of the Presentation celebrated jubilees to mark significant milestones in their lives as women religious at a community celebration on July 12 at Presentation Retreat Center in Los Gatos.
Sister Ellen Cafferty, PBVM
(Sister Mary Mildred) celebrates 60 years from her entrance into the congregation on July 3, 1955. Sister Ellen is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. Schools where she has taught include St. Anne’s, San Francisco. Sister Ellen served 21 years in Mexico where she ministered to the Tzeltal people and again for 24 years in Guatemala. In 2014, Sister Ellen testified at the 13th Conference of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in the United Nations.
Sister Bernice Gotelli, PBVM
(Sister Mary Benedict) celebrates 60 years from her entrance into the congregation on July 3, 1955. Sister Bernice holds a graduate degree in religious education and certification from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Sister Bernice has been the sole chaplain at University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland for the last 26 years. She works with critically ill and dying children as well as following through with their families. She is a member of the hospital’s Medical Ethics and Palliative Care committees.
Sister Darlene Terry, PBVM
(Sister Mary Maureen) celebrates 50 years from her entrance into the congregation on Sept. 1, 1965. She holds graduate degrees in education and psychology. Sister Darlene has taught at schools throughout California and in New Mexico and has also served as a youth minister. Sister Darlene is a marriage and family therapist. She currently serves as the sisters’ congregational secretary.
Sister Maria Griego, PBVM
Celebrates 50 years from her entrance into the congregation on Sept. 1, 1965.She is a graduate of San Jose State University and has taught at schools in Southern California and New Mexico for 45 years. Sister Maria is now religion coordinator at St. John Vianney School in San Jose.
Sister Gloria Loya, PBVM
Celebrates 50 years from her entrance into the congregation on Sept. 1, 1965. She holds a graduate degree in counseling and guidance, a licentiate in sacred theology and a doctorate in ministry.Sister Gloria is a former adjunct professor in theology and Hispanic ministry at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley and currently vicar for religious and liaison for human trafficking for the Diocese of Monterey.
Sister Pamela Chiesa, PBVM
Celebrates 40 years from her entrance into the congregation on Sept.1, 1975. Sister Pam holds graduate degrees in business administration and theology. She taught at Presentation High School, San Francisco and is a former Presentation Sisters president. Sister Pam is currently, a senior consultant at Brenner, McDonagh and Tortolani, a financial consultant firm to religious institutes and their sponsored ministries.
Sister Kathleen Sickly, PBVM
Celebrates 40 years from her entrance into the congregation on Sept. 1, 1975. She holds a degree in education and teaching credential from San Francisco State University and certification from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She has taught at St. Agnes School, San Francisco and served as a staff chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco, for 14 years. She is also a former director of formation for the Presentation Sisters.