Sister Cleta Herold, PBVM, (Sister Mary Cletus) entered eternal life on September 26, at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. She was born in 1921 in San Francisco, California and was the second child of Kathryn McGee and Clair Herold. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Rev. Norton Herold, SJ.
Sister Cleta entered the Sisters of the Presentation on January 6, 1941, seventy-five years ago. During her early years she earned her BS and MA degrees in Education from USF. From 1942 – 1950 and 1952-1964, Sister Cleta taught in Catholic elementary schools in San Francisco and Los Angeles; from 1950-1952 she taught at Presentation High School, San Francisco. She was principal and teacher at Saint John Vianney School, San Jose from 1954-1960.
In 1964, Sister Cleta was elected to the Council of the Sisters of the Presentation as well as appointed Director of the Junior Professed Sisters. She became Assistant Director at Saint Benedict Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in San Francisco in 1968. Epheta House, a residence connected to Saint Benedict’s, was home for Sister Cleta, two other Sisters, and a lay woman. Among the honored guests at Epheta House were Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, and Cesar Chavez.
In 1984, after completing Clinical Pastoral Education at Saint Mary Hospital, Sister Cleta became a Pastoral Associate at Most Holy Redeemer Parish, San Francisco.
In her retirement years, Sister Cleta volunteered at SafeHouse (a residential program for women seeking to leave prostitution), Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, and The Lantern, a Presentation literacy ministry in the Mission District of San Francisco. Most recently, Sister Cleta was engaged in the Ministry of Prayer.
Memorial contributions to the Sisters of the Presentation are preferred and can be sent to Sisters of the Presentation, Development Office, 281 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94118.