Sister Noreen (Catherine) Cain, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 63 years, died peacefully at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland. She lived with Parkinson’s disease for many years, and even when that confined her physically, Sister Noreen continued to find God in the mysteries of the natural world around her and to reflect on the works of Thomas Berry and other cosmic/spiritual writers.
After graduating from Notre Dame High School in Alameda, she attended CSU Chico and taught in Oakland public schools before entering the convent. She later received a degree in Educational Administration from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. For 32 years, she provided strong, creative leadership in Notre Dame elementary schools in California, the Northwest and Hawaii. She especially enjoyed her five years at Holy Family School in Pearl Harbor and her eleven years at Mission Dolores School in San Francisco. A great believer in the value of education, Sister Noreen later coordinated the Tutorial Center at College of Notre Dame in Belmont, and assisted students there for more than a decade. Calm, focused, appreciative and easygoing, Sister Noreen made life-long friends among students, parents, faculty and staff wherever she served.
Predeceased by her parents, James and Kathryn Cain, and her brother, Donald J. Cain, Sister Noreen is survived by her brother, Rev. Monsignor. James E. Cain. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, many former students and friends, and her Sisters of Notre Dame. Special thanks to the Notre Dame Health Care team, Sister Melanie O’Brien and Ann Comer, and to Sister Noreen’s caregivers at Mercy Retirement & Care Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame, 1520 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002 or online at snddenca.org.