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Celebration of Consecrated Life set for March 25 in Diocese of San Jose


On March 25 at 3:30 p.m., the Diocese of San Jose will hold its annual Celebration of Consecrated Life at the Leontyne Chapel located at Bellarmine College Preparatory. Bishop Patrick J. McGrath will preside.

March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, is a fitting day for Religious to echo Mary’s “Yes” as she responded without reservation to God’s call. Special recognition will be given to the jubilarians who also responded to a call – some for 25, 50, 60, 70 or 80 years. This is something to celebrate!

Sister Rosalie Pizzo, Bishop’s Delegate to Religious, encourages family, friends, coworkers, pupils, past and present, who may or may not know any of the Religious listed, to join in this celebration. It is a way, not only of expressing gratitude for the many years these women and men have served the church, but also a recognition that all of us have answered a call, first at baptism and then in the various and unique ways that we have lived out this call.

The Liturgy is followed by a reception at the Liccardo Center adjacent to the chapel. Here all gather to enjoy good food, share stories and renew old friendships.

Jubilarians in the Diocese of San Jose

Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
Sister Mary Genevieve Moonier, DC    80 Years
Sister Kathleen Grimley, DC               70 Years
Sister Stella Marie Zahner, DC            60 Years
Sister Trinitas Hernandez, DC             60 Years

Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic
Sister Nancy Thomas, MM            70 Years

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Sister Miriam Henry Hussey, SNJM     70 Years
Sister Helen O’Sullivan, SNJM            70 Years
Sister Joan Doyle, SNJM                    60 Years
Sister Eleanore Maloney, SNJM          60 Years
Sister Molly Neville, SNJM                 60 Years
Sister Mary Duffy, SNJM                   50 Years

Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet
Sister Elaine Coutu, CSJ             60 Years

Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry
Sister Maryann Cantlon, CSJ       60 Years

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Sister Claudia McTaggart, SNDdeN     60 Years

Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sister Catherine Mary King, PBVM      60 Years
Sister Rosemary McKean, PBVM         60 Years

Dominican Sisters – Congregation of the Queen of the Holy Rosary
Sister Jane Frances Garrison             50 Years

Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
Father Gerald Lentz, SJ         70 Years
Father Louis Peinado, SJ        70 Years
Father Joseph Retzel             70 Years
Father Norbert Rigali, SJ        70 Years
Father Joseph Angilella, SJ     65 Years
Father Paul Bernadicou, SJ     65 Years
Father John McBride, SJ         65 Years
Father Lawrence Murphy, SJ   65 Years
Father Alfred Naucke, SJ        65 Years
Father Frederick Tollini, SJ     65 Years
Father Robert Fitts, SJ           60 Years
Father Reynold Gatto, SJ       60 Years
Father Thomas Splain, SJ       60 Years
Brother Michael Bennett, SJ   60 Years
Father Robert John Egan, SJ   50 Years
Brother Frederick Mercy, SJ    50 Years
Father Mark Ravizza, SJ         25 Years
Father Duc Vu, SJ                  25 Years
Brother James Sanders, SJ     25 Years

Society of Mary (Marianists)
Father Francis Nakagawa, SM   60 Years

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
Father Marvin F. Deutsch, MM      60 Years
Father Thomas F. Donnelly, MM   60 Years