By Audry L. Lynch
At a recent luncheon at Mariani’s Restaurant in Santa Clara, Frank Hopkins, who has been a Serran for 49 years, celebrated his 100th birthday with fellow Club members. It was a totally joyous occasion and Frank warned the members, “If all this praise keeps up, I’m going to have to attend more meetings.” This was a welcome remark to the members who remember Frank as a former president of the Club. He also served as vice-president several times as well as being a trustee of the organization. Next year will mark his 50th year as a Serran.
“Being a Serran enhances your appreciation of the Catholic Church and makes you a better Catholic. It’s a great thing to do to pray for vocations. I always regard priests with the highest respect. Through Serra I became acquainted with many of them,” Frank said.
As a young man, Frank grew up in Oakland. He attended Saint Ignatius High School in San Francisco with his older brother who became a Jesuit. “We went to school in ferry boats,” he recalled. At that time, the Catholic high schools produced many priestly vocations. Frank remembers, “Seven boys from my high school became priests–5 Jesuits and 2 Diocesan priests. That was a high.”
Around the same time, he met his wife, Rosemary. They were married for 62 years until her death. For 37 years they lived in Saratoga with their two sons.
Frank cut the first piece of Birthday cake to a hearty rendition of “Happy Birthday,” wearing a gold crown presented to him as the “King for a Day,” and reading through a memory book detailing his life as a Serran. “Getting to a hundred is something that just creeps up on you,” Frank said.