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Celebration of Consecrated Life


In the March 6 issue of The Valley Catholic, Sister Gemma Neunzling, OP, a Dominican Sister of Oakford, was omitted. She is celebrating 60 years. Also, Father Francis Nakagawa, SM, from the Society of Mary (Marianists), celebrating his 70th year of consecrated life, died.

On Saturday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m., the Diocese of San Jose will hold its annual Celebration of Consecrated Life in the Leontyne Chapel, Bellarmine College Preparatory. Bishop Patrick J. McGrath will preside at the liturgy. Special recognition will be given to the jubilarians. Although many celebrate this occasion within their own religious communities, they appreciate the opportunity to celebrate in a public forum where family and friends can join with them. Many of these Religious are retired from full time ministry, but are very actively engaged in the Ministry of Prayer. Some continue to write to their congress persons regarding justice issues that affect our poor and marginalized brothers and sisters.

Listed below are the names of jubilarians who have or are presently living/serving in the Diocese in a variety of ministries. Family, friends, co-workers, clergy, pupils, past and present, are invited to attend this special Mass of Thanksgiving and to the reception that follows.

Jubilarians in the Diocese of San Jose


Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul
Sister Martine Nguyen, DC – 70 Years
Sister Marie Christiane Nguyen, DC – 65 Years
Sister Grace Zafarano, DC – 65 Years
Sister Eileen Kenny, DC – 60 Years
Sister Margaret Ann Gainey, DC – 60 Years

Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters
Sister Teresita Diana, AR – 25 Years

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Sister Collette Carroll, SNJM – 70 Years
Sister David Emmanuel (Paula), SNJM – 60 Years

Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet
Sister Rosheen Glennon, CSJ – 60 Years

Qui Nhon Missionary Sisters of the Holy Cross
Sister Mari Ann Le, LHC – 25 Years

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Sister Joan Panella, SNDdeN – 60 Years

Dominican Sisters – Congregation of the Queen of the Holy Rosary
Sister Irene Diones, OP – 40 Years


Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
Father James Felt, SJ – 75 Years
Father Gerald Gordon, SJ – 75 Years
Father Jaime Rasura, SJ – 75 Years
Father Leo Hombach, SJ – 70 Years
Father Richard Rolfs, SJ – 70 Years
Father James Schall, SJ – 70 Years
Father J. Patrick Stewart, SJ – 70 Years
Father James Torrens, SJ – 70 Years
Father Carlton Whitten, SJ – 70 Years
Father P. Thomas Williams, SJ – 70 Years
Father Paul Bernadicou, SJ – 65 Years
Father Frederick Tollini, SJ – 65 Years
Father John Privett, SJ – 65 Years
Father Michael Moodie, SJ – 50 Years
Father Paul Soukup, SJ – 50 Years

Society of Mary (Marianists)
Brother Howard Hughes, SM – 70 Years
Father Francis Nakagawa, SM – 70 Years
Brother Eugene Frank, SM – 60 Years
Father Raymond Malley, SM – 50 Years