A member of the Sisters of Presentation, Sister Gemma Wilson, PBVM, recently celebrated 60 years since her first vows.
Sister Gemma (religious name Sister Patricia) has a B.A. in Education from the University of San Francisco. Sister Gemma taught in Catholic schools for 13 years in San Jose, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, Berkeley and San Pedro.
From 1959 to 1961, She taught at Saint John the Baptist, San Lorenzo. From 1961 to 1963, she taught at Most Holy Trinity School in San Pedro in Southern California. From 1964 to 1965, She was an instructor at Saint Joseph Elementary, Berkeley. From 1968 to 1971, Sister Gemma taught at Saint Patrick School in San Jose.
In 1971, Sister Gemma attended San Jose City College and she received an A.A. degree in R.N. From 1973 to 1990, Sister Gemma became a staff nurse at San Jose Hospital. In 1990, she left hospital work and became a nurse in a doctor’s office in San Jose for ten years.
From 2002 to 2017, she was an instructional aide at Saint John Vianney School, San Jose. For many years, Sister Gemma trained guide and obedience dogs.
Presently, Sister Gemma visits nursing homes with her therapy dog Finn.