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Celebration of Consecrated Life


On Saturday, February 16 at 3:30 p.m., the Diocese of San Jose will observe its annual celebration of Consecrated Life in the Leontyne Chapel, Bellarmine College Preparatory. 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.


Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul

Sister Paula La, DC 50 Years

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

Sister Therese Ottman, SNJM 75 Years

Sister Mary Grace Dykzeul, SNJM 75 Years

Sister Joan Frances Ortega, SNJM 70 Years

Sister Sharon Francis, SNJM 60 Years

Sister Peggy Kinzie, SNJM 60 Years

Sister Margaret Lynch SNJM 60 Years

Sister Dolores Barling, SNJM 60 Years

Sister Nickie Thomas, SNJM 50 Years

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Sister Celeste Pagliarula, SNDdeN 70 Years

Sister Georgianna Coonis, SNDdeN 60 Years

Sister Elizabeth Plesche, SNDdeN 60 Years


Discalced Carmelite Friars

Father Gerald Werner, OCD 50 Years

Society of Christ

Father Jan Fiedurek, SChr 30 Years

Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

Father John Kindall, SJ 75 Years

Father Armand Nigro, SJ 75 Years

Father Michael Buckley, SJ 70 Years

Father Richard Cobb, SJ 70 Years

Father Thomas Connolly, SJ 70 Years

Father James Conyard, SJ 70 Years

Father Thomas Gallagher, SJ 70 Years

Father James Laudwein, SJ 70 Years

Father Ernest Martinez, SJ 70 Years

Father Robert Matthewson, SJ 70 Years

Father Thomas Piquado, SJ 60 Years

Father Gerald Cobb, SJ 50 Years

Father L. Michael Pope, SJ 50 Years

Father Dennis Smolarski, SJ 50 Years

Father Gary Uhlenkott, SJ 50 Years

Society of Mary (Marianists)

Father Stephen Tutas, SM 75 Years

Brother James Leahy, SM 75 Years

Father Robert Hughes, SM 70 Years

Brother John Samaha, SM 70 Years

Brother Frank Spaeth, SM 70 Years

Father Raymond Malley, SM 60 Years

Brother James Vorndron, SM 60 Years

Father John Putka, SM 50 Years

Brother Jack Somerville, SM 50 Years