Who Shares Your Lenten Journey?
Nancy Jordan, Ed.D. '86
Mission Integration Director, Providence St. Joseph Health
February, 2020

This past Wednesday, we entered into the sacred season of Lent, an opportunity for focused spiritual introspection as we travel 40 days towards Holy Week. We ask, "What keeps us from a stronger relationship with God?" We wonder, "What could I do to position myself to lead a fuller, healthier life?" We propose, "What can I give up or take on that will remind me to break down relational barriers?" As a medical group Mission Leader, one of my treasured duties is to travel throughout Northern California Providence St. Joseph Health medical practices to administer ashes on Ash Wednesday. Recipients often use the opportunity to share their stories with me and each year, I'm left breathless by those who share my Lenten journey...

...the Medical Assistant who's 21 weeks pregnant with her first baby
...the patient who reminisced about the little boy in her religious education class who refused to receive ashes because he thought they were hot
...the Physician who asked me to use my pinky finger to reduce the amount of ash that might distract from patient care
...the patient who responded "Absolutely not. I don't want those."
...the patient who was hesitant to accept ashes due to the radiation treatment she was about to receive and her son who jumped in and said, "Can I receive them for her?"
...the Nurse who shared that her child had just been diagnosed with autism
...the patient who said, "Thank you. I thought ashes might not be given because people are scared to touch someone's skin and get sick."

The distribution of ashes offers some theological obviousness; the start of Lent, the recognition of the human life cycle, a day of fasting. But it also offers something more, the transcendent experience of the sacred encounter. Take a moment to consider the stories of those who share your Lenten journey. If you were the one distributing ashes in your community, what stories would you have heard? What stories might our Carondelet High School community have shared? Worries about friends, families, test scores, budgets, politics, pandemics? Lent is certainly a time of personal reflection but it's also an opportunity to fold in the experience of others.  

I am thankful for all those who walk the journey of Lent with me, most of whom do not know their role in my heart. My employees, patients, the worried, the joyful, the anxious, those with faith, those who struggle to find faith, those who are poor, those who are vulnerable - I will carry their stories with me into these 40 days of reflection.  

Who's sharing your Lenten journey?

Dear Carondelet Sisters,
As proud members of the Carondelet Board of Trustees, we are excited to be a part of Carondelet's 3rd Annual Giving Day. On March 19th, the entire Carondelet community is being invited to come together for 24-hours of support benefiting our alma mater. As alumnae, we all have a special role to play.  We are the products of a Carondelet education, and the sisterhood, in our lives and out in the world.  Broad participation from this esteemed group of women - whose life paths are varied and complex and beautiful - is an indelible symbol of the impact of the Carondelet experience. Almost 10,000 strong, we can make a powerful statement just by showing up.
There are many ways to be involved, and every single effort  no matter the size - has a tangible effect. You can be an advocate, inviting your fellow alumnae to join you with their own support (details included in following section). You may offer to join a growing group of donors who are building up a matching fund, so that your gift will help amplify the support of others. You might promote Giving Day on social media, or send an email encouraging your network to pitch in. You are welcome to do any or all of these things, or to simply make your own gift in support of Carondelet, in any amount you choose.
This year's Giving Day is a strict participation push - with no expectation of gift amounts or monetary goals. We are laser-focused on inspiring as many people as possible, alumnae primary among them, to make a statement of support with $1, $5, $20, $100, any amount in celebration of our shared home and its future. We are a force, and together sky's the limit.
With thanks for our sisterhood,
Nancy O'Malley '71
Julie Gonzalez '99
Emily St. Jean Duggan '05

How to Become an Advocate for Carondelet Giving Day 

Make your impact by encouraging your classmates, family, and friends to support Carondelet Giving Day. With the Advocate features on GiveCampus, spreading the word is easy, fun, and rewarding. You can help other donors' gifts go further, add your own story to the campa ign, a nd even track how many clicks, gifts, and dollars your outreach is driving in real time. 

The first step to becoming an Advocate is to sign up for a GiveCampus user account    and click 
'Sign Up' in the top right of the page. It's important t o know that simply signing up for a user account won't make you become an Advocate - to become an Advocate, you must take active steps to inspire others to make gifts. Once you're signed up for and logged into your GiveCampus user account, you can become an Advocate for Carondelet Giving Day by taking one  or better yet, all! - of the following steps:

1. Consider your own gift! Great advocates lead by example and you can leverage your gift to encourage others to give.

2. Create a Personal Plea. A Personal Plea is a quick video in which you tell the community why you're excited about the campaign, and why others should get involved. After recording your video on your phone, head to the Advocates tab on the campaign page to upload your Personal Plea. 

3. Share the campaign link. The built-in sharing buttons (located underneath the campaign video and on the Advocates tab) generate a campaign link that is unique to you. When you use these buttons to share the campaign link while logged into your GiveCampus user account,  the number of clicks, gifts, and dollars generated by your outreach will be tracked next to your name on the Advocates tab. Share on Facebook and Twitter to blast your friends' feeds with news about the campaign, and share over text and email to make direct, can't-ignore, peer-to-peer asks. Share early and share often!

Tainted Love is Rockin' your Reunion Night
Tickets go on sale April

Classes of 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980 & 1975

Saturday, July 25th
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Alumnae Family Day & PicnicCarondelet Athletics Complex
Swimming, Games, Tennis & More. Bring Your Own Food. Drinks will be provided.
(All  Carondelet & DLS Alumni welcome)

4:30 - 5:00 PM: Campus Tours (All Carondelet & DLS Alumni welcome)

5:00 - 6:00 PM: All Reunion MassDLS Hofmann Center

6:00 - 6:45 PM: All Reunion ReceptionCarondelet Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation

7:00 - 8:30 PM: Individual Class Dinner Receptions 
Dinner locations include: Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation, CHS Innercourt, Convent, Kenneth Hofmann Center,  Bob Ladoucer Athletic Performance Center & Hall of Fame Lobby

8:00 - 11:00 PM: After Party - Tainted Love -  DLS Hofmann Center  

* Reunions for the Classes of 2015 and 1970 will be held off-campus

Mark Your Calendar
(Full Calendar at CarondeletHS.org/Calendar)

Thursday, March 5th

Regional Chapter Meeting & Hosts 
6:00 - 7:30 PM
San Diego - Suzanne Prout Stone '88 & Keri Leone '91 
Private residence in San Marcos*
Silicon Valley - Lisa Grubb Elliott '86, Los Gatos 
Private residence in Los Gatos*

*For directions, please contact Ann Schiffenhaus 
aschiffenhaus@carondeleths.org or 925-686-5353 x151
 March 15th - 19th
Sisterhood Week
Thursday, March 19th: St Joseph's Celebration &  Giving Day
2020 Alumnae of the Year & Inspirational Mentor Awards
Monday, March 23rd

Alumnae Board Meeting
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Community Room, Convent
Tuesday, March 24th
Alumnae Lenten Soup Day
Every Tuesday during Lent, alumnae and parents make soup and deliver to campus for all faculty and staff to enjoy while supporting the Lenten soup project.
The Alumnae Association has chosen 3/24, but you are welcome to bring soup any Tuesday during Lent.  
Wednesday, March 25th Alumnae Preview Day: Guys & Dolls
4:30 - 6:00 PM
DLS Theatre
Thursday, March 26th Career Day
2:30 - 5:00 PM
Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation
Sign-Up Here

Alumnae Donors January 2020

Alumnae are an invaluable partner in establishing and nurturing a culture of philanthropy at Carondelet. You are our most effective ambassadors - products of the Carondelet experience whose adult lives inspire the young women who walk these halls every day.

Thank you for using your voice and spirit to encourage others to join you in support of our shared institution.

Jennifer Eddy Bender '89
Kathleen Kluesener Blair '89
Annemarie Boscacci Carpenter '91
Jennifer Ghel fi De Smedt '85
Mary Beth Kulawiec Dittrich '79*
Denise Martin Freeman '79
Amy Ghisletta '84
Martha Villaclara Celorio Hanck '89
Lynne Sabbagha Kenny '86*
Diane Michael '84
Doria Forester Neff '91
Gaebriella Todesco '07*
Christina Harley Ventrelle '93
Christine Spicer Vranesh '85

*Carondelet Faculty/Staff

If you have questions about supporting Carondelet, or are interested in having a conversation about your philanthropy, please consider the Carondelet Development Team a resource.

Registration is  now open  for Carondelet's annual golf tournament.  

The  Cougar Classic  supports programs and provides opportunities benefiting every Carondelet student. Your participation and investment reinforces our commitment to provide an exceptional, whole-person educational experience.

Join us for a fun-filled day on the course, including a scramble-style format at Blackhawk Country Club, prizes, awards, a premium hosted bar and a clubhouse banquet with silent auction, 'the bag' raffle, and a Tee-Off For Education that supports the Fathers Club scholarship fund!

Blackhawk Country Club
Monday, April 20
11:30 a.m. shotgun start

Single Golfers: $350 each*
Foursomes: $1,300*
*Early Bird pricing ends March 31

Alumnae Apparel available

Alumnae apparel is now available on Carondelet's school store.   Purchase Carondelet branded alumnae spirit wear and accessories. Infant, children's and pet accessories too!

We will be adding more merchandise throughout the year. 

Looking for an Internship?

Join the Carondelet Alumnae LinkedIn page to see available internships.

Simply add Carondelet High School to your Education section in LinkedIn

Posting will begin Monday, April 7th.

View our profile on LinkedIn