California Region

Mission Advancement Egram

August 26, 2022

One Heart. One Hope. One Mission. 


...celebrating with grateful hearts!

Congratulations to our 2022 Jubilarians, shown here after the Jubilee liturgy with Archbishop Jose Gomez. Pictured left to right are: Sr. Marie Paul Grech, Sr. Karlynn Werth, Sr. Judeen Julier, Sr. Anncarla Costello, Sr. Betty Mae Bienlein, Archbishop Gomez, Sr. Joann Schlarbaum, Sr. Regina Robbins, Sr. Florette Marie Adams and Sr. Jolisa Lazaro.  Sr. Kathleen Burns celebrated from her current ministry assignment in Rome.

Dear Friends,

Saturday, July 30, found more than 350 guests praising God for His goodness in the lives of 10 SND Jubilarians from California. Most Reverend Jose Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, was the main celebrant for the liturgy, with 18 priests concelebrating. A reception at La Reina High School & Middle School followed.

Readers are invited to join in the festivities through the video link of the Mass, and photos of the day at this link. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.)  

Special thanks to everyone who made the day so special, particularly

  • Rev. Jim Stehly and the staff of St. Jude the Apostle Parish
  • Knights of Columbus Msgr. O'Connell Council #8072
  • Ms. Carol Browning, Accompanist
  • Sr. Leanne Hubbard, Artist and choir director
  • Mr. Tony Guevara and Mr. Dan Peeters, La Reina hosts

Gratefully celebrating you as our brothers and sisters in faith,

Sr. Lisa Megaffin, S.N.D.

Director of Mission Advancement Services


is extravagant...

Honoring the life of Sr. Mary Francelia Klingshirn was like a grand family reunion on Saturday, August 20.  The SNDs were touched to have so many friends attend her Mass of Christian Burial. Rev. Leon Hutton, pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, was the celebrant, assisted by Fr. Dan O'Sullivan of Sacred Heart Parish.

Follow this link for an archived copy of her funeral services. Other links include a video tribute and an obituary.  May she rest in peace...

"The love of God is extravagant! Nothing small, nothing half-hearted, nothing mediocre can ever be worthy of a true follower of the suffering Christ."  These were Sr. Francelia's words memorialized in a tribute booklet for the 1982 National Congress on the Apostolate.

Under her leadership as provincial superior, Sr. Francelia coordinated the design and construction of Notre Dame Center in Thousand Oaks.  The photo above shows Sr. Francelia turning the first shovel to begin construction on August 15, 1977. Also shown are Richard Belding, general contractor; Louis Sherer, Director of Public Works, City of Thousand Oaks; Sr. M. Pauletta Sibbing; Sr. M. Cornelia Ols; Sr. Francelia; Sr. M. Joann Schlarbaum; Rev. Colm O'Ryan, Associate Pastor of St. Paschal Baylon Parish; and Mayor Alex Fiore, City of Thousand Oaks.


Unique Sabbatical Experiences!

At the invitation of Sr. Kristin Battles, superior general, Sr. Leanne Hubbard is spending August and September with SNDs in East Africa. Her first stop was in Arusha, where she has taught a 9-day course on Ignatian Spirituality, the history of religious life, and spiritual discernment to the 18 novices that come from Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.

She has taken several short trips including to: Simanjiro where SNDs minister to the semi-nomadic Maasai people; Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area where she and the young sisters saw elephants, baboons, gazelle, water buffalo and many more native animals; Nanenane, a “county fair” celebration with crops, animals, clothes, and other goods for sale; the Zinduka Women’s Centre; and the Tarangire National Park. Sr. Leanne will now give two retreats to different groups of young SNDs in Tanzania. Please pray for Sr. Leanne, on sabbatical from St. John's Seminary, as she continues her travels and experiences with the African sisters in the coming month. 

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Sr. Leanne accompanied novices and junior professed sisters on a trip to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.  

She also models a royal blue kanga (apron), a traditional gift with cultural significance for the people of  East Africa.  

Congratulations to St. Rose of Lima Parish, Maywood 

...celebrating their 100th anniversary

The Sisters of Notre Dame offer prayerful good wishes to the past, current and future parishioners of St. Rose of Lima! SNDs ministered in the parish and school from 1925 until 2001. Be sure to click on the graphic for a video history of St. Rose.

Congratulations, Distinguished Alums

The SNDs proudly congratulate the students from the California region who received the Distinguished Graduate Award upon their recent graduation. This recognition honors students from schools sponsored or affiliated with the Sisters of Notre Dame, as being outstanding witnesses to Notre Dame education.  The criteria include practice of one's faith, service and academic achievement.  

La Reina High School,

Thousand Oaks

Cecilia Catalini

Notre Dame Academy,

Los Angeles

Kaylee Joseph

Leilani Zagross

Notre Dame Academy Elementary,

Los Angeles

Taline Reyes

Our Lady of the Assumption School, 


Julia Archibeque

Luke Sassen

St. Helen School,

South Gate

Sarahbelle Alvarado

Kimie Matsuda

St. Jude the Apostle School,

Westlake Village

Paraic Kelly

Bailey Norton

St. Mary Magdalen School,


Soraya Forbes

Bruno Perry

St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy,


Samuel David Casillas