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Maryknoll Alumnae Association of California regularly sends newsletters to all its members.  See below for our recent newsletters.  If you are not yet a subscriber, don’t forget to subscribe!

You are invited to our Summer Picnic 8/25! Please RSVP by 8/6.

July 07, 2018

Dear Maryknollers,

Warmest Greetings!

Please join us for a day in the park to enjoy the beautiful summer weather and great friendship of the Maryknoll community.

Net proceeds from the picnic will be used to support the Maryknoll Sisters’ Gateway to the World Gala held at Ellis Island in New York on September 7, 2018, which will raise funds for Maryknoll Sisters missions around the world.  Further information regarding how you could help to make this Gala a success will be presented in a separate email.

Date: Saturday, Aug.25, 2018

Time: 11:00am- 3:00pm

Location: Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park

Address: 650 Shell Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

Cost: Adult - $30 per person; Children (6 to 12 years old) - $16 per person; Children (under 6 years old) - Free of Charge

Note: Cost to include food, drinks, bountiful fresh air and sunshine!

Lagoon activities: Kayak, windsurf boards, paddle boats, standup paddle boards etc. for rent

 

Please RSVP by sending us a message at the bottom at this page by 8/6 to include the number of Adults and Children over 6 years old.

Yours Warmly,

The Maryknoll Alumnae Association of California Committee

Alumnae Friends & Family Hike and Lunch

August 01, 2017

Dear Maryknollers, 

Please join us for a nice morning walk or hike followed by dim sum lunch in San Mateo. Details are as follows:

DATE: Saturday, September 30, 2017


TIME: Hike from 9AM - 10:30AM; Lunch from 11:00AM - 1:00PM


PLACE: Sawyer Camp Trail

Map Address: https://goo.gl/maps/ G9zdimEFAsq

Trail Photos: https://www.yelp.com/ biz/sawyer-camp-trail-san- mateo

Sawyer Camp Trail is a 6 mile easy, flat and paved trail with scenic views of Crystal Springs and the San Andreas Reservoir in San Mateo County.

We will walk or hike 4 miles (1.5 hour round trip) of the pretty and peaceful trail. Bring sunglasses, hat and water. 

Let's plan to meet at the trail-head entrance at 9:00AM. Parking is scarce so please arrive early. 

After a 1.5 hour hike, we will enjoy dim sum at Champagne Seafood Restaurant. Map Address: https://goo.gl/maps/ d4oEQgBHx4n

RSVP:Families are welcome. Please RSVP by September 8th by sending us a message at the bottom of this page to confirm if you would like to attend

1) Hike & Dim Sum 2) Hike Only 3) Lunch Only   

Cost of lunch will be split evenly per head at lunch.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!
 

Maryknoll Alumnae Association of California

Sister Sponsorship Update 6/11: Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion 2017

June 11, 2017

Dear Maryknollers,

 

Hope this finds you well and enjoying the beginning of summer.

 

Back in February, many of you gave generously to sponsor our San Francisco based Sister Paulette Yeung to join the Worldwide Reunion Alaska Cruise in September.  We reached the goal of $3000 for complete coverage of expenses including transit to and from Vancouver and some excursions.

 

Regretfully, Sister Paulette just informed us that due to a conflict of schedule with a meeting she needs to attend in Hawaii, she won’t be able to go on the cruise.  She is appreciative of our support and wishes to direct the funds to the retired Sisters at Maryknoll Center.  We hope you will understand and know that your generosity will benefit many beloved Sisters.

 

The cruise registration is still open and the group price is in effect.  The USD is strong vs CAD so it’s a great deal.  So if any of you are considering, it’s not too late to join this special gathering. There are at least eight of us from the Bay Area, including Moira Conzelman (and sister), Maggie Yum (and sister) and Sylvia Terpstra (and Marshall). Here’s the link to the cruise website and forms: http://www.mcsalumnibc.org/WWR .html

Maryknoll Art Jam on April 30th!

April 30, 2017

Dear Maryknollers:
 

Hope 2017 has been going smoothly for you. One of the goals for the Alumnae Committee this year is to organize a wide variety of events that not only allow us to socialize, but also let us try something new.  So, mark your calendars for our first Maryknoll Art Jam on April 30!  During this two-hour class, you will learn how to create your unique masterpiece.  See below for the sample painting that we are going to replicate.  We will customize it to a spring theme, instead of a holiday theme.  Does it remind you of our signature Maryknoll red bricks at both MCS and MSS, as well as the Mother House in New York? 

You've never painted before?  You "cannot" paint?  Your best grade in Art was only a B+?  Don't worry!  Art is subjective.  Skies can be green and oceans can be pink.  And perhaps this painting class will be one more thing to check off your list of things that you have been curious to try, but never had the opportunity to try. 

We hope that you can support our first attempt in trying something new!  Class size is limited to 35 people, so please sign up by sending us a message below ASAP!

Event details

Location: Yi Yan Art Academy (2192 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA, 94110); Phone number: (415) 967-3729; Website: http://yiyanartacademy.com/

Parking: 17th & Folsom - Lot #70 (3100 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110)

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Socializing and enjoying food prepared by the Committee; 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Painting class

Price per person: $55 ($35 for painting class and materials fee + $20 for food and beverages)

Cheers,

Alumnae Committee

90th Anniversary of the Marymount Primary & Secondary School

July 08, 2017

Dear fellow classmates, 

2017 marks the 90th Anniversary of the Marymount Primary & Secondary School.

A Grand Dinner will be held on July 8th 2017 at the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center to celebrate this momentous event.

 

There are many ways that you can participate in the celebration.

 

The easiest way is to contact your class representative in Hong Kong and purchase tickets for the event or make a donation.  

The 90th Anniversary Organizing Committee is also looking for sponsorship for the anniversary album and grand dinner.

Please see the letter and appendices for detailed information. 

If you have any question, please contact Joyce Li.

Thank you for your support as always.

Sincerely,

Maryknoll Alumnae Association of California

MARYKNOLL WORLDWIDE REUNION 2017 - REMINDER

February 08, 2017

Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion Alaska Cruise

September 11-18, 2017 • Vancouver - Alaska - Vancouver

REMINDER FROM THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Message from Fernanda de Pinna Ho, Chairperson of Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion 2017.

REMINDER

Dear Maryknollers:

    The Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion 2017 is now only seven (7) months away.

    The deadline for the special cruise rates is March 15, 2017, only about a month and a half away from the date of this Reminder.  To date, cruise reservations are way down, let alone actual reunion registrations with the Organizing Committee.   Since May 2016, 129 cabins have been secured at the special cruise rates; please do book your cruise before the said deadline to lock in your special cruise rate.

The Sisters can only be offered a FREE BERTH on the ship if enough cabins are sold, viz. one (1) FREE BERTH for every 20 cabins sold.

 

We sincerely hope that many more Maryknollers, together with family and friends, will come forward and join the Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion 2017.   We look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver and to the reunion.

Dated in the City of Vancouver, in the Province of British Columbia, this 6th day of February, 2017.

 

Fernanda de Pinna Ho (grad 1971), Chair for and on behalf the Organizing Committee

………………………………………………………………………………
 

We encourage you to reach out to your classmates, friends and family. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet old and new friends, celebrate our Maryknoll heritage, and experience the beauty of Alaska at a reasonable cost. The organizing committee has been working very hard and would appreciate our support.

More information is available at http://www.mcsalumnibc.org/ WWR.html

Link to the forms mentioned above. The first step is to register with Silkway Travel so you can be guaranteed the special prices negotiated for our reunion. The $50 CAD pp registration fee is refundable until March 15, 2017. Then register your reunion party with the committee.

THANK YOU to those who contributed to sponsor Sister Paulette Yeung on her Alaska cruise. With your generous help, we have reached our fundraising goal of $3000.

Yours warmly,

Maryknoll Alumnae Association of California

Sister Sponsorship Update 1/19: Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion 2017

January 19, 2017

Dear Maryknoll Alumnae,

 

Happy New Year!  The 2017 Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion is taking place on a round trip cruise from Vancouver to Alaska on September 11-18, 2017.  We recently sent out an email asking for donations from our alumnae community so that Sister Paulette to attend.

We're thrilled to let you know that we've raised $2,075 of our $3,000 goal.  This means we only need $925.00 more.  To put this into context, if each of us contributed just $25.00, we could easily achieve our goal!   We hope to reach our goal by early Feb 2017.

If you would like to help, message us at the bottom of the page.   Any contribution is greatly appreciated!

A big thank you to those who have already donated.  All of the funds collected will go towards sponsoring Sister Paulette and the Maryknoll Sisters on the cruise. Any extra funds will be donated to Maryknoll Motherhouse in New York.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Yours warmly,

Maryknoll Alumnae Association of California

Sister Paulette Yeung

“I believe in ministry without borders,” says Sister Paulette Yeung, who has lived that out in Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, San Francisco, California and Hawaii.”

Sister Paulette served as coordinator and counselor of the Tea House of St. Mary’s Chinese Center in San Francisco from its opening in 1998 and continued a long tradition of providing a wide variety of social services and acculturation programs, including individual and family counseling.  Sister Paulette volunteered on the Chinese Community Task force on Problem Gambling and gave counseling and therapy to compulsive gamblers and their families.  In 2009 she was awarded the Champion and Unsung Hero Community Award by the San Francisco Community Advisory Committee of the City and County of San Francisco, CA.

 

Born in Canton, China, she grew up in Hong Kong.  In 1963, Sister Paulette entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in the Philippines.  In her first assignment to Hong Kong in 1969, Sister Paulette worked in three schools as teacher, supervisor and principal.  She worked in Hawaii in 1977 as a Community Outreach Worker, and later directed a Diocesan Pastoral Youth Center in Macau.

 

She founded Harmony House, the first shelter for battered women in Hong Kong. After receiving her Masters in Social Work from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sister Paulette returned to Hawaii to work as program director in an immigrant program of child and family services.

 

This led to her assignment to Korea where she was a counselor in a shelter for abused women and helped migrant workers.

 

Currently Sister Paulette is continuing her ministry in social work and counseling in San Francisco Chinatown.

Sister Sponsorship Update: Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion 2017

November 24, 2016

Sponsorship of Sister Paulette of California to Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion Alaska Cruise
September 11-18, 2017 • Vancouver - Alaska - Vancouver • Norwegian Sun 7 day cruise
 
Dear Maryknoll Alumnae,

First off, we wanted to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving! May peace, love, good health and laughter fill your holiday season.

As you may recall (as mentioned in our events and emails before), the 2017 Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion will be taking place on a cruise from Vancouver to Alaska round-trip on September 11th, 2017. We're reaching out because we would love your help in achieving our goal of raising USD $3,000 as a full sponsorship for Sister Paulette to attend the cruise. 

The Sisters who will be attending are Sister Jeanne Houlihan, Sister Teresa Leung, Sister Joanna Chan, Sister Earnest Chung and Sister Paulette Yeung (San Francisco).   As the local chapter, we would like to raise the additional funds for full sponsorship of Sister Paulette. If you would like to assist, you can send us a message at the bottom of the page.
Any contribution is most welcome and will be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks in advance for your support. All of the funds collected will go towards sponsoring 1) Sister Paulette and 2) the Maryknoll Sisters on the Alaskan cruise. 3) Any leftover funds will be donated to Maryknoll MotherHouse in New York. 

As of today, we are thrilled that we have already reached $1300 of the $3,000 goal. We will keep you posted as contributions continue to come in. Again, if you would like to contribute, just send us a message at the bottom of the page. By working together, we can make a big difference!

As we reflect on our blessings of 2016, we would also like to thank you for your continued support by registering and joining the Alaskan cruise in September 2017, honoring and praying for our Maryknoll sisters, participating in upcoming local functions with family and friends and connecting with fellow alumnae. 

Yours warmly,
Maryknoll Alumnae Association of California

Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion 2017

November 18, 2016

Sign Up Now for the Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion Alaska Cruise!

September 11-18, 2017 • Vancouver - Alaska - Vancouver

Dear Maryknoll Alumnae,

Some of you may have heard (as mentioned in our events), the 2017 Worldwide Reunion is coming up next September.  Here is more information on how to sign up.

If you and your classmates/friends/family have any interest in joining this cruise, even if you’re not absolutely sure, go ahead and register with Silkway Travel so you can be guaranteed the special prices negotiated for our reunion. The $50 CAD pp registration fee is refundable until March 15, 2017. Use the “Silkway - cruise registration form" listed on the cruise website: http://www.mcsalumnibc.org/WWR.html.
 

Since it’s not an online form, please print it out and fax it, or attach a scan of completed form and email it to Pamela Chung at Silkway. Then call her with your payment method (all contact info is listed on the form). You will be assigned a booking/reservation number by Silkway. Each booking is counted towards earning complimentary basic cruise fares (which covers about 1/3 of the total sponsorship cost) for the benefit of our Maryknoll Sisters (one free basic fare per 20 bookings).

The Sisters who will be attending are Sister Jeanne Houlihan, Sister Teresa Leung, Sister Joanna Chan, Sister Earnest Chung, and Sister Paulette Yeung (San Francisco).  As the local chapter, we would like to raise the additional funds for full sponsorship of Sister Paulette.  If you would like to help out, please contact the committee.  Thanks in advance for your support. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for us to enjoy a special time with the Sisters, our classmates and friends, and meet alumnae from all over.  Hope to see many of you there! 

Yours warmly,
Maryknoll Alumnae Association of California

Thank you for your support! Picnic, Gala, and the Association

October 03, 2016

Dear Maryknoll Alumnae:

 

Thank you for your continued support throughout the years!  It has been amazing to get to know you, catch up during our events, and stay connected.  


Recently, we hosted our first Summer Picnic on August 27th, 2016.  We are very blessed to see more than 40 Maryknollers (as well as their friends and family) that day.  It was a sunny, warm day with a little breeze, perfect for our get together by the beautiful beach enjoying delicious food and having fun with the group games.  We are so thankful for all of you who came to help with the registration, setup, and decoration.  We are also excited to share the news that we have made great use of the proceeds from the picnic— supporting the United Gala event by running a half page ad.  This would not have been possible without YOU!  If you are interested to learn more about the UN Gala and how you may support, please visit the Gala website at https://maryknollsisters. org/gala16/.

 

For those of you who have Maryknoll alumnae friends who are not on our email distribution list but would like to stay connected, please feel free to pass this message along and have them send their contact information to us.  We will be thrilled to connect with many more of you.  If you have not joined our membership and would like to do so, please download the membership form from our website: http://www. mcsmsscalifornia.org/ 

 

As always, pictures are better than a thousand words.  So, without further ado, enjoy a sneak preview of our half page ad and snapshots from our lovely picnic! 
 

More picnic photos can be viewed at Gallery 1 and Gallery 2

 

Yours warmly,

Maryknoll Alumnae Association of California

Last Call to Our Summer Picnic 8/27! Please RSVP by 8/18.

August 10, 2016

Dear Maryknoll Alumnae,

 

Are you ready for our upcoming fun-filled picnic?  What a special event where not only you get to catch up with your fellow Maryknollers, you can add to the mix, bring your friends and families along to have them all mingle together as well.  We are hosting the picnic at the beautiful Marlin Park in Foster City.  The park readily comes with a beach where you can relax and enjoy.  It also has a children's playground where your kids, grand kids, nephews and nieces can play and have a wonderful time!  We will also be providing food and games to add to the fun!

 

If you haven't RSVP, please do so by 8/18.  We will need the final headcount in order to confirm food orders.

 

FAQs - compiling common Q&As that we have been asked for your reference.

 

  • Where is the picnic? Marlin Park 1001 Marlin Ave., Foster City, CA. 94404 

  • When is the picnic? Saturday Aug 27, 2016

  • What time is the picnic? 11:00am - 3:00pm

    • 11:00am Setup

    • 11:30am Registration Starts

    • 12:00noon Lunch Time

    • 1:00pm Announcements

    • 1:30pm Fruits & Dessert Time

    • 2:00pm Social Time

  • How much is the picnic fee? Adult - $28 per person; Children (6 to 12 years old) - $14 per person; Children (under 6 years old) - Free of Charge

  • How do I pay for the picnic fee? We will collect payment on the day of picnic during registration

  • What will the picnic fee be used for?  Net proceeds (after park rental and food costs) from the picnic will be used to support the United Through Mission Maryknoll Event held at the United Nations on Oct 14 via running a half page ad in the Gala Journal.  The committee's goal is to raise at least $500 in order to sponsor the ad.

A sneak preview, photos of the gorgeous park (courtesy of Anna Leong.  Thank you Anna!) so you can imagine all the fun there ahead of time.  We look forward to seeing you all at the picnic in two and half weeks.  Let the RSVPs roll in now.

You are invited to our Summer Picnic 8/27! Please RSVP by 8/6.

July 16, 2016

Dear Maryknollers,

 

Warmest Greetings! 

Please join us for a day in the park to enjoy the beautiful summer weather and great friendship of the Maryknoll community.

 

Net proceeds from the picnic will be used to support the United Through Mission Event held at the United Nations on Oct. 14. On behalf of the Northern California’s chapter of the Maryknoll Alumnae Association, the committee would like to run a half page ad in the Gala Journal. All individual classes also are welcome to sponsor their own pages. Our resident artist, Sylvia Khong-Terpstra, has graciously offered her design service pro bono to all sponsors.

 

Calling for a few picnic enthusiasts- spouses, children, partners, parents, grandparents etc. are all welcome.

 

Date: Saturday, Aug.27, 2016

Time: 11:00am- 3:00pm

Location: Marlin Park in Foster City

Address: 1001 Marlin Ave., Foster City, CA. 94404

Cost: Adult - $28 per person; Children (6 to 12 years old) - $14 per person; Children (under 6 years old) - Free of Charge

Note: Cost to include food, drinks, bountiful fresh air and sunshine!

 

Please RSVP by Aug.06 to include the number of Adults and Children over 6 years old!!

 

Yours Warmly,

The Maryknoll Alumnae Association of California Committee

Maryknoll: United Through Mission Gala at the United Nations

June 26, 2016

Dear Fellow Classmates and MCS/MSS Alumnae,

We are happy to forward you Sister Jeanne Houlihan's message below about a very exciting event that is coming up in the Fall.
 

Tania Souza and I, Moira Conzelman, have volunteered to help coordinate among our Alums for the event. 

 

After reading Sister's announcement, to help celebrate this occasion, we would like to ask our Alums to record a personal video message to the Sisters which will be broadcast at the Gala.

 

Regarding accommodations for our out-of-town attendees, we have organized 30 event packages that include room and board and a two-night stay at Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, New York, plus a ticket to the Gala dinner. These are available on a first come, first served basis. While you are at Maryknoll, you will be taken on a tour of the Sisters Center and grounds, and enjoy your meals with Sisters.

Most importantly, please help make this a successful and memorable event by sponsoring a table, buying dinner tickets, placing a full page ad in the program, and ordering your raffle tickets.  All the details of the Gala and purchase of Tickets, Sponsorships, Donation information is on the site www.maryknollsisters.org/gala16 and can be purchased on-line by credit card except for the Raffle.

Items are being sought for the Silent Auction.  Please let me know if you have anything you would like to donate. 

Please see this pdf form for details.  Tania and I would be glad to answer any questions you might have.  Please save the date and join us for the celebration!

Thank you, as always, for your support of our Sisters.  See you there?
 

Warm regards,
 

Moira Conzelman (West Coast) and Tania Souza (East Coast)

MCS Class of '67

      

 

MAKING GOD’S LOVE VISIBLE

Dear Maryknollers,

 

I am very excited to announce a first-ever event organized by the Maryknoll Sisters: United Through Mission Gala Celebration to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Friday, October 14, 2016.

 

It will be an event of fun and fundraising. There will be a raffle and silent auction. Ms. Shelley Lee of Class of 1966 will speak about Maryknoll Spirit in her life. Most importantly, we will present the Maryknoll Sisters Humanitarian Award in Patriotism to Mr. Bob Woodruff, ABC's Foreign Correspondent for Asia. 

Besides being teachers, Maryknoll Sisters journey to many parts of the world to serve those most in need. From the beginning of the Congregation in 1912 to the present day, our Sisters have walked with many peoples through war, illness, abuse, neglect, poverty, and social injustice. We bring hope, peace, and pathways to a better life to the marginalized, who are often voiceless -- especially women. Our Foundress Mother Mary Joseph said in 1930, “There can be no Maryknoll Sister, worthy of the name, who is not heroically generous to the very last inch of her being."  Our goal to “make God’s love visible,” is the foundation of our work, beginning with our mission to China in 1921 to the present day.

Why the United Nations? For more than 18 years, the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns has had a Sister with NGO Observer status. She uses education and advocacy for peace, social justice, and integrity of creation. Additionally, Sisters in

  • Africa focus on caring for orphans with HIV/AIDS.

  • Peru give voice to the indigenous people whose existence is threatened by human-induced climate change and water pollution.

  • Cambodia aid victims of human trafficking.

  • China work with handicapped individuals and train nurses for the elderly in nursing homes, and

  • Bangladesh give hope by teaching young girls.

With deepest gratitude for all that YOU ARE! 

Love and prayers,

Sister Jeanne Houlihan

Special Note: Upcoming Event 6/4

May 10, 2016

Dear Maryknollers and Friends,

June 4 gathering is a special one.  The celebration of Life of Sister Margaret Shepherd (SMS) will be graced by the attendance of the Shepherd's Family, a total of 20 members.  I will be asking Sister Margaret's nephew to share with us the last few days he was with Aunt Peg (fondly called by the family).  I know that SMS may not have taught many of you, it will be very warm and inspirational to hear what will be shared on that day about her.  I am one of the big benefactor of her inspiration.  I will do some sharing as well as Sister was my homeroom teacher Form 3, 4 and 5; and she remained to be my spiritual homeroom teacher since.


Father Mark Reburiano of St. Isabella at San Rafael whom many of you know, has kindly agreed to officiate the celebration mass.  Service will begin at 12:15 noon till 1:00pm followed by lunch, updates on Maryknoll community and upcoming events.

 

Yours warmly,

Magdalen Yum

Committee Update and Upcoming Event Information

April 15, 2016

Warmest greetings to all MCS/MSS alumnae,

 

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the incoming MCS/MSS Alumnae Committee of California. And to extend our deepest appreciation to the outgoing committee who has worked tirelessly in different capacities for the last 20 years to enhance the unity and spirit of the Maryknollers.

 

Outgoing Committee:

MSS President                    Magdalen Yum

MCS President                    Moira Conzelman

MSS Vice President            Angela Lee Ng Quinn

MCS Vice President            Kathy Gianinni

Treasurer                             Angela Pang            

Secretary                             Jane Chow Li                     

 

Incoming Committee:

MSS President                     Mandy Kam                  

MCS President                     Rachel Pang               

MSS VP/Treasurer               Anna Chan        

MCS Vice President             Letitia Wong         

Public Relations                   Sylvia Khong-Terpstra

 

The Alumnae Association’s mission is to continue to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Maryknoll Sisters who have provided us with their academic and spiritual guidance, wisdom and inspiration from their missionary work worldwide. We will also continue to build up the Maryknollers community across generations, sharing their talents, connections, experiences and friendship.

 

Our first planned event will be a celebration of life for Sister Margaret Shepherd (the former Sister Rose Martin) who peacefully passed away in December of 2015. The event will be held at the Presidio Private Golf Club, 8 Presidio Terrace, San Francisco (immediate left after entering from the south at Arguello Gate), on June 4 (Saturday) from 11:30am -3:00pm; and the cost will be $40 per person. Please RSVP by May 15 if you would like to attend the event. Please forward invitation to any of your classmates who may be interested as well.

 

We encourage you to become a lifetime member. Lifetime membership fee is used for sisters’ outreach activities and the association’s administrative cost.

 

Mandy Kam                                                                               Rachel Pang

MSS President                                                                          MCS President                   

 

P.S. Our email account is solely dedicated to announcing special events, and news update on the Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknollers’ community.  Please allow for 72 hours response time for any inquiries.

Mass and Annual Gathering 2009

May 09, 2009

Dear Maryknollers of MSS and MCS,

Re: Mass and Annual Gathering

Place:
Menlo Park CA94025
Date: May 9, 2009 (Saturday)
Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

Please join us at our annual meeting to be held on Saturday, May 9, 2009.

We are again honored to have the Most Revered Bishop Ignatius Wang officiate mass at 10:30am. Our former teachers, Sister Ann Carol Brielmaier and Sister Joan Delaney, will be with us. During this annual meeting there will be brief reports on the Association’s recent activities, and there will also be information regarding the forthcoming 7th Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion to be held in Hong Kong on February 19 to 21, 2010. Magdalen, who is on her way to Hong Kong, will bring back to us first hand news regarding the reunion.

As before, the lunch will be potluck. The main course and drinks will be provided. Please bring side dishes to share, such as noodles, rice dishes, tofu dishes, fruits or desserts. The luncheons have always been special, as everyone brought their favorite dish to share. Due to limited seating, if possible please bring your own folding chair. For our preparations, please let us know if you are planning to receive Holy Communion.

Please RSVP to Kathy Giannini or Magdalen Yum on or before May 1, 2009. For telephone enquiries contact Kathy or Jane Chow Li. (Magdalen will be out of the country till April 18, 2009 and will only have email access).

We look forward to sharing this joyful occasion with you.

Annual meeting to be held on Saturday, May 9, 2009

April 06, 2009

Dear Maryknollers of MSS and MCS,

Re: Mass and Annual Gathering

Place: Menlo Park CA94025
Date: May 9, 2009 (Saturday)
Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

Please join us at our annual meeting to be held on Saturday, May 9, 2009.

We are again honored to have the Most Revered Bishop Ignatius Wang officiate mass at 10:30am. Our former teachers, Sister Ann Carol Brielmaier and Sister Joan Delaney, will be with us. During this annual meeting there will be brief reports on the Association’s recent activities, and there will also be information regarding the forthcoming 7th Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion to be held in Hong Kong on February 19 to 21, 2010. Magdalen, who is on her way to Hong Kong, will bring back to us first hand news regarding the reunion.

As before, the lunch will be potluck. The main course and drinks will be provided. Please bring side dishes to share, such as noodles, rice dishes, tofu dishes, fruits or desserts. The luncheons have always been special, as everyone brought their favorite dish to share. Due to limited seating, if possible please bring your own folding chair. For our preparations, please let us know if you are planning to receive Holy Communion.

Please RSVP to Kathy Giannini or Magdalen Yum on or before May 1, 2009. For telephone enquiries contact Kathy or Jane Chow Li. (Magdalen will be out of the country till April 18, 2009 and will only have email access).

 

We look forward to sharing this joyful occasion with you.

Aug 31, 2008

August 31, 2008

The Alumnae officers visited the Maryknoll Mother House in NY on Aug 31 2008. The purpose is to visit the retired teachers who are there. The events of the day are as follows:
1. Welcome reception
2. Lunch with Maryknoll Sisters at lunch room
3. Visit teacher who is bed ridden
4. Listen to a presentation on the renovation and fund raising project of Marykknoll

Visit to the Maryknoll Sisters’ Motherhouse New York

August 31, 2008

August 31 and September 1, 2008
Visit to the Maryknoll Sisters’ Motherhouse New York

10 Pines Bridge Road, Maryknoll , NY 10545-0311

Many of our former Maryknoll Sister teachers are now residing at the Maryknoll Sisters’ Motherhouse in New York. The new committee has planned a visit to the Motherhouse during the Labor Day weekend. Not only will you have an understanding of where the Maryknoll Sisters come from, you will also have the opportunity to visit the museum that displays mementos collected over the years by the Sisters during their mission. Being Marynollers, it will be great to find the roots of our Maryknoll education. As we all age, it is a blessing to be able to still see some our teachers again and the more they will be very happy to see us. They devoted their lives to the students and we are truly children to them. Sister Joan Delaney and Sister Ann Carol Brielmaier from Monrovia are being invited to come with us as well. Several Sisters, among them Sister Maryam (Sister Marylou Teufel) and Sister Teresa Leung from the New York Motherhouse have already written to us welcoming our visit.

 

Itinerary:
August 31, 2008 (Sunday):
Visit to Mother House in the morning and afternoon.
Mass with Maryknoll Sisters (time to be confirmed)
Lunch at Mother House

September 1, 2008 (Monday):
Bus in some of the Sisters for brunch and a short tour of Manhattan/New York City.

 

Travel arrangements:
Self arrangement (for air travel, Jet Blue, Virgin America and United are a few of the airlines used by some of our alumnae) It is advised that the latest arrival date to NY is August 30, 2008. Maryknoll is around 45 miles north of Manhattan. Details of how to go to the Motherhouse will be provided in due course.

Accomodation:
Maryknoll MotherHouse or your own arrangment

 

For more information and RSVP:
Magdalen Yum
Kathy Giannini
Julie Tang

Directory of Maryknoll Sisters (Teachers) of MCS & MSS
at the Motherhouse – May 2008

Bourne, Martha, Sr.
Cazale, Agnes, Sr.
Chan, Joanna, Sr.
Devine, Marie Noel Chabanel, Sr.
Evans, Ruth, Sr. (Margaret Veronica)
O’Donnell, Ruth Marie, Sr.
Flagg, Virginia, Sr.
Fortin, Mary Elizabeth, Sr.
Leung, Teresa, Sr.
Lipetzky, Marie Ann (Victoria Marie), Sr.
McKeirnan, Agnes, Sr.
Mug, Miriam Xavier, Sr.
Rost, Marie Corinne, Sr.
Shepherd, Margaret, Sr.
Stone, Miedal, Sr.
Teufel, Mary Lou, Sr.
Johnson, Virginia Therese , Sr.

SUPPORT THE MSS SPIRIT: A Song of Love for Sichuan earthquake victims by Cecilia Lau MSS1980

August 09, 2008

Dear Maryknollers:

I am Cecilia Lau who graduated in 1980. Song writing has been my interest since I was a teenager. Some of my form mates might remember that I wrote a song in 1979 which won the championship of Inter-school Talent Quest that year. I enjoy writing songs because I believe music is the best language for us to express our feelings and touch people’s hearts.

“愛的力量”(“Power of Love”) is a Mandarin song which I composed one week after the Sichuan Earthquake. Mandarin is not my mother tongue and just like other Hongkongers, singing in Mandarin is really a challenge for me. Originally I just wished to express my feelings through the lyrics and music. However, with the encouragement and support from my friends, I decided to record the song and publish it at my own cost for fundraising purpose. I have already uploaded the song as a music video on “Youtube.com” with pictures drawn by my children to illustrate the lyrics. If you wish to view the video please search for “power of love Cecilia Lau”. Some people considered since the earthquake happened few months ago, people might have already lost their interest in helping the Sichuan victims. Well, I am not convinced that this is true and I wish to prove it otherwise.

“愛的力量”(“Power of Love”) is a single which consists of two songs, (1) singing version and (2) karaoke version. The CD costs HK$40 and if purchase with mail delivery in Hong Kong HK$45. For USA/Canada/Australia it will be (US/CAN/AUS) $7 each including packing and mailing cost.

 

To order by mail, please CLICK HERE to download the Order Form.

All proceeds, after deducting solely the production and printing cost of the CD but excluding recording cost will all be donated to Grace Charity Foundation Limited for the use of helping the Sichuan victims. Grace Charity is a non-profit making charity organization with all volunteer workers and no employee under payroll. This charity organization has been established over 10 years in Hong Kong. They have been continuously supporting the poor and the needy in the remote and poverty areas and conducting lots of charity work in China. Over 1000 primary and secondary schools have been successfully built by them in China.

For contact details of Grace Charity Foundation Limited, please DOWNLOAD the Order Form.

Last but not least, I hope bearing our traditional MSS spirits, we will all make a sustained effort to demonstrate “power of love” and continue to support and help our compatriots in Sichuan

Warmest love,
Cecilia Lau
August 2008

March 23rd, 2007 Announcement

March 10, 2007

March 23, 2007

Dear alumnae,

2006 passed by so quickly. We sent out our Valentine’s day gift to the Maryknoll Sisters worldwide on February 14, 2006. The sisters were very much surprised by the gifts and many were very grateful to have taught in Hong Kong. And it turned out that Feb. 14, 2006 is also the 95th Anniversary of Maryknoll Sisters Foundation Day. We couriered a total of 204 pounds of goodies to Maryknoll Mother House in New York and Monrovia in Southern Calfornia. Click HERE for the report.

In May, Sister Margaret Shepherd visited San Francisco Bay Area before she moved back to the Maryknoll Mother House from Monrovia for good. Judge Julie Tang and Magdalen Yum brought her to the Asian Arts Museum in San Francisco but they had to admit that we talked more than they viewed the exhibits. The Association organized a luncheon for her at the Hong Kong Flower Lounge and two smaller private dinners were held as well. She saw many of her students this time. Sister Margaret is always very particular about how she dresses, do you realize she wears matching color crosses all the time? See for yourself!!!

The Association also launched our website and we are trying our best to update the information.

We started off 2007 with a potluck lunch and thanksgiving mass said by Bishop Ignatius Wang at the home of Magdalen Yum on January 6, 2007. The day was greeted by beautiful sunny weather. Some 35 alumnae attended and with families. Bishop Wang started the mass saying that it is always very precious to be able to hear mass as a school community who shares the values of the Maryknoll Sisters’ education. He also went on saying that we should open our minds and hearts to learn from people we come across daily. He quoted a recent incident that he got an excellent insight from someone who has only 7 years of school education on how to enjoy instead of being frustrated about having a long lay over in between flights. His other message is to remind us not to let material things control or ruin our spirit and lives. His homily was both humorous and inspiring. During lunch, we did a raffle giving out Maryknoll Sisters Phone cards and the WWR luggage tags. Food was PLENTY and was So Good!!! Thanks to all who brought food. View here for the devoted crowd.

Not long after Chinese New Year, Sister Joan Delaney visited the SF Bay area and the Association organized another potluck lunch at Magdalen’s house in her honor on February 11, 2007. Twelve alumnae came. It was fun and Sister Joan was very happy. See the pictures for yourself.

You will be shocked and impressed how hard the Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion 2007 committee is working, according to Bob Giannini, the husband of Kathy Giannini, it is a full time job. The committee is religiously teleconferencing bi –weekly, designing the program book, getting advertisers and sponsors, registering participants, finalizing activities, mass choir rehearsing to name a few. Momentum is rising daily. The deadline has been lifted, 14 Maryknoll Sisters, a Columban sister, 5 teachers have signed up. Some of them have taught both at MCS and MSS. Visit www.maryknollwwr2007.org for more information. Sign up now if you have not done so. Contact Wendy , the WWR cruise director now!!! Download the Cruise registration forms: Word or PDF

Did you know that Maryknoll Convent School has been classified as a historical building by the Hong Kong Government recently? We are including the video clipping of MCS in this website. We are extremely proud of the Maryknoll Sisters.

2007 also mark the 80th anniversary for MSS and 70th for MCS. Celebrate, refresh our school spirit and reconnect with your classmates and teachers.

A photo gallery will be added to the website. Stay tuned. If you have any class events that you like to announce, feel free to contact Magdalen Yum or Judy Murray.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the WWR cruise in August, 2007.

God bless you all,

Magdalen Yum & Judy Murray

Presidents

Sister Joan Delaney Birthday Announcement

February 10, 2007

MCS Birthday!!!

Come and Celebrate with Sister Joan Delaney!!

(Sister Albertus Marie)

Potluck Lunch and gathering with Sister Joan Delaney

(Sister Albertus Marie)

Sunday, February 11, 2007

11:30am – 3:30pm

Sister Joan will be visiting us early February and the Maryknoll Alumnae Association has planned a potluck lunch for her at Menlo Park on February 11, 2007 from 11:30am to 3:30pm.

Sister Joan Delaney was an enthusiastic and brilliant teacher for many years at Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon, Hong Kong. She also taught at the matriculation class and was acting principal at one time.

She is now involved with the Maryknoll Chicago Center for Global Ministries which prepares for ministry in a global content. She travels extensively.

Last year, she was treated for breast cancer in New York and is doing fine now. She plans to retire at the end of this year and is very much looking forward to joining us at our Worldwide Reunion cruise.

Come and join us with Sister Joan Delaney on a pre-cruise gathering, lots to talk about and share and it will be lots of fun, guaranteed!!!

Potluck rules will be bring a dish good for only 4 people. Email Kathy Giannini , the coordinator for this potluck.

Please RSVP by Feb 5, 2007.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Feb 11, 2007

Magdalen Yum     Judy C Murray     Kathy Giannini

President-MSS     President-MC         Event Coordinator

October 2006 Announcement

November 10, 2006

Momentum is building up fast, cruise deadline is lifted!!!

 

October 23, 2006.

 

Dear MCS and MSS alumnae and Friends,

 

Maryknoll WWR 2007 Aug 3-6,2007

On Royal Carribean Cruise Los Angeles-Ensenada-Los Angeles

Now that most of us have completed our 2006 travels and vacations, the Maryknoll Worldwide Reunion 2007 Committee urge you make your reservations as soon as possible. You may feel that this is still too soon, however this is an extremely popular cruise excursion and the better cabins are being booked rapidly. Please do not wait anymore. To date, over 200 people have already signed up. You will be pleased to know that 13 Maryknoll Sisters, 1 Columban Sister and former MSS principal , 1 former MSS principal , 1 teacher and 1 Maryknoll priest have committed to cruise with us. By booking with Wendy we will receive complimentary cabins for them. We are still inviting more teachers and sisters .The current list of guests are:

Maryknoll Priest:

  • Father Louis Nichols

Maryknoll Sisters:

  • Sister Martha Bourne

  • Sister Ann Carol Brielmaier

  • Sister Joanna W Y Chan

  • Sister Ernest Chung

  • Sister Joan Delaney

  • Sister Rose Duchesne

  • Sister Jeanne Houlihan

  • Sister Teresa Leung

  • Former Sister Marilyn Miller

  • Sister Suzanne Moore

  • Sister Margaret Shepherd

  • Sister Geraldine Silva

  • Sister Marilou Teufel

Columban Sister:

  • Sister Sheila Crowe , MSS Principal

Principal/Teacher

  • Mrs. Nancy Wong , MSS Principal

  • Zella Remedios Kotala, teacher

This reunion cruise is very special opportunity to meet and reconnect with so many teachers and principals who are so much part of our growing up .It will not be easy to have them all in one place again.

All the booking information and instruction can be found at www.maryknollwwr2007.org . This is the first MCS and MSS joint reunion. And the sisters and the teachers of MCS and MSS are very excited. Please contact Wendy for your cruise registration at:

Wendy Chang Segal – TZELL Travel

119 W 40th Street, New York, N.Y. 10018

Phone :1-212-944-2121 ext. 319 or toll free 1-877-890-9330 ext. 319

Email to WENDYS@TZELL.COM or Fax to 1-212-719-0105

There are other attractions in Los Angeles area where you and family/friends can visit. Below is an article written by a former teacher and Maryknoller:

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Visit Historic Los Angeles

By Zella Remedios Kotala

The Spanish rulers of California (1554-1821) decided to protect their claim to their land from possible Russian, French and English colonizers by building pueblos or towns and in 1781 Our Lady of the Angels was the first of such settlements.

 

Free land was offered to the forty settlers that came overland from Spanish Mexico. Please include Mission San Gabriel on your tour.

 

The city of Los Angeles also has historic and scientific history besides the other attractions such as:

Disneyland

Universal Studios

Magic Mountains

Knotts Berry Farm

Beverly Hills

Rodeo Drive

The Getty Museum and more…

 

For visitors interested in Science, the La Brea Pits in Hancock Park contain the bones of extinct animals. Life-size restorations of pre- historical animals are exhibited. On display are imperial mammoth, elephant mastodon, giant ground sloth, tapir, camel, saber-toothed cats and extinct birds taken from the pits.

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We especially appeal to all MSS Alumnae to make use of this opportunity to do class reunions and to revisit the legacy and achievement of MSS. We are celebrating the Maryknoll and Marymount success together.

Feel free to contact Magdalen Yum for further questions. We look forward to seeing you all next year on the cruise.

God Bless you all,

Magdalen Yum Judy Kwok Murray

Co-Presidents

May 2006 Announcement

June 10, 2006

Special Event Announcement!

Dim Sum Lunch with Sister Margaret Shepherd organized by the Maryknoll Alumnae Association North California

 

May 7, 2006 (Sunday)

12 noon

Hong Kong Flower Lounge Millbrae

 

Sister Margaret Shepherd formerly known as Sister Rose Martin will be in Stockton to attend a family function in May and the Association takes the opportunity to invite her to spend a weekend in the SF Bay Area.

Sister Margaret has decided to move back to the Maryknoll Motherhouse in New York from Monrovia, California end of May. She will be turning 87 this year and will continue her mission in prayers in New York.

Please join us in this fun gathering at the Hong Kong Flower Lounge.

RSVP with Magdalen Yum before May 3, 2006.

Note: There will be two private parties being arranged for Sister in the evening of May 6 and May 7 at Menlo Park. Those who wish to see Sister privately may contact Magdalen for special arrangement as well.

January 2006 Announcement

February 10, 2006

January 2006 Newsletter

Letter from the Executive Officer and President - MSS, Magdalen Yum

A very Blessed New Year to you and family.

 

It takes me some time to accept the shock of being elected, to form a team of committed officers and think what I can and will do for the Association for the year 2006-7 as I did not expect to be “recycled”. Kathy Gianinni humbly resigned to be the co-President (MCS) the next day after the Nov. 7, 2006 election which gave me more challenges to face on the first day of the presidency. I immediately counter-offered Kathy to head the MCS World Wide Reunion Organizing Committee for 2007 which she graciously accepted. Well, I am still left with an Association with only me and Judy Kwok Murray, the volunteered, much appreciated, Vice President, because I assured her there is nothing much to do. By God’s grace, a thought dawned on me while I was praying when driving to work and I am pleased to announce that the officers for the 2006-7 Maryknoll Alumnae Association of North California are:

 

Executive Officer and President –MSS Magdalen Yum (MSS 1976)
President – MCS Judy Kwok Murray (MCS 1962)
Treasurer – Angela Pang (MSS 1973)
Secretary – Winnie Yiu (MCS1971)

 

I have confidence that the two years ahead is going be very meaningful and exciting for the retired Maryknoll Sisters, for some former teachers and of course for our Alumnae.

 

The first meaningful thing that happened was that the MCS Worldwide Reunion for 2007 has become the Maryknoll Schools Worldwide Reunion in 2007 at the invitation of the Organizing Committee during their first meeting on Nov 22, 2005. This idea is immediately supported by Sister Rose Duchesne in her Nov 25, 2005 email to me, and I quote: “Through the years, I’ve admired the spirit that existed between MSS and MCS grads in the SF area. Now it is going to be formalized…” This has given me the courage to take up the challenges ahead.

 

As information technology has advanced so much and the use of internet i.e. emails is so convenient, the concern over privacy has become increasingly important and we are working hard to address this. A website for the Alumnae Association will solve a part of the privacy issue. It is being designed and targeted to be ready by the end of the first quarter of 2006 if not earlier. We shall encourage our alumnae then to check the website for news and event updates. This website will have links to other Maryknoll Alumnae Associations in other parts of the world and more. In addition, I am working on forming a class or in some cases an area representative system more commonly known as a phone tree system, to reduce the mass mailing activity and be more effective and efficient. I do hope that each event may become the event for a particular class also.

 

The new officers’ first meeting was at the Café Selina in Millbrae on Dec 18, 2006 and the following were some of the highlights discussed:

  1. Completed documentation for change of signatories for bank account.

  2. Website design and construction to be undertaken by Magdalen. Will design one for the Maryknoll Schools Worldwide Reunion as well.

  3. Memberships: (to subsidize administrative and some minor expenses incurred on the Retired Sisters )
    Fees:
    Life Time: $100
    Annual: $15
    Forms: (new members and update)
    This will be done online once the website is up. For the time being, we will use the offline method.

  4. In view of the Maryknoll Schools WWR for 2007, bank accounts will be open for the event under a sub-account for the Association. Magdalen and Angela will remain as signers to this account in addition to the WWR Committee members for internal audit and control purposes. The treasurer is also the treasurer for the WWR 2007 committee.

  5. For the year 2006, we have the following ideas:

    1. Goodies and amenities baskets for the retired sisters at the Maryknoll Mother House in NY and the retirement house in Monrovia, California. We will be collecting funds (not tax deductible) so that we can purchase these gifts and sent to the sisters. We are targeting early February, the Chinese New Year season. More information HERE

    2. Special Visit and Tour to the Asian Art Museum and the De Young Museum of San Francisco for the Alumnae and for those interested alumnae and the retired sisters who live close to us.

    3. An outing or a feasible gathering event to get us together to pray together,catch up, share health secrets and have some fun.

  6. For the Maryknoll Schools Worldwide Reunion 2007, I need all the MSS Alumnae’s moral and actual support and it seems like a wild thing to do. San Francisco is a beautiful city and is a great place to be at during summer. Will keep you all posted.


Letter from the President-MCS, Judy Kwok Murray

With much trepidation and apprehension, I agreed to Magdalen’s proposition to be MCS’ president whilst she will be CEO and president of MSS. We all lead such busy lives, it is an awesome commitment, but as she aptly puts it, someone has to do it. It is simply a matter of setting one’s priorities by juggling our hectic schedules. So, here I am, ready to do my best and utmost to achieve the 2006-7 Maryknoll Alumnae Association goals.

 

I totally support and agree its high time we at MCS and you at MSS be all known as Maryknollers with no differentiation. Our Worldwide Reunion should definitely encompass all. We are one and should be proud to be associated with such a prestigious school.

 

Besides all the fun activities the Alumnae Association are trying to put together, we need to, first and foremost, bear in mind of the wellbeing of those wonderful, dedicated women who devoted their lives to God, and left their homes and families to come to a strange country to educate and spread the faith. We have all benefited tremendously by being taught by the sisters who tirelessly gave us their all, to stimulate our minds and hearts to become the women we are today. They help us form a solid foundation to achieve what we strive for and be successful in our careers and professions. Is it a wonder we should give back a fraction of what they gave to us?

 

Therefore I urge you all to be generous in helping us reach the fundraisers we are going to have this year to take care of these wonderful women who are now elderly and in need of care. Every penny collected will go to these loving sisters who have made us in some form of what we are today.

 

Peace and Blessings to you and yours…

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