Last weekend, our own Sister Angela was recognized as one of the Archdiocese’s Women of the Year, an honor that no one at Saint Brendan would contest she deserves. From running the small groups to visiting elderly parishioners to nurturing existing and new ministries, Sister is the epitome of a Wonder Woman for the Church.
The San Francisco chapter of the National Council of Catholic Women solicited nominations from all 95 parishes in the Archdiocese. “We began giving the award every two years to all of the women nominated,” said event coordinator Cathy Mibach. “We couldn’t pick just one, not when these women, who organized ministries at their parishes, served as Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers, and more, were all so deserving.”
Eleven women total received the award yesterday, each supported by her parish family and friends, but no one had as big a turnout as Saint Brendan for Sister Angela. Guests from the parish filled four tables at the awards reception, according to Barbara Casey, who attended the event. “When I checked in, I asked where I should go,” Casey, who has worked extensively with Sister Angela on efforts for the Experienced Navigators, said. “They told me, ‘There are four tables here for Saint Brendan — you won’t have to walk far and you will find one.’ It was wonderful that so many people came out for Sister, who deserves this award more than anyone else.”
The four tables that Saint Brendan filled were illustrative of the warm, welcoming community that this is, according to both Casey and Katherine Hahn, who also attended the event. “I absolutely adore and admire Sister Angela, who is so giving of her time to the parish, so I was thrilled to attend,” Hahn said. “She encouraged me to get involved with small groups, which is where I really found the true community that is Saint Brendan.”
Casey, who grew up in the Saint Brendan Parish family, found herself drawn into the community after the passing of her sister. “I’m a retired teacher, and I have time to give. Saint Brendan’s is such a wonderful community that was here for me when I needed it, and I am happy to be able to return the favor. Through the Experienced Navigators, I’ve been able to work extensively with Sister, so I was thrilled to be able to support her.”
Indeed, the turnout epitomizes the neighborly feel at Saint Brendan. “In our new message series, we’re learning about how to be good neighbors,” Father Roger said. “Although saddened that I could not attend, the number of people who came out to honor Sister Angela underscores how good neighbors show up for each other.” As Sister Angela remarked, “I felt surrounded by the immense love of God, who is calling all of us to build a vibrant, welcoming community that reaches out to all our brothers and sisters.”
--Claire Kosewic, Staff Bulletin Writer
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