History of the Mission In California
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DIOCESE
History of the Mission
In 1964, a first community was founded in the United States of America. In the city of Fort Worth, Texas, Sr. Rinaldina Nela, Sr. Anna Perrone and Sr. Odetta Bonini bravely addressed the mission of assisting unmarried children, entrusted to the Institutes of Catholic Catholic Charities. Their uplifting action was soon rewarded with the acceptance of the first American vocation.
General Superior Letizia Morena encouraged them to improve their preparation to better address the challenge that came to them from a culture that was somewhat different from that of origin but equally rich in values to be known and valued.
In 1975 he received the invitation sent by Mgr. Thomas Cummins to send a community of the Missionaries of the Sacred Cost to the direction of the school of his own parish, dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena, and for teaching in the various classes of kindergarten, elementary and media and designating those who, beginning of the 1975-1976 school year, would have formed the Burlingame community in California: Sr. Antonietta Scanu, M. Claudina Cancedda, Sr. Antonella Manca and Enza M. Mastromatteo.
Since the major changes in society prompted the leaders of Catholic Charities to impart administrative arrangements increasingly difficult to implement, sisters operating in Fort Worth found themselves in great difficulty to continue to deal with this work of good.
Therefore, Mr Letizia, upon the invitation of Fr. Francis Prendergast to send a community of Sisters in his St. Luke parish in Stockton (California), at the end of October 1980 disposed of the Fort Worth community and on 6 May 1981 Stockton community that would have engaged in catechetical and liturgical species in the field of teaching and pastoral activity.
Sisters in the United States, who took up the language and upgraded their studies, reported themselves in the school leadership, teaching and parish pastoral activity
Currently in California we have two communities. In Burlingame, a nun has the direction of the nursery, elementary and middle school, and the others are dedicated to full-time teaching. They also give their co-operation in the Parish as ministers of the Eucharist and as members of the liturgical committee.
In Stockton three of the four sisters who make up the community are engaged full time in pastoral work in the St Luke and St Michael parishes as extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, directors of catechetical work and as help to the parish priests in various ministries: liturgy, Clerics, adult education through Bible study, spiritual retreats, etc. A religion teaches in nursery school and one in elementary and middle school. A sister at the diocesan level is a vocational leader who is responsible for the promotion and formation of seminarians who follow in the path of discernment and accompaniment to priestly ordination.
1. BURLINGAME, California ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA CONVENT
2. STOCKTON, California ST. LUKE'S CONVENT