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Consecration of the Archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Rosary Rally
October 7, 2017
The Dominican Sisters joined the Rosary Rally and Consecration of the Archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The celebration started with a Rosary, Mass and procession around the streets of the Cathedral :and ended with the adoration and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  It was a powerful event with thousands of people gathered together to give glory to God and our Blessed Mother Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. 
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Let us pray for the eternal repose of our sister, Sister Alma Colita, O.P. She  passed away on October 7, 2017 in the Philippines.

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Celebration of the Feast of the Holy Rosary at Holy Angels, Colma

 

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12th General Chapter:
Newly Elected General Officials:


Prioress General: Rev. Mother Nemia Daral, O.P.
Councilors:
First Councilor/Vicaress: Mo. Celestine Bancal, O.P.
2nd: Sr. Lucila Narra, O.P.
3rd: Sr. Gemma Sobredilla, O.P.
4th: Sr. Arlene Laude, O.P.
5th: Sr.Arlene Nacionales,O.P. General Secretary
6th: Sr. Vicky Maghanoy,O.P./General Treasurer



Delegates to the General Chapter in the Philippines on July 2017

General Chapter Sessions 
The meeting of minds of the Sisters reviewing our life as religious women.

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NEW LEADERSHIP FOR DOMINICAN SISTERS, HAWAII REGION

Hawaii Region 12th Regional Chapter in June 2017 elected the following officials:

Sr. Bernarda Sindol, OP  Regional Superior

Councilors:
Sr. Leonarda Montealto, O.P.
Sr. Nelia Pernecia, O.P.
Sr. Emelie Basitas, O.P.
Sr. Delia Obenza, O.P.

May the four years of commitment to leadership be filled with joy and unity of spirit as we serve the Lord and Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary.

 

Message from Sr. Bernarda Sindol, O.P.
Regional Superior of Dominican Sisters, Hawaii Region

Here we are facing another year of love and service to the youth entrusted to our care. Like St. Dominic, we are striving to be women of the Gospel in word and in deed as we continue to touch lives in our ministry. Dominic had only one passion: to know and to experience the Word of God in truth. From this experience he proclaims the compassion of God to all people that he meets.

Each one of us comes to our community with our own gifts, talents, history and experiences as well as our hopes, ideas, dreams and visions. Let us continue to make it our goals:

  • To enlighten minds and inspire hearts with a love of the truth.
  • To encourage reverence for the Eucharist, devotion to our Blessed Mother and fidelity to the Church.
  • To provide students with quality Catholic education so that with the development of skills and a strong academic foundation they may fulfill their God-given vocation.
  • To strengthen family life by offering support, guidance and instruction to parents in their role as the primary educators of their children.

May our life of prayer and ministry be strengthened like our holy father St. Dominic. “By day, no one was closer to the people; by night, no one was closer to God”.

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Sr. Leonarda give thanks for the “Gift of Benefactors and Friends”.

I do not have enough kind words for benefactors and friends who answered the call to help us in our ministry. Their faithfulness, generosity, and compassion mean more to me than I can ever say. Their support lifts the community of students, faculty, staff, parents of students and all those involved in our ministry.

We continue to face financial challenges—not least of which is keeping tuition affordable for current and future students. Our mission is great, and it requires great resources. That said, I have placed my trust in the Lord and our benefactors for their continued support and friendship. They are indeed a blessing and a “GIFT” to us as we proclaim the Kingdom of God. As always, I am humbled and deeply grateful for their extraordinary generosity and dedication. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

1 Corinthians 1:4

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus…

 


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A Reflection after 50 Years in Religious Life

By Sr. Leonarda Montealto, O.P.

June 11, 2016 the Dominican Sisters, Hawaii Region celebrated the “Gift of God’s Call” as we gathered and give thanks for my 50 years of service in religious life.  Thank you, Sisters, benefactors and friends for celebrating with me.  We have pictures, videos and memorabilia to remind us of this celebration and God’s love for us.  As we move on …Pope Francis’ remarks keep echoing in my heart.  He said, “for some years now, instead of going forth, we seem to be returning.  We need to ask the question: Where is God leading me now?  Our communities, he said, should be like airports where there is constant taking off to new places without delays, without fear.”  We may not need to move outside our own communities to find new places and new ways of living and serving the Lord.  St. Augustine tells us to keep on walking into the future.  Can we ask ourselves the vital question today:  “Is it time to move on?”

There is a great deal of life still to be lived. It simply depends on how we live it. To quote Sr. Joan Chittester, “We can die years before our time, or we can live until we die.” Where age predominates, she said, “the community mind must become a young vision rooted in old values”.  This is a beautiful thought to ponder as we move on with our life as a religious.

Each person makes her own individual journey to God. There have been great moments in all our lives – difficulties, too and challenges. Many people have crossed our path and supported us; we sometimes, perhaps, received more than we were able to give.

We made a difference in many people’s lives.  People will forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. We as teachers are remembered by many of our students because of our love and caring traits as we teach and show compassion.

Pope Francis reflected on the three different looks which Jesus gave to the Apostle Peter – one of choosing, one of forgiveness and one of mission. Let us consider Jesus looking on us today as he looked on Peter. He chose us, he forgave us and he continues to point a way forward. Pope Francis urges us, too, to re-read that dialogue with Jesus and think about Jesus’ gaze on us just as he gazed on Peter. The third look was a look of mission: “Feed my sheep.”  We are called to feed the poor, the homeless, the imprisoned and those who are beset by the evil one.  In the spirit of Mother Rosario, our foundress, may we have a greater zeal and compassion to the people who need us the most.

He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.

Psalm72:12

 



Sister Leonarda Montealto, O.P. Celebrated her Golden Jubilee as a
Dominican Sister of the Most Holy Rosary

My Golden Jubilee …A Loving Reflection of My Call

I give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all His wonderful deeds…

The year was 1964. It was August 5th when I entered the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Molo, Iloilo City. I was young, just graduated from high school, but I was determined to follow the intense call of God to enter religious life. (Come to think of it, I don’t think He gave me a choice. He was so persistent and I could not say NO.) I was a postulant for ten months and spent one year of enclosure as a novice. I made my first vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience on August 8, 1966.

God’s call comes to people at different ages and mine came early. It was clear, total, spiritual, personal and loving. I knew then, and I know now, that God exists, that He is Pure Love, and that He invited me to a life of prayer and service to His People. Within the depths of my soul, I replied “yes.” That was fifty years ago and here I am celebrating my 50th Anniversary as a Dominican Sister of the Most Holy Rosary. I can hardly believe that so many years have gone by. It is a mystery to where time goes.

My dear friends, my personal story is not about me at all. It is about God and His merciful and faithful love. If I were a flower my story would tell of the gentle hand that plucked me from the soil and held me close to His heart. If I were a bird, I would sing of the incredible Person who unlatched the cage, and freed me to fly to heaven.  Or if I were a blade of grass, I would bend and sway in the breath of the Holy Spirit, dancing in the wind. But I am none of the above. I am just me…myself, and I can only speak the silent language of love and praise as He pleases to give it to me.

My call, my vocation, my life is real. It can be seen in photos, home videos, and in the hearts of God’s people, whom I am privileged to serve and call my family, my community and my friends.  Life seems to carry us along, minute by minute, day by day, year by year until a milestone is reached, and we look back and say “Where did the years go?”

June 11, 2016, this morning I held a candle and renewed my vows to God, my total giving of my life to Jesus, my Love, my Savior and my Friend.   Vows are very solemn things. Vows are sacred and absolutely binding, a total commitment of mind, body, and spirit.

“Ah, Sister Leonarda” I told myself, “it’s true”. This 50th Anniversary isn’t so much about me…my vocation…my call, my life of service. That is a part of it certainly, but not the main part. For this jubilee most of all celebrates Jesus, His call, His faithfulness, His mercy, which as I so very well know, has been the anchor of my religious life, my magnet ever drawing me closer to God, my compass setting my life and all that goes into it in perspective. I can only pray in the silence of my soul, “To You, Lord, be the honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

 

The Dominican Sisters and Holy Angels School take action to care for God’s creation.

Caring for God’s creation

Environmental issues and justice issues are intertwined elements of how we are called to relate to God’s creation.

Why is this important to us?

We believe that environmental issues and justice issues are intertwined elements of how we are called to relate to God’s creation both in human form and in the earth community.  Eco-justice asserts that it is not possible to care for the earth without also caring for humanity, and that seeking human justice must involve care for the environment.

Therefore, care for creation is part of our work for peace. The impact of climate change and the growing homelessness compel us to action. Much of the conflict we see in the world is rooted in competition for the land and its natural resources. Earth is an expression of God’s creation and therefore the environment is a gift that must be respected and cared for by everyone.

Service to the Community

On Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 9:00am – 11:00a.m. Holy Angels School will join the Coastal Clean Up Day at Rockaway Beach. Mhaysie Ruiz, our school counselor, and other parents will coordinate this event for our school. Please come and join the families.

On the same day, Saturday Sept 17th our Sisters and other religious in the Archdiocese, will have a Picnic at Golden Gate Park with the homeless in San Francisco.   We will serve them food and drinks and have fun time with them at the park. We will give away T-shirts, jackets and other donations that we can give them. If you would like to support this work of service, please call Sr. Leonarda at 650 291-2343.

Holy Angels School Student Council and the Dominican Sisters will have a FUN FUND DRIVE selling snacks and FEE FREE Dress. The money will be sent to the Louisiana victims.



Dear Sisters and friends,

Meister Eckhart wrote…If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.
It is so true that a grateful heart is so important in our relationship with God and others.  We continue to thank God for the gifts of life and vocation, our gift of each other as we hold each other in prayer, and our support for each other in our ministry.
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good…”
Psalm 100:4, 5a

I thank you from the heart for all your prayers for me and our Region.  For all our many tasks and intentions, we pray that in God’s time our projects will be realized.  We always remember our benefactors and friends, both living and dead, who are always there to support us in many ways. 


He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
comes from the heart.
J.A. Shedd

Sincerely yours in Jesus,

Sr. Leonarda Montealto, O.P.

“Thank God for His Son—a gift too wonderful for words!”

2 Corinthians 9:15

Contact Us

Holy Angels Convent
20 Reiner St.
Colma, CA 94014
(650) 755-2712/(650) 291-2343 srleonarda@aol.com