Associate Activities

Nicaragua Pre-School Project     Sister Sandy Price, a sister of Notre Dame de Namur, has worked fearlessly in the mountains of Siuna, Nicaragua in Mulukuku for over 35 years. She and other sisters of Notre Dame have been a beacon of light for the families of this area in education, spirituality, and human rights. Sister Sandy “leads a group of sisters who collaborate in the recruitment, training and execution of the programs for education, health and social welfare of the families… The families are subsistence farmers who plant beans, corn, rice, bananas and a few vegetables and fruits.”


Over the years one of our associates in particular, Pat Stacker, has raised funds and educational material for Sister Sandy. Associate Pat Stacker courageously battled cancer for the last three years of her life and died in 2015. The Notre Dame Associates have held a fund raiser to build a pre-school in Nicaragua for the children in Pat’s honor. The event was held at Associate Coordinator Dede Waters-Masters lovely home in San Carlos on August 27th. Many Sisters, Associates and Friends gathered for a truly festive evening including a delicious barbecue along with a raffle for exciting door prize baskets! Pat would be very proud of what is happening!

On March 30, 2016 Associates of the Sisters of Charity, BVM Carol de Carvalho, Redwood Estates, CA and Carmella Huser, Emerald Hills, CA joined seven other volunteers on an immersion trip to Guayaquil and Quito Ecuador.


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SHF Associate Newsletter

Sisters/Associaes of the Holy Family, P.O. Box 3248, Fremont, CA 94539 Social Justice Newsletter


IMG_0871Carmella Huser is a Candidate for BVM Association.  Last spring she went to Quito to visit the Center for Working Families, a BVM/Jesuit Mission in Quito, Ecuador. This immersion experience is a
n annual trip sponsored by St. Mary’s Parish, Los Gatos and the BVMs.  Once a year St. Mary’s supports the BVM mission at a second collection.  Carmella was a presenter at one of the masses.
Advocating for non-violence is a stance of many religious institutes.  Kathy Kelly gave an excellent presentation at St. Lawrence Parish on May 6, 2015. Kathy was joined by a panel of community activists talking about their ministries.  Sister Marilyn Wilson, BVM, advocate against human trafficking, Poncho Guevera, Executive Director of Sacred Heart Community Service, and Ruben Solorio, Director of Social Ministries for the San Jose Diocese, Fumi Tso, Catholic Worker at Casa de Clara, are some of the members of the panel. 

Simone Campbell, SSS at Santa Clara University

IMG_1904A special invitation was extended to all religious and associates in the Diocese of San Jose by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath and the Jesuits of the Ignatian Center at Santa Clara University. Sister Simone Campbell, public advocate for peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice spoke to a full house at Locatelli Center on January 27, 2015. Sister Simone was riveting in her enthusiasm and delivery on faith, peace and social justice. Her personal stories of people she has met along the road while on the bus were sometimes funny episodes, sometimes stark realities, and sometimes revealing a shame in our society. As she shared her journey we were captivated by her gentle manner and ease of recalling the people who marked her road with their stories of hope. All who attended this evening were engaged and energized by her drive and fortitude in carrying the banner of peace and justice throughout the country right to the steps of Washington, D.C. This event was part of this year’s Ignatian Bannon Institute on Leadership and Faith. For more information go to and                                                                                                                                                                                      Written by Kathy Noether, Co-Director of BACAR Inc.

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On the first weekend of May, 2014 Associates from several religious institutes attended the Northern California Call to Action in Sacramento, California.            How many can you recognize?
Associate give presentation on KINO Immersion Trip to the Arizona Border. 
BVM Associate Barbara Harper and her husband Doug gave a slide presentation informing participants of St. Thomas Aquinas Social Justice Day of what they learned at the Arizona/Mexico Border near Tucson. More information about their trip is below.
Human Trafficking Activities

Holy Family, Holy Names, Notre Dame de Namur, BVM Associates and Religious Advocate to end Human Trafficking.  Students at Archbishop Mitty High School are also involved in this effort.

Immersion Border Experience:

In October of 2013 — BVMs, BVM Associates and Friends ventured to Nogales, Arizona- Sonora, Mexico border to  experience the journey of those who migrate to the United States in search of a better life.  This immersion experience is sponsored by the KINO Border Initiative. The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality. Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants, social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border; participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies. BVM Associates, Barbara Harper, her husband Doug are residents of San Jose. They joined BVM Associate Lori Ritz, Phoenix,, Arizona, and BVMs Kathleen McGrath, Rohnert Park, CA, Mira Mosle, Mary McCauley, and Mary Martens from Dubuque, Iowa. Mary McCauley, BVM is well known for her work with the immigrants from Postville, IA. Tricia Lothschutz, BVM Outreach Coordinator and Lori Ritz helped in organizing this trip. The group are in the dining room where travelers north are able to get a meal. Go to for a short video of the presentation in Dubuque regarding the immersion experience.

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