Carol Hallmeyer, SNJM
The fourth and youngest child of John and Edna Hallmeyer, Carol was born in Oakland, CA on October 11, 1942. She and her siblings, Bob, Tom, and Joan grew up in Oakland and were educated by the Sisters of the Holy Names at Sacred Heart School. Both Carol and her sister attended Holy Names High School in Oakland, and her brothers attended Tech High School.
Carol was always close to her family. Her mother was not Catholic, but she and her father raised their children as Catholics. Carol often wondered why her mother never became a Catholic, and prayed that someday she would.
In the summer of 1979, Carol's parents died within a month of each other. A few days before her death, when her mother said that she wanted to be baptized, Carol had the privilege of baptizing her. She also was able to be with both of her parents when they died.
Both of her brothers are now deceased, but Carol remains very close to her sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Bob Lyon who live in Hayward, CA. She also enjoys her nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and great-grand-nieces and nephews.
Carol has always placed a high priority on her Catholic faith, and began thinking seriously about religious life when she was a sophomore in high school. She believed that there was something God was calling her to do that only she could do. She entered the community on August 22, 1960.
Speaking of her vocation, Carol shares:
As I reflect on my 50 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, I am filled with joy and thanksgiving. God has blessed me in so many ways, by calling me to religious life as part of this wonderful community.
She is grateful for the members of my community and the many persons she has encountered during the past 50 years. She is also thankful for the opportunity to share her personal gifts in a variety of ministry settings: 18 years as an elementary school teacher; 7 years involved in parish ministry as liturgist, musician, coordinator of RCIA, sacramental preparation and adult faith formation; retreat work; secretarial work; book keeping; coordinating bus trips for disabled persons; and 10 years substitute teaching in the San Bernardino Unified School District.
Presently Carol is Coordinator of the Retirement Fund for Religious in the San Bernardino Diocese. In addition to this ministry, she enjoys her volunteer ministries as Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and Co-coordinator of the English-speaking RCIA Adapted for Children at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral Parish.
Carol received her BA in English from Holy Names University and her MA in Catechetics from Santa Clara University. She has also cultivated her gifts for bringing joy and beauty into the lives of others through liturgy, music, and art, integrating these into her various ministries over the past 50 years.
Speaking of Carol during the Golden Jubilee celebration, Margaret Spiller says:
Carol's watercolors and card making, in a way, can be seen as a little microcosm of Carol's religious life – she incorporates her love of God, her love of beauty, and her love for the outdoors along with her generous sharing of her gifts and of herself with others in whatever way she is called...she has carried out in a new way, her call to do something with her life that only she could do.
She is truly grateful for her vocation and thanks Gods for the many blessings she has received. Through the opportunities and challenges along the way God has continued to be with her on her life's journey.