Grateful for the Holy Names Sisters

By Patricia Welch Newton

The Sisters of the Holy Names have been a part of our family since my mother, Gertrude O’Toole, attended high school at the Convent of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at Lake Merritt, Oakland. When it was time for me to go to school, I attended Holy Names High School (HNHS), graduating in 1946. After completing my degree at San Jose State University, I received my teaching credential from Holy Names College (now Holy Names University). At HNHS, I was deeply influenced by Sister Mary Christine, my sophomore homeroom teacher, and Sister Mary Edmund, our Dean of Students…

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