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". . . Any definition of a culture of peace must address the problem of achieving justice for communities and individuals who do not have the means to compete or cope without structured assistance and compassionate help. ~Mahnaz Afkhami "



Entered into eternal rest on
Monday, January 18, 2016
Sister M. Joanna Connolly, SHF, died peacefully at the Holy Family Sisters’ Motherhouse in Fremont on January 18, 2016. She was born Barbara Margaret Connolly on March 4, 1914, in Los Angeles, and entered the Sisters of the Holy Family on January 6, 1934 at the age of 19.

Sister Joanna served in various parishes in California until she was missioned to Hawaii in August of 1955. From then until her health required a return to California in 2001, she served in the parishes and missions of Hawaii.

In addition to her assigned ministries, Sister Joanna volunteered in Teaching English as a Second Language and Hospice work. She started the Interfaith Council in Hawaii, and in recent years enthusiastically followed the work of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who promoted the education of young girls.

Sister Joanna loved flowers, and shared her skills at ikebana around the Motherhouse. She faithfully attended the Cosmology Study Group at the Motherhouse until her health prevented her quite recently. Her childhood in Hollywood provided her with many stories to tell, and storytelling was one of her favorite occupations. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Sisters of the Holy Family, PO Box 3248, Fremont, CA 94539.

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January 2016 saw Sisters' Renewal of Vows and Associates' Renewal of Covenants. See pictures here!



U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is a collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery.

  • SHF is a member of this collaborative: www.sistersagainsttrafficking.org 

  • Petition to Fight child sex trafficking in the U.S.  You are invited to add your name to the petition to fight child sex trafficking by clicking on the link above.

  • Stop Trafficking!:  The newest issue of Stop Trafficking! is now available at the following link: http://www.stopenslavement.org/index.html each issue looks at the plight of human trafficking from a different perspective and for exchange among religious congregations and their collaborating organizations:
    • to promote awareness re. human trafficking
    • to exchange best practices in advocacy for and empowerment of survivors of human trafficking;
    • to recommend actions to counter human trafficking.