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Sister Guadalupe Maria Johnston


1934 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Sister Guadalupe Maria Johnston Obituary
December 6, 1934 - July 23, 2016 Sister Guadalupe Maria Johnston, SNJM (Jean Constance Johnston) was born on December 6, 1934 in Los Angeles, California. Sister Guadalupe Maria passed into eternal life on July 23, 2016 in Saratoga, California. She was a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 61 years. Sister Guadalupe's ministries included music education at Holy Names High School (Oakland) and Saint Cecilia (San Francisco). For 27 years she was an educator Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra) teaching music, Spanish and Latin American culture. She also taught secondary school at Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Saint Lawrence (Santa Clara) and in Arequipa, Perú. In 1995 Sister Guadalupe helped establish a Sisters of the Holy Names ministry of prayerful presence among the low-income families of the Santee Mission. Putting contemplation into action, Sister performed innumerable works that included education, social justice, faith formation, music ministry, liturgy planning and journeying with many people. When the Santee mission was joined to Our Lady of Refuge Parish in 2012, Sister transitioned as pianist and director of the Spanish-singing choir. In her neighborhood, at Santee Mission and Our Lady of Refuge Sister Guadalupe's gentle simplicity and quiet presence was a source of strength for each person she met. She will be remembered affectionately by friends, the parishoners of Our Lady of Refuge, the Sisters of the Holy Names and their Associates. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Our Lady of Refuge Church, 2165 Lucretia Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 2:30 pm at Holy Spirit Chapel, 65 W. Rincon Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008. Her burial will be Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10:15 am at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, California. Gifts in Sister's memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at www.snjmca.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 27 to July 28, 2016
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