On May 10, 1858, after a strenuous journey by ship and train, six young Sisters of the Holy Names (SNJMs) arrived in San Francisco from Canada. They were met by the Sisters of Mercy, who treated them to strawberries and cream. Since then, the Sisters celebrate May 10th as Strawberry Day.


May 10, 2018 marked the 150th anniversary of their arrival, and the beginning of a year-long celebration of SNJM ministry in California. We invite you to share your memories with us and to join us in our commitment to service and social justice.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The opening celebration of our 150th year took place at St. Theresa Church and Event Center in Oakland.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Thanks to all who joined us for the celebration of the Eucharist followed by a reception at St. Anthony Catholic Church in San Gabriel.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Thanks go all who joined us for a weekend of prayer, contemplation and celebration at Villa Maria Del Mar in Santa Cruz.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Thanks to all who joined us for a very special fundraising event at a private home in Monte Sereno.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Thanks to all who celebrated with us at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.

Santa Monica: Mass and Reception

Saturday, February 02, 2019

The parish's Saturday evening Mass St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica included a celebration of the Sisters' 150 years of ministry in California, followed by a special reception and opportunity to reconnect with Sisters who taught and ministered in Southern California.

Los Gatos: Mass and Reception

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the celebration of the Eucharist at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Los Gatos.

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