On July 1, 2019 the Sisters in the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco gathered for a special tea honoring Sister Kieran O’Connor, PBVM on the 80th Anniversary of her entrance into the congregation. Four of the sisters in attendance had been students in Sister Kieran’s first grade class. Little did they know then that their teacher would become a life-long colleague and friend. Everyone in attendance sang Irish songs and enjoyed the delicious refreshments and delightful reminiscences about her long and storied tenure in the congregation.
Sister Kieran entered the Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco in 1939 following her graduation from the Academy of the Presentation. Education has been her life ministry and teaching her joy. Over the past eighty years she has taught and served as an administrator in many of the Presentation Schools in California including Saint Agnes and Saint Anne Schools in San Francisco and Saint Patrick and Saint Christopher Schools in San Jose. She also opened Saint Catherine School in Morgan Hill where she served as principal.
Over the course of that career she earned many honors including being nominated for the Teacher of the Year award in San Francisco and the Sister Miriam Joseph Farrell, PBVM award in San Jose, and chosen as one of San Jose Magazine’s 2006 Educators of the Year. Governor Jerry Brown also honored her 75 years as a Catholic Educator with an official declaration of December 18, 2015 as Sister Kieran O’Connor Day.
Picture courtesy of Sister Rita Jovick, PBVM