Article By: Rachel Foote, Archivist & Sister Rosina Conrotto, PBVM; Photographs By: Sister Virginia King, PBVM
On September 11, 2019, Presentation Sisters, Associates, family, friends, and former students gathered to celebrate Sister Euphemia O’Connor, PBVM, as she turned 100 years old. The festivities began in the morning at a special Mass and breakfast with Sisters and Associates in the San Francisco Motherhouse.
Then at 1:00 p.m., fifty of Sister Euphemia’s friends and former students gathered in the community room for a “meet and greet.” They shared memories and enjoyed viewing displays highlighting Sister Euphemia’s long life and service. The displays included childhood and family photographs, class photographs and memorabilia from all her years teaching in the Presentation and other Catholic elementary and high schools located in various cities throughout California including: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Gilroy, Berkeley, Montebello and San Lorenzo, and in Seattle, Washington and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
At 2:00 p.m. guests were invited to partake in a special “high tea” complete with tea, sandwiches and special pastries. All in all, it was a serene and joyous occasion that was enjoyed by everyone in attendance and served as a wonderful way to honor Sister Euphemia as she reached this incredible milestone and became only the sixth San Francisco Presentation Sister in the history of the congregation to join the centenarian club. Cheers to 100 well lived years, Sister Euphemia!