Sister Judy Romero and her twin brother, Patrick, were born in Los Angeles in 1945. Siblings John and Mary Lou, rounded out the Romero family. Presentation Sisters at Our Lady of Loretto Elementary and High Schools gave Judy her early education and became instrumental in her decision to enter the Congregation in 1963. She received her habit and religious name, Sister Mary Brian, at Presentation Center, Los Gatos in 1964. By her profession in 1966, Sister Judy was back to using her baptismal name.

L-R: Twins Judy and Pat Romero as children, as young adults, and Sister Judy with her sister Mary Louise.

Sister Judy Romero with her parents in 1964.

After receiving her BA in American Studies from the San Francisco College for Women (since incorporated into the University of San Francisco), Sister Judy began her ministry as a first grade teacher at St. Christopher Elementary School in San Jose. Sister Judy completed her advanced studies with a secondary education credential from San Jose State University and a Master’s Degree in religious education from Seattle University.

Sister Judith Romero with students in 1983.

A born teacher who loved every teaching assignment, Sister Judy taught at both St. Christopher’s Elementary School in San Jose and Holy Trinity Elementary School in San Pedro; then Presentation High School, San Jose captured her heart for thirteen years. In addition to teaching, she also served in administration for four years as vice-principal and principal. Several years later, she was pulled back into secondary teaching at Presentation High School in Berkeley.

For about fifteen years, Sister Judy was asked to assume a series of leadership positions for the Congregation through internal services as Vocation Director, Formation Team Director, Director of Associates, Community Life Director, Coordinator and elected Councillor.

Sisters Dolorosa O’Keane and Judith Romero in 1983, while Sr. Judith was Vocation Director.

Many times while working part time in Congregational ministries, Sister Judy was able to do other work: DRE (Director of Religious Education) at St. Perpetua Parish, Lafayette; volunteer Food Director at Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose, and ESL teacher at Congregationally-sponsored Learning and Loving Education Center for Women in Morgan Hill.

Variety and creativity were always essential to Sister Judy’s happiness in ministry, and she thrived on a variety of salaried and volunteer experiences. Sister Judy’s heart was always touched and deeply pulled into direct service to the poor. Some of the tuggings that captivated her heart were cooking weekly for immigrant day workers in the Mission District of San Francisco, volunteering in a summer educational and enrichment experience with New York Presentation Sisters in lower Eastside Manhattan, volunteering in a women’s and children’s shelter in East Los Angeles, and working in a food pantry and clothes closet at Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose.

Sister Judith Romero at Sacred Heart Community Center in San Jose, 1995.

As a young Sister, she had always dreamed of being missioned to St. Anthony’s Convent in Pecos, New Mexico because her father was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and she wanted to trace her roots. However, the Presentation Sisters left New Mexico before her dream was realized. Nevertheless, she had the opportunity to visit there some years later and was able to visit the church where her father was baptized. At St. Michael’s Church, she not only prayed for her deceased Dad, but for all the Presentation Sisters who had ministered to God’s people in New Mexico.

From 2010-2016, Sister Judy served as Congregational Councillor. She currently resides at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco where she is engaged in the sandwich-making ministry for the homeless in the Tenderloin District of the City, as well as prayer ministry.

Ministries

1970 – 1971  Teacher, Holy Trinity School, San Pedro
1971 – 1973  Teacher and Freshmen Counselor, Presentation High School, San Jose
1973 – 1977  Teacher and Sophomore Counselor, Presentation High School, San Jose
1977 – 1980  Teacher, Administrative Team Principal, Presentation High
School, San Jose
1980 – 1983  Teacher and Sophomore Counselor, Presentation High School, San Jose
1983 – 1984  Vocation Director for Congregation, San Francisco
1984 – 1985  Vocation Director for Congregation, San Francisco; Counselor, Epiphany School, San Francisco
1985 – 1986  Vocation Director for Congregation, San Francisco; Teacher, Presentation High School, Berkeley
1986 – 1987  Teacher, Presentation High School, Berkeley
1987 – 1988  Teacher and Campus Ministry, Presentation High School, Berkeley
1988 – 1989  Direction of Religious Education, St. Perpetua Parish, Lafayette
1989 – 1990  Director of Religious Education, St. Perpetua Parish, Lafayette; Religion Coordinator, St. Perpetua School, Lafayette
1990 – 1994  Councillor, Regional Ministry and Education Director,
Congregational Administration, San Francisco
1994 – 1995  Staff, Sacred Heart Community Services, San Jose
1995 – 1997  Teacher, Learning and Loving Education Center, Morgan Hill
1997 – 2002  Teacher, Learning and Loving Education Center, Morgan Hill; Director of Associate Program, Congregational Offices, San Francisco
2002 – 2004 Teacher, Learning and Loving Educational Center, Morgan Hill; Director of Associate Program and Community Life Director,
Congregational Offices, San Francisco
2005 – 2006 Teacher, Presentation High School, San Jose
2006 – 2007 Coordinator, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco
2007 – 2008 Coordinator, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco; Faculty, Presentation High School, San Jose
2008 – 2009 Coordinator, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco
2009 – 2010 Coordinator, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco; Local Justice Contact, San Jose
2010 – 2016 Congregational Leadership Team, San Francisco
2016 – 2017 Volunteer, St. Anthony’s Dining Room, San Francisco
2017 – 2019 Volunteer, St. Anthony’s Foundation Social Services, San Francisco
2019 – 2020 Volunteer, St. Anthony’s Clothing Program, San Francisco
2021 – 2022 Prayer Ministry, Motherhouse, San Francisco