L-R Ms. Karen Suty, Principal; Fr. Hao Ding, Vicar General Diocese of San Jose; former Co-Principals, Sr. Michele Anne Murphy, PBVM and Ms. Martha Wood; and Fr. Joe Kim, Pastor

Recently, St. John Vianney Parish (1952) and School (1954) marked the 70th Anniversary of founding with an amazing all-community celebration which included Mass, rededication of the school, reinstallation of the statue of St. John Vianney, tours of refurbished school and convent, and community barbecue.

Through the funds received from a large matching grant, many improvements are being made to the facilities including new windows, floors, and safety features. A renovation to the convent, The Village House, includes a major upgrade offering affordable housing for new teachers and young professionals.

Father Joe Kim, pastor, remarked on the fact that the original church pews were not being taken out but would be refurbished because they are reminders as we all look at them of the hard work and dedication of so many parishioners, past and present.

In Fr. Kim’s remarks he made mention of the courage and risk-taking of Fr. Fred Cook, the first pastor, and Sr. Cleta Herold, PBVM, the first principal. Because of their creativity, the parish and school have well built facilities which can now be used for current needs. He acknowledged the commitment of the Sisters of the Presentation for their long-standing commitment to educational and pastoral ministries in St. John Vianney Parish.

-Sister Michele Anne Murphy, PBVM
August 20, 2022

Following Mass, the St. John Vianney statue was reinstalled in a niche in the new entranceway to the school (above).

Sister Michele Anne and Ms. Martha Wood, former principals of St. John Vianney school, were present and warmly acknowledged at the anniversary Mass. Watch the livestream below:

Coincidentally, KPIX news reported the same week on the transition of the St. John Vianney convent into affordable housing for young adults in San Jose. The young woman interviewed is a teacher at the elementary school there; residents have shared communal living space and commit to regular community service.  Different from a convent, but also similar!