Notre Dame jubilarians: ‘You always have the Lord with you’

With Archbishop José H. Gomez (left) and Mary Anita Hornack — SR. NANCY MUNRO, CSJ

Sister of Notre Dame Mary Anita Hornack had already celebrated her golden jubilee of religious profession when Sister Mary Leanne Hubbard made her first profession of vows in the community.

A quarter century later, both were among dozens of jubilarians --- and a half dozen Sisters of Notre Dame --- honored at the annual Mass for Religious Jubilarians Jan. 26 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Sister Hornack --- who in July will celebrate her 100th birthday --- was one of two 80-year jubilarians (the other was Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart Patrocino Gonzales). Now living at her community’s motherhouse in Thousand Oaks, she warmly recalled her years of service, particularly at St. Bernardine of Siena School, Woodland Hills, where she taught every grade (1-8) before becoming principal.

“My pastor was Msgr. Richard Murray, and I remember Father [now Archbishop] George Niederauer coming to help out at the parish on weekends while he was serving at St. John’s Seminary,” she says. “My heart is always there.”

And she treasures her years as a sister. “Religious life is a beautiful life. There are ups and downs, of course, but that’s how it is in every life. You always have the Lord with you and when you work for him, you will always be a success.”

Sister Hubbard, a 25-year jubilarian, is director of the Pastoral Studies Department at St. John’s Seminary and does spiritual direction. She previously taught religion; was campus minister at La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks and director of student activities at Notre Dame Academy in West L.A.; and played the piano at St. Paschal Baylon.

“Religious life has offered me the support of the community and my sisters,” she said. “They have given me opportunity after opportunity to grow personally, professionally and spiritually. Now I treasure the opportunity to accompany the seminarians in priestly formation and encouraging them in the ways that I have been encouraged. My hope is that they come to know Christ and themselves as deeply as they can while they are in formation. It is a great life that I have and I can’t imagine why more are not coming to be with us for the journey.”


Things beyond our imagination

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Recently, at an academic dinner, I was sitting across the table from a nuclear scientist. At one point, I asked him this question: Do you believe that there’s human life on other planets? His answer surprised me: “As a scientist, no, I don’t believe there’s human life on another planet.


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October 3, 2015

  • Saturday, October 3

    “The Life Beyond the Veil of Death,” 12:30 a.m.-4 p.m., SCRC Center, 9795 Cabrini Dr., Burbank. $15. (818) 771-1361, 

    Blessing of the Animals, 9 a.m., St. Pancratius Church, 3519 St. Pancratius Pl., Lakewood. Water and treats available. (562) 634-6111.

    Public Square Rosary, 12-1 p.m., Torrance Crossroads, 24427 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance. Look for the American flag and an “America Needs Fatima” banner. For more information, contact Linda Neal, (310) 539-2211.

    Blessing of the Animals, 2 p.m., St. Francis High School, 200 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. Pet owners throughout the community are invited to bring their pets. All pets should be on a leash or easily contained and will receive a special gift bag. The blessing is held near the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, to honor his love of nature and all God’s creatures. For more information, call Joe Kim, (818) 790-0325, ext. 626.

    “Enchanted Evening,” Silent Auction: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 7 p.m., Palos Verdes Country Club, 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates. Hosted by the Auxiliary of the Little Sisters of the Sick Poor. $175. (310) 548-0625 ext. 211. 

    Movie Screening: "Courage to Love," 6-9 p.m., St. Agatha Hall, 2646 S Mansfield Ave., Los Angeles. "Courage to Love" is the story of Venerable Henriette Delille, SHF. Louisiana food, books and t-shirts will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, call Enrique (323) 935-8127.

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