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Sr Carol Anne O'Marie

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Sr Carol Anne O'Marie

Birth
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death
27 May 2009 (aged 75)
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA GPS-Latitude: 37.8342018, Longitude: -122.2447281
Plot
J-3-3-1
Memorial ID
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Humanitarian and Author. Sister Carol Anne O'Marie, CSJ was born in San Francisco, California and attended St. Emydius Grammar School Star of the Sea Academy, both in San Francisco. After her graduation, her family wanted her to attend college and get married. But, just a few months after hearing a recruiter for the church at high school, she joined the convent. Her sister Kath once related that "The only reason my mother let her go was because she was sure they'd kick her out."

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1951 where she spent a rich and accomplished life for 57 years as a teacher, assistant editor of the Catholic Herald, and development director for Carondelet High School in Concord, California. In addition to all that, in 1979 Carol Anne won 2nd place in the San Francisco Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest.

The stress of her responsibilities led her to find an outlet. She took a creative writing class and her final project, a murder mystery involving a sleuthing nun named Sister Mary Helen was published in 1984 by Scribners. She followed her first book with eleven more Sister Mary Helen mystery novels and developed a popular following. Her last book "Like a Swarm of Bees" was written to recall a prophecy made in 1805 about the Sisters of St. Joseph.

On one of her book tours, she was struck by the contrast of the plight of a homeless woman she encountered on the street and the luxury of the hotel where she was speaking. It was this injustice that led her and Sister Maureen Lyons, in 1990 to found A Friendly Place, a daytime drop-in shelter for homeless women in downtown Oakland. In 1996, A Friendly Place expanded to include transitional housing as A Friendly Manor. For their work in caring for homeless women, A Friendly Place won the Jefferson Award in January 2008.
Humanitarian and Author. Sister Carol Anne O'Marie, CSJ was born in San Francisco, California and attended St. Emydius Grammar School Star of the Sea Academy, both in San Francisco. After her graduation, her family wanted her to attend college and get married. But, just a few months after hearing a recruiter for the church at high school, she joined the convent. Her sister Kath once related that "The only reason my mother let her go was because she was sure they'd kick her out."

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1951 where she spent a rich and accomplished life for 57 years as a teacher, assistant editor of the Catholic Herald, and development director for Carondelet High School in Concord, California. In addition to all that, in 1979 Carol Anne won 2nd place in the San Francisco Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest.

The stress of her responsibilities led her to find an outlet. She took a creative writing class and her final project, a murder mystery involving a sleuthing nun named Sister Mary Helen was published in 1984 by Scribners. She followed her first book with eleven more Sister Mary Helen mystery novels and developed a popular following. Her last book "Like a Swarm of Bees" was written to recall a prophecy made in 1805 about the Sisters of St. Joseph.

On one of her book tours, she was struck by the contrast of the plight of a homeless woman she encountered on the street and the luxury of the hotel where she was speaking. It was this injustice that led her and Sister Maureen Lyons, in 1990 to found A Friendly Place, a daytime drop-in shelter for homeless women in downtown Oakland. In 1996, A Friendly Place expanded to include transitional housing as A Friendly Manor. For their work in caring for homeless women, A Friendly Place won the Jefferson Award in January 2008.

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