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September 23, 2011 > Dominican Sisters honored by St. Edward School

Dominican Sisters honored by St. Edward School

Submitted By Sharon Bradley, Development Director
Photos By Courtesy of Carbonell and Banchieri families

On August 6, St. Edward School in Newark held a "Dominican Celebration" to honor and pay tribute to the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. The special celebration was held to thank the Dominican Sisters and celebrate their legacy of 48 years of wisdom, compassion and unconditional giving to the St. Edward community. Many of the Sisters attending the event had served as Principals of the school in the past, while many others had taught or offered other services to the school community. Since its inception in 1963, St. Edward School has been under the guidance of and inspired by the charisma of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

This memorable celebration was attended by faculty, alumni, current families, students and friends of St. Edward School. The event was an opportunity for many of the Sisters to visit with their prior students, and for alumni to visit with one another as well. A huge success, the celebration was attended by over 220 people who came to honor the Dominican Sisters who have, over the years, shown their dedication, commitment, generous service and deep love for the students of St. Edward.

The event began with a celebratory prayer service offered by Most Reverend Bishop Cummins and Father Jeff Keyes. Tyler Soriano, 2011-2012 Student Body President, welcomed the audience and hosted as emcee of the program. During the course of the afternoon, food and refreshments were served and dance performances were given by current St. Edward students and alumni. A highlight of the event was when several alumni, recognized as Distinguished Graduates, shared stories of special moments they recalled with the Sisters that significantly impacted their lives while students at St. Edward.

The love and affection for the Dominican Sisters was clearly evident from the emotional environment of all who attended. Everyone was delighted to see so many of the Sisters again, to express their heartfelt gratitude for all that they had given to the school community, and to celebrate and acknowledge them for their invaluable contribution to the children of St. Edward.

It was a wonderful day and an historical event for St. Edward and the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose.

The Celebration was particularly memorable as the 2011-2012 school year marks the first year in the history of St. Edward that the school will have its first lay principal. St. Edward is blessed to now be under the leadership of Mr. Gregory M. Fonzeno who is committed to continuing the academic excellence established and supported by the Dominican Sisters for the past 48 years.

St. Edward School has thrived as one of the Catholic elementary schools in the Oakland Diocese since 1963 serving primarily the Newark, Fremont and Union City communities. It is a single graded school with a diverse student body of 285 students from K through eighth grade. St. Edward School ( is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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