Campus celebrates Founders’ Day

The HNU campus recently celebrated the anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Oakland 146 years ago.


Sisters serving strawberry shortcake to the HNU community.

Strawberry shortcake is a longstanding tradition to mark Founders’ Day at Holy Names. When the Sisters arrived in 1868, the Sisters of Mercy and Father King served them fresh strawberries and cream. (Father King called upon the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary to move to Oakland.)

At this year’s celebration, Sister Maureen Hester, Sister Carol Nicklas, Sister Donna Maynard, Sister JoAnne Quinlivan, Sister Christine Patrinos, and Sister Sophia Park served strawberry shortcake to the HNU community.


The event included a skit by the Sisters on the founding of Holy Names. “Each year at our celebration of Founders’ Day, we remember the arrival of our Sisters in Oakland with a special presentation,” said Sister Carol Sellman, vice president for mission effectiveness. “I invite you to travel back in time with me to understand our history.”


The presentation chronicled the voyage of the six founding Sisters from Quebec, Canada, to the San Francisco Bay Area, where they established the Convent of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Oakland. This institution would become the Convent and College of the Holy Names, the College of the Holy Names, Holy Names College, and finally, in 2004, Holy Names University. Sister Carol said that even though their dress and appearance have changed throughout time, the Sisters have remained a constant fixture on the Holy Names campus.

“Our story does not end here. It continues today and into the future through each of you,” the Sisters said to conclude the skit. To see more Founders’ Day photos, click here.

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