Carondelet High School

Alumnae

Many the Gifts is our annual community support publication, expressing our sincere gratitude to our generous benefactors for their support of Carondelet.

Gifts of all sizes support our 800 students and their educational experiences. They also strengthen the school and ensure we will be able to live our mission for many years.

Please join us in expressing deep gratitude for the many gifts that make a difference.

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Sarah Padilla '16 is a freshman at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in biology. Just before she left for college, she was fortunate enough to connect with Maureen Cannon '81, who was able to give her a tour of the amazing Genentech facility in South San Francisco.

Recounting her experience, Sarah said, "Maureen was so passionate about her job and how much the company is changing the face of medicine, especially with cancer drugs. Her enthusiasm has sparked my interest, and I am very excited to begin school and attend my science classes. Everyone I talk to asks me what I'm going to do with my biology degree, and I have always responded with 'I don't know.' Maureen has reassured me that there are wonderful job opportunities where I can use my degree to make a difference in the world.

Thanks to our strong alumnae connections at Carondelet and our desire to help each other, I was able to meet Maureen and have this experience. She was so kind and generous with her time and energy. I feel like I have had a fire lit inside me, and I am excited for my future.

Someday I hope to be able to share my experience with new Carondelet graduates as well. I am so proud to be a part of the Carondelet community."
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Oona (Jackson) Moore '83 went from junior class president to the president of her historic neighborhood association in downtown Jersey City. She was featured in The New York Times for her work with the association, which facilitates constructive discussions and finds solutions on community issues.

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On the last day of the school's 50th anniversary year, Carondelet High School unveiled a brand new school logo and redesigned website that reflects both the forward-looking spirit and proud legacy of the school. The new logo incorporates in its design a variety of symbolic elements derived from the school's 50-year legacy, including a "C" for Carondelet drawn from the school's crest, as well as an embedded "CSJ," which is the acronym for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the religious order that founded the school.

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Carondelet 50th Celebration

Dear Friends,

We had the most wonderful celebration here on campus May 5-6 as we hosted events marking the close of Carondelet High School's 50th jubilee year.

Thursday, in particular, was one of the most moving and magical celebrations I have ever been blessed to be a part of. Nearly 40 CSJs from the Bay Area as well as from Los Angeles and around the state joined us on campus to celebrate mass together, to reflect on the amazing milestones of the school, and to pay tribute to the sisters and lay leaders, faculty and staff who have made remarkable things happen for the more than 9,000 women who have come through Carondelet's doors. We shared dinner and memories and a renewed spirit for our committed partnership as we continue the work ahead of us.

Over the course of two days, we welcomed all the living past and present school principals and presidents to campus, giving us the opportunity to commemorate the unique roles each and every one of them has played in the life of the school. And we had alumnae on campus – many from the early days and so many who have never been on campus since they graduated – including our 2016 Alumna of the Year, Debrenia Madison-Smith '73. It truly was a special time for our community.

It was also an especially emotional and poignant time as this series of jubilee events provided a celebratory backdrop for our school community to say "thank you" and "God speed" to Sr. Eleanor and Sr. Kathy who had recently announced their decision to move from our campus convent before summer.

For two cherished and valiant women who never wanted the spotlight on them and all that they have done for this school, the 50th celebration provided the perfect venue to surround Sr. Eleanor and Sr. Kathy with the love and respect we carry for them in our hearts.

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This year, the Alumnae Board chose Debrenia Madison-Smith '73 as the Alumna of the Year. She has become very accomplished since her time as Carondelet's ASB president. After high school, she completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA and received her law degree from Georgetown University. Then she went on to become a lawyer and fight for social justice.

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Did you move and forget to tell us? In preparation for the reunions of the classes of 1976, 1986, 1996 and 2006, we want to make sure we have updated contact information for our lost alumnae from these four classes. Please submit updated information by clicking this link.

Are you or your friends on our lost alumnae list? Click here to find out.

In Memoriam: We have received word of the passing of the following alumnae from the classes of 1976 and 1986.

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Your class reunion is just around the corner! Carondelet and De La Salle are working closely together to organize fun and memorable reunions for our alum. To make these events extra-special and personal, we need your help!

By becoming a member of your class reunion planning committee, you can help build enthusiasm, develop fun activities (like creating photo/memory boards), raise funds for your class reunion gift, meet new friends and reacquaint yourself with classmates, all while having a great time.

We understand that you lead a busy life and planning a major event like a reunion can be both exciting and overwhelming. A team effort among the two schools and these planning committees will help increase communication, ensure the events are organized, and result in the best of celebrations.

If you are interested in joining a reunion planning committee, or if you would like more information, please contact Jennifer Ortega, Director of Communications, 925.686.5353 x190 or alumnae@carondeleths.org.

  • Class of 1976 - Saturday, July 30 - Scott's Seafood Restaurant (Contra Costa Room) in Walnut Creek
  • Class of 1986 - Saturday, July 16 - Scott's Seafood Restaurant (Gardena Room) in Walnut Creek
  • Class of 1996 - Saturday, July 30 - Scott's Seafood Restaurant Gardena Room)in Walnut Creek
  • Class of 2006 - Saturday, July 16 - 1515 Restaurant in Walnut Creek
  • Class of 2011 - Saturday, Nov. 26 - Location TBD
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We are launching a new initiative to connect current students to you - our accomplished alumnae! Introducing The Carondelet Connection - a private database that houses information about where you went to college, what you studied, what jobs you've had, hobbies, your professional expertise and in what ways you would be available to connect with current students who are interested in your industry. Our Center for Student Success (formerly the College and Career Center) will oversee this database and tap into it when students want to connect with an alum who is doing (or has done) the very thing that our students dream of pursuing - whatever that may be! We know that our alumnae would be amazing mentors and we encourage you to sign up and share your stories and advice. To get involved, please complete this online form. We appreciate your support!
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On Sept. 9, we marked 50 years on Winton Drive at an all-school assembly with guests of honor that included Concord Mayor Tim Grayson, many CSJ's and three wonderful alumnae from the first graduating class of 1969! During our commemoration ceremony, Pat Brighton, Kathleen O'Connell and Joan McNamee Baker were interviewed by current seniors, Maddy Duncan and Meredith Happy about what it was like in the first years at Carondelet High School. It was a phenomenal opportunity for our students to hear about how much has changed and at the same time, that some things about life at Carondelet are universal, like the strong bonds of sisterhood, excellent college-prep education, and our fierce sports teams! A special thank you to Mayor Grayson and Concord's City Council, for declaring Sept. 9, 2015, Carondelet High School Day! What a way to kick-off our 50th year! Our anniversary was even covered by the Contra Costa Times, twice! Carondelet, De La Salle celebrate 50th anniversaries and Good Neighbors.
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Carondelet's 50th Anniversary is here and we need your help. Do you have photos or memorabilia from your days at Carondelet? We are looking for all types of items including pictures, programs, clothing (uniforms, sports uniforms, jackets), and any logo merchandise. Please email photos to alumnae@carondeleths.org or mail them to Alumnae, 1133 Winton Dr, Concord, CA 94518.
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