Carondelet High School


The Carondelet Community mourns the loss of Sr. James Marien Dyer, CSJ, who served our school as principal from 2001 to 2007, and most recently presided as principal at our neighboring St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School in Concord.

The prayer vigil for Sr. James Marien will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 5-7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Concord. The funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Concord.

We will miss her presence among us as we remember a beautifully gifted CSJ.

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ON-CAMPUS: A Celebration of Life Mass honoring Sr. Eleanor on Carondelet's campus will take place on Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m. in the Garaventa Center. Please RSVP by clicking this link. Following the mass will be a reception with light refreshments. If you have photos of Sr. Eleanor that you would like to contribute to a memory board or slideshow, please email them to

UPDATE: Sr. Eleanor's funeral Mass in Los Angeles was held on Saturday, July 15 at 11 a.m. at the Carondelet Center. The mass was livestreamed and can be seen here.


It is with a sad heart that we share the news that our beloved Sr. Eleanor Eagan, CSJ has passed on to God. Sr. Eleanor was an integral part of the Carondelet community for more than 30 years and we will honor her work and her impact on generations of young women at a community-wide Celebration of Life here at Carondelet later this summer, after students and teachers return to school in August. Please continue to keep Sr. Eleanor's spirit and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Concord, Calif. (June 19, 2017) – Carondelet High School was named "Best Private School" in the East Bay according to a recent poll of readers of the East Bay Times. In a special "Best in East" section that was published June 18, the newspaper announced the results of its survey, which solicited input from local residents.

"Carondelet is honored to be recognized for the excellent education that we provide young women," said Carondelet President Bonnie Cotter. "Through innovative and challenging academics along with the opportunities we provide our students to lead and develop their voices, we are preparing young women for success in college, careers and in life ahead."

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The rain has stopped, the sun is out and our tractors are moving! Construction of our state-of-the-art athletics complex is well under way and we look forward to opening the facility later this year.

If you'd like to take a peek at all the action, check out our web cams, which are live streaming the construction in both in the aquatics area and on the field.

Please stay tuned for details about our grand opening, and for more information about the project, click here.

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Concord, Calif. (May 24, 2017) – Carondelet High School recently named Angela (Varian) Schroeter its 2017 Alumna of the Year, recognizing her commitment to living the Carondelet mission.

"Angela is a woman of courage by standing up against the powerful farming industry to fight for clean water," said classmate Michelle Missaggia Daly '88, a member of the Alumnae Association Board, who presented the award.

"She is a woman of heart by doing it relentlessly because of her belief in protecting the voiceless. And she is a woman of faith by believing she was doing the right thing even when she may have questioned it. We are so proud to see her living the Carondelet mission and making meaningful changes in our world," Michelle said.

A member of the Carondelet class of 1988, Angela graduated from UC Davis with a double-major in Geology and Environmental Policy and Analysis. She continued her education at the University of Nevada, Reno, earning a Master's Degree in Hydrogeology and became a groundwater specialist who focuses on environmental justice and helping disadvantaged communities.

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Kristina Campbell '93 has dedicated her professional life to advancing and protecting the rights of immigrants. She became interested in immigrants' rights after working with farmworkers on a spring break trip. After graduating from St. Mary's College, Kristina attended Notre Dame Law School, earning her J.D. in 2002.

She currently works as a tenured Professor of Law at the Jack & Lovell Olender Director, Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), David A. Clarke School of Law. Kristina teaches immigration law and supervises the casework of students enrolled in the Immigration Clinic, which provides much needed legal representation to immigrants. In her free time, Kristina leads her students on study trips to Arizona, Mexico, and Texas to provide legal services to immigrants. She credits the superior education she received at Carondelet for laying the groundwork for her to become a leader in her field.

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Brittany Stitch '06 was recently honored for her work as co-founder of Guild Education in Forbes 30 under 30. Guild Education offers online classes, programs and degrees for working adults in partnership with top universities. Guild partners directly with large employers to offer "education as a benefit" to their employees. This gives employers an advantage in recruitment and retention, while giving their employees the opportunity to pursue a meaningful degree.

Brittany is a Teach for America alumna, and has a BA, MBA, and M.Ed from Stanford University.

Congratulations on your stellar accomplishments, Brittany!

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In this issue: Our annual Sr. Clare Dunn Forum focuses on Women in Politics; Ven a Ver takes Washington, D.C. to advocate for social justice, the Carondelet Athletics Complex gains city approval to move forward, and much more!

We are excited to share the Winter 2017 issue with you. The magazine can easily be viewed online on your computer, tablet or phone. If you prefer to download a copy, follow this link
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As seen in the latest issue of the Carondeletter, Kaitlin Burnash '14 shares her reflection on the power of the human spirit.

"Fairy tales are more than true—not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten" (Neil Gaiman, Coraline).

This summer I lived a fairytale. Not in the traditional "prince saves princess" way, or in a way in which I finished my summer by riding off into the sunset with my prince and my entire life figured out. Instead, it was in a way that was real: a way that was impactful, purposeful and intentional; a way that took everything I believed in and transformed it into something more; a way that radically changed the lens through which I view the world and everyone in it...

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As seen in the latest issues of the Carondeletter, Jalina Porter '04 shares her journey through faith and politics.

"In early October, I had the honor of returning to Carondelet for the first time in 13 years to participate in the Sister Clare Dunn "Women in Politics" Forum. My homecoming was nothing short of amazing. The love, support and camaraderie shared with my younger Carondelet sisters and the staff were indeed palpable. It was through this panel and the rest of the day spent at the school that I shared my passion for public service and how Carondelet equipped me with the tools to be a leader in the field."

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Each year our students enjoy a friendly visit from some furry friends, courtesy of Molly's Miracle Mutts, to help them destress during finals. These visits are so special because this organization was started by one of our very own alumna.

It began as a 12-year-old girl's dream when Molly Norris '15 got her puppy Noodles in 2009. Since then, she has been working to share her love of animals by getting involved with H.A.L.O (Homeless Animals' Lifeline Organization) and taking her therapy dogs on group visits to convalescent hospitals, retirement homes, and other places where people needed canine companionship. Some of the dogs are also in the R.E.A.D program, which inspires children to read with the dogs in libraries throughout Contra Costa County.

If you would like to find out more about Molly's Miracle Mutts, check out their website or send an email to

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Congratulations to Girlynda (Asuncion) Gonzales '86, who has been selected as one of 15 dynamic and innovative women from across the U.S. to be a part of the inaugural class of the Carol Emmott Fellowship (CEF), a cutting-edge program based at the Public Health Institute, which accelerates the leadership capacity and impact of women leaders in health.

Girlynda began her 22-year career at John Muir Health in Walnut Creek as a Unit Secretary/Cardiac Monitor Technician. Throughout her career she has held a variety of leadership positions, and in the past year she became the Executive Director of Adult Inpatient Services. She is excited to use this fellowship to continue her pursuit of continuity of care to create an exceptional patient experience.

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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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