Rest in Peace, Sister James Marien Dyer

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.

During her time at Carondelet, Sr. James Marien urged a team of faculty members to establish a political forum to connect students with real-world issues. That effort resulted in our biennial Sr. Clare Dunn Forum, which continues today.

"Sister James Marien challenged the graduates to close their eyes and think of how they might make their marks in the world. 'How might you add joy, bring peace, or help people live in mutual love and respect?' she asked. 'You can make a difference. What are you waiting for?'," wrote the late Sr. Eleanor Eagan in her book Valiant Women.

Prior to joining Carondelet, Sister James Marien spent 26 years at Mount St. Mary's College as a history instructor, assistant dean of students, course advisor, and residence director. Sr. Eleanor wrote that Sr. James was "A Jill-of-all-trades" and was known for being "very light-hearted, gregarious, and personable. She used her gifts as an articulate and entertaining public speaker—especially at student rallies, freshman orientations, and faculty meetings—and she was a great storyteller who would dress up in the religious habit and put on an engaging portrayal of Mother St. John Fontbonne."

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Sr. James but we will hold in our heart her dedication to Catholic education and to children of all ages.


Sister James Marien Dyer, CSJ
April 28, 1945—August 5, 2017
Sister James Marien was born Doreen Dyer in San Francisco to a close knit family who remained a source of support and joy for each other throughout their lives. She entered Community in 1963. She remained a loyal San Francisco Giants fan even when she lived in the heart of Dodger Country.

Sister's ministerial years were dedicated to education at all levels from grade school through college. She served at Mount St Mary's University from 1982-2001. Until she was admitted to the hospital this week, she was principal of St Francis of Assisi School in Concord, CA. Sister was noted for her gifts of conversation, her ability to laugh easily and heartily and generous sharing of her many talents. Her sense of humor could relieve tense moments and help keep a meeting on track.

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

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