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Spirit of the FoundersSpotlights

Following the steps of our founders

Two Mount trips to Le Puy this summer expose more members of the community to our Founders' roots

August 15, 2022
Krishauna HInes-Gaither, PhD, vice president of equity, diversity and justice, welcomed participants to the Mount's first in-person celebration of Juneteenth since it became a federal holiday. In addition to celebrating with music, dance, food, and community, Hines-Gaither ensured that participants reflected on the history of Juneteenth and its symbolism.

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Sharing history and culture in pursuit of true equality

The Mount celebrated Juneteenth by honoring the history of the enslaved and enjoyed music, dancing, food and good company.

July 7, 2022
Filmmaker Catherine Murphy and one of the maestras (teachers) featured in the film, Norma Rita Guillard Limota, were on hand to discuss the film and the historical significance of the campaign to the Mount community.

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Mount examines women’s role in eliminating Cuban illiteracy

Women and girls helped Cuba reach its goal of eliminating the nation's illiteracy in one year's time

May 18, 2022

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It’s time to Double the Pell

The Mount participates in a nationwide initiative to urge Congress to double the Pell Grant.

May 5, 2022
A group of sisters at the Posada del Migrante Shelter just across the US/Mexico border. Sister Suzanne Jabro, CSJ, '69, is fourth from the left and Sister Sally Koch, CSJ, director of communications for CSJLA, is on the far left. Sister Jabro founded the nonprofit Border Compassion to invite faith communities to cross over and assist the 300 migrants living at the shelter.

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Helping the Dear Neighbor

Helping those in need enables Sister Suzanne Jabro, CSJ, '68 to continue the sisters' tradition of caring for thy neighbor

March 22, 2022
This drone shot above the Chalon Campus shows a number of its 1,084 solar panels. There are an additional 670 solar panels on Doheny Campus buildings.

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Bringing Laudato Si to campus

The Mount joins other Catholic colleges and universities worldwide to respond to the Pope's call to care for the earth

February 4, 2022

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Lulu Nurse awards grants for Mount nursing alumnae

The family of Cindy Bland '08 ADN honors her memory with the Lulu Foundation and grants for Mount nurses

February 2, 2022
As SGA president, Erika McKissick is working to transform the student experience by expanding the SGA’s footprint on campus-diversifying initiatives to be more ethnically, culturally and intersectionally inclusive.

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When there are no seats at the table, you create your own

Having long identified as being part of a group that is marginalized, Erika McKissick '22 seeks to foster inclusion

February 1, 2022

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Multimedia leader with a purpose 

Religious studies professor Robin Owens, PhD, encourages women to embrace their roles as leaders

January 11, 2022
An image from the flyer promoting the film's debut showing some of the current and/or past Folsom Prison inmates whose lives were transformed through the practice of centering prayer

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The power of prayer

"Holding Still," directed by faculty member Mary Trunk, shows the power that centering prayer

November 30, 2021

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Vickie Russell Kennedy ’68 Advocating for the Blind

Vicki (Russell) Kennedy provides education, audio tools and support to those facing vision challenges

November 29, 2021
Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, '63 received a lifetime achievement award from the Sigma Theta Tau International honor society of nursing at its biennial convention earlier this month. With her are Sigma Foundation's Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, Rn, FAAN, chief executive officer, and Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN, president. Photo courtesy of King Shot Photography.

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A lifetime of service recognized

Nursing honor society recognizes Sister Callista Roy, CSJ, '63 for her career and contributions to nursing

November 28, 2021

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Honoring Bernie’s Legacy

On November 16, the Mount community dedicated the Bernadette Gonzaque Robert Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice

November 18, 2021

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The Mount co-sponsors a revolutionary lecture

Activist Valarie Kaur is this year's speaker at the annual Pat Reif lecture co-sponsored by the Mount

October 1, 2021
Vernice Grajeda '11 says it's important to give back as soon as possible, even if the amount is small, to support the institution that gives students so much.

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Profile of philanthropy

Alumna teaches at the Mount, is president of the Alumnae Association, and encourages donations of any amount.

September 22, 2021
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Let Compassion and Courage Lead the Way

Convocation brought staff and faculty together to kick off the start of the academic year

September 8, 2021
Kimberly Nao (left) and Chinako Belanger (right) are sharing director duties for The Bernadette Gonzaque Robert Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice

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Two co-directors lead renamed, revitalized Center

The new Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice is being led by two co-directors, Kimberly Nao and Chinako Belanger

August 31, 2021
Sister Teresa Avalos, CSJ, is interviewed by Shannon Green, director for the CSJ Institute

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Fearless and Faithful

Film featuring CSJ sisters showcases the many changes brought about by Vatican II

August 3, 2021

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Helping Mother Earth

A tree will be planted for each tree used to print the University's publications.

April 21, 2021
Pristine landscapes like these need to be preserved by efforts throughout the year, not just on Earth Day

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The Mount Cares for the Planet

There's a full slate of activities for Earth Day, but it's vital that work is performed all year

April 21, 2021

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Sister Pilots Workshop With Mount Student Activists

Mount students worked with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, who is well known for her activism against the death penalty

March 26, 2021
Twinning? Sister Barbara Anne CSJ, '60 (right) and Sister Catherine Irene are all smiles in their matching blouses.

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When God Came Calling, She Answered

In celebration of CSJ week, we profile one of our own -- both a CSJ and an alum!

March 18, 2021
A selection of stationery, stamps, stickers and colorful pens gathered in advance of the letter writing session to isolated seniors, including our beloved sisters.
February 2, 2021
Aichi Kitalyi, PhD, who spearheaded the Carole Cole scholarship program, seen here in 2010 with the first group of scholars.

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Girls in Tanzania Get Chance at Bright Future

Mount alum provides hope to orphaned girls in Tanzania through educational opportunities

February 2, 2021

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Carrying the CSJ Spirit Forward

Alumna Nayeli Dominguez '20 talks about her internship with the Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph.

November 6, 2020
Sister Callista Roy speaking at the Roy Adaptation Association Conference in June 2019

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A legend retires: Sister Callista Roy ’63 CSJ

Sister Callista Roy quietly retires, some only learning via automated email response. But her connection here is unwavering.

August 31, 2020
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

LeadershipSpirit of the FoundersSpotlights

150 Years of CSJs in the West

The CSJs are truly an enduring part of the history of the West

August 20, 2020
Stephanie Hernandez '21

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Finding the Joy in Life

"The Mount brings the best of both worlds to me – it combines my passion for my faith and my passion for service."

March 30, 2020
Historic photograph of MSMU nursing students

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The claim to BSN fame

The story behind the race to start California’s first nursing baccalaureate degree

September 11, 2019

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House of refuge

The childhood home of Mother St. John Fontbonne is now part of the Mount Saint Mary’s family.

April 8, 2019

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Remembering Father George

Memorial service to be held for one of the Mount's most beloved professors.

March 10, 2019

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Tribute for Father George

Mount Saint Mary's President Emerita Jacqueline Powers Doud celebrates professor's life in eulogy

March 9, 2019
CSJ: Talking about experience

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Called to Serve

What draws someone into a life dedicated to service? Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet share what inspired them.

December 19, 2018

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Life-changing pilgrimage

Pilgrimage to Le Puy, France, lets student pilgrims connect deeper with the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

September 6, 2018

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A legacy entrusted

The CSJ Institute’s oral history project advances the stories and mission of Mount Saint Mary’s founding sisters.

September 6, 2018
CSJ filmmakers behind the scenes of the CSJ Oral History Project

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Behind the scenes

A look at the MSMU filmmakers who have brought to life the CSJ Oral History Project.

September 6, 2018

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Heart of compassion

A nurse and missionary, Natalie (Harris) Martinez ’79 is being honored as an Outstanding Alumna for service to the community.

September 6, 2018

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Training to be advocates

Campus Ministry leaders learn how to advocate for social justice at a Catholic Relief Services student summit.

July 29, 2018
Bernadette Gonzaque Robert Speaking

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Carondelet Medal 2018

Presentation of MSMU's highest honor, the Carondelet Medal, to Bernadette Gonzaque Robert '77.

May 10, 2018
Nursing students posed for a photograph

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Roy Model's early days

Alums share their memories of Sr. Callista Roy and the early days of the Roy Adaptation Model.

April 6, 2018
2018 commencement speaker listing

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Commencement speaker

Va Lecia Adams Kellum, president of St. Joseph Center, named undergrad commencement speaker.

March 16, 2018
Sisters sharing at a Feet in the Street event.

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Feet in the Street

Students learn lessons from sisters’ social justice ministries.

March 2, 2018
Students from the Mount's Black Student Union pose for a photo following a Social Justice Fair on the University's Doheny Campus.

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Social Justice Week

Students and staff advocate, engage and act on issues of justice.

February 19, 2018
Le Puy Students

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In search of the founders

Students to travel to France in the footsteps of the University's founders.

January 9, 2018

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Compassionate companion

New volunteer program to pair students with CSJ sisters at Carondelet Center

December 5, 2017
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Sister Judy’s life at Alexandria House

“This is my favorite meeting in all the world because it demonstrates life after Alexandria House.”

November 30, 2017

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CSJ Institute opens

Celebrating the opening of a new space for the Mount's CSJ Institute.

November 10, 2017

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Diversity leadership

Kari Bolen, EdD, is the new director of diversity and inclusion at Mount Saint Mary's.

October 12, 2017

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Journey to the start

To help us reconnect with our heritage, the CSJ Institute has created a series of Le Puy pilgrimages.

October 2, 2017

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Finding the way

What do you pack for the journey of a lifetime? Sturdy shoes and an open mind, says Mary Lenihan ‘58

September 25, 2017
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Pilgrimage to Le Puy

They Taught us to Move Mountains: Exploring our CSJ Heritage in France

May 11, 2017
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Mission Forward: The CSJ Institute

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs), set the standard for unstoppable women.

May 11, 2017