Sister Dolores was born on April 17, 1928 in San Francisco, California
and entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family on July
2, 1951. She ministered as a religious educator in parishes throughout
California. Under the auspices of the Latin American Mission Program,
she also served in Baja California as a catechist.
1975, “Mama Dee” as she
was affectionately known, became a pastoral associate and the director
of social concerns at St. Rose of Lima Parish. Her ministry to the
poor became well known in Chula Vista, Tecate, Mexicali, and Tijuana
where she coordinated a variety of programs. She also founded a community
food pantry at St. Rose of Lima that continues to provide food to hundreds
of families each year.
love for children was remarkable. “Mama Dee” believed
the way to a child’s head was through the stomach. Consequently,
many of her efforts were aimed at providing food to struggling families
with children. Several orphanages in Baja California also benefited from
her work. Visiting families in the poorest colonias, and offering food,
clothing, medicines, blankets, and other household items was one of her
Dolores developed a tremendous relationship with the St. Rose of Lima
community and beyond. She had a remarkably dedicated and enthusiastic
cadre of volunteers and benefactors that supported her mission to serve
the poor. From collecting day old bread, driving trucks to the Food
Bank, and painting dormitories at the orphanage, Mama Dee’s
team touched so many lives.
Following her death in 2001, St. Rose of Lima parish established the
Sister Dolores Social Outreach Program, in honor of her love and dedication
to the poor. Her life continues to be an inspiration to the volunteers
and patrons who strive to keep her efforts alive. Nearly 300 people a
month receive food, clothing, shelter, and other services from the outreach
program. The generous donation of time, talent, and treasure by so many
of our parishioners and friends make this possible.