The Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco consist of two single-sex schools: the Convent of the Sacred Heart (girls) and Stuart Hall (boys). Each has both an elementary school and a high school. This report is restricted to high schools.
The campus ministry page, linked from the About page of www.sacredsf.com, lists the ministry contacts. For Stuart Hall, the coordinator is Sergio Vasquez. For Convent High School, the coordinator is Kate McMichael.
There are three faculty members in the Stuart Hall department of theology: Michael Campos, Raymond O’Connor, and the aforementioned Sergio Vasquez.
Michael Campos’ full name is Michael Sepidoza Campos. He is an open homosexual. In addition to his work at Stuart Hall he is a member of EQARS (Emerging Queer Asian Pacific Islander Religious Scholars). Their mission statement:
“EQARS is a group of scholars, religious workers, and activists that began meeting regularly in February 2010 to discuss the emerging area of interest that is queer Asian Pacific Islander religions, and to engage in a collaborative methodology to further each other’s scholarly, religious work and activism….”
From Campos biographical entry at EQARS: “Michael’s research interests include Filipino-American diaspora, postcolonial theory, queer theory and critical pedagogy….”
As CalCatholic reported on September 29, 2009, Mike Campos was one of the facilitators at the praying of the “queer rosary” on September 17, 2009 at Newman Hall/Holy Spirit parish in Berkeley. On September 21, 2011 the website Queering the Church, reporting on a recent conference at Fordham University which Campos attended, said: “Michael Sepidoza Campos, Ph.D., who is gay, described his decision to join, and eventually leave, the seminary and his current work as a high-school teacher.”
Raymond O’Connor. According to a September 24, 2013 profile in the Convent and Sacred Heart News, O’Connor has been at Sacred Heart/Stuart Hall since 2000. He spent ten years training for the priesthood, nine of which were with the Jesuits. He chairs the theology department and directs the Service Learning Program. For a number of years O’Connor served as the coordinator of lectors at San Francisco’s Most Holy Redeemer parish, and on the parish’s worship committee. In 2002, the New York Times wrote about Most Holy Redeemer, saying that “80 to 90 percent of the members are gay.”
From July 9-15, 2011 O’Connor led the Convent of the Sacred Heart/Stuart Hall’s hosting of the Summer Service Projects, a program in which students visit various Sacred Heart schools around the country. The 2011 program was called Bay to Waves. Among other things, O’Connor took the students to a viewing of the film Milk, which celebrates the life of homosexualist Harvey Milk. He took 18 students on a tour of San Francisco’s Castro district, to O’Connor’s home parish Most Holy Redeemer, to the Harvey Milk Academy, and to the LGBT Museum. He took the students to the Human Rights Campaign Action Center in the Castro District. The Human Rights Campaign is the largest pro same-sex marriage lobbying organization in the country.
Sergio Vasquez. The third member of the Stuart Hall for Boys theology department is Sergio Vasquez. He writes on his Facebook page: “In a relationship with (another man, name redacted).” The photograph accompanying the description, which is Vasquez’s profile picture, shows the other man with his arm around Vasquez, who is wearing a Stuart Hall hoodie.
There are two faculty members in the Convent of the Sacred Heart department of theology: Paul Lorentz and Kathryn (Kate) McMichael.
Kate McMichael: According to the October 2004 issue of Hospitality, the magazine of The Open Door Community – Hospitality & Resistance in the Catholic Worker Movement, McMichael is partnered with another woman: “Theresa Hausser and her partner, Kate McMichael, regularly lead a bible study at St.Boniface Church in San Francisco CA.” According to an April 28, 2010 article in Blockshopper: “Theresa Hausser and Kate McMichael bought a three-bedroom, two-bath home at (redacted) in Fairfax from (redacted) on April 13…. Hausser is the development office director at St. Boniface Church. McMichael teaches world religions in the theology and philosophy department of the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, located in San Francisco. She also serves as the CSH campus minister.”
Paul Pryor Lorentz: Lorentz is the chair of the theology/philosophy department at Convent of the Sacred Heart. He is married to a person of the opposite sex. On February 28, 2011, CalCatholic reported that the Convent of the Sacred Heart had hosted a screening of the anti-Catholic movie Pink Smoke Over the Vatican on February 18. After the movie, open lesbian Roman Catholic Womanpriest Victoria Rue, one of the people profiled in the movie, addressed Convent students. Following the screening, and Rue’s address to the students, Lorentz, joined by Andrea Shurley, CSH’s then-head of school, sent an email to parents. “Today we had a guest speaker who shared her views on the role of women in the Catholic Church,” said the email. “Her viewpoint was carefully and intelligently shared, and our Women’s Studies students led a question-and-answer session. Unfortunately, given our time constraints, we did not have the opportunity to allow exploration of contrasting viewpoints.”
While the Schools of the Sacred Heart are under the control of a religious order, meaning the power of the local bishop is limited, the school is listed as a Catholic School on the archdiocesan website and on the website of the San Francisco Department of Catholic Schools.
Contact: Jan Dunn, RSCJ, executive director, Network of Sacred Heart Schools, 700 North Third Street, St. Charles MO 63301.
Contact: Maureen Huntington, superintendent of Catholic Schools; Laura Held, assistant superintendent Faith Formation and Religious Instruction; and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, all at the Archdiocese of San Francisco, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco CA 94109
Most important is to contact the principal of your local Catholic elementary schools. Almost all enrollment to Catholic high schools come from Catholic elementary feeder schools.
Tuition for Convent & Stuart Hall high schools is $36,470 per year.
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To read part 2 of this series, Woodside Priory in Portola Valley, click here.