Legal moves stall San Rafael convent's plan to take in mothers

Global Sisters Report: The Dominicans at Lourdes Convent want to convert a corridor of bedrooms into a temporary housing unit for two women who are homeless and their young children.

Oakland diocese to close five elementary schools

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber said the closures are needed to stop financial "hemorrhaging." Five schools will close in June, affecting about 640 students and 90 employees.

Holy Names offers ‘intense help’ for high schoolers

Will Newsome was 8 years old when he decided he wanted to go to college. He was already witnessing the negative choices older kids were making in his impoverished neighborhood and he wanted a way out.

California retreat center houses Muslim refugees in transition

When Franciscan Br. Michael Minton heard that Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay needed temporary housing for single Muslim male refugees, he knew it was the answer to prayer.