Monica Clark was West Coast correspondent for National Catholic Reporter for several years following her retirement as editor of The Catholic Voice in Oakland, California. Currently, she is a freelance journalist. She is a member of the Oakland Diocese's committee of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and sings with the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra.

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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.

Parishes meet Oakland bishop's call to sponsor refugees

The Field Hospital: San Francisco-area parishes are successfully resettling refugees in their communities but face challenges as housing costs continue to rise.