Gladys Guenther, SHF

Sister Gladys was born in upstate New York, and moved with her family to California. She attended college at San Francisco State University and during those years met the Sisters of the Holy Family. As a political science major she was keenly interested in the Sisters care of and advocacy for children and families; she entered the community after graduation. Over the course of her ministry she has worked in catechetical ministry in the archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of Monterey, Oakland, San Jose and Stockton. She was also the administrator of a priestless parish in Lathrop, California. Most of her ministry has been with immigrant families, migrants and the Spanish speaking. Her congregations mission is to “seek out and advocate for children and families…” in parish settings that meant lots of one-on-one work and grass roots advocacy.

What calls you to NETWORK? Where do you find inspiration in this work?
Her response to justice has always been faith based and rooted in the desire to be of service wherever she lived or worked. In accepting a position on the Network Board she hopes to continue her focus on direct service and stretch her advocacy engagement.

What do you like to do outside of NETWORK?
When she has free time, Gladys enjoys visiting family and friends. She enjoys the Arts especially live theater, opera, and museums. Here hobbies include work with fabric and wreath making.

Location: Fremont, California