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Sr Sophie Hofmann OP celebrates her Diamond Jubilee of Profession

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Sr Sophie Hofmann OP celebrated her 60th anniversary of profession on 10 October 2021 at St Martin's, the retirement and nursing home of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, California (USA) where she is living in retirement.

Sr Sophie was born on 10 April 1936 in Flörsheim, the town where the Oakford Dominican Sisters ran their "Marienhospital" for many years.

On 15 January 1960, Sr Sophie entered the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Siena of Oakford/Natal at Neustadt. She made her First Profession on 10 October 1961 and travelled to the USA shortly afterwards.  

She was sent to "St. Albert’s", the study house of the Dominican Fathers. At that time, 90 young Dominicans lived there and were cared for by the sisters. Sr Sophie worked mainly in the laundry - washing, ironing and mending the friars’ habits.

Since suffering a severe stroke in 2004, Sr Sophie has been living at the care centre "St Martin" at Mission San Jose. She eagerly accepted all available therapies and learned to walk and talk again. With a little support, she is once again able to paint. During excursions, she likes to look at the world through her camera.

Sr Sophie loves to skype and to have zoom conversations with her fellow sisters. She is a peaceful and friendly person, always in a positive mood and prays intensively for both Dominican communities, the Oakford Congregation and the Mission San Jose Congregation.