About Us

Our Staff

Sr. Celeste Arbuckle, SSS

Director of the Office of Faith Formation

ArbuckleC@sfarch.org

(415) 614-5652

Sr. Celeste is a Sister of Social Service and Director of the Office of Faith Formation. She has served in the catechetical field for over 35 years in parishes, Archdiocesan offices, and on national and international boards and committees. Sr. Celeste oversees the daily operation of the office and consults with the Marin County and Deanery 10 and 11 Parish Catechetical Leaders. She is responsible for work with adult faith formation and RCIA.

Anelita Reyes

Associate Director for Catechesis

ReyesA@sfarch.org

(415) 614-5651

Anelita is Associate Director for Catechesis and coordinates the parishes in San Francisco and northern San Mateo counties. She holds a Masters in Education Degree from the Philippines and a Masters Degree in Theology from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. She comes with work experience in Catholic schools and parish religious education. She works with parishes in the formation of catechists, Foundational Training for Parish Catechetical Leaders and provides workshops on a variety of topics.

Sr. Graciela Martinez, OSF

Associate Director for Hispanic Catechesis

MartinezG@sfarch.org

(415) 614-5653

Sr. Graciela is a Sister of St. Francis of Redwood City, CA.  She is both bilingual and bicultural. She has years of experience in community organizing and immigrant rights work. She integrates faith with justice throughout her workshops, leadership training, and social actions. She has served in religious education at the parish, diocesan, and national levels. She is responsible for the formation of Hispanic Catechetical Leaders and the training of catechists in the Archdiocesan Hispanic parishes.
Sr. Marie Elena

Sr. Maria Elena Martinez, OSF

Hispanic Catechesis

(415) 614-5653

Sister is a Franciscan Sister of Redwood City and travels throughout the world facilitating, giving retreats and working with chapters of religious communities.  She coordinators and teachings programs with Sr. Graciela.
Natalie Larraga

Natalie Larraga

Coordinator of Confirmation

Larragan@sfarch.org

415-614-5654

 

Natalie is a graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside and full-time Director of Faith Formation at St. Anselm's in Ross.  She works with the Archdiocese of SF Youth Confirmation Retreat Team and works with parishes around the Sacrament of Confirmation and ACRE Assessment.

Janet Fortuna

Coordinator of Special Needs

FortunaJ@sfarch.org

(415) 614-5655

Janet has worked with individuals with special needs for over 15 years.  She has volunteered as a catechist with the SPRED program in the Diocese of Oakland and with the adults with special needs in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  Janet coordinates our special needs program in helping students receive their sacraments and from faith communities of sharing.
     

Delia Herrera

Administrative Assistant

HerreraD@sfarch.org

(415) 614-5650

Delia manages the overall running of the office. Her responsibilities include communication, billing, resourcing, calendars and general office management.  Her experience of over 40 years with religious education allows her to be a valued resource for all people who interact with the Office of Faith Formation.

 

 

Mission

We, the Office of Faith Formation, are called to be Disciples of Christ by living the Gospel. We seek to nurture the lifelong faith formation of all people, by animating leaders in a holistic approach to their ministry. In seeking to fulfill our mission, we practice living out these core values:

  • Evangelization
  • Nonviolent Justice
  • Hospitality
  • Celebration of Diversity

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