Sister Jennifer Ogorek, OP, died at Saint Martin Residence, Fremont, California, on May 21. She was 68 years old and in the 45th year of her religious profession.
Born on August 24, 1950, in South Bend, Indiana, she moved with her family to Santa Ana, California, when she was five years old. She met the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose at St. Callistus Parish, Garden Grove, and entered the Congregation in 1971. Two years later, December 29, 1973, she made first profession of vows as a Dominican Sister.
Sister Jennifer, a talented artist, earned her BA in Art at College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA. Her art included works in various media including digital art. Sister Jennifer taught elementary and secondary students in northern and southern California at Immaculate Conception Elementary School, San Francisco; St. Leonard School, Fremont; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Santa Barbara; St. Callistus School, Garden Grove; St. Michael’s High School, Los Angeles; and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, La Canada Flintridge. Sister Jennifer also ministered as a Pastoral Assistant at St. Irenaeus Parish, Cypress, California.
Sister Jennifer is survived by her sister Kristina Weatherly, her brother Michael Ogorek, her cousin Glenna Matthews, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on May 28 at 5:00 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, Mission San Jose. Interment will take place the following morning at the Congregation’s cemetery, God’s Acre, located at the Motherhouse.
Remembrances may be made to Dominican Sisters Vision of Hope, 1555 34th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94601.