Catholic Community of Waukesha Road to Healing

 As the Catholic Community of Waukesha and Waukesha Catholic School, we find today’s verdict in finding Darrell Brooks guilty on all counts, another step on the road to healing. As we receive this result, we know that God is the source of all justice, love, and mercy.

St. Paul to the Romans tells us: Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil by good. We have experienced this through the outpouring of support from the people and businesses of Waukesha. We appreciate the professionalism, patience and perseverance practiced by Judge Jennifer Dorow and the District Attorney’s office. We thank the members of the jury for their civic duty.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those experiencing the impact of today’s verdict. We continue to pray and support the families and individuals who will spend their lives overcoming the loss of loved ones, innocence and trust. It is within the healing presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we take the next steps. Our faith will carry us forward… as individuals and as a community.

Catholic Community of Waukesha

Monica Cardenas




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Catholic Charities Appoints New Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ellen Hammerle, Visionary Human Services Leader & Social Justice Advocate

 Catholic Charities of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Ellen Hammerle, JD, Ph.D., and LMFT to Chief Executive Officer starting August 1, 2022. Appointed by the Catholic Charities Board of Directors, Dr. Hammerle moves from her role as Vice President of Client Services to assume day-to-day leadership of one of the Bay Area’s largest and oldest human services agencies. She also joins the Catholic Charities Board of Directors.

“Ellen is a visionary leader with a rare combination of business acumen, strategic thinking, insight, empathy, passion, and clinical and emotional intelligence. She deftly cultivates a balance between program operations, organizational management, partner stewardship, and staff mentorship and training,” said Joe Boerio, Catholic Charities Board of Directors President. “Her deep experience with Bay Area nonprofit, governmental, and community partners and keen insight into donor aspirations and client needs make her an exceptional leader for our agency. I am honored to recognize her experience, expertise, and deep, long-term commitment to our agency, clients, employees, and mission.”

Dr. Hammerle is a social justice champion and has dedicated her life and career to those who are underserved, impoverished, experiencing homelessness, marginalized, and racially and culturally diverse in San Francisco. A 25-year veteran of Catholic Charities, she has developed, overseen, and monitored Catholic Charities programs and the implementation of agency-wide policies and procedures for staff and systems best practices.

Having held a number of roles of increasing responsibility at Catholic Charities, Dr. Hammerle has the insight, breadth, depth, and understanding of client, staff, program, and partner needs vital to the agency’s longevity, impact, growth, and success. She builds effective collaborations, negotiates positive change, brings expertise to oversee organizational development across divisions, and creates effective and scalable growth management for Catholic Charities. Dr. Hammerle plays a pivotal role in securing funding for the agency and will continue to help drive the diversification of revenue sources.

“Catholic Charities has been an integral part of San Francisco for more than 150 years – a true leader and collaborative community partner helping bolster and empower our neighbors when they most need help, solutions, and uplift,” said Dr. Hammerle. “I am pleased to have been a part of that history, developing and evolving our programs as our clients and community’s needs have changed. In my new role, I am eager to continue my contributions to the health and success of our agency, staff, clients, and community.”

Dr. Hammerle holds a Juris Doctor’s law degree and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She has been a psychotherapist with the Community Healing Centers, an integrative psychotherapy non-profit organization she founded to support intern development and client growth.

About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is one of the largest, most comprehensive human services agencies in Northern California reaching more than 32,000 people a year in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. Catholic Charities plays an integral role in keeping our neighborhoods diverse, productive, safe, and healthy through more than 30 programs and social justice advocacy. The agency serves everyone and changes lives through lasting, data-driven solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the community – homelessness, inequality, aging in isolation, generational poverty, HIV/AIDS, and immigration. For more information, visit

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Liza Cardinal Hand




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Catholic School Builds Community Through New Soccer Field

 St. Mary’s Catholic School now has a 50′ x 80′ soccer field on campus for students. Urban Soccer Park’s project was completed in April 2022 as part of the Westside Grounds Project, which focused on providing a new amenity on the property that did not have green space.

Students now have a field for recess, training, sports, and the ability to do it all on campus. The field has been over-turfed so they can use the surrounding areas to warm-up and play other sports. The field includes futsal goals, lights, two doors, and surrounding netting. With the addition of this field, the school will be able to provide the space to help in their mission to build character, welcome the community, and cater to each individual to help them reach their fullest potential.

The St. Mary’s Catholic School project was planned in order to help the school provide a multi-functional, safe place to play on school grounds. The campus was thus far without green space, so the school’s primary goal was to provide students with something other than concrete to play on during school activities. Another key mission is to welcome the community, which they will be able to provide for events and other groups to use.

Urban Soccer Park helped St. Mary’s Catholic School accomplish three goals:

– To upgrade their schools grounds for their kids to use for recess and activities

– Use the field as a revenue generator for the school

– Use as a new multi-functional amenity

About Urban Soccer Park:

At Urban Soccer Park, less is more. Mini-pitches grow the sport, create life-long enjoyment of the game, and develop world-class skills. Everyone at USP is a coach, an athlete, or a parent. Throughout our decades of experience, we’ve traveled the world and witnessed the undeniable proof that small-sided soccer is that secret sauce—it creates brilliant players and great footballing nations. And the beauty is that they actually require less real estate, less overhead, and less set-up time, yet provide more touches on the ball, more playing time and a deeper understanding of game concepts.

Urban Soccer Park

Michael Scotto



St. Mary's Catholic School Revamps with Soccer


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